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Dalby Forest head torch review Feb 1st

Posted on: 3rd February 2014

For those of you unfamiliar to Dalby Forest, in Yorkshire, you are missing out on a gem. For running, biking ,walking or outdoor concerts.

The No Ego challenge Dalby forest head torch race took place on Saturday February 1st. The course is undulating, many said after the event that it was 90% up hill. Well that would be difficult as we started and finished at the same place. But there was a couple of lung busters.

200 runners set off at 6.00pm into the darkness, down a hill only to be met with a tough climb after 800 metres. The route then followed a series of walk paths, fire tracks and logging gravel roads.  The field quickly spread out with overtaking pretty hard for the first mile on the narrow trail, before getting to the logging road. The route then madeit's way to the old quarry at almost the highest point, from here it took a series on drops and climbs with a great mix of terrain. Knobbly, or semi knobbly trail shoes were a distinct bonus on this route. At one point a trails of light could be seen high above from the start finish area, as the runners made there way through the forest.

After 34 minutes a light appeared at the bottom ofthe final climb and Chris Stringer (Scarborough) crossed the line in a superb time of 34:58 with David Botterill in close persuit only 5 seconds behind. We then had a 90 second wait for Mark Scoreby t finish in a great  3rd place time of 36:33. 

First female and 8th overall was Kate Rawnsley 38:55, second female Hester Butterworth 39:02 and third female Fiona Sedgley with one of the biggest smiles ofthe night.

All times are available:  http://www.racetimingsystems.net/Results/IndividualResults.aspx?Id=2170

The forestry staff, volunteers and Scarborough Mountain rescue did a fantastic job n the nights. Thanks everyone.

No Ego Challenge will be back to Dalby Forest. New distances, routes and events are in the pipeline. Stay tuned on social media for all the news.

Your Comments:

How could it be 90% up hill ?

I think I need a brighter head torch.

Not an event to get lost.

I didn't know Dalby was this good, we'll be back with the children