Saltwell Fell Race Report

 

3rd July and the weather continues to be hot and sunny (it is summer after all) as 65 athletes line up for the Saltwell Fell Race, The dry weather meant that the route was the driest I have seen for many a year,
 
There was another sporting event on that evening (they won on penalties) which did have an effect on the numbers with circa 25% less lining up at the start than we have had in recent years,
 
But what we may have lacked in numbers we weren’t lacking in quality.
 
The first  half mile over open moorland can be difficult if you don’t pick up one of the sheep trods that weave thru the heather, this soon brings you onto the old quarry track with good running to the summit where the runners round the Saltwell Flag to start the decent,

 First to the summit was Rory woods eventual winner of the race, not far behind was Gemma Bradley 1st. lady although she didn’t have it all her own way with U21 lady Robyn Bennet working hard on her first time of competing the race,
 
The half way point sees you “punch” your number, the punches are positioned within in the river, this year you only just managed to get you feet wet! due to the dry summer we are enjoying.
 
The runners follow the river to the bridge before a steep climb to the finish, Where everyone received a multi use drinks bottle (rather than a single use) and Jelly Beans which seemed to go down well,
 
“Thank you” to all that gave up their time to help with the race, I couldn’t have done it without you
 
Fred Smith
 
Race organizer,

 


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