Report from Tom Lynch
Great weather again this year (almost needed sun cream at some points!) for my second Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race, a 21.1 km /1450 m ascent fell race (apparently shorter if you measure it in miles – 12.5 miles /4600 ft), I made it more like just over 19 km. It doesn’t get any easier, but I paced myself better this year and took on food/water properly so didn’t feel on the verge of passing out at the end! Some experience meant I took some better lines, like not losing tonnes of height skirting too low round the start of Crinkle Crags, in the end taking nearly 20 minutes off my time. Always a very busy start to the race due to the number of entrants, this year despite being a championship and a sell-out was actually about the same number of finishers as last year, overall there were 378 finishers (389 started).
An English championship race this year and providing the deciding race in both the men’s and women’s championship. Simon Bailey (Mercia) came in second behind Sam Tosh (Rossendale) to snatch the championship over Sam by a handful of points – 3rd from Simon would have tied the championship. Victoria Wilkinson (Bingley) won the women’s race in a record time and also sealed the championship.
Sam Tosh 1st in 1:59:51
Victoria Wilkinson 1st woman in 2:22:50 (breaking 24 yr old record of 2:23:25)
Tom Lynch 181st 2:59:11