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Thieveley Pike Fell Race
Registration is in the Church Hall opposite the Ram Inn.
|Advertised Statistics||Measured Statistics|
|Distance||4.3 Miles||4.2 Miles|
This is tough shorty of a race, with a lot of ascent packed into not many miles. I would definitely recommend it (take your flask and butties).
The race starts in a field next to the Ram Inn and takes an initial lap round the field, then along a trail to the first climb. The climb was VERY steep and there was quite a queue walking up it. The course has some great, steep descents (watch out for the dug out channels in places!). I don't know whether it was fatigue from the climbs or just a bad day, but I found myself walking at some points where I felt I should have been running.
Fell shoes were handy for blasting down the steep descents.
Good points: Tough and interesting course, well marshalled and flagged, efficient registration. Plenty of photographers and even a video! Runners of high standard. Suitable for all abilities.
Could be better: Small car park full, parking on busy main road, only 1 trap in toilets (queues), no hot drinks, snacks or butties available at end. Results took a while.
(C) Copyright John Mayall 2010