The fell running summer season is now in full swing despite the weather. You need to keep your eyes peeled for suitable events or ask Paul or one of the fell runners. Last week there were two races on Tuesday night, one on Wednesday, two on Saturday and a big club event on Sunday; all fairly local to us.
The races that I know Pendle folk were running at were:
Tuesday was at Mearley Clough starting from the Calfs Head at Worston. A senior race to the Pendle plateau and back plus pasta supper in the pub. Highly recommended by Paul and Sarah, and is open to over 14s. An under 16 girl won the ladies race!
Wednesday saw a race from Kildwick organised by Keighley and Craven. This has some great junior races from under 8 upwards but no Pendle juniors this year.
Saturday saw the start of the Bofra season. These are very traditional fell races, some dating back to Victorian times. Typically quite short but very steep and technical, always have junior races www.bofra.co.uk.
The weather wasn’t great for Sedbergh gala but stayed dry for the races albeit very wet underfoot. Ruby Schofield came 3rd girl in an under 12s field of 51 runners. Next race is a classic at kettlewell in wharfedale and normally attracts some Pendle runners. All ages, including juniors, should note that some Bofra races will now mandate windproof jackets and maybe overtrousers if the weather is poor. All ages above under 12 had to carry a jacket for the first time at Sedbergh. You are recommended to take them to every race!
On the same day there was the inter counties fell running champs at Settle Hills. In this prestigious event James Marchant represented Lancashire, and the team won the U16 boys race. Former club member Declan Bulmer was also running for Lancashire at an older age group.
This week sees the Jack Bloor relays for adults on Wednesday night and various adult races at the weekend. See www.fellrunner.org.uk for details.
Next week there is the popular Killington Sports on Thursday night for all ages. This is a traditional lakes/howgills sports evening and hasn’t changed much for the past 100 years. A bit of a run out but worth it for the experience. Track races if you don’t fancy the fells, but the track is grass, not flat and races are measured in yards. By the way they are also handicapped! Always a few Pendle folk who take the trouble to go up, starts at 6pm and is somewhere behind Killington lake services on the M6, but check the map well first.