Wansfell Pike Fell Race 2.1 miles 1329ft
Having some vouchers for the Quiet Site in Ullswater to use, Andrew and I decided to book a stay in the twixmas break. As per usual whenever we go to the Lakes Andrew scours the fellrunner for races and lo and behold Wansfell Pike Fell Race came up on the 27th December! “It’s a nice one” he said, “You’ll like this one” he said, “it’s only a couple of miles” he said, “first bit is on the road then steep up the fell” he said. What he neglected to tell me was the half a mile or so on the road was nearly as steep as the fell and then it on to hands on knees climb to the summit…I had to laugh as someone had hauled a chiminea up there to keep the marshals warm! This really is a leg sapper race as there is no break from the climb and at one point I was on my hands and knees. The route is an out and back with own choice of descent but having never done it before I went down the same way, a lot of others chose a run down through rougher terrain but I don’t think it would’ve made that much of a difference to me. I managed to keep my place (at the back!) and passed a couple of runners going down. All in all a great race with a record attendance of 155 this year including fellow Otley moocher Dave Tait (Dark Peak) having a brilliant run and winning the MV70 prize (of which is still in Andrews van) and I was chuffed to come away with 3rd LV50 prize, I hasten to add that there was only 3 of us anyway.
Winner was Josh Boyle, Ribble Valley in 19.34 U23
Ladies Winner Kelli Roberts, Helm Hill in 24.16
Caron Ralph, Otley AC 41.18
Dave Tait, Dark Peak in 36,42