Report from Gary
The DT20 is the first of three races in the Dale’s Trail series. Race one is a 20km route (that’s 12 and a bit miles to me and you) that starts just outside of Reeth.
The pictures of the course from a week ago showed snowy hills and frozen bogs, so no one was expecting the sun beating down on them for the steep climb up to the top of Fremington Edge in the first mile of the race.
After running across the ridge of Fremington Edge, the fun really started as we were treated to a series of steep, technical quarry hushes to power down, which lead to Arkle riverbed. From there it was time to start climbing again for another three miles up to Calver Hill. With all the climbing done, it was downhill for most of the way home on good trails, moor and part of the C2C route.
Elevation gain for the day was around 1900 feet. The winner came in at a blistering 1 hour 20 minutes. I finished 18 minutes later in eighth, just as the thunder, lightning and hail signified a dramatic change in the weather for those still out on the course.
The next race in the series is on 15 July and is 18 miles(ish) starting from Muker, including a slog up to Tan Hill for some mid race ‘hydration.’ There’s still places for the race and in the car…join us!