By all accounts the climbs were ferocious, not just long but steep. 310 runners descended on Church Stretton for this fell championship race, starting in Rectory Field, so straight onto the Long Mynd. Sam M (he’s competing all over the place: road, triathlons, fell) and Gary P both competed, honourably. Sam finished 77th, in 1.14.14, with Gary exactly seven and a half minutes behind, in which time some 70 runners had crossed the line, so he was 149th, but still in the top half of this quality field (not the Rectory one!).