Ninety-nine runners took part in the Skiddaw Fell Race on Sunday; completing the out-and-back nine-mile course from Fitz Park to Skiddaw summit via Jenkin Hill, in very hot and dry conditions.
The field was a mixture of visitors and locals. Host club, Keswick AC, won the men’s team and Kendal-based Helm Hill won the women’s. First overall was Orlando Edwards in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 7 seconds, representing Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers. Orlando also won the M40 prize.
There weren’t any tussles for the finish line at the front end of the race – probably a good thing in the strength sapping heat – but the times were still credible, with Chris Smith of Thames Valley Harriers coming second in 1:12:59, and Tom Addison third in 1:13:58.
The first lady was Kelli Roberts of Helm Hill, in a time of 1:28:57, with a clear lead over Emma Watson of Wharfedale in second (1:42:31) and Katie Smith of York Knavesmire Harriers in third (1:47:47).
The biggest turnout from a single club came from Cumberland Fell Runners, with the Skiddaw Race forming part of their club championship series. It was great to see so many blue and white vests.
There was a dog show at the other end of the park, adjacent to the race start and finish area, but thankfully the two events didn’t get mixed up!
The new organiser for the Skiddaw Race in 2019 will be John Beetham, and it will take place on the first Sunday in July.