For the first time this event was held on a Wednesday evening rather than a Saturday morning. This was because it is timed to coincide with the end of the school term, which this year happened to be midweek. The event was still not publicised in the newsletter unfortunately, but was only advertised by word of mouth and on Dark Peak's new website. Consequently some people who would have liked to take part missed it. Sorry about that. I will make sure that it is on the race list in the newsletter next year.
Nevertheless there were 14 people on the start line. The organizer was unfortunately not one of them. The excitement of breaking up from school that afternoon was just too much for me and I was suffering from an attack of the runs, so I appointed myself starter and assistant bike minder. The 2 laps of the field split the competitors a bit more than usual and there was a definite lead group who led out onto the road. Mike Browell brought up the rear at a relaxed pace having opted to change from running shoes to cycling shoes before setting out.
I cycled up the road after them and then stood around at the road end chatting. Eventually a few figures could be seen coming across the moor from a number of different directions and even when in sight of the bikes there were a few wrong route choices made down the hillside. Paul Sanderson was the first to regain his bike, running strongly; he obviously got the line perfectly. Mike, Rob and Andy Harmer were pretty close behind and the race was going to be won and lost on the last two legs. I cycled back in pursuit of this leading quartet to witness the final leg, and a bizarre ending it was. Mike caught Paul and looked to be running away with it when he tried to sprint to really demoralise his pursuers. However the result was cramp in both of his calves which stopped him dead, allowing Paul and Rob to overtake. Mike ran one side of the field backwards to ease his cramp. Watching from a distance I thought that this would make an interesting variation to the event, maybe a backwards lap of the field will be compulsory next year? Rob ran away from Paul to win quite comfortably. Paul maintained a creditable second place and Mike bravely held off Andy although it was very painful to watch him finish. The rest of the field rolled in over the following minutes without any real tussles on the final run. Mike Browell brought up the rear, having changed his shoes loads of times. He kindly brought in the flags on his lap of the field too.
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