Last night’s fell counter ‘Up the Beast’ (they seem to be dropping the prefix ‘Trail Race’, and rightly so!) was by turns, a roaring success, an eye opener, a great debut, or a right torment. Depending on who you were. I lost count, but I think we had 13 Helsby vests out last night, which is clearly fantastic.
A sneaky race, with two really tough ascents and plenty of off-piste action, some of which required a bit of scrambling technique! The second big climb (not that there was much flat) went on for a long time, really taxing lungs and calfs.
We came away with 5th and 6th overall, 3rd male (Adair) and 1st female (Jane). Albert also came away with another age group category and Paul took a well-deserved spot prize in a really strong debut on the fells. Chris BH is running like a train at the moment and starting to trouble Adair’s heels.
Special mention to Jim who’d cycled there for hardman points.
Full results now available here
Helsby positions and times were as follows:
5th Adair Broughton 38.30
6th Chris Baynham-Hughes 38.55
16th Jim O’Hara 42.53
22nd Jane Ashbrook 44.55 1st Lady
33rd Paul Porter 46.31
36th Steve Riley 47.19
42nd Phil Gillard 48.04
43rd Andy Robinson 48.23
54th Albert Berry 50.00 1st Male O/60
56th Andy Smith 50.34
62nd Vanessa Griffiths 51.42
69th Carol Shaw (& Mario) 55.22