A well named 8 mile fell race often supported by a number of ‘hardcore’ Crofters. Unfortunately this year 2 regulars were missing, Guy who was snowbound in Cumbria and Gary P still suffering from his Offa’s Dyke Ultra, this left just Gary G and Tom D in club colours. Both were apprehensive on the journey to Telford with rain pouring down and the hills shrouded in cloud a difficult race could be guaranteed. Fortunately by the time the race started the rain had stopped and the clouds lifted though the organisers insisted that full kit should be carried, including hat and gloves.
The route had changed from previous years, avoiding much of the main footpath to the summit using single file muddy footpaths instead. In places just staying on your feet was an achievement and on at least 2 downhill sections the safest way was to sit down and slide!
Gary ran his normal strong race finishing 129th out of the 153 finishers, 1st mv70 in 1.38.43. TomD finished 137th (and, I believe, 1st MV65 – Guy) in 1.44.26. The race was won by Harry Holmes in 57.58 and first lady was Rachel Parker in 1.09.01.