Sunday, 28 June 2009

Great Lakes Run

This is a new Lakeland Long, with 13.5 miles, 7500ft of ascent,. It starts in Langdale and follows a logical route up the Band to Bowfell before going on to Scafell Pike via Esk Pike, Esk Haus, Great End, and Scafell (with a safe compulsary route section flagged between the Scafells). From Scafell Pike the route descends to Slightside and the next CP is Pike O Blisco, this area of the lakes is quite remote and untouched in other races so there is little knowledge of optimal lines, and then from POB it's a very very steep descent back to Stool End Farm in Langdale.

A race for the hill walkers of us. Superb route with very few fast runnable sections.

In the humid conditions the race was won by Simon Booth in 2:37, closely followed by Jim Davies, then Steve Pyke and Tom Brunt came in close together in around 2:58/2:59 with myself (Iain R), Matt Hulley, Mike Robinson and Rick Stuart in that order, all coming in within 2 minutes of each other in around 3:00-3:02. Kate Bailey won the womens in 3:30.

A race to do.


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