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Saturday 8th October: Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race (English Champs)


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

  1. #1 by Tom P on October 10, 2016 - 9:11 am

    Nice one Tom, going sub 3h on Langdale is a seriously good effort! Sub 2 next year?!

  2. #2 by Caron on October 10, 2016 - 11:33 am

    Wow! Cracking effort to knock that off last years time! Well done Curly Haired Fell Goat!

  3. #3 by Matt P on October 10, 2016 - 11:43 am

    Well done Tom! And a pint in the ODG?

  4. #4 by Tom Lynch on October 10, 2016 - 12:43 pm

    Half, I was driving, but a free cheese and onion pasty too while I watched the prize giving. Also a nice post race bath in the stream.

  5. #5 by Liam Dunne on October 10, 2016 - 7:36 pm

    Well done Tom sounds like one for the future. Looks like the new fell captain is leading by example.

  6. #6 by Andrew Robertshaw on October 11, 2016 - 2:58 pm

    Well done Tom, a great day for a long race in the lakes.

  7. #7 by Graham L on October 11, 2016 - 4:40 pm

    Well done Tom, sounds like a great day out.

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