Lantern Pike Fell Race

Well. I didn’t enjoy that! Mainly, it has to be said because my running style doesn’t seem to work with a race like that, it was hard, hard work, and it wasn’t the hills that did for me. So what happened? This particular version of a Fell race up Lantern pike is run on the first day of the Hayfield Sheepdog trials and show. We got there in plenty of time, thanks to a lift with one of my fellow triplers from last week, John S, and wandered around the show for a while. Lots of good stuff to see … Continue reading

A story of 3 races. Coombs Tor, Padfield Scamper and the Coal Sack race

A day with 2 fell races is always going to present a choice, unless they are close enough to each other to get from one to the other in time for the second one to start. This will normally involve a bit of pre-planning and a car. What if the races are on the same day, a decent amount of time between them, and a runnable distance from each other? What then. Numbering up for Coombs Well. We started off the day picking up Sikobe (whose idea this entire folly it was) and John S and wended our way out … Continue reading

Barrel Inn Fell Race

The route Last of the Midweek Championship Counters for Glossopdale. 1st and 2nd has been decided already, and John Hewitt and I are the only 2 in contention for 3rd place. All he needs to do is come one place behind me, and he comes 3rd. I have to be either first or second Glossopdale home. Gwyn is running, so first is pretty much out of the window, and knowing John, its going to be a hard run for second. My plan was simply to beat John, and see how far back he came. Barrel Inn is about 10km long, … Continue reading

Chunal Fell race

Chunal, another Des classic. 4miles and 950ft of ascent. Someone on the FRA forum mentioned it was basically a cross between Wormstones and Herod Farm, both of which I have had the dubious pleasure of running. When someone says ‘its a cross between…’ especially when talking about a fell race, assume they mean the hardest and nastiest bits of the race. That was certainly the case of this one. The weather had been unsure of what to do in Glossop all day. The clouds had been out in force, it had been sunny to a point, but never actually nice. … Continue reading

Eccles Pike

A short lung burster this week. A bit over 3 miles, on a there and back course. How had could it be? Oh. That hard. Having not really run since the last race 2 weeks ago I decided to head out for a run last night, which you can read about on my other blog. It was only a 1 hour little run, but I think it took enough out of me to make me really feel it on the race. It was a beautiful evening, sun in the blue sky, not too hot, not too cold, a good field … Continue reading