Firstly, sorry about the lateness of the blog this week, there was some confusion as to who’s turn it was. Just 2 reports in the inbox so we’ll go straight to the racing news. First up is Ben who attended another LDWA event on Saturday. Over to you Ben…
LDWA Marsden Moors Meander
Report by Ben Williams
“I plodded the LDWA ‘Marsden Moors Meander’ on Saturday, a 23 mile event in West Yorks with around 3000ft of climb.
The hard work starts immediately after the typically understated start, with a brutal climb out of Marsden and up towards Rishworth Moor. The only relief is a sharp fell-style run down into a steep valley, spoilt by the climb which goes straight back up the opposite side. The first section is probably the most varied, with repeated climbs, and a run through the farmyard of Stott Hall Farm to the first checkpoint in the shadow of Booth Wood Reservoir. The second section goes onto the moors ‘proper’ – because I was confident I knew the way I’d left the route description in my bag and of course went wrong up on Rishworth Moor. Fortunately I realised fairly quickly and managed to tab cross country to get back on the right path. The handful of people following me didn’t look impressed, but you should never blindly follow the runner in front – especially if it’s me.
I’ve made it a tradition to faceplant at least once during these events, and this time it came just before checkpoint 2 as I was chatting to another runner. I only fell into a deep muddy puddle though, so no harm done. He tried hard look concerned, fair play.
The rest of the route mostly covered open moorland, some of it on the Pennine Way. Conditions underfoot were soaking, paved paths were ok but the typical moorland peat paths were thick with mud and deep puddles. The checkpoints were great as usual, plenty of snacks and drinks and manned by really enthusiastic volunteers, and there was a welcome pasta meal and rice pudding at the end. I finished in 4h 39m, ten minutes quicker than last year which I mainly put down to my new idea of not hanging about at the checkpoints.
All in all a great day, I really do recommend LDWA events to anyone.”
2 Hill-forts Fell Race
Report by Jim Jones
“On Sunday 14th August it was the 2 Hill-forts fell race. It was only the 4th year this race has been hosted but there was a good turn out of 103 runners. Just myself and Phil Gillard were there from Helsby. With just under 1900ft of ascent over 9.3 miles this is a fast course. After summiting Moel Arthur, the second of the two peaks, it was something of a 4 mile descent to the finish. The race is certainly multi-terrain, with some stretches of road and good trails through woodland and fields. For anybody watching us come down the relatively short but steep descent from Moel Arthur and onto the 4 mile run home, it must have been obvious who was used to running on the fells and who did more road running. I passed a few on the descent only to be outpaced again on the run home. Conditions were good and dry underfoot, and it was clear day but a warm one. Buckley Runners stole the show by winning both the men’s and women’s race with Jez Brown posting 63:47 and Hayley Evans posting 79:26. Helsby finishers were Jim Jones – 33rd in 82:43 and Phil Gillard – 53rd in 88:08. – NB the women’s race record remains at 74:06 by Helsby’s Jayne Joy in 2014.”
Thanks Ben and Jim for the excellent reports. If anyone else raced last week please drop an email to the usual email address and I can always update the blog (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please find a link to the consolidated parkrun results from last Saturday. Some great running from everyone, especially Jenny Illidge for a win at Widnes and Nick Ryder with a brand new PB! Keep it up everyone!
That’s all this week, any problems with results etc. please let me know.