|Johns tea tent|
However, we managed to get fed and watered, and had a good long chat with a few of the challengers to the crown over a beer before getting our heads down.
|John and Chris leaving on leg 1|
As the Leg One runners set off, vests were the order of the day with Dark Peak and Borrowdale leading the
way over the first cattle grid. After a hard fought first leg, Dark Peak were in First, and we were somewhere around the 20's with John and Chris only just missing out on their target time of a sub 40min leg one.
Julien and Mark had already jogged up to the start of leg 2 and went
|Jules coming in from leg 2|
|Andy and Caity waiting to head out on leg 3...|
Leg 3 was also the leg that Muir and Nic Barber from Pennine were running. Having spoken to Nic at the beginning he mentioned that although they knew they wouldn't be
fastest going up, they wanted to get the fastest split from the top to the bottom of their leg. No idea if they did it, but they gained 4 places over Red screes and handed over in 5th place!
|...And coming in hard to handover|
Ali and I set off in waterproofs, and the clag was properly in as we went up, immediately overhauling a team that had just nipped in before Andy and Caity. Excellent- now into 16th place.
|Ali and I heading out, with 16th in sight.|
We did get passed by a Calder Valley team, going like the clappers, so back into 17th... and there were 4 teams who were very close to us at the checkpoint on top of Hart crag, but we managed to keep 3 of them away with a decent burst of speed over Fairfield.
A team passed us (and into 18th) just as we went past Daz H's memorial, marked with a plaque, a cairn, and Geoff had been up that morning to lay a Pennine vest there as well. We spoke a few words to remember him, and then upped the pace. Slowly we caught up with the team that had just passed us - (back into 17th), and stormed past them on the scree descent to get onto St. Sunday Crag, where we kept up the pace, pushing as hard as we dared across the slippery ground.
It was. We hit the top, and Alasdair found another gear to really push on the descent. Rocky, then slippery grass, then more rocks underfoot. Bog, mud and more rock. We ran as hard as we could, and yet a team from Wasdale still overhauled us (they were 2nd fastest overall on that leg), so back into 18th.... but just coming down the final descent - a team in front of us. Someone to chase.
All out down the steepness - so much so that I ended up losing footing and sliding about 20 metres down the hill, picking up a couple of excellent bruises on my left leg that are still causing me to limp 2 days later. The flags on the final part of the hill were very very slippery and treacherous, but caution to the wind and all that. We had a chance to get that 17th spot rather than the current 18th, with about 1 km to go.
|Done and dusted|
Finally came in at 1:22:21 (or so), which was about 15 seconds faster that I managed last year with Andy O- which was much clearer in terms of weather.
Glossopdale came in 17th, with the fastest time we've ever had.
Pennine deserve a special mention for their fantastic 4th place - Simon Caldrick and Adam Perry producing a blinder on that last leg to overhaul Helm Hill on that final descent.
Congratulations to you all, a fitting tribute to Daz.