Three Lerc fell youngsters made the 162-mile journey to Sedbergh to take part in this AL class fell race. It had rained non-stop leading up to the race so the ground was heavy going in places and crossing the various streams en route was challenging to say the least, wellies would have been more appropriate!
The course involved 6000 feet of climbs over 14.5 miles through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. The race was very well organised, although the Lerc fell runners only realised on the morning of the race that the 6 checkpoints on the course were in fact also timeout points.
By the start of the race the rain had finally passed and for the most part the weather stayed fairly dry, although the clag came down around checkpoint 5 and there were strong winds at the final checkpoint. Special mention has to go to the course marshals who did a stirling job in difficult weather conditions.
Andrei and Phil battled throughout for “first for club” place, with Andrei finally breaking free on the last decent, and taking first place despite many falls along the way. Phil engaged in a spot of downhill mud skiing on a couple of the very steep descents and seemed to have mastered the technique by the end of the race.
Vicky in completing her first solo AL class fell race truly proved that fell running isn’t just for the boys!
All agreed that they would be back next year. Stunning race!
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