Report from Caron Ralph:
December is generally Andrew’s and my annual trip to the Really Wild Boar fell race in Ravenstonedale. Andrew to marshal on the summit and me to race , but due to school holidays etc Gary and Debbie Devine have moved this little corker to October so its prime racing weather and it didn’t disappoint! After scouring Groupon for a good deal for an overnight stay in the Fat Lamb (nearest..sorry only pub in the middle of nowhere) we set off on Saturday at our leisure so we didn’t have to get up too early on Sunday for the 2pm start.
The race consists of a deceiving trek up the track to the gate opening onto the open fell with a steep climb up….not for the faint-hearted…massive drop down to the left! Up onto the top, not forgetting to drop your token attached to knicker elastic in the bag at the cairn, then race across the top to Andrew on the summit then fast as you can down, taking your choice of routes, either rocky, boggy or tussock-your choice none easy and not forgetting to drop your second token, again attached to knicker elastic, in the bag at the checkpoint. I had a tussle with Amie from Howgill Harriers and fell goat(ess) Wendy Dodds from Clayton-le-Moors whom I tucked in behind on the descent as I knew she’d know the best route down and she didn’t disappoint. Managing to pass both of them on the track back, I was pleased to get a course PB of over 3 minutes, (I think this could be down to afore mention Ms Dodds) .
Afterwards is a lively drink in the Fat Lamb and Gary and Debbie awarding spot prizes of which the coveted one is a weekend at their own Pyrenees Haven. Unfortunately I wasn’t the winner of said prize but am now a proud owner of another spot prize ….a pair of snowshoes! They will come in handy if we’re six foot deep in snow! I might add that Wendy Dodds was doing a bit of Fishwicking having also done Gt Whernside the day before, and the real Mr Fishwick thinks i travelled from NZ just to do the Really Wild Boar!
Results: 1st Adam Perry, Helm Hill 40:32 (after a 12th @ Great Whernside), 1st Lady Rachel Pilling P&B ~ 48:58 (also after a 2nd @ Great Whernside), 74th, Caron Ralph 1:04:13. Full results on the FRA website here.