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Saturday 14th November – Tour of Pendle


Report from Shane Ewen:

Jim Sneath & I made the journey on Saturday to wet & windy Lancashire for the infamous Tour of Pendle fell race in our black n white vests (albeit hidden under our waterproof jackets).

With poor weather forecasted, the RO took the difficult decision to shorten the course, cutting out the final two climbs including the memorable Big End. However, it still clocked in at 14 miles with approx 2,750 ft climb, including the magnificently bonkers descent we call Geronimo (I stayed on my feet too!).

Conditions were never quite as bad as predicted, but it was the right decision. The marshals and other volunteers do a cracking job to keep 420 runners moving safely through the countryside; no reported losses to either the weather or witches!

The course was wonderfully boggy, & I especially enjoyed splashing through muddy puddles before the sprint finish (yes, there was energy left in my legs so obviously not trying hard enough).

Rob Hope won in 1 hr 45 mins 30 secs. Not sure who was second (Clayton I think), but Ian Holmes was third.  Michelle Tenwick, Pudsey Pacers runner took the women’s prize, 2hrs 14 mins. 14 secs.  I took it easy, with eyes on a longer race in a few weeks. No idea where I finished but timed myself at 2 hrs 21mins 13 secs, (117th).  Jim was another 20 minutes behind,  2 hrs 39 mins 55 secs, (242nd), & had a good run, again with the same longer race in mind.

Good to see friendly faces. As usual, this was really well organised. Kieran, the RO, does a tremendous job to organise it every year.

Full results available here:

  1. #1 by Caron on November 16, 2015 - 10:38 am

    Well done Shane and Jimmy! How many times have u done this race Jim? Better to be safe than sorry with this weather anyway.

  2. #2 by Matt on November 16, 2015 - 9:02 pm

    heroes of the fells – it’s a dirty sport!

  3. #3 by Antonio Cardinale on November 16, 2015 - 10:04 pm

    I agree with Caron and Matt on this one , well done Shane and Jimmy, heroes of the fells indeed . I liked as well your report from the Tour of Pendle because gives the idea of what kind of day you had on this fabulous fell race . 2.21 is a strong performance and a great result especially if considered what hard achievement is just to go to the finish , not many runners can run this one .

  4. #4 by Graham on November 17, 2015 - 10:03 am

    Nice one chaps, bet it was still pretty tough.

  5. #5 by Hannah Lupton on November 17, 2015 - 12:42 pm

    Mad men! What race are you both doing next?

  6. #6 by philip robinson on November 17, 2015 - 3:31 pm

    hey, well done both – i walked some of the route this spring and found even that pretty hard going…

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