Report from Steve Robinson
I was in conversation with Tom Lynch on Friday night discussing this Fell Race and we didn’t really convince one another to do it. I did the parkrun at Woodhouse Moor Sat morning with my eldest and then saw Tom had messaged me again saying he was now up for racing. I was still in Otley at 11.30 messing about getting ready, bearing in mind it’s a 2pm start well passed Sedbergh in the Howgills.
According to Wainwright, the fell gets its name from the wild boar which inhabited the area over 500 years ago. A tusk, claimed to be off ‘the last wild boar caught on the fell’, is kept in the Kirkby Stephen parish church.
I have been meaning to do this race for a while as I know it’s a firm favorite of Andrew and Caron, as Andrew tends to help marshal on it each year.
The race is pretty much a long single climb to the top, which was exposed, very windy and thick with fog. Once you had passed Andrew at CP3 things got interesting on the open fell with no paths and plenty of bogs to negotiate. I didn’t take the best line (half expected to see a wild boar myself as I bet no-one has walked that route in 500 yrs!!). One or two runners apparently missed the last CP or had a long run back up to the marshal.
Results are due out later this week, but from the photo of the results on Facebook, Tom was 32nd and I was 46th.
*** Update Results are out the winner of the race was Carl Bell (Keswick)in 41:21, first woman was Sharon Taylor (Helm Hill) in 49:04. For Otley: Tom Lynch 32nd 51:35, Steve Robinson 46th 56:55 ****
AR photo update: Eerie wild Horses, not Boars! appear out of the mist.