Whinlatter head torch race Jan 25th
Posted on: 28th January 2014
Weather conditions were classic Lake district at 12.30pm. Windy, wet turning to hail turning to snow. By 4.00pm a hint of blue sky and then by 5.00pm darkness and perfect racing conditions.
With the pre race blah over with the runners set off on a fast 300+ decent, only to hit with the realisation that in Whinlatter, when you go down, you have to go up, up and in this case up again.
This was supposed to be the season finale, but the Dodd Wood and Whinlatter races were switched by No Ego Challenge. It was a cracking route. probably the best run in the forest, zig zagging all the way to the Summit of Seat How.
Mark Likeman set a blistering pace, but at the half way point it was still a 4 man race. As the clockwise ascent of Seat How took them through the pain barrier, Mark opened up some day light from Andrew Pipes and George Royston-Bishop.
The fast descent off the narrow paths and on to the fire roads, allowed Mark and Andrew to put a sprint in and open up a two way battle.
Mark came into view and ran down past Cyclewise with Andrew's head torch in sight, behind, but a 25 second gap had opened up. Mark finishing in a superb time of 40:32.
Andrew 2nd, George 3rd all Cockermouth with Stu Winsor (Carlisle) 4th and Lindsay Mechie 5th. 6th overall and 1st female was Kate Jarvis (Letsgetfitforlife) and a great time of 48:29. Claire Ellman 2nd f, Carline Muhamad 3rd f, Karen Clegg 4th f, Emma Graham 5th f.
No Ego Challenge first timers posted some great times, some using their head torches for the first time. Asking 'how does this thing work' during the pre race talk is a bit of a give away !
All the race times were posted by Race timing systems within an hour and are available on their web site.
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I didn't know I still had glutes. Ouch !!
Are you sick Brian. That was a tough climb.
It was brutal in a good way. I think.
I had no idea where I was, or where I was going. That was brilliant. Roll on Dodd Wood.
What a great feeling running in the dark in such a superb setting.