Probably the best weather of the year so far greeted runners to Longtown for this new fell race, with sunshine and very little wind making ideal running conditions although good studded shoes were required to negotiate a few wet, muddy patches.
The event replaces the old Darrens Dash but is much tougher and can now be considered a fully fledged fell race covering just over 8 miles with 2600 feet of climb. Apart from 2 serious climbs and descents there is also some stunning ridge running along the Offa’s Dyke path.
Four Croft runners braved the route plus Paul Colley-Davies who acted as sweeper as part of the build up to his Bob Graham attempt in May. Glyn Williams acquitted himself well amongst a strong contingent of experienced fell runners, finishing 22nd in a time of 85:16, Gary G was 1st over 70, 68th overall in 109:16, Flora, still improving with every race, 76th in 115:39, TomD 79th in 119:38.
First home was Mark Hopkinson of Mynydd Du in 67:27, first lady was Helen Brown, also of Mynydd Du, in 82:46. There were 85 finishers. Definitely a race for next years diary!