Report from Graham
Luckily the weather was a bit cooler than of late for the Jack Bloor Fell Race at Ilkley. This is a pure un-flagged fell race, but in reality the route choices between checkpoints are limited. However, I did go wrong last time out, so was glad I did a quick reccie the night before.
The route takes in two climbs, one steep one up to the Badgerstone, then after a nice downhill, a second longer climb right up to the moor trig point. I felt good on the first climb, trying to keep up with Andrew Robertshaw, but by the time the second climb came up I was losing ground, as I was to Sam Stell and Bob Addey; formerly of this parish. I hate the flagstones across the tops, and I got passed by 3 runners, but soon passed them again on the boggy descent to the checkpoint at the ruin (with the poetry postbox), taking a tumble on the way. I then had a plan in mind of some micro-route finding to the end, which largely worked; passing and re-passing a rival right to the end (although one P&B runner disappeared behind me and re-appeared a few places in front?!).There were a few juniors out too, including my two, but no results out yet.
Results for the Senior race are:
1st Jack Wood 39.26
1st Lady Sarah Hodgson 49.37
For Otley AC:
Andrew Robertshaw 14th 44.32, Graham Lake 27th 46.37, Tom Lynch 32nd 47.39, Robin Outtersides 34th 47.53, Tom Pomfrett 37th 48.16, Ross Armstrong 54th 50.15, Tom Paget 62nd 50.56, Caron Ralph 142nd 1.02.06, Hugh Pearson 147 1.02.35, Liz Fawcett 175 1.10.43