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Sunday 23rd October – The Really Wild Boar Fell Race


Report from Caron Ralph:

Wild Boar Fell from the Fat Lamb

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.

  1. #1 by Matt on October 24, 2016 - 6:34 pm

    Nice write up Caron, Wendy was a bit fresher on Saturday and beat me. Lots doing the double – just a bit far to drive for me. W

  2. #2 by Andrew Robertshaw on October 24, 2016 - 6:47 pm

    Think that was just a warm up for Wendy, Matt 🙂 & did you know she did the Otley 10 in 1991 in 68 minutes, I remember some sort of dispute over something or other, Vets. or team prize I think it was, forthright as ever..

  3. #3 by Howard on October 27, 2016 - 12:03 pm

    Such a good write up Caron, I am sorely tempted to try one of these. Rocks, Bogs or Tussocks you say? Ah!

    I looked at the Otley 10 results for 1991 because I love to of hear people who were racing then, still mixing it today, 25 years on. I was there myself on that day and recognise maybe 1 in 30 names still around today. The winner Wayne Aylesbury is a great age group triathlete now. I spoke to him at the start of Oulton park duathlon. He had a mechanical failure and a DNF. Goes to show you can start but you still have to finish.

  4. #4 by Antonio Cardinale on October 27, 2016 - 8:40 pm

    I agree with Matt P. and Howard J. about your report from Ravenstonedale it is unique good . It is really inspiring to see runners who carry on competing also in their sixty and beyond , last night I went on my old running club website in Milan and I realize that my old friends are still at it in their seventy , now doing the the cross country season and also several races on the calendar . In such tough and difficult fell race your 1.04 is a great achievement . Well done to Caron Ralph .

  5. #5 by Antonio Cardinale on October 27, 2016 - 8:41 pm

    I agree with Matt P. and Howard J. about your report from Ravenstonedale it is unique good . It is really inspiring to see runners who carry on competing also in their sixty and beyond , last night I went on my old running club website in Milan and I realize that my old friends are still at it in their seventy , now doing the the cross country season and also several races on the calendar . In such tough and difficult fell race your 1.04 is a great achievement . Well done to Caron Ralph for doing a strong ran.

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