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Calderdale Hike

12/04/2014

On Saturday 12th April, Les Hill tackled his second event in the Runfurther Ultra Race Series when he took part in the Calderdale Hike 37 miles fell race in Yorkshire. The competitors have to navigate their way around fifteen check points before finishing at Sowerby Cricket club from where over 100 of them had set off many hours earlier.

There is a total ascent of 6,640 feet with most of the suggested, but not compulsory, route being off road. However two weeks ago Les did a recce of the parts of the course he was not familiar with and this proved very beneficial as he opted for some slightly longer but more run-able road sections. Between the first and second check points he moved from 20th place to 5th place without seeing any of the runners he overtook. There were two very boggy moor sections that accounted for five miles of the route which could not be avoided. These proved very strength sapping and claimed a few shoes that had not been securely fastened to feet, but luckily Les kept his on despite being knee deep in peat on several occasions.

He often lost places on technical descents but gained quite a few on the climbs as he was able to run them all while most around him walked those parts. His average pace per mile for the race was 11 minutes and 28 seconds but it varied greatly depending on the terrain. Les finished in 7 hours 4 minutes 32 seconds and was very pleased by the steady way he had run the event, taking only four minutes longer for the second half than he had clocked for the first 18.5 miles and in the process gaining over ten places.

Full results are not yet available but Les estimates his finishing position to be somewhere between 10th and 15th place.

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