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Running: Extreme effort over fells by Pickering pair
2:38pm Wednesday 7th August 2013 in Sport
PICKERING off-road running duo Bob Horsman and Steve Watson travelled to the heartland of the fells for the 40th Borrowdale Fell Race near Keswick in the Lake District.
The gruelling 17-mile event climbed 7,000 feet, taking in four difficult ascents including Scafell and Great Gable in sunny and windy conditions.
Mist over the peaks made view-gazing impossible and following the racing line off the mountains a tricky task.
A strong Watson finished in four hours 25 minutes shortly followed by Horsman, who completed the challenging course in 4-49, well inside his target time of five hours.
Horsman said: “This was far harder than the Duddon Valley Fell Race we did a few weeks ago. Geographically the two routes aren’t that far apart, but Borrowdale is much more extreme. I’m well chuffed with my time.”
Watson added: “It was tough and the last four miles from the final checkpoint was torture.
“I struggled up the last hill and one kind chap must have noticed my distress and gave me a bit of Kendal mint cake.
“I’m never doing that again. So in other words I will be back next year.”
Taking in a 2.5-mile route starting near the town’s secondary school, runners battled it out in the first lap to gain placing in the second and final race.
With members setting off slowest first, everybody had the chance of picking up the trophy sponsored by club stalwart Terry Green.
And it was rising star Serena Partridge who was first past the line, only a couple of weeks after her placing at the Stillington handicap race.
She said: “The trophy is fantastic. It’s a welcome addition to my living room.”
The next club outing is tomorrow (Thursday) at Bransdale Fell Race, and points from this event will count toward the club league competition.
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