Report from Tom Lynch:
This year’s British Fell relays took place in the hills surrounding the Derwent reservoir in the Peak District, with the start field located right at the foot of the impressive dam. Otley had two teams again this year, a men’s and women’s team, with the competition for entering teams in the race again being tight this year. The race consisted of a 6 person team with two shorter solo legs, a longer paired leg, and an equal length navigational paired leg.
Otley’s line up was:
|Leg 1 (7.65km 360m climb)||Ben Cousen||Sharron Smith|
|Leg 2 (12.3km 484m climb)||Andrew Robertshaw
|Leg 3 (nav leg)||Liam Dunne
|Leg 4 (7.85 km 375m climb)||Rob Grant||Caron Ralph|
The race centre itself was difficult to access, requiring a journey by bus, but we managed to get a tent up as a base, shared with Fellandale. This was in case of bad weather, but on the day, the rain held off, and in the end the sun came out for some of the legs.
So generally good running conditions, apart from the (not unexpected) Peak District bogs in fine condition!
I think everyone enjoyed the day, a new experience for Rob having only recently got a pair of fell shoes, a testing day out for Rich realising it’s not at all easy trying to hang on to Andrew over fell terrain, and a welcome return to club racing for Laura Martin. No serious mishaps, and the nav leg stayed clear, only a small detour for 1 checkpoint it was a good result all round.
The winners on the day were Keswick AC Men’s A, first women were Helm Hill Women’s A, Otley AC Men came in 62nd overall, and Otley AC Women were 170th, and 30th women’s team.