Grisedale Horseshoe FR (16k/1,525m)

5 months 1 week ago #3933 by Jan Forrester
3 MACs took on The Grisedale Horseshoe (16k/1,525m) starting at Glenridding on Saturday. The 5th in the English Felll Running Champs and so attracted the very best in the country. This is a “traditional fell race” in which runners choose the best route between the 6 checkpoints, so it can be won or lost on your route choice. It is also a “classic", climbing as it does England’s second highest mountain, Helvellyn, by Swirral Edge (which is the easier of its two rocky ridges), along with Catstye Cam and St Sunday Crag. It is a “medium” fell race but it’s the 1,525m of ascent and descent that makes it really testing.The race was run in glorious sunshine with hardly any wind. – 78 women and 223 men finished. . The women’s race set off ten minutes ahead of the men and their race was won by Kelli Roberts (Helm Hill Runners) in 2:01:23. The men’s race was won by Brennan Townshend (Keswick AC) in 1:44:49, who was just nine seconds ahead of second place.MAC results - 6th Billy Cartwright 1.49.12, 7th Dan Haworth 1.49.37 and 27th Harry Holmes 1.59.24.

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