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.