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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.

  1. #1 by Graham L on March 21, 2017 - 9:38 am

    Results:
    http://barlickfellrunners.org.uk/media/advkontent/results17/rivock_edge17.pdf
    Looks like the chip timing didn’t work very well, as the times are out significantly (and not by a specific amount one way or the other).

  2. #2 by Andrew Robertshaw on March 21, 2017 - 9:43 am

    Well done Graham, I think I would have debated that point on walking 🙂
    Quiz question: guess the year & how many folk do you recognise on the following Rivock Edge finish photo: http://otleyac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/RivockEdgeFinish.jpg

  3. #3 by Graham L on March 21, 2017 - 11:24 am

    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??

  4. #4 by Hannah Lupton on March 21, 2017 - 2:12 pm

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

  5. #5 by Andrew on March 21, 2017 - 4:35 pm

    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.

  6. #6 by Graham L on March 21, 2017 - 6:06 pm

  7. #7 by Caron on March 22, 2017 - 8:49 pm

    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…

  8. #8 by Antonio Cardinale on March 23, 2017 - 10:57 pm

    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.

  9. #9 by Antonio Cardinale on March 23, 2017 - 10:58 pm

    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.

  10. #10 by Antonio Cardinale on March 23, 2017 - 11:18 pm

    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.

  11. #11 by Graham L on March 24, 2017 - 9:27 am

    I hope the marshals and Race Organiser were still there Antonio??

  12. #12 by Antonio Cardinale on March 24, 2017 - 8:06 pm

    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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