I decided to make minor alterations to the course for this year's race. I used a much more direct route from the start to the first check point at Moor Lodge. Both changes seem to have been well received by the runners and it is now very much a ridge run around Hayfield Village.
With these changes in mind I flagged/marshalled these new sections to prevent the previous years' navigational problems. This worked fine so all the navigational eccentricities were confined to the moors.
A field of just under 200 left Hayfield in fine, clear weather to tackle the steep climb up Lantern Pike. The early leaders, Tim Tett and Dave Ibbotson, tried their best to lead the whole field astray on their way up to Abbots Chair- but the local lads kept most of the pack roughly in the right direction. As the leaders crossed the Glossop Road to head up Mill Hill, Kinder and Brown Knoll so the mist and rain came. After their early adventures, Tim Tett and Dave Ibbotson emerged out of the mist to cross the Chapel Road with a slight lead over Ray Aucott who was having a real battle with Pete Brownson. The new finish with its very fast descent from Cracken Edge, was ideal for downhill specialist Tim, who finished just under a minute in front of Dave, with Ray just holding Pete off
on the run in.
Alan Bond - Organiser
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