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British Intercounties Fell Running Championships

18/05/2017

Knowing that her legs would probably hate her for it, especially after the "racing miles" they had put in over the past 2 weeks, Joasia Zakrzewski headed up to Broughton Heights on Saturday May 13th to represent the West of Scotland at the British Intercounties Fell Running Championships.

The fine weather had finally broken so the hills were shrouded in mist, but luckily the rain had actually stopped by the time the runners lined up to start.

The race, which covered just short of 6 miles with 1600 feet of ascent/descent, started off on a rough track through a ford, up the valley bottom and across a stream before the first main climb up to Hammer Head and the following ridge. Jo's quads felt like giving way on the fast (not for her as this is where she lost most places) descent back down to the start/finish area. There was no rest at the bottom as the runners then crossed the stream and clamber up the other side of the valley to Clover Law. Jo managed to gain most of the places she'd lost back again, despite it being hard to pass people in the scratchy heather, only to worry that she'd see them all shoot past again as they clearly had another sharp descent back to the valley.

Luckily the field was more strung out by now, as she even found it hard to encourage her legs tp push when she wanted them to on the track down the valley, acorss the ford and back to the start/finish. In the ladies' competition, Yorkshire came out victorious, just holding off Cumbria with the West of Scotland a creditable 5th team  (the ladies finishing 6th, 22th, 22nd and 24th). Thanks go to those who came out to support despite the weather....and to those providing the spread of cakes at the finish!!

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