Report from Matt Podd
A new race from Buckden up the pike and down by the mines with a descending loop towards Starbotton turning to finish in Buckden. 5.1 miles.
Unfortunately Brave heart had to go to a baby fair, so it was only me and Dave Tait who ventured up wharfedale for this race. I’d failed to get in Over the Odda so decided to do this. A small field, with a lot from Skipton AC set off up the tourist path from the NT carpark. No walk up the hill, its runnable by this route so we all weezed our way to the top which was just touching the cloud. Along the top south for a short while before plunging down to the old mine to be greeted by a herd of belted galloway cattle. We then contoured round the slope on a level path before turning and descending fast back to the start – which was now the finish. I managed to pass a few on the descent, but couldn’t catch Dave. I was 16th in about 56 minutes.
This was the best race I’ve done for ages, friendly folk, good competition and a fantastic route. I won a chocolate orange which made it even better.
Someone from Skipton won. I hope the National Trust put this race on again.