Report from Liam Dunne:
On Sat I travelled over to Saddleworth, Lancashire for the Saddleworth Edges fell ace. It’s an 8 mile event with 1150ft of climb. With just over 100 runners the race started in a nearby field and the first 100m or so was a steep climb up to a single stile which caused a bit of a bottleneck and a few delays.
As my legs took a few mins to get going I was somewhere in the top 10 after the stile. After a fairly flat section on the road we started the long unrelenting climb to the first of three tag drops.
After this, the course consisted of undulating and fairly technical tracks where nimble feet and full focus was required to stay upright. I started to make my way through the field on the long climb and managed to get up to 3rd position and right on the heels of runner in front. With the leader having disappeared into the fog early on, I was in a battle for 2nd and 3rd. We were neck and neck until we reached the fast and steep desent at around mile 6. It was here that the runner from Todmorden got a gap with his speedy descending skills, despite trying to get back at him I couldn’t close the gap and finished 14 seconds behind in 3rd position overall, with a time of 1.04.54
I really enjoyed this course and although it’s a bit of a trek to get to the venue it’s £4 entry fee still makes it fairly appealing.
The clear winner was Brendan Taylor (U/A) 1.01.27 and the first lady home was Ali Keats also unattached in 1.16.00. Full results can be found on: http://saddleworth-runners.co.uk/results/latest-results/