Race Date:Saturday 17th June 2017 In 2016 just 97 runners finished the Tebay fell race. This year the race was a counter in both the English and British championships, and so had 451 finishers, with six DNFs. It's a proper fell race - 13km (8 miles) with 914m (2,999 ft) ascent, run on the north western part of the Howgill Fells, with sketchy paths and trods for much of the race. We began steadily enough, with some immediate route choices, leading to a 1km pull up to the first summit, then more steady climbing and a steep descent. The southern most section of the race is a wonderful balcony path high above Black Force waterfall and the very steep-sided valley that descends from it. A fast descent to the confluence of two becks is followed by 300m of climbing in about 700m - nearly 1 in 2! From the summit it's a fast 4km to the finish. The winners were Sam Tosh (Rossendale Harriers) in 1:12:51 and Victoria Wilkinson (Bingley Harriers) in 1:21:55. I finished in 339th place in 1:50:32, and failed again to score a championship point - I'd have needed to finish 2:23 quicker to have done so. A great race, especially when followed by a night in a B&B and a great walk up Ingleborough in glorious weather the following day.
|339||Andy Buck||MV 55||1.50.32|
Full results are here: http://fellrunner.org.uk/results/race17/2017%20Tebay%20Fell%20Race%20Results.pdf