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Saturday 20th May – Charlesworth Chase


Report from Matt Podd:

The old men were allowed out to play again and this time we had young Braveheart with us. Off with Dave Tait and Shane Ewan to Appletreewick, where we met Antonio; for a runout up and down Simon’s Seat, on a lovely morning. Must be the 5th or 6th running of this race which was setup originally to celebrate the marriage of Mr and Mrs Charlesworth. A fast start down the riverbank soon leads to the main event – climbing the mighty Simons Seat to touch the trig and back down the same way. The descent off is very tricky and there was ritual bloodletting as ever – not by me! It’s worth saving a bit for the flattish run in as places can be gained, but more can be gained by one’s speed downing a pint of ale at the finish.

Not sure who won, but Ian Holmes was in the top three – results on FRA website and pictures, here of Otley resident Dave Tait Woodentops set 1, set 2. Lovely race in good company – my last as a 50 year old.

  1. #1 by Caron on May 21, 2017 - 3:50 pm

    Ooh I’ve seen some of the scars too! How fast was your pint? Not an easy race either, glad you enjoyed it!

  2. #2 by Matt on May 21, 2017 - 5:57 pm

    Managed to get the pint down in two gulps! Dave Tait plastered behind worst casualty. Anyone would think fell racing was a contact sport. Lovely in Mallaig.

  3. #3 by Antonio Cardinale on May 24, 2017 - 8:07 pm

    I liked your short report Matt and you had a good race , and Shane E. was impressive on the climbing and on the descent he was flying . On the descent I was behind two girls who took a wrong turn and we did half a mile more .

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