Richard Bardon and Dan Miller made the trek to Grizedale for the festive Petzl night runner and came back with some prizes! Written by Richard Bardon:
The excuses started early. I picked up Dan and as soon as the door was closed there was an over-powering smell of Deep Heat. Dan then explained he had a 'hurry' knee and wasn't sure how he would get on. We arrived and registered and then went for a warm up. Conditions were ideal and we were soon lining up ready to start, to the sounds of a local brass band playing Christmas carols.
There were a few familiar faces including Kie Jackson who gave the age-old excuse of being tired just because he's got a baby. Obviously no one had any sympathy especially when he shot off at the start. Dan followed suit and he disappeared off into the darkness. I set off at a more civilised pace but soon started to pick off a few people who had gone off a bit quick up the first hill. This included Kie who I didn't realise I'd passed until the end, typical example of youngster speed, but no endurance.
Grizedale is a funny race in that there is no light anywhere. I never know where I am and you don't see the finish until you are about 400 metres from it. In the end it was a good result for the Endurance Store Trail Race team with Dan, despite his 'hurry knee' finishing 2nd and I managed 3rd overall and first old man.
Well done to Lloyd Biddell from Mercia Fell runners with an incredible winning time of 36 minutes for a very challenging 10k course!
The next race is Rivington Nightrunner on 14th January. This is one of our favourite races and is always good fun! That's followed by Grizedale half/full marathon at the beginning of feb, so plenty to look forwards to!