Nidderdale “Frostbite” Ultramarathon

December 6, 2014

Victoria Tremlin leads the descent from Two Stoops (Sports Sunday Photography)

Victoria Tremlin leads the descent from Two Stoops (Sports Sunday Photography)

The third iteration of the Frostbite ultramarathon took place on Saturday 6th December and it certainly lived up to its name , because although the weather was clear and bright (to start with anyhow) it was absolutely freezing cold!  The race is organised by Pateley Bridge local and Berghaus athlete Rob Jarman and for 2014 he’d been forced to make some route modifications, meaning an increased distance of around 34 miles and 4,000ft of vertical ascent, but arguably a more technical and challenging route, winding through Glasshouses and Guisecliff woods before picking up the Nidderdale Way out to Ramsgill, Middlesmoor then Scarhouse reservoir.  From there the competitors crossed the dam and headed East over the damp and misty moorland known locally as The Edge, dipping under the famous rock formations of Jenny Twigg and Tib before dropping back down to Ramsgill and retracing their steps to Pateley Bridge.

An impressive nine hardy souls from Harrogate Harriers turned out to defend local honour and some fine performances ensued, particularly from the ladies:  First Harrier back was Helen Price, who finished an impressive season of ultra-distance and fell-running with an excellent 5h53m and 6th lady overall, while Victoria Tremlin put in a outstanding run to finish in 6hr13m.  Nick Andralojc and Sally Houghton – both running their first ultra-distance event – finished in 6hr29m, while Martyn Price, Tim Palmer, Tim Broomfield, Mark Jordan and Pete Edwards weren’t far behind, all placing well.
The mens’ race was won by Ben Harris (Retford A.C.) in an unbelievable 4:53:00 while Harrogate native Sally Fawcett (Dark Peak Fell Runners) comfortably won the ladies’ race in a speedy 5:27:25.  Congratulations to all those that took part, this was a very hard event held in tough conditions and it was entirely appropriate to have a strong Harrogate Harriers presence – chapeau!

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