Report from Liam:
Just a quick note on the Addingham Gala Fell Race. I’m doing the Snowdon Mountain race next weekend so decided late on to give the legs a little warm up, as my hill training in preparation for Snowdon has been pretty poor.
The weather was warm and muggy and just 56 runners lined up at the start and this was probably down to a fell race taking place in nearby Baildon and I think most of the faster end were at Sedburgh for the fell championship event.
With only two other OAC members, Antonio Cardinale and Don Buffham, we left the gala field and made our way up towards Beamsley. I did this event about 5 years ago and believe the route had changed since then.
I was soon joined out front with the young Marcus Preedy of Rosendale who like me wasn’t 100% sure of the route and this meant a slow pace at the front. We had a few moments of questioning the direction of the course but to be fair the course was as well marked as it possibly could be for a fell race.
On the climb up Beamsley the young whipper snapper dropped off and I got about 30 secs ahead of Paul Carmen of Ilkley Harriers who followed behind. At the bottom of the Beamsley decent I missed a turning onto a small track and had it not been for the Ilkley man behind I would have ended up elsewhere!
From here I found my way safely home and finished first across the line also picking up the prize for, as my wife Charlotte put it, ‘1st old git’ to finish. Don finished in 52nd (1.10.48) and Antonio followed soon after to complete the tough little course in 1.32.09
First Lady was the young and talented 17 year old Jemima Elgood of Ilkley Harriers who broke the female course record by 45 seconds. Results can be found below: