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Saturday 18th June: Buckden Pike fell race


Report from Tom P:

I woke up early on Saturday ready to make the long drive to Borrowdale to recce the route ahead of the classic Borrowdale Fell Race in August. Unfortunately I then “rested my eyes” briefly and an hour later woke up to the realisation that I was both lazy and not going to the Lakes. Plan B soon came together in the shape of Buckden Pike Fell Race – a traditional fell race in the sense that you run up a bloody great hill then run back down in again. Lovely.

The race kicked off at half two with a typically unceremonious “Go” from the organiser and after crossing the slippy beck the pack started to stretch out on the first brutal section of uphill. I was still feeling the effects of Thursday’s Harrogate league so I just put my head down and tried to hold on in the hope I could make some time up on the descent.

Other than the odd bog patch, the conditions were great, with nice springy turf most of the way up to the high point just short of Buckden Pike summit. Here the route turned and we hit the first downhill before the long contour that rejoins the ascent route. I found a second wind on the descent and regained a few places before the stile and a few more on the final crazy drop back into the village – the highlight being the amusing wall leap coming into the finish.

First Man – Jamie Parkinson, Pudsey and Bramley, 34.17
First Lady – Kirsty Hall, Wharfedale, 42.07

Tom Pomfrett was the only runner for Otley coming in 21st in 44.44. There were 98 runners in total, full results are here.

  1. #1 by Antonio Cardinale on June 22, 2016 - 7:58 pm

    The Buckden Pike fell race it a lovely one , has been home of several championships and the best runners in the country has done it , I had planned to do it , but I could not for family reason make it .The result in 44:44 is a solid performance and quite good going , well done to Tom P.

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