Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Fairfield Horseshoe fell race – 14 May

A fairly nostalgic return to Rydal Hall where, in 2004, I ran my first Lakeland race, the Fairfield Horseshoe. Then I learned two hard lessons – the gulf between strong long distance fell walkers and even mediocre fell runners is very large indeed and that when you trip and fall descending on rocky ground the ground is very hard indeed. Since then this race, seems, always to have clashed with other things; The Fellsman, the Old County Tops and Bob Graham attempts and I had never been back  until last Saturday. Given the poor weather and short distance I decided against running with a camera.

Fairfield_SIL 053-1Almost ready at the new Start

Always seems a long slog to Fairfield summit, particularly, going round the horseshoe clockwise and Saturday was no exception but the descent is good, great in parts over all too soon. The new start and finish mean a (very slight) uphill finish after the track at the foot of Low Pike which no one was looking forward to.


Fairfield_SIL 022-2Through the trees to the finish

Fairfield_SIL 025-3Adrian Hope (Lostock AC) on the uphill finish

Fairfield_SIL 027-4I spotted the photographer and hid behind the tree Winking smile

Fairfield_SIL 082-1Through the trees to the finish

Fairfield_SIL 030-1Re-living the good bits

Fairfield_SIL 032-2Perhaps the uphill finish wasn’t that bad, after all?

Results are here and thanks are due to the race organiser, marshals, sponsors and everyone else who helped make the race happen last Saturday. Despite the short distance, I really enjoyed it and I hope it won’t be quite as long before I come back.

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