Sunday 19th March – Rivock Edge Fell Race

Sunday 19th March – Rivock Edge Fell Race

Report from Graham Lake:

Living in Yorkshire for as long as I have you come to expect sun, heat and stable weather to greet you when you pull your inov-8s on. No such luck on Sunday! It was very wet, very windy and rather chilly; who’d have thought it?!
This race was the epitome of ‘low-key’, starting on a trading estate with a mumbled ‘go then’ and a hooter from the RO to set us off. It’s not the epitome of a fell race though, with a mile on flat but very muddy towpath, followed by x-country style fields and gate-hopping, before a very steep climb through some woods (hopefully you’ve all seen the photo of Antonio using his ingenuity to get up this). You’re then back on some incredibly boggy and cow-trodden fields, where I lost some time on a couple of chaps, one of which was like a gazelle over the gates. Getting on to the moor ‘proper’ was a relief from the bog of eternal stench.
On my CIRF course I’d been advised that the hands-on-knees way of getting up steep terrain may not be the best, and keeping a springy, upright style may be better, so I tried this out and to my surprise, reeled in the two lads who’d got away earlier who were walking up with aforementioned style. This race were trying out a wrist-band style chip-timing system this year, so there was a bit of a delay while the guy in front of me tried to get his to register, then we were off down the moor for some fast running. I managed to overtake the two in front and put some good distance between us, taking advantage of the hills. Skiing back down through the woods was fun, and I was soon chasing down the next runner, although when we got on the tow-path he had a great turn of speed and I couldn’t close the gap.
I finished in 7th place in 1.01.33 (although my watch says 40s quicker) with the winner being Joe Baxter of P&B in 54.22.
Ladies winner was Rachel Pilling also P&B in 1.05.47
Antonio finished in 2.28.54.

12 thoughts on “Sunday 19th March – Rivock Edge Fell Race

  1. Brilliant photo, only you and Jack I can recognise. Unless that’s a very youthful John Armitstead on the left??
    I see Mr Fisher did it in 1992, but he’s not there is he??

  2. Brilliant photo, that has to be John A doesn’t it? Well done Graham, these fell races are seriously crackers.

  3. Good effort Graham, Nov. 92, yes Ian was 6th, although nearly everyone went the wrong way, nothing changes eh.. 🙂
    Left to right, John A. Mark Phillips, Jack, me, D’ale Foster, Joan Cubbon just a bit, Ray Hawksby, Richard Hargraves, Marc Drew & Paul Cutton. Ian Holmes was first & a certain Mr Dave Woodhead 3rd.

  4. Ha! 2 Robertshaw’s and a Hargraves…nothing like keeping it in the family! Recognise John A and Dale looks about 12! Maybe if we stick to B&W photos we’ll all look younger!! Well run Graham-lots of mixed terrain makes hard shoe choices…

  5. 1.01 is a powerful performance Graham especially in that quagmire , I could tell already before the start when I saw you that you were in good shape , very springy and slim …you looked like you had the awareness of your strength and thank you as well for posting the old fell runner magazine . Also thank you to Andrew R. for the old 1992 photo , a trip to memory lane , nothing changes indeed like the muddy vest dirty with mud and me at the back going the wrong way 3 times with more miles to do because with the wind the flags had flown off.

  6. 1.01 is a powerful performance Graham especially in that quagmire , I could tell already before the start when I saw you that you were in good shape , very springy and slim …you looked like you had the awareness of your strength and thank you as well for posting the old fell runner magazine . Also thank you to Andrew R. for the old 1992 photo , a trip to memory lane , nothing changes .. like the muddy vest dirty with mud and me at the back going the wrong way 3 times with more miles to do because with the wind the flags had flown off.

  7. Sorry for the mistake ……..about nothing changes …last Sunday when I went towards the finish line I could see that everybody has gone home ….like in 2002 Rivock Edge when I went towards the finish line everybody had already disappeared … the only one there waiting for me was a worried Andrew R. because it was a foggy day and you could see not much in front of you..I could have ended up nowhere in the wildness of the moors.

  8. At the Rivock Edge 2002 the fog was really bad Graham , and me wearing glasses makes more dfficult I did not see anybody , only Andrew at the finish with a bottle of wine and the time keeper , this year race the flags flown away by the strong wind and I was stranded and did not know where to go , and I went wrong 3 times tiring myself out because I could not see any marshal around in that difficult section that you have got to know where you are going , although they were at the top of Rivock Edge and a the bottom and towards the canal the easy bit where I knew my way there were several marshals, and near the gates and to be honest at the finish line although everyone has gone home and the wide road was like a desert , the time keeper and the Race Organiser were still there waiting for me .

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