Formerly known as the ‘Ian Hodgson‘, this years prize presentation was preceded by a tribute to Ian’s brother Mike who died in August, Mike competed last year in a Hodgson family team that finished 47th. From this year the relay is now be known as the Hodgson Brothers Relay.
After a couple of late changes to the team, Caron Ralph and Tamara Weatherhead headed out of the Patterdale playing fields on leg 1, (4.5 miles/1440ft), passing Angle tarn on their way to the village of Hartsop finishing in 62nd and a time 55:27.
Derek Fuller & the Hon. handicapper set out on leg 2, (7.5 miles/2920ft), taking in High Street, Thornthwaite Beacon and Caudale Moor finishing by dropping down to the top of Kirkstone Pass. Derek unfortunately twisted his knee a mile or so from the change over, and it got more painful with each downhill step but manfully held out to the end, passing the baton, (dibber), to Matt Podd and Laura Martin on Leg 3, finishing the leg as 52nd team, leg time 1:24:34.
In relay’s, flexibility is often needed with late change common place, this time, the President came in for Leg 3 to partner a less than 100% Laura Martin on
the third leg, (4.5 miles/1870ft). This starts with a steep climb up Red Screes, passing Little Hart Crag, Dove Crag and a tricky descent down Dovedale to Brotherswater. This is probably the most difficult leg navigationally, but for once the clear summits made it a little easier. At the last change-over point Otley were now in 60th, leg time 1:22:25.
Laura Clark and Graham Lake took the dibber on the final leg, (7.5 miles/2950ft), back up a lot of the previous leg’s descent before climbing to Hart Crag, on to Fairfield, a tricky crossing of Cofa Pike, before the long drag to St Sunday Crag. More flexibility from Laura, as she was originally down for Leg 3 & had reccied that last weekend, but unfortunately being a ‘paired’ event it’s a lot about getting the
best pairings together. Finishing back in the playing fields at Patterdale, we finished 63rd & just ahead of a team from Patterdale mountain rescue, so that could have been handy! Graham & Laura we pleased with a leg time of 1:45:14.
This gave us a total time of 5 hrs 27mins and 45 seconds. An enjoyable day all round, I think…