Wasdale and Chevin Fell Races
At almost 22 miles and 9000 feet of ascent the Wasdale fell race in the lake District represents the most challenging fell race on the British mainland. Taking in England's highest mountain range over Scafell, the race has 6 major climbs over extremely rugged terrain and failure to arrive in time at 4 summit controls means instant withdrawal from the race. Of the 132 starters and making the 400 mile round trip were two of Long Eaton veteran mountain men. Dicky Wilkinson was 35th in 5:15 and Phil Walters in 88th with a time of 6:17. Nearly 40 of the runners dropped out of the race to emphasize what a challenging event Wasdale is.
The Chevin fell race is a doddle compared to Wasdale with only 4.5 miles and only 900 feet of ascent. 14 of Long Eaton's finest did battle with 13 doing the long race and 1 doing the shorter version. Caroline Waterhouse not only finished first for Long Eaton she was also first lady winning a rucksack for her efforts. Vicky Yeomans set 40:30 with Barbara Bostock and Karen Preston 79th and 83rd respectivly. Brione Abbott was first lady home in the shorter race. On the mens side Rich Wilkinson with experience telling, finished in 7th place with Ian Adkin 8 places further back. Paddy Fitzgerald was 30 seconds ahead of Phil Abbott who finished 20th. Dave Riley was next followed by Colin Bostock. Damien Cowlishaw pipped Shaun Burton on the line with a dip finish on the steep decent to the finish. Sean Gauton and Kev Holland also completed the course.
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