This weekend saw some of the UK’s top fell clubs battle it out in Patterdale, Cumbria, for one of the most hotly contested fell running trophies of the year at the Ian Hodgson Mountain Relays…
The ‘Mighty Borrowdale’ as @fellrunninbrief have dubbed the Cumbrians, won yet another title, from Dark Peak and Ambleside, perhaps a precursor to the UKAs in a couple of weeks, with Mercia thrown in there for good measure.
The Karrimor Mountain Marathon is probably one of the most strenuous events in the fell runners calendar. In 1985, it was held in the Patterdale area of the Lake District and the “Score” class was won by Ian Hodgson and Jem Wilson. The day after the race, Ian, then aged 25, was tragically killed in a road accident whilst cycling. The “Karrimor” was Ian’s favourite race and the Patterdale event was the ninth time he had competed. Unfortunately, due to the time delay in calculating the results of the “Score” class, Ian never knew that he and his partner had won.
Ian’s three brothers and parents are all involved in fell running and the family decided that they would organise a fell race in his memory.
After coming back in 2nd behind Dark Peak after leg one, the boys in purple had Morgan D and Chris Steele on the second stretch, as Helm Hill’s Addison brothers absolutely smashed it on leg 2 going from 15th to 1st place, gaining 14 places!
Going into leg 3 Martin M-B and Mark Roberts took Borrowdale from 3rd to 1st as Ben Bardsley and Jim Davies wrapped it up on the anchor leg, leaving Dark Peak men Oli Johnson and Neil Northrop to take the silver some three and a half minutes back. Ambleside moved up from 4th to 3rd on the last leg.
In the women’s race the Ambleside AC octet were utterly dominant as Jane Reedy and Rebecca Sheffield brought the Cumbrian team home a full 30 mins up on second placed Keswick AC team, which contained former British fell champ Pippa Maddams. Keswick were in turn a few minutes up on Dark Peak’s women, with Ilkley close behind in 4th.