Ravenstones Brow Fell Race
When you think of a Peak District fell race in October, what thoughts pass through your mind? Slopping around in a bog with icicles dangling from your nose? The Ravenstones fell race by contrast, held in the foothills of Saddleworth Moor, and banished these thoughts by providing a fairly dry canter across firm (ish) moorland on one of the hottest days of the year. Even the kit requirement board surprised athletes by stating, 'map, compass, water and hat (for sun protection)'
Seven brave souls ventured across the conurbation to tackle this race, which consisted of 9 miles, 1500 ft of ascent and a section of open moorland to navigate across. As this was the toughest race on the championship calendar, a recce was organised to nullify any queries routes and severity. The mercury was pushing 25 degrees as the runners set off across the moors, with some of the Male athletes opting for the skins option. 1st home for the club was Paul Barrett, who seems to be getting the better of the fells these days, as he cruised home to claim 4th spot. Next in for the harriers was Frank Cordingley followed by Belinda Hammond then Jerry Smith. Full credit must go to Lauren Davies, whom, last week, whilst recceing struggled with the concept of running across open moor returned to face her fears and kicked them into touch, as she stuck to the task and completed the race to finish in 45th position. Tim Rainey (tapering for the Chester marathon) and Brian Bradshaw were the two other harrier finishers.
Submitted by Paul Barret
Next race- 5th Nov
Posted 15/01/2012 12:56