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2nd – 3rd July – Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon


Report from Kirsty Pomfrett

On Friday Tom and I drove over to Pooley Bridge to take part in the Harter Fell class of this year’s Saunders Mountain Marathon.

Saturday morning, bags packed, we headed out into the rain, through the campsite to the start where we were set off third in our class.  We dibbed and headed straight up a hill over rough, tussocky ground.  The first two controls were quite far apart and a few poor nav decisions meant that we ended up bashing our way through bracken down to a control tucked away in a beck.  I think it’s fair to say that this not my favourite part of the race!

After a short steep incline, we contoured around to Low Raise and started to get into our stride a little.  The rain was fairly persistent by now but we continued steadily on around High Raise making up for the morning and enjoying the faster descents.saunders1

The final leg was back to sketchier terrain – what would have been a lovely jaunt through woodland turned into a slimy, slippery mess.  We scrambled through and on the other side were rewarded with another track toward the final control.

We finished day one at 13.10 and spent the rest of the day trying to hide from the rain in our cosy 1 man tent.  A break in the showers meant that we could see the route planner’s optimum route – a fair bit shorter than that we’d chosen!

SaundersTentFieldDay two began with a mass start, unsurprisingly straight up a hill!  The navigation felt more straightforward, and we’d learned from our mistakes on day one.  Once we’d made it to the first control, we had a sustained narrow descent and in contrast to the Saturday… sunshine – lots of lovely sun!  Choosing to stay up on the hillside and take a slightly longer route meant that we overtook a few other pairs in the middle of the course.   A few more bracken fields and peat hags and we were running back toward Pooley Bridge and the finish line.  Despite the weather on Day One it was a thoroughly enjoyable race and a great intro for me into a whole new world of hill running!

Results for Harter Fell Class

1st        Nigel Bunn  & David Bunn 5:29:47

6th       Martin Skinner & Susan Skinner  07:02:02 (first mixed)

27th     Suzy Robertson & Nicola Elder 08:20:06 (first ladies)

18th     Thomas Pomfrett & Kirsty Pomfrett 08:02:49

  1. #1 by Laura on July 5, 2016 - 10:40 pm

    Looks like a great adventure – well done the Pom Poms!!

  2. #2 by Sarah on July 6, 2016 - 8:25 am

    Yay glad to see some other black and whites ‘enjoying’ the unique adventure that is the mountain marathon !! Great result well done – see you at the rab in September then?!?!

  3. #3 by Graham on July 6, 2016 - 12:42 pm

    Sounds like a great adventure. I need to do one of these.

  4. #4 by Caron on July 6, 2016 - 12:52 pm

    Brilliant! Here’s to many more marriage partnerships that can read and agree on maps TOGETHER! Well done the Poms!

  5. #5 by Joanna on July 6, 2016 - 8:23 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely expedition, I was thinking of you both as I too was in the lakes so know the weather conditions you “enjoyed”! Well done to both of you.

  6. #6 by Stephen on July 7, 2016 - 4:03 pm

    Looks ace. Well done.

  7. #7 by Antonio Cardinale on July 7, 2016 - 8:25 pm

    8 hours and 2 minutes that is loads of running and it is indeed like an adventure , a hard one , and I agree with all the positive comments about you two doing this Mountain Marathon . As well the report from Pooley Bridge is good . Well done to Kirsty and Tom P.

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