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Saturday 13th August – Littondale Fete


Report from Caron Ralph:

race photos courtesy Woodentops

Stongman Ted hammering away

Andrew and I decided to introduce my visiting kiwi mother to a traditional Yorkshire county fete (with an ulterior motive being a 4 mile road race and a fell race)  Off we set through the beautiful countryside to Arncliffe.  Only a tiny place but with a lovely vibe. I had intended to do both and I’m sure Andrew did too but as we got out of the car we both said we couldn’t be bothered doing the road race  and Andrew went one better and said he couldn’t be bothered doing the fell race either!  So I took it upon myself to solely represent Otley AC in a massively long 1.9 mile fell race.  Typical of a BOFRA race, very steep and very short!  We started off in the village centre and ran along a farm track to the bottom of the hill then up a leg sapping, lung busting climb to the top, a loop around then the descent down what we’d just run up.  No broken ankles from what I saw, ending up back in the village centre.  First home was current course champion Simon Bailey-Mercia Fell Runners in 10.27, 1st lady was Katherine Lawson-Helm Hill in 14.13, I came in 75th in 17.36.

CaronRalph_LittondaleFeteFull results here.  We stayed and watched the dog show and the Strong man/lady competition featuring fell runner extraordinaire Ted Mason and Jo Buckley representing the ladies!  All and all a good afternoon out.

See the Simon & Ted in descending action here and Caron here and lots more photos of the seniors fell race by Woodentops here.

  1. #1 by Tom Pomfrett on August 15, 2016 - 8:33 am

    Awesome work Caron! I wondered why Andrew wasn’t in the results 🙂

  2. #2 by Matt on August 15, 2016 - 7:41 pm

    Good effort Caron. Typical BOFRA fun.

  3. #3 by Hannah Lupton on August 16, 2016 - 9:30 am

    Well done Caron, love the video!

  4. #4 by Caron on August 16, 2016 - 2:15 pm

    Ha! Hannah it looks like I’m running so slow but def didn’t feel like that! BOFRA races are mad!

  5. #5 by Antonio Cardinale on August 16, 2016 - 9:31 pm

    To be honest I intended to run the 4 miles road race and the 2 miles fell race as well but I did just like Andrew that for some reason I just could not be bother on the day to get in the car and drive all the way to Arncliffe . I agree with Hannah L. that in video you look great Caron and your 17.36 it is a nice result indeed.

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