FELL CHAMPS after the Roaches

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FELL CHAMPS after the Roaches

Postby BARRY BLYTH » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:29 pm

The race:

Most fit runners would find an off road run of just over 15mls and nearly 4000ft of climb tough. The Roaches is much more than that what with heavy muddy fields, followed by the rocky Roaches ridge, the initially stony then woodland descent to the Dane river crossing, more boggy fields and finally the climb up Shutlingsloe; Except you then have to do the reverse all the way back to Meerbrook. Most struggle on the climb back up to the Roaches and some are reduced to intermittent walking/plodding when they hit the heavy mud near the end.
A high turnout of harriers with 21 racing and quite a few more supporting/marshalling (thanks all). A lot of good performances in particular from Robbie Peal 1st harrier back in 2hrs 28 (outstanding for an 18 year old); Gillian Lindsey in 2hrs 46 ca 20mins, quicker than her 2016 placing her 3rd lady and 1st lady vet and Andrea Frost in 3hrs 03 1st LV50. Gillian, Andrea and Kathleen O’Donnell (3hrs 05) made up the winning ladies team. Steph Wood and Clare Griffin were close behind Kathleen (5 ladies in the top 12!)

Effect on our champs table:

With just the Club Handicap to go Robbie Peal now looks to have it in the bag. Mark Messenger who needs to do a “long” could steal it if he has a good run on the Club Handicap.
The ladies are too tight to call with Gillian just leading from Kathleen and Andrea not far behind.
In the handicap competition for the Ken Hall trophy (a big rock) Dan Croft currently leads with Gillian Lindsey in close contention and Matt Lewis 3rd. Mark Messenger could win if he has a par run on the last race.]
Club enthusiasts are Andrea Frost for the ladies (14 races) and Barry Blyth for the men (18 races).
Now thinking about next year’s competition let me know your thoughts.
Barry
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Re: FELL CHAMPS after the Roaches

Postby bollygill » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:39 am

Would just like to say thanks to Barry for all his work on compiling the stats after each race.
And thanks to the very many fell runners not racing but marshalling (Brian keeping us safe at the road crossing, double Dave at Shuttlingsloe in the icy wind and also our personal fan club cheering for us on Shuttlingsloe). It felt like it was a Harriers race not a Mow Cop race!
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Re: FELL CHAMPS after the Roaches

Postby BARRY BLYTH » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:46 am

Organisers Geof and Andy were members of Macc long before me and Geof is second claim Macc. Both usually do the club handicap ie very close relationship btw the clubs mutually helping out with each others races. Andy's organised the Roaches as long as I can remember. Great job Andy/Geof.

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