Thursday 23rd June – Beamsley Beacon Fell Race

Report from Graham Lake:

Gorgeous evening for the Beamsley Beacon BOFRA Fell Race. The race starts in the small north-east European village of Addingham outside the pub, and after the usual casual yet manic fell-race start along the road, you’re soon crossing the Wharfe and heading up towards the beacon, the climb getting gradually steeper and steeper the higher you get up. I started off steadily, so passed a few on the way up, getting to the beacon itself with some runners I usually expect to be well ahead, so knew I was doing ok.
Clothed in my new black vest I plummeted down the hill, getting a good line off the top avoiding the rocky path, and passed a couple of runners as I opened my stride out down the road. The infamous ‘ginnel’ was interesting; essentially a narrow sunken lane that doubles as a stream bed, with 10 foot high bramble/nettle/bracken covered sides. You can’t even see your footing for most of it. I managed to overtake Ben Shepherd from Ilkley on the last field descent, but that meant I had to keep the pace up for the flat section home which wasn’t much fun.

Due to a few navigation errors by some of the fasties, I managed to finish in 14th place which I was really chuffed with. Beers in the sun followed.

Winner was Ali Burns of Valley Striders in 36.47. (I assume a good number, including Adam Osborne, Sam Watson and Joe Baxter took wrong turnings, will check Strava out later!). First Lady was Rachel Pilling P&B – in 44.20.
For Otley:
14th Graham Lake – 40.28
39th Robin Outtersides – 43.59
73rd Stephen Boddy – 48.38
109th Bob Baker – 56.26
121st Don Buffham – 1.02.27

128 ran, well up on last few years, full results on Wharfedale H. website here.

  1. #1 by Tom Pomfrett on June 24, 2016 - 7:19 pm

    Great effort Graham, impressive running again! Good turn out from the black and whites.

  2. #2 by Stephen on June 26, 2016 - 10:44 am

    Great race tarnished only by my inability to find my black vest beforehand. Stunning views up top, an exhilarating descent and that ginnel was a new one on me, not sure I’ve ever run on a path like it. Definitely one to do again.

  3. #3 by Graham on June 27, 2016 - 10:10 am

  4. #4 by Matt on June 27, 2016 - 6:54 pm

    Ah, the trench – you are not going to overtake anyone in that! How did people get lost – its a fairly simple course? Did they not go left off the quad bike track after the last tarmac on the way up. Where you go over a little stream.
    Well done all, a lovely race and a bonus night for those at the front.

  5. #5 by Graham on June 28, 2016 - 9:20 am

    One chap (while leading) turned right off the road 50 yards too early, meaning a run over fields and fences and running away from an irate farmer!

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