Sedbergh Hills Fell Race

2 hardy runners traveled the 130 miles up the M6 to take part in the Sedbergh Hills fell race. The 14 mile race takes in 6000ft of ascent and descent over the Howgills in Cumbria passing through parts of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The route, unlike Lake District AL grade races, is mainly run on soft ground which caused all runners to struggle as the 60 mph winds drove heavy rain into the ground making the paths very slippery. Almost all runners fell at some point or another and all but the fastest complained about the painfully driving rain on the long ascent up to the Howgills highest peak, The Calf, at 676 m.

Phil Abbott completed the course in 3:08, 2 minutes slower than his course best and Sean Gauton crossed the line in 4:12 - also outside of his CB. The slower times being attributed to the poor conditions.

As is traditional at these events the race was rounded of with lashings of tea and cakes at race HQ.


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