A busy day yesterday for the lads out running. Following on from Ricky's run in the Lakes in a Day event, we had 2 at the Langdale Horseshoe and 3 over at the XC event in Penrith.
Richard McGrath and Dava Williams, our leg 4 pairing at the HBMR, both took part in the Langdale Horseshoe. The race starts and finishes at the Old Dungeon Ghyll. The course climbs to Stickle Tarn before heading to Thunacar Knott, Esk Hause, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and Pike of Blisco. The route is approximately 13 mi in length with 4,760 ft of ascent. It includes much rough and rocky ground. Langdale is also one of the races in the Lakeland Classics Trophy series.
Both our runners appeared to have good legs and ran well on the day, however, both having very differing results.
Richard McGrath made places up throughout the race, finally coming in in 19th place in 2:22:31.
Dava Williams was running well until slipping down a grassy descent shortly after Martcrag Moor. he soon noticed his timing chip had tore off his wrist. Originally thinking that was his race over. However, after heading back up the fell and spending ten minutes looking around, the timing chip was found. He carried on and immediately started to make places up. On reaching Esk Hause shelter he was down in 152nd place. He continued to make places up all the way to the finish finally coming back in 113th place in 2:54:47
It was a record turnout for the race this year. 400 runners starting, with 377 making it to the finish.
Alex Roberts, Chris Knowles and Peter Kemp headed for less rocky ground at Penrith. Taking part in the Cross Country race. These races are usually really muddy affairs run at fast pace.
Alex headed the Elbra runners home in 6th overall in 12:37.
Closely followed by Chris who came in 9th in 12:38.
Peter 16th in 12:39.
Ricky Lightfoot has claimed the win and also taking the course record.
The previous record was held by Kim Collison, who set a time of 9 Hours and 12 Mins.
Ricky has just completed the course in 8 Hours and 47 Mins.
The Lakes in a Day is a 50 mile and 13000ft of ascent run - a journey starting at the very top of the Lake District in Caldbeck to the very bottom, at Cartmel, via Halls fell, the Helvellyn Ridge and the western shoreline of Lake Windermere.