We met Dave up at Little chef, Skipton, and were off on our way to Ingleton. Thanks for Rachel’s taxi services.
|Me and Dave about 5 minutes before the start|
|Eyeing up the rest of the field|
|We are off right at the front, best place to be for next bit|
We were off and near the front, the plan paid off again and we missed the crush. We were now climbing up the road to the start of Fell Lane track, they should have this part of the road shut for 10 minutes whilst the bulk of the runners pass through. The start was quite chilly and there was some fresh snow on the upper part of Ingleborough. We were treated to some fresh snow on us as we got near the summit, but it didn't amount to much, and soon the first check point was passed and we were descending off the Ingleborough.
|Coming in strong to Cray|
|Our group ready for the off up Buckden Pike before night sets in|
We climbed Buckden and the light was fading and we now needed the lights just before the summit. We made a good run across to the memorial cross. and now the descent passing Top Mere and onto the bridle way, having passed the large group that earlier over took us.
|Quick stock up for the last climb up Great Whernside and onto the finish|
Running along the track was good, and with the Park Rash check point nearing and only one last climb up Great Whernside, I really felt we were on the home run across to the finish. There were times when one of our party had to keep stopping due to throwing up, this happened on several occasions which slowed proceedings a little.
|leading the pack into the finish|
I felt really strong at the end and was delighted to get some hot potato and chilly down my neck and hot brew, along with collecting my finishers Buff. A most enjoyable Fellsman this year, especially as I still felt very strong at the end after the race and the route navigation was spot on.