Tour of Pendle Fell Race (AL)- Sat 13th November
This race was without doubt the toughest of the A&T fell champs this year. It is 16.8 miles and 4850' ascent in conditions that ranged from sunshine to drizzle to hailstone.
Although many believe it to be a contrived route over the Pendle Hills, it is a cracking event with at least three brutal climbs and a downhill nicknamed 'Geronimo' because of the steepness and speed you can run (tumble) down!
Me, Mark Ruscoe and Marcus Taylor were the A&T contenders in what was the final race of our fell champs.
Regardless of how tough it is, it is thoroughly enjoyable and if the mist clears, offers some great views of the Pennine Moors.
The three toughest climbs are in the last third of the race, so the creator obviously had a sense of humour.
Mark was first blue vest back in about 03:07, a quicker time than last year. Me next in just under 03:40, which was over an hour better than last year when I 'died' half way round, and Marcus next in around 03:50 which was an excellent effort in his first Long fell race.
Marcus has completed 9 of the 10 club races this year and has been a great competitor. He will definately be one to watch next year. Thanks Marcus for your contribution to the champs this year!
The final A&T Fell Championships Table is attached, please take time out to see the efforts everyone has put in. Thanks to everyone who has come along and given it a go and Well Done! to our 2010 Fell Champions, Mark Ruscoe and Tracy Parry.