Report from Liam Dunne:
Whilst eating breakfast last Sat morning I decided to have a look at what was happening on the fell running calendar. I spotted that the Good Sheppard race was on at 10.30am that morning. I’m not familiar with this event but instead of doing the planned 15 mile hilly training run I opted to drive to Mytholmroyd near Halifax for this hilly figure of 8 event around Stoodley Pike(15 miles (24.14km) / 2000ft (609.6m)). I didn’t realise until I got there that the course was only partially marked and there was checkpoints that needed to be found. My only option was to follow someone who knew the route and soon after the start I found myself hanging on to the two leaders. After checkpoint 3 the leaders started to get away from me, so to avoid getting lost I waited for the next bunch of four runners who weren’t too far behind. Nobody in this group really knew the route either and we overcooked checkpoint 4 losing several minutes on the leaders. On the way to the next checkpoint we went off course again, probably doing an extra half mile or so, only to rejoin well down the field of runners. From here on in it was fairly well marked and this allowed me to get back through the field to finish in 5th overall and 2nd V40. It was a really tough and varied terrain over woodland paths, moors and rough fell but could’ve been a fairly enjoyable event if I knew the route.
The winner was Oliver Edward Barnes (U/A) in 1.49.46 with first lady Lucy Collins (CVFR) finishing 10th in 2.08.55