A Grand Day Out in Langdale - Race Reports

A Grand Day Out in Langdale raised £3000 for the Cumbria Flood Appeal

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Saturday saw an all star cast of marshals and race directors pull together to create a great inaugural 10k valley trail race. 

The start was at Stickle Barn and with 39 runners entered already we knew we had a small race at least, but with another 24 runners signing on, on the day and only 3 no shows we had a start crowd of 59 runners. 

The start was 11:00 prom and the 59 runners headed directly out of the Stickle Barn carpark to follow the Cumbria Way to the first split time checkpoint at the last intake wall up the head of the valley at Mickleden. Now turning back down the valley the route came thorough Stool End Farm and to the road junction to take a right turn and head them into the Great Langdale Campsite. Now they headed up out of the back of the campsite to follow the L100/50 route in reverse to Oak Howe and then take the bridge over the river to bring them back up the north side of the valley and up the 'new' cycle path. 

Tom Jones and James Chapman controlled the mens race leading from the off and staying within 7 seconds of each other most of the way round, finishing 1st and 2nd respectively, with Paul McKnespiey taking the 3rd place. 

Abigail Johnston took the Ladies 1st place, leading all the way round and finishing 10th overall, with a McKnespiey take over for 2nd & 3rd as mother and daughter Camilla and Emma fought it out finishing 23 seconds apart. 

Joe Faulker of Nav4 Adventure swept the 1st part of the course, with Colin Harding and Helen Pye sweeping the rest, during the race Gaynor Prior of Pure Outdoor Events whipped Wayne Singleton into shape with a bespoke personal training session for a marathon that Wayne has entered, whilst she took the 'Oak Howe' split times, meaning we missed the seconds here I'm afraid folks. 

We had plenty of other great marshals out on the course and of course all these folk volunteered their time to make the race happen. As always, we thank them all greatly. 

Ot was noted that a Dog and a Sheep took part, but all was revealed to be fine as the sheep turned out to give the prizes away and was in fact Tom Rumsey, one of the main organisers and the dog was actually his good lady, Emliy Bayne, who never caught him so no sheep worrying happened that day! 

Thanks go to the land owners, the National Trust, for the use of the valley floor and all the farmers who let us run through yards and fields without question, plus of course the Stickle Barn crew and the Great Langdale campsite for the excellent overall 1st winners prize of a 1 night stay in a camping pod, plus a meal for 2 in the Stickle Barn.  

Results for the Langdale 10k 2016

Position

Name

Race

Number

Split 1 (Mickleden)

Split 2 (Oak Howe)

Finish Time

1

Thomas Jones

174

13.06

36.00

45.30

2

James Chapman

151

13.06

36.00

45.37

3

Paul McKnespiey

195

13.34

37.00

45.52

4

Pete

500

14.28

37.00

45.55

5

Ben Joynson

156

13.18

37.00

46.43

6

Gavin Morrison

104

13.54

38.00

48.48

7

Oliver Wolfe

165

13.46

38.00

48.65

8

Richard Hanley

198

14.26

39.00

49.20

9

Mike Boddy

185

15.3

41.00

50.47

1/10

Abigail Johnson

164

14.34

40.00

51.22

11

Andy Ross

166

14.5

41.00

52.14

2/12

Camilla McKnespiey

193

16.13

43.00

53.04

3/13

Emma McKnespiey

192

16.13

43.00

53.27

14

Jo Paterson

180

15.45

44.00

55.22

15

Catherine Speakman

181

15.54

45.00

56.34

16

Charles Colby

110

17.45

46.00

57.49

17

Belinda Randal

188

17.26

47.00

59.31

18

Sabiene Ross

167

17.25

48.00

1.0.22

19

John Orrell

157

17.18

48.00

1.01.55

20

Angela Colby

108

18.48

49.00

1.02.27

21

Racel Carr

197

18.42

49.00

1.02.43

22

Ursula Brendling

191

19.09

51.00

1.03.59

23

Charlie Thomson

190

19.05

51.00

1.04.01

24

Louise Moseley

160

18.54

51.00

1.04.03

25

Sarah De-Maine

234

18.47

51.00

1.04.12

26

Kim Clark

152

18.52

52.00

1.05.35

27

Peta Rowland

173

19.16

52.00

1.05.43

28

Chris MacDonald

126

19.32

53.00

1.07.08

29

David Rochester

115

19.01

53.00

1.07.29

30

Jo Still

153

19.15

54.00

1.07.59

31

Tom Rumsey

177

20.32

54.00

1.08.05

32

Laura Ruxton

155

19.47

54.00

1.08.27

33

Catherine Casey

189

19.52

54.00

1.08.37

34

Elaine Cowperthwaite

163

21.08

55.00

1.09.05

35

Anna TetleySykes

154

20.15

56.00

1.10.35

36

Jon Davidson

159

21.07

56.00

1.10.48

37

Catherine Higson

103

19.55

55.00

1.10.52

38

Julie Sherwood

129

21.25

57.00

1.10.53

39

Kathleen Proctor

200

21.54

58.00

1.10.59

40

Olwen Cunningham

199

21.47

59.00

1.13.36

41

Linda Grant

196

21.47

59.00

1.13.31

42

Josephine Walsh

161

21.4

01:00:00

1.16.16

43=

Karen Hill

172

22.48

01:03:00

1.16.45

43=

Robin Hill

170

22.44

01:03:00

1.16.45

45

Denise Walker

184

22.2

01:02:00

1.16.49

46

Jane Giddins

171

22.26

01:03:00

1.17.08

47

Linda Clark

168

22.39

01:03:00

1.19.22

48

Emily Bayne

162

23.03

01:03:00

1.19.23

49=

Jenni Whittaker

187

22.35

01:05:00

1.22.03

49=

Becky Ellerton

186

22.31

01:05:00

1.22.03

51=

Billy Lamb

176

24.02

01:06:00

1.23.24

51=

Sarah Newton

175

24.02

01:06:00

1.23.24

53

Linda Farquhar

194

25.27

01:08:00

1.24.05

54

Liane Thompson

178

23.3

01:07:00

1.25.20

55

Russell Thompson

179

23.3

01:07:00

1.25.22

56

Catherine Almond

169

24.28

01:09:00

1.27.21

57

Hayley Davidson

158

26.28

01:12:00

1.29.31

58

Charm Robson

182

25.55

01:12:00

1.30.26

59

Chris Robson

183

26.5

01:14:00

1.34.08

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James Warberton, overall winner on the 'Stickle Grind' - ©Michael Hirst

The Uphill 'Stickle Grind' Race is a fairly new phenomena for the Lake District, there have been a few uphill only races, but not many. 

The most obvious line seemed to be the ultra steep and ultra fast ascent onto the top of Harrison Stickle. It takes the footpath right out of the back of the pub, the Stickle Barn (events centre for the weekend) and taken in Stickle Tarn and then keeps ascending to finish on Harrison Stickle, so of course the Stickle Grind is a fitting name for this 2.6km and 605m of leg burning and lung bursting fun. 

We had 19 entries online and a 4 more on the day, and with pretty dank valley conditions we only had 3 no shows, so a total of 20 hardy fell runners toed the line, in minute increments, to set off and chase each other to the summit of Harrison Stickle. This adds for an exciting element of the 'Uphill Only' race as competitors have a target of other runners to chase down. We kept most of the fast boys and girls till the end to heat up the race. 

Joe Faulkner and Barney Whiteside drew the short straw to sit on the summit and time the runners in and with horizontal rain and wind to keep it that way, these guys struggled away as the runners steamed to the top. 

To keep the 'Euro' feel to the event we armed the rest of the marshals team, who consisted of Steve Clee, Little Dave, Rachel Plat and Colin Harding with Lakes Sky Ultra cow bells. 

The cloud was low and the runners disappeared into the mist just after our National Trust safety guy, Gareth Fields, saw the runners through the small scrambley section on the first part of the course. 

James Warberton set off like to steam train to chase Phil Wilkinson to take the 1st place, with Michael Jones taking the second place with a great run and only 8 seconds behind James. Phil Wilkinson took the 3rd place, still fuelled by half a bottle of port from the night before we later learnt. 

James set a great record of 26.54 in the conditions at hand and we look forward to aspirant 'uphill' runners to come and have a go at re-setting when we next run the course. James also took the overall 1st place prize, very kindly donated by the Brimstone Hotel, of a 2 night stay for 2 in the Langdale valley 5 Star hotel! We hope you enjoy the stay James. 

The Ladies race was won in a fantastic time of 38.07, by Lindsay Buck, who finished in 10th overall as well, with Alice Melton and Elizabeth Adams taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. 

Thanks again to all the amazing marshals, Nav4 Adventure for sponsoring the race numbers, to Gaynor Prior for the flapjack at the midway station, Andy Jackson for turning up and enduring the weather and risking ruining a camera to take some great shots, considering the conditions, the Langdale Spa complex for the amazing first prize and Cowmire Hall Cider for supplying the other prizes. 

Thanks as well go to all the runners who entered and turned up to give us a 1st race! 

I must also apologies for the delay in the prize giving and its disorganised state, with the weather as it was our comms didn't work well at all and we had to wait for Joe to arrive at the events centre before we could sort out the race timings and winners. 

I hope you all had fun and we look forward to seeing you next year at the Grand Day Out in........ Watch this space

Results for the Stickle Grind 2016

Position

Race Number

Name

Split (Stickle Tarn)

Finish Time

1

415

James Warberton

15.27

26.54

2

452

Michael Jones

15.29

27.04

3

443

Phil Wilkinson

15.44

27.50

4

458

James Harris

16.17

28.50

5

400

Howard Seal

18.38

30.50

6

422

James Baron

17.54

31.49

7

434

Kevin Brennan

19.32

35.30

8

473

Peter Hill

20.49

37.55

9

451

Andy Ross

21.23

38.00

10/1

401  L

Lindsay Buck

22.03

38.07

11

472

Ian McDougall

22.02

39.11

12

471

Chris Speakman

22.15

39.44

13

408

Simon Frnaklin

21.43

40.37

14

436

Gary Sproggs

23.37

41.31

15

423

John Orrell

25.13

42.50

16/2

445  L

Alice Melton

24.52

43.30

17

412

Chris Ridley

24.14

44.55

18/3

417  L

Elizabeth Adams

25.09

45.15

19=

447

Phil Owen

28.00

51.35

19=

435

Simon Poole

29.19

51.35

Lindsay Buck
Lindsay Buck hits the summit on the Stickle Grind 2016 - ©Andy Jackson
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