Report from Tom Lynch:
Having decided against the big drive, and more importantly big effort of Snowdon on Saturday I decided to take on this much tougher local BOFRA race, which was also a counter in the BOFRA championship. A whole 4 km, but don’t let that deceive you, as ever with a BOFRA race it included a steep climb, with only a small bit of gentle introduction, with 310 m of climbing (2.5 miles/1020 feet) packed into the distance. The route started just above Cracoe and headed up over a wall via a farm trailer to the war memorial on the ridge above Cracoe, and then straight back down. The second half of the climb is boggy and rough, and the last sprint in required a gate climb to get back over the wall. It was perfect weather and I was joined by Graham Lake, Don Buffham and Antonio Cardinale. There are some entertaining pictures out there of the race on the BOFRA facebook page and the Woodentops 1 and 2.
The winner of the race was Ted Mason (Wharfedale Harriers) 21:46, first woman was Kirsty Hall (also of Wharfedale) in 27:04. I came in 13th (9th champs counter) in 25:04, Graham Lake came in 23rd in 27:46, Don Buffham was 79th in 41:42 and Antonio Cardinale was 86th in 58:21. Full results are here.