Lantern Pike Fell Race
On a showery autumnal September, 13 brave harrier souls battled through horrendous unexpected Saturday traffic to reach the scenic peak district village of Hayfield to embark on the next instalment of the Club's Fell Championships, Lantern Pike Fell Race. The race is just over 5 miles and provided proximally 1500 ft of ascent. This event was actually part of Hayfield county show where entry to the show gained entry to the race. This was displayed through a small blue circular hand stamp, reminiscent of dodgy nightclubs.
Following a frantic muddy start, the race provided tough climbs and three long descents. 1st home for the club was Steve McCarron who just made the start due to the traffic and was seen pinning his number on whilst on the inaugural ascent. Carl Barber had been getting the better of Paul Barrett over the summer; however, Paul was too strong taking second club position. Time Rainey pipped AlistaIr Kell to 4th, and he was followed in by Jerry Smith, Mike Wharton and finally Stefan Schumacher.
Cara O'Brien (on fell debut) was the first lady harrier home (we think in 5th position overall), followed by local lass Jan Nicholls. Lauren Davies was 3rd harrier followed by Cara Ousey and Jenny Miles. Overall race positions unknown at time of writing, however results should be posted on this site for reference:
Following the race, hog roast sandwiches and pints of real ale were devoured with great satisfaction.
Fell championship leagues have been updated and the next race is Ravenstones- 1st October.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:56