I went to see what had happened and the runner was stuck in a bog very deep indeed. There were only 3 Harriers who ventured over to Nelson on Saturday evening for the latest of the Podium 5k series around the cycle track.
A few bowls of rice pudding and I was ready for the climb up Dale Head and then the run in along Newlands valley and finally the finish in Kewsick. The warm conditions with very little breeze made for a tough few hours. Thankfully several people managed to run an equal or better time in the 2nd race despite it being longer, notably Paul Sugden who brilliantly broke the 24 minute barrier! Well done team Ilkley. However kudos does go to the injured runners Dave Wilby and Jack Wood for completing their legs in some pain so the rest of the team could complete their legs and the team the event.
See full results on the Badger Stone Relays page. On day 1 Harry achieved 3 personal best performances in the 100m 11.
I asked Tom if we should stop, but he wanted at least to go up Great Gable. The half marathon route is rather enjoyable, long climb at the start out of Sedbergh long and sweeping I would say a couple of sharp descents, then a long run in along undulating single track, followed by a few miles down by the river, a lap of Sedbergh, followed by a wee uphill lane before the run into the finish.
Highly recommended. Well organized with chip timing and a nice mug as a momento this year. Safe to say I made a steady start knowing what was to come.
I started to get quite cold towards the end and was over the moon to see the decent down Ringing Roger to Edale. A beautiful day for running a marathon dawned on Sunday morning for the 3rd Yorkshire Marathon, setting off past the stunning York Minster to the ring of bells and a large crowd at 9.
Just as we were pondering how we would live with the ignominy of being disqualified, we learnt that the flag had not been there until a marshal arrived after us to put it out.
Special mention for Jane, second lady - what a class performance. Andrew had company from Sally Wright for the last leg back into Ilkley and the pair finished just in time to join a small group of us in the TAPS for a celebration drink.
It was hot and muggy, times were slow in the road race and less well attended this year whereas the fell race attracted a much larger group. I also managed to slice a further 13 minutes off my PB despite suffering what felt like hypothermia, cramp and hallucinations all at the same time on Ingleborough.