Borrowdale Fell Race
Saturday 1st August 2015
I wasn't trying to take it so seriously as a race this year, so I did another video for posterity, like my previous Bob Graham one: http://youtu.be/jgfhouF_tsA (with probably a bit too much on kit etc, maybe useful for anyone thinking of doing a simlar race though).
We had fair weather this year, so the rocks were less slippery. And having been given a sobering lesson in what an endurance event this really is last year -- when I took nearly 4.5 hours, and ended up feeling very underfuelled indeed -- this year I tried to pace it more conservatively at the start, and went a bundle on gels and sports drink to keep myself going. So overall it was a much better experience! And with good visibility, the views were breathtaking, a real privelege to enjoy.
But still, this had a lot of climbs so tough that they cannot be run at all; hair-raising descents down sliding scree and mossy precipitous slopes; tracts of bog; boulder fields and hands-on scrambles; and hey, even the odd bit that you can run fairly normally...
The Borrowdale Fell Runners lay on free tea and sandwiches afterwards in the hall, and the whole event is very friendly. And I got to chat to the fell legend Billy Bland at the end -- though he didn't really approve of me carrying drinks ('plenty of water up in the hills'), let alone a camera!
Overall, this is a highly recommended event for anyone's bucket-list. Note though that you need to be able to cite suitable experience before being allowed to enter.