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Borrowdale 21k

01/08/2016

Saturday 9th July was wet and a bit miserable in the Lake District, though thankfully without the 45mph winds that had been forecast earlier in the week!

3 DRC members were braving the weather for the Borrowdale 21k; Joasia Zakzrewski, Sean McGleenan and Anne Macfarlane.

The race started at 11am, confusingly, about 2 miles from the Crow Park registration point around the end of lake Derwentwater in Nichol End. The start was narrow and very congested and Anne and Sean were trapped near the end of the crush of runners, making the first few miles crowded and difficult. The route began following the lakeside then turned across country through fields and bogs before the first big climb, up a long and steep rocky slope which Sean in particular found very challenging, the wet rock being slippery and treacherous. The rain forced him to run without glasses and being unable to see in these conditions was just too hazardous. Down the other side of the hill was slick wet grass and muddy paths, with some stretches terrifyingly sheer. A bit of relief followed as the race headed along paths and farm tracks before heading upwards again, this time on a precipitous and broken stony path which wended on, up and up to the highest point on Watendlath. The descent this time was down a stony path, at times like giant cobbles, in places so wet that flowing water over the stones made it like running through an actual stream.


For several miles after that they ran along undulating, overgrown and twisty paths, ranging from sharp climbs through shoulder height bracken to rolling open woodland. The last stretch took easy footpaths alongside Lake Derwentwater then back into the Crow Park. 


Jo was among the front runners but fell foul of a route malfunction, caused by one of the marker arrows pointing the wrong way. Despite a sizeable detour, she still finished 6th overall, 3rd female and 1st FV40 in 1:50:01. Anne was pleased with her run and finished in 2:18:09, 45th place, 11th female and 1st FV50. Sean was delighted to make it back in one piece, exhausted, bruised and muddy having fallen several times on the way and advises anyone with eyesight difficulties to avoid this one in the future!

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