Report from Tom Lynch:
A fairly large contingent from Otley travelled over to The Shepherds Rest Inn above Todmorden for the Shepherds Skyline fell race organised by Todmorden Harriers, with myself and Liam both taking a last minute opportunity to take a lift with Colin, and Steve and Andy over to the race, with Bob Baker and Don Buffham also on the start line. The race is 10km with 350m ascent, and follows a mostly out and back route via Langfield Common to the Stoop, with a loop around Stoodley Pike including a steep descent to London Road and a climb back up to Stoop. A fairly cold day, but perfect visibility, and despite the recent lack of rain, this being on the wetter side of the Pennines, conditions were still pretty squelchy underfoot. A very popular race for the size of the course, with 281 finishers, made for a fairly congested start which didn’t really thin out until halfway across the top due to the narrow paths. An enjoyable but challenging race by all accounts, with plenty of cuts and scraps on show (I think I ended up with someone else’s blood on my leg!). We ended up in the pub after and joined the mad scramble to order chips and pints. The results were published very quickly, and Liam worked out he was up for a prize, so we waited and watched the generous prize giving until Liam (after some careful deliberation over vintages and grape varieties) collected his bottle of wine for 3rd M40.
The race winner was Thomas Corrigan (Barlick) in 44.04, first woman Sarah Tipler (Barlick) (34th overall) 52.03. For Otley: Liam Dunne (16th) 49.17 and 3rd M40, Tom Lynch (35th) 52.15, Steve Robinson (101st) 60.23, Andy Sumner (180th) 69.31, Bob Baker (195th) 72.18, Colin Best (222nd) 76.18 and Donald Buffham (264th) 86.35.
Full results and photos and a nice cartoon sketch map here.