Weekend heat takes its toll

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 24 May '10

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Old County Tops, 2010

The exceptionally hot weekend was felt even more so by those of us who chose to venture a little closer to the sun on the hills of the UK! It seems that Scotland didn’t suffer quite as much, however alongside those at Llety the rest of the country was cooking…

In England is was time for the old classic 37-mile Old County Tops on Saturday, and the tales from the forum tell some dramatic stories of heat and dehydration, with some heavy drop out rates. Images here.

There was also racing over at Glaramara nr. Borrowdale, and having been up at the Keswick Mountain Festival this w/e I can vouch that it was very, very warm up there…

Not too far down the road in Keswick it was also time for the first Salomon Forest Trail 10k of 2010, with over 200 trail runners starting from Newlands Valley and traversing the main path below Catbells before heading down to Derwentwater and back to Newlands Valley. Top fell man Ricky Lighfoot romped to a 3 minute win, claiming to have been “taking it easy” whilst coming back from his knee injury, Anna Frost won the ladies event, coming in 5th overall.

Results are here

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Salomon Forest Trail, Keswick

Meanwhile up in Scotland…

Marshall wins at Slioch again in record time

Race organier, Ross Bannerman, was pleased with the turnout of 61 runners for Saturday’s Slioch Horseshoe race. Conditions were warm and rather muggy, with cloud level just fluctuating at around Munro level, but certainly not as hot nor testing as has been the case in previous years.

Results here

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  1. Russell Whittington May 24, 06:48 AM

    I was in Keswick to attend the Salomon Trail Weekend. As a regular road runner I have occassionally dipped my toe off road, but have always struggled to throw myself down hill!

    The training weekend offered me invaluable advice from Ricky Lightfoot, Anna Frost and Marc Laithwaite in a very informal and sociable setting.

    My descending still needs a lot of work, but I have made steps in the right direction.

    I would recommend the weekend to runners of all levels and I was happy to finish the race in second place behind Ricky Lightfoot even if he was “taking it easy”.

    Thanks to eveyone involved.

    Russell Whittington

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