Report from Tom Pomfrett:
It was a cracking day for a fell race on Sunday so Kirsty and I headed over to Heptonstall to get our fill of the South Pennines. It’s a 15 mile course and the vast majority is flagged which means you can concentrate on running rather than nav. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who is new(ish) to fell running but fancies taking on a longer race.
After a quick blessing from the local priest (I think all prayers should end with a starters horn!) we were off and in typical fell racing fashion I started way too quickly. The ups were very steep and the downs technical in places and there was even a river crossing thrown in due to a footbridge washed away in the recent floods. The last few miles were pretty brutal with a 30% hill up to the finish but the flapjacks at the end made it worth the effort.
There were 254 runners in total. The winner was Karl Gray from Calder Valley in 1:49:05, first lady was Victoria Wilkinson from Bingley in 2:03:59. Just the two of us from Otley; Tom Pomfrett 75th in 2:31:16 and Kirsty Pomfrett 212th in 3:18:04.