Report from the Hon. Handicapper:
I came to the Kentmere valley for the first time as a student on a training weekend from Lancaster. However as our coach was a very experienced middle distance track man we just ran up to the Kentmere reservoir at the heart of the horseshoe and did a reps. session. I do however remember him telling us about some mad folk who ran round the horseshoe, but that would be far too much for us.
Roll on several years and this classic lakeland horseshoe is now one of my favourite runs. After getting lots of climbing in my legs on Derek’s Bob Graham weekend, a race entry had to be sent off when I noticed that the 40th anniversary race still had a few places available.
As the name suggests the race is a circuit of the end of the Kentmere valley taking in the summits of Ill Bell, High Street and Kentmere Pike, (avoiding all the others), starting and finishing in the isolated small village of Kentmere. Some may know a lot of the 1st half from long run Saturday option at the last couple of club training weekends.
I was pleased to finish just under my target time of 1:45 to 1:50 with a 21st place finish feeling strong most of the way round despite cracking my knee on a rock losing my footing on the last bit of the climb to Ill Bell. After ‘dibbing’ at the finish line I glanced down to see a good fell race war wound on my kneecap, but got little sympathy from the officials, which was just how I like it.
1st Rob Jebb, Bingley 1:31:23, I was 21st in 1:44:54, 1st lady Charlotte Watson Edinburgh Uni. H & H, 1:52:08, full results on sportident here.