Sunday 24th April – Blakey Blitz Fell Race

Sunday 24th April – Blakey Blitz Fell Race

Report from Matt Podd

10.6 Miles with 2805ft of climbing making this an AM Fell Race.

Colin Best and I had last done this race in 2019. He suggested a return trip when we met last weekend at the Guiseley Gallop.

Set off early on Sunday morning to drive to the Lion Inn on top of the North York Moors. A cool breezy day, good for running but a bit chilly for the marshals. Very dry conditions underfoot, with only one muddy descent.

An interesting race that starts with a long descent into the Rosedale Valley then climbs up onto the moor for a long fairly level run over the top. A slippery descent into Fryup Dale and run up it to a stiff climb back onto the moor. The route is then retraced with a diversion to visit a lonely trig point. This means that there is a mile of ascent to the finish!

1 Lee Kemp, Esk Valley Fell, 82.33

9 Catherine Williamson, Loftus and Whitby, 89.25 New course record

92 Matt Podd, Otley AC 135.56

97 Colin Best, Otley AC 140.39

103 ran. The older we get – the faster we used to be!

2 thoughts on “Sunday 24th April – Blakey Blitz Fell Race

  1. I planned to do this Blakey Blitz fell race , but the day before I did the Anniversary Waltz Fell Race and on Sunday morning I was struggling to walk . Matt P. had a great morning on the Yorkshire Dales , he crossed the finish line in a fantastic time of 135.56 considering that it was a very hard one , an AM fell race. Senior member and fell runner Colin B. too had a splendid run, he finished in a fast 140.39 . Well done both .

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