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Tuesday 1st September – Kilnsey Senior Crag Race


Richard Hamer writes: What better way to celebrate your birthday than taking part in a fell race of approx one mile with a stream to go through, three fences to climb over, fist-size jagged rocks to run and slide over and a descent so severe that there’s a safety rope? Oh, and a wonderful country show to look around beforehand. Plus coffee, cake and curry!

Kilnsey Senior Crag Race is the one where Matt Podd ended up with a cut leg last year after being hit by a falling rock, and it’s one of the classic fell races – short and sharp.

86 people started and for the winner, Simon Bailey (Mercia), it was all over in 8:01. Second place was Rob Hope (Pudsey & Bramley) in 8:08, and third was Ted Mason (Wharfedale) in 8:18. The first lady was Caroline Lambert (Wetherby) in 25th place in 10:48.

I finished in a heap in 78th place after a gruelling 15 minutes and 56 seconds. Having said that, I’m keen to have another go next year.

This year saw the return of the show’s handicap mile race after a nine-year absence, which took place around the showground’s grass track. The easy winner was Julian Hood (Barlick Fell Runners) who I assumed would also be doing the fell race but he was nowhere to be seen.

Pictures here and here.

  1. #1 by Antonio Cardinale on September 3, 2015 - 8:26 pm

    Congratulations for your birthday Richard , I hope you had a good day in Kilnsey to celebrate your important day in style. The Crag race is a short one but really hard one to run, and you have been courageous to do it with a super 15:56 . Well done .

  2. #2 by Shane Ewen on September 4, 2015 - 2:39 pm

    If only I wasn’t working that day. Well done Richard – a classic fell race!

  3. #3 by Matt on September 5, 2015 - 7:50 pm

    What a classic race to have done to celebrate your birthday. Probably the most dangerous short race in Yorkshire, Yes there is a safety rope and loads of Mountain Rescue to land on. Well worth taking the afternoon off work to do, but only once! The show is one of the best in the county.

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