Well that was that the strap line for this week’s challenge. It was billed as 6 miles with 800 feet of climbing but having completed it I can confirm it was 7 miles with 1,200 feet of climb, so a reasonable mid-week workout!
Winter Hill is a popular training venue for many of the Harriers but it’s not often we race it, usually preferring to include it in a more sedate Sunday run.
Well here’s a brief synopsis of the route, start at Upper Barn, up past Pigeon Tower to the Pike. From there back down and then up again to Two Lads Cairn and then all the way up to the trig point beyond the masts on top of Winter Hill. We were then sent across more boggy moorland before returning to Two Lads and back down. Not content with the beasting our legs had been given we were then sent up the Pike again before descending the most hazardous and direct way down the hillside.
Showing his fell running credentials and bringing the Harriers home was Steve, who managed to survive the midge storm whilst he waited for the rest of us.
9 Stephen Nicholls. 54.15
17 Chris Burgess. 56.42
18 Mike Harris. 56.59
39 Kevin Edwards. 61.15
Big shout out to Darren Middleton and his daughter for their support even though they probably lost a couple of pints of blood to the afore mentioned insects!