Saturday 22nd October – Great Whernside Fell Race

mattpodd_greatwhernsideReport from Matt Podd:

Lovely weather for this on Saturday, straight up and down Great Whernside from Kettlewell. AS,  4 miles with 1558 ft of ascent. First time I’ve done it and I really enjoyed it. Four black and whites took on the challenge- Graham Lake 34th in 39.22, Me 1grahamlake_greatwhernside42 in 54 mins, and two unsung heroes of the club who quietly do a lot of fell racing – Bob Baker 146 in 55 mins and Don Buffham 158 in 61 mins. Graham was beaten by his brother Andrew who was 24th and took a good fall on the descent as he passed me still climbing. Special mention to Kelly Wilby, back racing very shortly after having twins.

Photos courtesy of Woodentops, lot more Set 1 here and Set 2 here and Full Results.

  1. #1 by Graham L on October 24, 2016 - 9:01 am

    Really enjoyed this, what’s not to like with 2 miles of fast descent (with a short rocky bit in the middle). I fell twice, but the bogs made it less painful.
    This is a champs race next year, so there were a lot of the big boys over from the Lakes to recce it (Carl Bell, Tom Addison etc) although the race was won by local Simon Bailey who had a significant lead at the top, with Tom Adams second. Victoria Wilkinson looked v strong to win the women’s race.
    No need to always mention my brother beating me though! This was his 26th race of the year :o)

  2. #2 by Tom Lynch on October 24, 2016 - 10:03 am

    Graham L :

    No need to always mention my brother beating me though! This was his 26th race of the year :o)

    Guess you know how Jonny Brownlee feels Graham! Fancying the champ race next year? Another good turnout on the fells, well done all.

  3. #3 by Graham L on October 24, 2016 - 12:46 pm

    Ha! I’ll have to fake an illness near the end of a race, see if he stops or not! (I’m guessing not!)

  4. #4 by Caron on October 24, 2016 - 4:11 pm

    Well done guys! Always a good one and that false summit above Hag Dyke gets me every time on that race…I did contemplate joining you but my days of 2 races in 2 days are definitely behind me! Glad u enjoyed it Matt and some cracking photos of you coming down! Sorry to miss Don and Bob but hopefully see them at Harriers v cyclists.

  5. #5 by Antonio Cardinale on October 25, 2016 - 9:08 pm

    What a shame that the Great Whernside clashed with our New Inn race , I had planned to do it when I realize that was on the same day of our race , maybe next year . The former President Matt P . did a strong fell race in 54 minutes a good result , and Graham L. quite fast in 39.22. great result in a very competitive field . Bob B. ran well in 55 minutes not bad at all and my friend Donald B . ran a great race in 61 minutes still leaving behind quite few runners .

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