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Dunnerdale Fell Race 2019

November 3, 2019

A huge contingent of GandOs take the field at Dunnerdale. And the lure of free beer means that every care is taken to fill the cars to quota. The answer to global warming is thus revealed – free beer will take 75% of cars off the road. Why has it taken so long to come up with the obvious?

But, disaster, the post race pies haven’t arrived. They’ve been ‘pie-jacked’ says Sean B. Free beer will not compensate a pie-jack.The gaunt faces seem gaunter and anxious eyes scan the horizon. They try to raise a ‘chopper but no pie-lots are available to fly it. Minutes pass and a cheer goes up, distant at first but steadily louder. Hoorah, it’s the pie van and a Praetorian Guard of fell runners escort it to the village hall. The pies are distributed in an orderly and solemn silence; the needy, the old and the very young first. But all will be fed.

Enough. The race…kind of.

It’s been said before and I’ll say it again; there are beautiful fell races and then there is Dunnerdale. Only the uncouth and the contrarian would say otherwise. The whole beauty of the Lake District encapsulated in one five mile race.

Of course, if, like me, you take a few seconds to muse and admire the surroundings, the majesty hereabouts is revealed. Unlike Nick H, who’s suffering under raised lactic stress allows no room for such weakness. Nick has a scintillating run that surprises himself mostly. And Crispin, who is himself in great form. A very good scalp to take.

There is also a very healthy changing of the guard at the sharp end of the club’s front runners. By Richard’s own admission ‘about time too’. Sam H leads the GandOs home just pipping Oliver H, then Rich followed by James G. Long may the contest continue. Several new faces at the club were present – a very warm welcome to you all and great to see the charming Simon Bennett running, all the way from Pontefract. I had the privilege of supporting him on his successful BG earlier in the year.

Prizes went to Nick H for v60 and John T for v70.

Thank you ROs and marshals for a great day out and in particular to Anna Lupton who carried out the principal role with great panache and humour – you were a credit.


Anxious faces scanning horizon for missing pie van

results to follow.

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