It is encouraging to find a race that would attract a
handful 5 years ago having 16 competitors on a day when the
weather conditions were their worst so far.
As the race was becoming too Wimpy with people running along
a submerged boggy track for a whole one third mile it was decided
that control 8A (a tree with nest) should be added to draw
competitors away from said Landrover track. A number of night runs
were made to locate 8A and get a bearing from Stanage Pole to it
but each time either the wrong or no tree was found. Mike Hayes
kindly visited the Control on Saturday morning and hung a flag on
it labelled WART. In view of Sunday\'s conditions it was decided to
omit 8A from the route... but thanks anyway Mike!
Our sponsors generously provided an even bigger prize list
this year with recipients as follows:
1st runner - 100 watt lamp - Andy Harmer (also visited 8A)
2nd runner - 60 watt lamp - Mike Pedley
3rd runner - 40 watt lamp - Dave Holmes
1st novice - red lamp - Pete Gorvett
1st veteran - rough service lamp - Alan Yates
Best Beard - pink lamp - Maurice Musson (closely
contested but won by a whisker with a late entry from Totiey!)
Colin Hughes Memorial Trophy (renamed Special Category Prize
because he went and got better!) - 500 watt Goliath Edison Screw
- Jim Lawrenson (cycled from Crookes for his first fell race).
1st small person - 15 watt pygmy lamp (dud) - Roy Small
Last Wart - 55 watt sodium street lighting lamp - Andy Malkin
1st lady - 60 watt (10 inch) - unclaimed
The race itself saw, or more correctly was rumoured to have
included (for no-one saw much at all), a variety of route choices.
Andy Harmer set the pace yet found himself in second place on both
the first two legs. Beyond Mitchell Field, however, Andy\'s route
choice was faultless; he even found the non-compulsary 8A control.
Behind him Mike and Dave arrived at Rud Hill at the same time but
from different directions and had a half mile \'sprint\' for second.
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