Monday, 5 April 2010

Rivington Pike Fell Race – 02 April

Rivington Pike Fell Race is probably the second oldest amateur fell race of all, having been run since 1893 (Hallam Chase since 1863), and it may have been run as a professional race as early as 1869. Always held on Easter Saturday it is a short steep race of about 3.25 miles with 700 feet of climbing – doesn’t sound much, does it? That is what I thought when I rashly entered it (my first fell race since school) in 2003, approaching my 50th birthday. Needless to say, I never again wondered how hard a 3.25 mile race could be. Since then I have grown to realise the only way to really enjoy races like “The Pike” is to spectate!

This year heavy cloud cover provided shade for the runners but prevented the very slippy ground from drying and so complicated the choice of footwear – studs could provide the necessary grip but there is a lot of tarmac and concrete at the start and finish.

Rivington Pike FR-001 South west towards North Wales

Rivington Pike FR-002

Tom Cornthwaite (Blackburn Harriers & AC) stretches the field in the climb to Georges Lane. First to the summit he extended his lead over Ricky Lightfoot (Blackburn Harriers) and Rob & Danny Hope (Pudsey & Bramley AC) on the descent to win comfortably.

Rivington Pike FR-003

 Rivington Pike FR-004

If you think the climb is hard (and it is), just wait for the descent

Rivington Pike FR-005

 

Rivington Pike FR-006

More pictures here and the results here

2 comments:

  1. Nice post Ian, looks like a "short sharp shock" of a race!

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  2. those short races terrify me!!

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