This is a gorgeous low key evening fell race run from Gill Garth farm near Selside in Ribblesdale. Its 6.3 miles in length and a cracker of a route, with a long and fast run out to the foot of Park Fell, a stonking climb up to the trig point from there followed by a undulating ridge run all the way to the cairn on Simon Fell before plummeting off the side and whizzing back to Gill Garth.
Unfortunately I set off at far too fast of a 'gallop' and was gasping for air ("blowing it out my arse" as my younger daughter would say) after the first quarter of a mile gradual climb from the start. I never really recovered from that although managed to hang in for the final 6 miles! My finishing time was a little slower than the same race last year and that was when I tore my achilles a mile and a half from the end and had to hobble home. I'm getting crapper for sure. Hester ran a great race and cruised home shortly after me.
6.3 miles and 1,496 feet - route on Strava
|My cunning plan of racing off at the start..... didn't work and really, really hurt!|
|Hester having just descended Simon Fell behind|
|Making it look easy|