Race Date: Saturday 24th September 2016
The Rab Mountain Marathon, a two event mountain navigation event, was this year held in the new part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – the bit that has been nicked from Cumbria. I’d not been to these hills before, so did not really know what to expect. I found lots marshy terrain, some steep climbs, few rivers and some tricky navigation. I completed the “long score” class which required the accumulation of as many points as possible from a choice of 50 controls in 7 hours on day one and 50 in 6 hours on day two. This meant many of the controls were close together – the longest time I took from control to control was 43 minutes, and most were around 20 minutes apart – which contrasts with the much longer distances (and hence route choices) at the Saunders Lakeland MM in July. I finished 28th of 101 finishers, and third super-vet.
It would be great to see more Striders trying these events.
Full results: here