II should really have titled this post “Ingleton Gala” because the fell race is far too short, fast and furious to consider carrying a camera. I was surprised to find I haven’t been on Ingleborough for more than five years, not since we last did The Fellsman, and before I started this blog. The route up is the same although today, because of the poor visibility, the marshal at the turn round was close to the end of the summit plateau rather than at the Trig Point. This is an unrelenting climb, almost all runnable, and (probably) hugely enjoyable, if you like this sort of thing. The descent was much more fun although much of the path has protruding boulders to catch the unwary and those with tired legs. I wasn’t unhappy with my 75 minutes up and down although compared with the front of the field, it is a bit pedestrian. Perhaps I still had Wasdale “in my legs”?
The Gala had plenty to entertain and the Mountain Bike High Jump was particularly impressive as was the Egg Throwing but it is the egg catching that is the impressive part.
In the above sequence the bar is over 4 feet off the ground and to even get close to jumping a bike that high from a standing start is amazing and amazing to watch. Just to show it was done when the bar was just under 4 feet off the ground …
Huge thanks to David McGonigal (RO) and everyone else involved for the 2014 Ingleborough fell race