4 Harriers took part in the Cold Brew Events Winter Wipeout on Sunday 9th Jan. A trail/fell half marathon from Ingram Cafe up to the top of Hedgehope and back, with 5 stream crossings, a (shallow) river crossing and the sting in the tail that is going up the steep side of Brough Law. It was -2 deg C when we set out so the first 2k along the road was sheet ice and then turning up on to the fells past Cunyan Crags, it was getting very pretty with the snow but by the time the actual Hedgehope Hill climb started, we were in the clouds, the snow had turned to ice and the winds were gusting to 48mph.
The race was won by Craig Jones of Tyne Bridge Harriers in 1hr 58 min 50 sec, some 6 min ahead of second place.Mike Telfer and Ross Wilson ran together and used their local knowledge to float up to the top whilst Steve Cowell trudged up there in and hour and a half, with me another 20 min behind. The ice made the descent treacherous as the bogs had iced over and were either very slippy or in danger of breaking through to thigh deep bog beneath (don’t ask me how I know it was thigh deep).
The river crossing was at the base of Brough law, just 2km from the finish and whilst the mountains goats made short work of it, it took me 37 min to do that last stretch. Of course this was nothing to do with the fact that I was soaked through from an alleged pathetic fall in to the river, which may or may not have been captured on drone footage by Drew, the race organiser, who may have been laughing very heartily whilst assuring me it was ok as he got it all on camera.
At the end, we all got a smashing cup of soup at the cafe and had a good gossip about how hard it was.
Results:- 37. Mike Telfer 2hrs 38 min 35 sec (4th MV50)38. Ross Wilson 2 hrs 38 min 36 sec99. Steve Cowell 3hrs 12 min 8 sec145. Tracey Sample 3 hrs 33 min 21 sec
Race report by Tracey Sample