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Sunday 2nd October – Hodgson Brothers Relay


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Early rise view of Ullswater

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

A perfect day for the best fell relay of the year.  This is a paired, four stage race in the Lake District based from the village of Patterdale on the shores of Ullswater.

Caron Ralph and Tamara Weatherhead took up the challenge on the first leg, (6.7k & 440m of ascent).  Starting on the playing fields at Patterdale finishing in the hamlet of Hartsop, passing Angle tarn at the top of the long climb.  They ran well to finish in a time just under the hour, 59.34.

hodgsonbrothersrelay_leg2_ar_liamdI partnered Liam Dunne on the second stage which has a steepish track climb to the northern end of Hayeswater, before a steep walking climb to the path up to the Roman road that takes in the summit of High Street.  Thence onto hodgsonbrothersrelay2016_2laurasThornthwaite Beacon followed by a rocky descent and climb up towards Caudale moor and mostly fast running down to the next changeover at the top of Kirkstone Pass.  We ran well to pass over 20 teamsrecording a time of 1:17:39 for the 11k / 890m route.

The two Laura’s of Martin and Clark set off on the next stage, (7.5k, 570m),with the tough very steep first climb up to the summit of Red Screes, from there it’s navigationally challenging when the mist is down but the fantastic weather made this a little easier, although there’s lots of route choice from the last checkpoint down to the changeover point near hodgsonbrothers_graham_toml_leg4Brotherswater.  I think they had the performance of the day, coming home in a time of 1:14:04, several minutes quicker than the last couple of years.

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The finishing sprint for Tom and Graham

Graham Lake and Tom Lynch took the ‘baton’ for the final stage of the day, (11k, 900m),  a tough route taking in the summits of Hart Crag, Fairfield and St Sunday Crag.  Another good performance saw them record a time of 1:37:18 maintaining a 46th position at the finish from 70 starting teams.

Dark Peak FR finally ended the 19 year winning streak of Borrowdale FR, but only with a storming final leg 5 minutes quicker than the next best, Borrowdale, with respective total times of 3:34:50 to 3:39:30.  We were only about an hour and a half behind in 5hrs 8 mins 35 seconds.  Although a total time for Otley of 5:08:35 was our best clockwise time as a mixed team, (our best anti-clockwise being just approx. 2.5 minutes under 5 hours.  So all in all an enjoyable day out in the fells of the eastern lakes.

Comprehensive results on sportident here, Strava Flybys, Leg 1,  Leg 2, Leg 3, Leg 4 to checkout all the route choices, (not good on your phone, try laptop etc.), which are quicker is still hard to tell!

  1. #1 by Graham L on October 2, 2016 - 10:21 pm

    Great event, cheers Andrew. Bit confused how we passed a number of teams, had no one pass us, yet stayed in same position?! Weird things happen on those fells! I blame the cloudy beer!

  2. #2 by Tamara on October 3, 2016 - 7:18 am

    Caron and I did you all a favour by giving you so many teams to pass 😉 Superb report writing and organising as ever by Hon Handicapper, thanks. An entertaining trip out to the Lakes, lovely hotel 🙂 – not sure I’m going to get all the grass stains off my brand new white Otley vest!

  3. #3 by Matt P on October 3, 2016 - 8:29 am

    Well done all – looked a lovely day. Much faster without me holding you back!

  4. #4 by Hannah Lupton on October 3, 2016 - 10:10 am

    Well done everyone, sounds like you had fun!

  5. #5 by Graham L on October 3, 2016 - 10:22 am

    Tom, I’ve worked out why that lady running for Settle was so fast: she was a man.

  6. #6 by Caron on October 3, 2016 - 3:31 pm

    Very enjoyable weekend-having done leg 1 three times now, you would’ve thought I’d know when to start the descent, WRONG-still went too far over and cost us a few minutes! Think I need to do the FRA nav course….As ever, an enjoyable weekend especially in fab weather

  7. #7 by Tamara on October 4, 2016 - 6:53 am

    I note that the early rise view of Ullswater is more photogenic than us Caron!

  8. #8 by Antonio Cardinale on October 5, 2016 - 9:32 pm

    A good report from Patterdale by Andrew R. who is in a fantastic shape running a superb relay together with the powerful Liam D. Also Tamara W. together with Caron R. had a super race in 59.34. Well done also to the others paired.

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