Langley Fete fell race took place on 7th July 2019 #maccharrier Bernard McCarron has kindly shared his race experience with us;
“I have previously ran this race last year, however, it was only at the start where runners were summoned to the “ring” rather than the previous years start at the top field, that I realised our race organiser Sophie Kirk had made some changes to the route for this year.
So, amongst the 50 other runners (of which 19 were fellow Harriers), we took our place at the start on a beautiful hot Summer day.. Following Sophie’s final race briefing before she hands over the reins for this race, we were off. It was within the first few minutes of the race that my legs were feeling the effect of the previous days exertions at the Warslow Beer Festival 6 miler (including 2000 feet ascent).. however, next to Mark Godden proudly wearing his Ashbourne Half Marathon medal (yes, he ran a ½ marathon that same morning !), I decided my 6 miler seemed like a poor excuse.
Anyways, onwards and upwards . . . with the encouraging shouts from our marshals, firstly Steph Wood and then Sarah Booth, (positioned sadistically close to the bog), a fellow runner searched in the bog for his lost shoe 🙈
After making our way through the bog, runners battled the heat and the flies to reach the top of Teggs Nose. As we reached the top of Teggs, with Rob Gittens offering words of encouragement from his vantage point, we then enjoyed the only mile or so of relatively flat terrain. From the top of Teggs, turning right and heading towards the cafe, we then turned right again and started the descent back down towards the reservoir. It was around this point I managed to pass Fred (in fairness, Fred had cycled 60 miles the previous day and rehydrated on about 6 pints of ale).
Runners then headed back towards the village where we turned right again for another final climb and crossing of the bog, as I battled to hang onto 34th place. The final couple of hundred metres were mercifully downhill towards the finish, whereupon passing the finish line, I joined the 15 or so Harriers that had finished before me in the shade with the winner and fellow Harrier (continued in comments) ...