Hot on the heels of my 20 mile run around Ingleborough the day before, me and Hester decided to run the Austwick Amble fell race on Bank Holiday Monday. This fell race is a great little 8 mile romp, run in conjunction with the Austwick Street Market and Cuckoo Festival, up over Norber to Nick Pot and returning via Sulber Nick and Crummack Dale. It was also my very first (fast and short) fell race since knacking my achilles in another short and fast fell race, the Gill Garth Gallop, last June. And thankfully my achilles seems to be fully up and running again.
Of course we left it a bit late leaving home, given that Austwick is only about 4 miles away, and didn't realise that the road to Austwick via Helwith Bridge would be closed (due to the Austwick Street Market funnily enough), meaning that we had a true Whacky Races drive over via Settle and had to park about a mile or so from the village with less than ten minutes to spare and run a mile to arrive at the start, check in and get on the start line by a whisker, with about 30 seconds to kick off. A top warm up to be sure!
Given that I'd run the 5 trigs of Ingleborough the day before, I was well pleased with my performance, finishing 68th out of 169 starters, in a time of 1:05:24 hrs. Hester too had been out for a long haul on the Saturday, supporting a friend Helen, on legs 4 and 5 of her (successful - yippee!) Bob Graham Round; those two legs amount to circa 21 miles and 9,000 feet of climb and, with that in mind, Hester ran brilliantly too.
Hmmm... maybe I should have a crack at a few more fell races then!
Austwick Amble from Austwick - 7.6 miles and 1,171 feet - route on Strava
|Whizzing down into Crummack Dale with about two miles to go|
|Note the hastily pinned on racing number|
|Hester still wearing tights, even though its summer!|