Monday 11 June 2018

Knowl Hill Fell Race

Six members of the A&T fell crew arrived at the Brown Cow pub to register for Knowl Hill fell race, which is day 3 of the Rochdale Harrier 3 day event, so there was a good atmosphere for the start. Especially as everyone was given a medallion to wear for the race. Well, a plastic token on a bit of string to hand in at the highest point, but still, it was bling to me! There was also promise of a hands-on-knees bit during this race, so we all decided to start slow and build into it. Probably a good choice anyway given the heat, as I was pouring with sweat after less than a mile and must have lost a few pints during the race. A couple of miles in and I found myself on all fours as I negotiated a hill, but it was only a short one and I was still thinking that it was all a fuss about nothing when I rounded a bend and saw the real hill, which I realised afterwards on Strava is a segment called “What! Up THAT!!!”. You can imagine, and it wasn’t made any easier by the horse flies swarming around on this hill in particular. What I don’t understand is what these horse flies live on in these empty hills when there aren’t fell runners to attack. Answers on a postcard please. Anyway, I made it up the hill, 5 points of contact at all times, and then basically staggered around the remaining part of the race to the end, including the top of Knowl hill where I had to relinquish my medallion into a bucket to prove that I’d not taken a short cut. On another day this would be a lovely course, but the close weather and close attention of horse flies made it a bit of a chore. The best bits were sitting in a nice cold stream at the end having drunk about 10 cups of water, and then the chip butty in the pub afterwards.
It was a tough one today, so well done to Nick Goaley who won 1st prize for youngsters.
Great results all round and I’ll share them when I see them posted online. In the meantime, I’ve updated the fell champs on the A&T website.
Next club race is Kinder Trog (BL) on 24th June which is at 16 miles is not one for the uninitiated, but please ask if you have any questions.

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