Much like Joey Barton, this Derbyshire race is short, brutal and does serious damage to your ankles, fitting in four nasty climbs in approximately five miles. The start alone beggars belief, with runners lining up on a rough track in a steep, wooded valley, before being directed that the race commences not up the track but up the valley-side. Cue a hands-and-knees climb just to kick off the race, with an awful lot of cursing from slipping runners.
Once out of the valley, something recognisable as a fell race emerges, fitting in runnable sections between ascents of Mount Famine, South Head and, for complete demoralisation, Mount Famine again (just from a different, steeper angle). Throughout these climbs I was able to gain ground on many of the runners, only to lose a dozen places or so on the final descent from Mount Famine to Hayfield, courtesy of my complete lack of practice/ineptitude descending tussocky moorland. Galling, but still a very enjoyable race and well worth doing when stuck too far south to get back for the Pier to Pier.
|1||Lloyd Taggart||Dark Peak FR||M||41:58|
|19||Jackie Lee||Eryri Harriers||F||1||50:13|