Castle Carr fell race AL 24km (15miles)/1200m (4000′)

Castle Carr fell race AL 24km (15miles)/1200m (4000′)

Report from Tom Lynch

Castle Carr is a long fell race over the Moors above Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge, one of the few AL races outside the lakes. It runs through the Castle Carr estate which involves a set of reservoirs and landscaped grounds nestled in some steep Calderdale valleys. To get the elevation it involves multiple steep drops into and climbs out of the valleys, through bracken and through peaty bogs.Last time I ran it, I came 8th and won a box of chocolates, but wasn’t expecting the same this time, just getting back into shorter fell races. The field was fairly small and a pacy start, with Tanya also racing it, I could see a flash of green in the corner of my eye most of the way up there first hill. My climbing definitely hasn’t come back yet, but felt pretty good for most of the race, just having a good run and not really being sure of where I was. I found the route fairly well, but with the help of a sure footed local who I couldn’t quite overhaul on the hills for most of the start of the race, and who just kept ahead of me until then last checkpoint. I finally pulled away on the tussocky penultimate descent when they suddenly dropped off the pace, and found my way back on the out and back section one place up.
A slight indecision on the final descent, but no places lost and managed to come in 8th (bottle of beer this time!) and 6th V40

Winner of the race was:

1stKarl Gray02:20:57

I was the only Otley runner:

8thTom Lynch02:50:41

One thought on “Castle Carr fell race AL 24km (15miles)/1200m (4000′)

  1. I did this race last year and I got lost in the fog just after 4 miles and I had to retire . Fell runner Tom L. had a super performance in this tough fell race . Tom crossed the finish line in a fast 2.50 . Tom nowadays is one of the best fell runner in our district .

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