Uk Fell Relay
UKA Fell Relays- Kettlewell, North Yorkshire
What ingredients do you require for a perfect day out? Most people would say; great weather, rolling Yorkshire countryside and some great friends. Well, that was the case as Sale Harriers managed to complete two teams in the UKA Fell Relays in Kettlewell, just north of Settle in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales. The relays consisted of four legs: two individual legs, one flagged paired route and one paired navigation route.
Up first for the A team was Callum Rowlinson who, fresh from his first couple of weeks as a fresher, faced up to some of the best fell runners on the 4.5m 1st leg and skilfully took the team round in 77th position. Gary Rowlinson and Paul Barrett took up the mantle with the toughest leg of day. Leg 2 involved 9.5mils with 2500ft of ascent. Gary's ears were still popping as they managed to get to the top of Wernside, however the boggy descent sapped the legs slightly and they dropped a few places. Team performance of the day came on Leg 3 with the navigators of Mike Ashby and Steve McCarron who pulled a few places back on their 8 mile leg. Their compass was working well as they were the 47th fastest pair of the day. The last leg was completed by the down hill terrier Carl Barber, who unfortunately twisted his ankle half way round, however still managed to bring the team home in overall 74th position.
The B team of Alistair Kell, Jason Bowers/Mark Caudwell, Jerry Smith/Carl Cleghorn, Tim Rainey toiled away and finished 172/182 teams. Some of the athletes were a little under prepared however they had fun in the sun.
Following the relay, runners enjoyed a good bean stew in the catering tent followed by a rub down in the village stream. To round things off, both teams headed to the local pub for a well earned pint in the late afternoon sunshine before heading back to Manchester.
This was a great event, which was well organised. We'll definitely be back next year, with better prepared athletes ready to challenge some of the best fell running clubs in the country and ensure Sale is recognised as a strong fell running club.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:56