Ricky makes light work of Buttermere
This last weekend Ricky Lightfoot took the win at the Salomon Buttermere Trail Race in the English Lake District. In his own words Ricky takes us through the race and his battle with fellow Laklander Chris Steele…
The shores of Buttermere made for an idillic setting this week end for the inaugural Salomon Buttermere Trail Race organised by High Terrain Events. I’ve run a few races from Buttermere which incorporated circling both Buttermere and Crummock Water but this Trail Race was slightly different, it incorporated some new trails and different views of the Buttermere Valley, this truly is a “hidden gem”.
Just over 10 miles in total the route ran out along the Lakeshore for a small loop before circumnavigating the shores of Crummock Water before a climb up and over the lower Flanks of Rannerdale Knotts descending back to the Lake and finishing at the head of Buttermere. The weather held out and we had wall to wall sunshine, warm enough to have a dip after the race.
I was a bit apprehensive about running having started with flu after the Lorton 10k last week and not getting much sleep at work the night before. I was disappointed not to run Causey Pike the day before, but decided to run Buttermere Trail instead-even if I was ill!
It would be a nice run out if anything with likeminded people, Chris Steele set the pace early on, this was ideal for me as I sat in not feeling so good and got pulled along.
We hit the 6 mile point and I found a second wind from some where and found my self pulling away from Chris, I was always conscious of not pushing it too hard to avoid bottoming my self, but pushed on and pulled out a lead. As you know I can get my self lost on the best of marked courses and at one point a few hundred meters from the finish I found myself at a lost end, I didn’t see any flags so rather than plough on I waited for Chris’s second opinion then moved on crossing the line for a narrow 8 second win just over the hour.
Amblesides Jon Deegan completed the top 3 with Up & Running Keswick Branch Manager Paul Wathan in fourth. The women’s winner was Ambleside’s Sam Noble.