Thursday 23rd June – Beamsley Beacon Fell Race

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.

5 thoughts on “Thursday 23rd June – Beamsley Beacon Fell Race

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

  2. 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. 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.

  4. 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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