A beautiful evening for a five mile race through lesser-known parts of Hamsterley Forest. Quite a few familiar faces at the start line, and we joked about how none of us had brought the usual maps, compasses etc, as obviously we wouldn’t be needing them – well, we wouldn’t would we, as the course was marked with huge yellow marker boards, so what could go wrong?
The race began with a long mile and a half drag with little chance to catch your breath, after which we had nice rolling or flat sections – Nigel was not too far behind me along here, just behind the leading lady. With about a mile to go, a marshal directed me down the final hill, saying “you can’t go wrong now”! I had another runner in my sights coming down here, and hammered down the hill trying to catch him up, and – you guessed it – he missed a sign, and my eyeballs were so far out I missed it too! We ended up taking a slight shortcut to the finish, as did the leading lady, sadly, and so for the first time ever I was disqualified! Had to laugh about it, after doing all the fell navigation training …
Will Horsley had a great run to win in under the half-hour. I actually quite enjoyed my non-qualifying run in 35 minutes or so, followed closely on the full route by Nigel and Emma – first Lady home. Debs’ Dad Eric had a good run, and Jan won the F50 prize – her son Cal said this one hurt much more than the last fell race he did in Hamsterley, but he did well to come in the top twenty.
Nice new race – and a prize for every runner afterwards in the cafe.
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