The original route from KIngs tree was declared too rough and long so the Alport course was put up, only for snow melt/heavy rain put the two river crossings in doubt .
The final route was certainly a worthy substitute with a very greasy descent into the valley from the trig, and a stiff climb up to Birchin hat but the inclusion of the pond (amazingly not on some maps!) south of the tower a added a real sting in the tail as the way back was to the East of the Castles and the siren of Ditch Clough pulled Neil and later Fi and Tori to their doom.
Great race up front with a minute separating the leaders ,well done Rich for holding off Tim and lively Simon.
|1||Richard Hunt||01:02:37||Dark Peak||M40|
|2||Tim Rutter||01:02:49||Dark Peak||MSEN|
|3||Simon Mills||01:03:02||Dark Peak||MSEN|
|4||Neil Northrop||01:03:40||Dark Peak||MSEN|
|5||Richard Baxter||01:19:04||Dark Peak||M45|
|6||John Webber||01:19:26||Dark Peak||M55|
|7||Tim Hawley||01:22:10||Dark Peak||M55|
|8||Jack Foxall||01:22:13||Dark Peak||M40|
|9||Jim Paxman||01:24:32||Dark Peak||M55|
|10||Phil Crowson||01:28:00||Dark Peak||M55|
|11||Peter Gorvett||01:37:16||Dark Peak||M70|
|12||Andy Harmer||01:38:39||Dark Peak||M70|
|13||Victoria King||01:42:29||Dark Peak||W40||Equal 1st woman|
|13||Fiona Fullwood||01:42:29||Dark Peak||W40||Equal 1st woman|
|David Holmes||Dark Peak||M60||Ran out of light!|
|Maurice Musson||Dark Peak||M65||Short course|
|John Dalton||Dark Peak||M70||Shorter course|