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Sunday 4th October – Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay


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.

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Mr President leg 3 finish

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

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Laura Martin Leg 3 finish

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.

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Graham & Laura Clark setting out on the last leg

This gave us a total time of 5 hrs 27mins and 45 seconds.  An enjoyable day all round, I think…

See full results here and comprehensive split timings for you statto’s (like the Hon. Handicapper!) here & a little bit of the race action here.

  1. #1 by Matt on October 5, 2015 - 6:35 pm

    Nothing like a surprise trip to the lakes, but good. Thanks to Andrew and Caron for organising us all, I enjoyed it a lot. Also thanks to Jack, Kath and all the girls for support. The sight of Andrew helping Derek down to Kirkstone was a bit worrying – hope Derek is OK. They would have won a three legged race.

  2. #2 by Caron on October 5, 2015 - 8:43 pm

    Very enjoyable weekend! Derek hobbled back to car after leg 3 insisting it was getting better so hopefully be ok. I did laugh watching Tamara take photos at top on our leg while I was huffing and puffing up! Was great being paired with someone so fleet footed-pushed me a bit more

  3. #3 by Joanna on October 5, 2015 - 8:46 pm

    Sounds like a lovely day out! Brilliant running by everybody, I hope Derek is on the mend?

  4. #4 by Andrew Robertshaw on October 6, 2015 - 8:34 am

    I thought everyone ran really well, it’s brilliant we’ve taken part every year since we first entered in 2003 & will anyone ever beat Borrowdale!

  5. #5 by Antonio Cardinale on October 6, 2015 - 9:16 pm

    I agree with all the good comments about our runners , I have just seen the video , the footpath with Laura M. and our President Matt P. and I make no wonder that so many runners got injured , too many stones and rocks , very easy to twist your ankle , also two runners from Ilkley H. got seriously injured as well, Jack Wood and David Wilby. Well done everybody .

  6. #6 by Liam Dunne on October 7, 2015 - 8:51 am

    Well done all, plenty of tough climbs in this race which makes it a challenging little event. Good to see we still putting out a team for so many years as I always enjoy being part of it when available. We’ll topple Borrowdale next year!

  7. #7 by Graham Lake on October 7, 2015 - 9:09 am

    Thinking of proper recce next year to shave off vital few minutes (yes, Wharfedale ladies DID know where they were going better than you Graham). Lovely event as usual, I now have full set of coasters, plus one for a guest!

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