Malhamdale Fell race (a closed race)
Great race for the people at Tim's Malham trip. Ran v well here 2 years ago, 7 mins slower this time. 7 minutes. Well........
Cagoule on plus hat & gloves. Started a bit optimistically, overtook Kimb at top, and followed Phil Winskill who was clearly going to win by miles. Had that "oh shit" moment after c.15 mins as Kim & Simon clawed me back, and so decided to wuss out & run with/behind them. Ricky sped past on steep descent to bottom of cove, then I had a "senior moment" as those 3 (Kim, Ricky, Simon) all headed back up THE WAY THEY CAME DOWN. ¿Pardon?
Lost 45 secs trying to re-cross river alone (idiot), leading two juniors up with me (they thought I knew what i was doing, ha ha). Got to top of steps, the youngsters (Ewan Patten?, & a Trynor child?) had to wait for Pete T, so I asked Kirsty (waiting at top) the way, & luckily, got back on the tails of Kim & Simon. Passed Ricky. But somehow - he got back to us at the foot of the major difficulties!
Very spouty & cold & slippery & frankly, bloody dangerous Gordale waterfall, one slip would have been unthinkable. Both kim & I were too far left on the steep rocks, & had to bridge across in v scary position, with water being blown into us. Then K, S & I had a nice, friendly, non comp run in together, much to Tett's disgust ("Anyone caught not racing to the end in future years will be disqualified on the spot!" he droned)
Equal 2nd, Phil W 1st 69:26, me Kimb, Simon the EPOC SPOOKSTER , all on 79:50, some astonishing junior runs just behind us, oh dear. Doomed. DOOMED.
Was a lovely run - and I felt miles better after this than , say, my tragic training run 3 days earlier. Smiles all round :) https://www.strava.com/activities/1334486950