Report from Stephen Boddy: After taking part in the inaugural running of this event but missing last year’s I was pleased to reacquaint myself with one of my favourite local races. Despite there being nearly 300 starters, this race has a very low key feel and is a very well organised and friendly event.
The route takes in some beautiful local trails which I know well after living in Highroyds* for a few years. It starts with a mile long rolling descent into the valley in front of Baildon Moor, in the back of your mind at this point is that all this elevation will have to be (literally?)clawed back. Luckily it doesn’t get steep enough to cause any actual clawing but the ascent to the top of the Odda does drag on (the race is classified as a CM fell race) and it is a relief to break out from the woods at the top and be met by a pretty stunning view over our beloved Wharfe Valley. A steep descent follows into the Highroyds estate followed by our first set of bluebell laden woodland trails. The route then loops back, skirting alongside Thorpe Lane back up The Odda. We then drop into more woodland for a hamstring busting descent where hurdling tree roots was my key objective and finish with a brief run along the the road to the finish at Hawksworth Primary School.
I saw Gary Johnson before the run and saw him leaving the school as I came into the finish so I assume he had a good run and (according to Strava) he went round in 45mins 30secs. Didn’t see any other Otley vests. Results
*For the record, this was after it was converted into houses.