It’s been something of a Boy’s Own Collection of race reports lately, with great write-up’s from Alan Wallace, Tony Carter and Rob Wishart. But striking back for the ladies is Julie Shaw with this little gem.
4th Powburn Show Fell Race.
It was a warm sunny day, although a little windy, but having really enjoyed this race last year I was eager to take part.
I was so busy talking to people on the start-line I forgot to set my garmin and before I knew it the race had started and we off.
Through several bumpy fields, over gates (I am never sure why we don’t open the gates, it must be a fell race thing!) until we reached the river crossing. I did my usual scream going through, apologising to the fella next to me.
I went over a stile, through another gate – yes that is correct, I went through the gate, is that cheating? – and then started the long climb up the only hill in the race. I did manage to overtake one person but as I was approaching the half-way point up the climb the leaders had already started their descent and were flinging themselves down, I cannot believe how fast they were going. I got to the top – after walking some of the way – and decided to take a moment or two to take in the great views.
Then the dreaded downhill.
After 2 fellas passed me I began thinking I really need to work on my ‘almost’ vertical down-hills. Eventually getting to the bottom, and retracing my steps back through the river (SCREAM!!) I spotted several runners in front, but didn’t see the hole in the fence where I was supposed to go through. So I just jumped a barbed wire fence. Where I got stuck. The poor fella following me asked if I was ok, I apologised to him as I was well stuck, holding him up for what seemed to be minutes of trying to free myself, upon which I promptly fell into some nettles. I picked myself up thinking I am nearly there. Just a few fields, climbing over the gate – yes I climbed over this one – another stile and then I could see the show ground marquees just ahead. A short steep bit to finish and then loads of people cheering, I’d done it. I finished with only a few nettle stings and a little hole in my shorts.
I would recommend this to anyone, honestly it was great fun. I was 5th women (out of six) in the race and if I can do this anyone can. Well done to the 1st place female Sam Crowe (Elswick Harriers) and 1st place male Phil Sanderson, also Elswick.
Well done Julie. Great report from what looks like a canny race.
Well done Julie on a great race & report, although sounds a bit like Rob’s Total Warrior adventures what with the barbed wire and all..
Great race report Julie! Well done. Must give this fell racing a go, it sounds fun.