Saturday 6th July – Blackfell Race

Saturday 6th July – Blackfell Race

Report from Andrew Robertshw

I’ve done a slightly longer version of this one when Bingley Harriers had a weekend of 3 races in 3 days, the Saturday race was a very similar route to the Blackfell race.  This year it was an English and Yorkshire Champs. race, so pre-entry only,  however a couple of weeks ago 20 or so entries were released, so in a sports bar in Keswick after a couple of pints I entered…

Come race day I was content to take it steady, enjoy the race and not be too bothered about my finishing position or time, which I can definitely say I did.

The unmarked route basically goes up and over the Great Whernside ridge, finishing with a tussocky, off piste traverse to Hag Dyke and fast grassy descent, see map.

Ilkley Harriers had a good day with Tom Adams taking a clear win ahead of Jack Wood in a new course record of 1:14:28.  Kelli Roberts, Helm Hill finished 1st lady in 51st in 1:28:15.

I was the only Otley vest present and finished in 101st in 1:34:57,  2nd claimer Tanya Shepherd 2:17:41, 255th.

See a full set of results on the sportident site here,  the splits make for interesting reading, for me anyway!  If only it had been just a race between checkpoints 2 & 3 I would have done a lot better…

See more of Caron’s photos from her checkpoint at the second gate up to Cam Head here.

One thought on “Saturday 6th July – Blackfell Race

  1. The veteran and very experienced fell runner Andrew R. crossed the finish line of this English Championship in a splendid 1.34 a time really spectacular to do in this tough 9 miles , if considering as well the high field of top hill runners coming from all over the country . Also 2nd claimer Tanya S. did a powerful fell race finishing in 2.17. Well done you two .

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