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Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race

Sat October 11 2008 Listed by Adrian
6 Entrants Club PB SB Pred Time WAVA
Deejay I really enjoyed that. I was surprised how muddy the path was under Esk Pike. I was impressed by those who jumped from halfway down North Shields Polytechnic AC, Northumberland Fell Runners 1:53:30 1:53:30 3:50:00 3:39:00 32.07
eL Bee! This'll be interesting :)Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race400 ish runners and a STUNNING Lakeland day.  No - really - it was stunning.  There was sun, but not too much; there was breeze, enough to keep you cool but not too much to impede progress;  There was bog - which swallowed me three times; There were ascents and descents that worked me very hard, and I KNEW I'd run a Fell Race by the end.  Consistently made up places as the race went on, and lost 4 places in the final descent where I was tiring noticeably.But for a first actual race, I'm quite pleased with how it went2:48  (Better than I thought I'd do)82/370 place (not bad for a novice!)Absolutely LOVED this - It was HARD - I hit all the navigation points I wanted to - my route choices made up LOADS of time over some of the other runners Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant!!!! I definitely worked hard.  following the descent from Crinkle Crags (Bad Step..?  Pah - chucked meself down it as I was at the front of the group of runners at that point) right quad felt like it was going to cramp, It didn't, it just needed to get used to climbing again up Pike o'  Blisco!X-Talons were awesome - really comfortable - really grippy - only had one loss-of-traction fall and that was on the final descent where I was tiredAnd my Rab Extreme Down jacket got used in anger for the first time - and it was also FABULOUS.I have some soft tissue bruising on the outside of my right foot where I landed on a sharp stone. Cumberland AC 2:48:13 38.41
Hanneke No idea really how much time it is going to take me, as it much depends on conditions on the day, but hoping to pip in in under 4 hours... and I managed it :-) What a FANTASTIC race! Conditions were almost ideal, apart from a bit heavy under foot as it had been VERY wet, so the moor was interesting to say the least! I lost a couple of minutes dragging a bloke out of a bog along there... and lost another couple of minutes on top of Bow Fell when one of the summit marshalls wanted to know why Mark wasn't there!!! Oh well, if you are that far down the field, I suppose it doesn really matter! I am happy with the result and shall blog more about this race when I have time, but I shall be there again next year! Best thing I did was ditching Chicago for Langdale :-) :-) :-) Even though I was dead nervous before the start and right until I had safely passed CP2 within the cutoff time :-) Oh, and I must have found all the shortcuts, as the Garmin measured it at 19.87 kms and the Suunto Vector measured 1535 metres of ascent, that is about 1000 feet more than advertised! FELL PONIES 3:57:04 3:57:04 3:59:00 3:57:04 30.41
northern_runner Bowland Fell Runners, BRJ Run and Tri 3:32:32 3:32:32 3:37:19 31.76
Oven Gloves My first outing on the fells for five months and, boy, did it show. I was knackered. I still enjoyed it though, and this is a great race. I'll be back next year for sure. Blyth RC 1:36:53 4:19:09 25.12
The Bat First time at this one, no idea for a prediction, but did Fairfield in May in just over 2hrs, so we'll see! Fell Runners Association 0.00

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