Report from Graham Lake:
I’d planned to do Heptonstall fell race on Sunday this weekend, but with my wife doing a swimathon I looked at what else was available and decided to do this local race. It’s in the wilds of Pudsey and could pass for a short fell race really. It’s a sort of figure 8 course around a wooded hillside with two ascents of the titular hill, an old motorbike hill-climb which was the ‘challengey’ bit.
About 100 runners lined up, and after a lap of the field to thin the numbers we headed up the hill. It’s not too bad actually, runnable apart from the very top. I set off quite sensibly, but found myself in top 10 by the top, and kicked on quickly through the woods taking a few more places. Hitting the second climb I was in 4th, but got passed by a very speedy Neil Armitage of local club Pudsey & Bramley. I managed to keep up with him for a while and he dragged me up to a Pudsey Pacer as we slipped through the semi-reconstructed trails of the country park. I was feeling strong, I reckon thanks to the hill and speed sessions lately (cheers Liam), and managed to pull away from the Pudsey Pacer chap to finish in 4th place 21.50. The winner was Jonathan Johnson of Harrogate who was a fair way in front of the rest of us in 20.08. Rachel Pilling was first lady in 24.43 (this was just a nice gentle warm up before Heptonstall the next day for her).