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Ben Shows Class at Langdale Horseshoe

October 11, 2014

Ben working hard at the Langdale (Grand Day Out Photography)

Ben working hard at the Langdale Horseshoe
(Grand Day Out Photography)

In recent years you would have been lucky to see a single Harriers vest at any of the big Lake District fell races, however off-road running is becoming more and more popular within the club and it’s perhaps no surprise that there was a strong Harrogate showing for the last of the season’s Lakeland Classic fell races, the Langdale Horseshoe.  This famous event starts at the head of Great Langdale and follows a  very tough 13-mile route (with an eye-popping 5,000ft of climb) up Stickle Ghyll and around Stickle Tarn before crossing the notoriously boggy Martcrag Moor and a long climb up past Angle Tarn to Esk Hause Shelter, then onwards to the mighty Bowfell and the tortuous Crinkle Crags and Wainwright’s “Bad Step”.  As if this wasn’t enough, this is followed by a further long climb to the summit of Pike O’Blisco before a frantic descent back down to Langdale!

Seven Harrogate Harriers made the journey to Cumbria and represented the club very well, despite difficult, slippy conditions that resulted in several serious accidents and three seperate Mountain Rescue call-outs:  Our fell-running mentor and 2014 MV65 English FRA champion Ben Grant celebrated a terrific return to form with a superb time of 2:52:06, easily taking  the category win.  Good performances also from Steve Fry, David Fountain, Phil Birch, Martyn Price and Tim Palmer.   Our only lady entrant was Helen Price and she continued her recent good form to finish with a course PB of 3:18:40 and 3rd LV40 – an excellent result in a very strong field.  Well done to all – there was nothing easy about this race.

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