3rd British Championship Race

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Late reporting on the 3rd British Championship Race: Great Lakes…in the Lakes
8 Eryri Harriers made the trip to Langdale, to the wonderfully named Stool End Farm, for the the 3rd race in the British Championships.
The route itself was slightly intimidating, taking in several biggish hills before reaching Englands highest peak, Scafell Pike, where conditions are tricky underfoot, followed by several more not-insubstantial climbs and descents (and a touch of scrambling up a gully) before negotiation the rocky, time-eating descent from Pike O’Blisco followed by a breakneck descent down its lower, grassier slopes (for those who weren’t concerned about the seat of their shorts, it was quicker/ kinder to tired legs to bum-slide).
First in for the Harriers was Matt Fortes in 63rd place (14th V40), followed by Rich Roberts in 80th (18th V40). Next was Emlyn Owen in 103rd (13th V45), with a sprint-off on the descent to come in a place ahead of Miranda Grant in 104th (8th F). Russell Owen was 5th Harrier in 196th (8th V60) followed by Becki Law in 224th (35thF), with Nia Albiston in at 227th (7th V40) and Kate Worthington a joint 262nd (10th V40).
I have to admit, Im mystified about our Team placings as this hasn’t yet been updated…
Great racing from everyone, and no navigational errors (maps did have to come out on this one!), so well done everyone on getting stuck-in, in difficult conditions to start with (heavy rain and cloud), and getting around without mishap!
Final British Champs race is the mighty but short Creag Dubh race in Newtonmore on 3rd August. If you like doing a lap of a Highland games field and leaping several fences, probably to the tune of bagpipes, this is the race for you! Entries on the day for this one, and there’ll be several people heading North, so get in touch if you fancy it and we can try and arrange group car-sharing.
Photos of some of the team (sans Emlyn) next to a large manure pile, at Stool End Farm 😉