Forest Burn Fell Run Race report by Julie Shaw
I had attempted this fell race 3 years ago and got lost, so I was a little worried!
I asked the organiser the route and he said you just follow the white poles. I started the fell race with 4 women and about 20 fit men. I was nervous as normal, 1 minute to go, 30 seconds to go and then off. As usual I was left at the back after what I think was a very quick start.
First obstacle muddy bog second obstacle nettles . After trying all I could to avoid them I was still being stung so just thought I would just go for it. Third obstacle limbo under a wire fence which brought you to a very steep and muddy incline to what looked like a little stream while running through without slipping was a sudden dip. The water was cold and I did a little scream as it went up to my knees, to the spectators and fellow runners amusement . Fourth obstacle a long, long hill climb to the top and then back down along the same route. I could see I was not the last person on the race to my delight. I was trying to go downhill as fast and safe as I could using Dave Anderson’s open arm technique, I need more practice as I fell over a few times.
By this stage I was very hot, so the deep water which I now was aware of was refreshing. Up the incline back under the wire fence I could see the show ground. So as fast as I could on uneven grass I sprinted for the line and finished 3rd lady.
I had a great time and would encourage others to do these fell runs. They are free to enter and although they were no prizes in this run a lot of money can be won at other country fair fell races. There was also comments of “we need to see more Tynebridge Harriers in these races” as we are seen in big groups running around Jesmond Dene.
Race photographs (including a couple of Julie) can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/8011535@N08/sets/72157631044987644/