This years Otter 40 was memorable mainly for its meteorological highlights in the shape of heavy rain in the Goyt Valley over the first few miles and a strong north-westerly wind throughout the day, which reached the proportions of a howling gale on Mam Tor. Apart from the need to run at a 45 degree angle and use at least one hand to restrain a wildly flapping race number, you could tell the wind was strong because there were no hang gliders about. The wind might have explained why retirements were 50% up on last year and when some competitors went astray in the later stages maybe this was because the route markers had blown away. That snag aside, the organisation was up to its usual excellent standard and the atmosphere was as friendly as ever. There were about 198 finishers out of 231 starters. In the team event Dark Peak A, having won the prize on both previous occasions, could this time only manage fifth. The most notable Dark Peak performance was by Gerry who almost broke seven hours and took the ladies prize.
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