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Saturday 2nd May – Cake Race


Report from Shane Ewen: If I could invent any race it would involve cake. And beer. And fells; that goes without saying. This race is close to realising this dream: a 10 mile romp over the moors and hard trails of Diggle, Stanedge, Black Moss, & the Pennine Way, with visits to Black Moss, Swellands, Wessenden, Butterley & Redbrook reservoirs along the way (I love a reservoir ramble too), followed by as much cake as you can stuff in your face. Bliss!

The only downside was that I had left my legs in Horton after last weeks 3 Peaks. The route is all runnable and I’d stupidly worn Mudclaws when I could have got away with road shoes! Not to worry; this was an occasion to enjoy the Pennine moor’s watery landscape and stretch the legs a little – the cake eating was the main event & I met the challenge head on, demolishing 5 pieces before coming up for air. None of the prize winning marmite cake though – can’t stand the stuff. The vegan chocolate cake was surprisingly good.

I finished in 24th in 1:16:02. Ben Mounsey (Calder Valley) won at a canter in 1:01:04 (not far off the CR) – his wife makes a great sponge cake too. First woman was Hayley Kuter (Salford) in 1:14:27 – she had a strong second half to the race.

Highly recommended to all those new to off- road running as well as those who like a cake or three (that’ll be everyone then).

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  1. #1 by Tamara on May 3, 2015 - 9:00 am

    O.M.G. Make me go next year!!!

  2. #2 by Howard on May 5, 2015 - 11:08 am

    Well done Shane, well deserved piece of cake or five!
    Was this race inspired by Marie Antoinette?

  3. #3 by Hannah Lupton on May 5, 2015 - 12:32 pm

    I can see this being popular with other Otley AC runners next year. Running and cake, what more could you want?

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