Ive not done this race for a few years and was quite looking forward to it. I run the route a few times during the year if Im passing through Hathersage so I know it very well. It was a big field with loads of runners. I set off pretty quick but didnt go overboard on the climb as I knew the wind would be against us along the top to the trig point. At the top of the climb I was very fortunate to have Noel my teammate overtake me. He dragged me through the wind past the trig and onto the turning point for the return run. Now I can descend quickly if the terrain is right. If its rough and wet then I fly. Were you turn on the Stanage race is exactly that for a few minutes. I took a few risks and plunged down as fast as I could. Over the undulating section I had to work as hard as Ive worked in a race all year to hold off the runners that I passed on the descent. I collapsed at the end having come 7th place.
A brilliantly run race by the Fat Boys Running Club who organise it. I collected a T shirt at the finish but in the school playround was a guy who hadnt quite managed to come in the first 40 which automatically gets you a t shirt so I handed it him. He smiled and said thankyou your a gentleman. That made my day.
Once again thanks to Noel for dragging me along.