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Skiddaw Fell race

07/07/2013

After months of being plagued with a foot injury and now able to run pain free, Les Hill decided to put his fitness to the test by taking part in the Skiddaw Fell race on Sunday 7th July...

In scorching temperatures, the 150 runners set off from Fitz Park, Keswick, on the assault of the 3,000 foot summit with Les starting towards the back of the field. After 400 metres the runners left the park and started the ascent that initially uses forest trails before reaching the open fells. Les is familiar with this route as Skiddaw is the first of the 42 Lake District mountains in the Bob Graham Round which he successfully completed in June 2000.

Many runners were reduced to walking in the early stages while Les kept running for 25 minutes before taking his first walking stride. During this time he gained many places and even on the steeper sections he utilised a walking and running technique to good effect to continue working through the field.

He reached the summit in 65 minutes 10 seconds and was at this stage in 57th position, he was delighted with this considering his lack of training miles over the last twelve months.

On the return leg, in his own words, "his poor descending became immediately obvious to all those around him and he dropped back" to finish 76th in 1 hour 47 minutes 32 seconds. However, he was delighted that his foot passed this stern test and hopes he can now get back into serious training.

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