British Fell and Hill Relays 2021

1 month 2 weeks ago #4405 by Jan Forrester
Jan Forrester reports - Great day at British Fell & Hill Relay Champs 2021, Tebay, Eden, Cumbria and a relief to find we weren’t going to be running round Tebay Services! Nice to park on The Sidings Iindustrial Estate, complete with steam train, on tarmac instead of a muddy field for once, but the 45 minute walk to the Event Field was challenging in places with tussocks, mud, ups and downs and this was before the race! The beauty of the River Lune wending it’s way through Cumbria passing the remnants of the Roman Fort near Low Borrowbridge, before eventually meeting the Irish Sea at Plover Scar, Lancaster, however was a wonderful sight. Once in the beauty and majesty of the fells, one soon forgot it was not far from the M6.It was heart-warming to be amongst a sea of club tents and flags and the buzz of an actual large Event after so long; brilliant to meet up with all 24 MACs, forming our 4 x 6 Relay Teams. 220 teams from all over the UK giving their all on the Howgill fells including Great Coum (464m), Linghaw (500m) and Blease Fell (473m) with lots of bottom sliding on the descents as the day wore on!Leg 1 Solo (5.9k/430m), Leg 2 Navigation Pair who do not receive the route map until on the start line; Leg 3 Pair (10.3k/940m) and Leg 4 Solo (5.3k/370m).MAC ‘A’ Team Open Men – Joe Oldfield, Harry Holmes, Max Wainwright, Billy Cartwright, Dan Haworth and Alasdair Campbell were 3rd overall in 3 hours 13 mins 50 secs with Billy and Dan clocking up the fastest leg of the day; 2 minutes 12 secs quicker than Carnethy. 1st overall Carnethy (Scotland) 3.11.28 and 2nd Dark Peak 3.13.41. So it was very close and note 2 Derbyshire Clubs in the Top 3. 3rd place overall being MACs best ever position in the British Champs, previously being 7th overall. So pretty impressive stuff from our Fell running elite men.MAC ‘B’ Team Open Men - Toby Gill, Rich Bradbury, Sam Thompson, Derek Chetwin, Tim Perry and John Thorpe. 45th in 4 hours 2 minutes and 38 secs in Open Men Category.MAC MV50 Team – Simon Croft, Karl Webster, Andrew Watson, Peter Wilmot, Scott Thompson and Geoff Cooper 9th in 4.47.54 in MV50 Category.MAC Mixed Team – Jan Forrester, Lucy Taylor, Alaina Bond, Matt Govan, Jack Cummins and Les Thurston 25th in 5.48.11 in Mixed Category.
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