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Sunday 19th July – Kentmere Horseshoe


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.

  1. #1 by Shane Ewen on July 20, 2015 - 2:14 pm

    Top effort that Andrew. I’m too hung over to attempt it 🙂

  2. #2 by Matt P on July 20, 2015 - 2:54 pm

    Good Result Andrew, did you get clear weather ?
    Dangerous this Fell running, you’ve got a poorly Knee and I’ve got a poorly finger. Was it very windy on top?

  3. #3 by Andrew Robertshaw on July 20, 2015 - 6:11 pm

    Yep, the weather was pretty much perfect, a gentle westerly wind, the summits cleared just before the start & sun came out as we were finishing. Wet in places underfoot with the heavy overnight rain. Martin Smillie was racing & asking after yourself. It was funny, waiting at the finish, said to Caron, Martin would be around about Wendy Dodds & guess who he had a sprint finish with…only to lose out by a second, on getting his timer dibber in the box.

  4. #4 by JamilP on July 20, 2015 - 7:46 pm

    Well done Andrew he bloodied gladiator of the fells!

  5. #5 by Antonio Cardinale on July 20, 2015 - 8:55 pm

    Kentmere Horseshoe is a well known hard fell race and you are right to be pleased because 1:44 is really a great result especially if you consider the poor leg after the fall on route. Well done Andrew.

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