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Clough Head Fell Race

Sun 6 May 2018, Threlkeld A glorious sunny day saw the Keswick AC organised English Championship Clough Head fell race from Threlkeld Cricket Club. The race was specially arranged as a “one-off” to be one of the two short races of the series and involved 1,800` of climbing over 4½ miles and from the start it was practically all uphill, with an exhilarating steep and fast descent. Three intrepid Harriers took part, all in the men`s race, which took place an hour or so after the ladies had run. It tends to be customary in the short championship races for the ladies to go first to reduce overcrowding and pinch points at gates.

John Rainford finished in 49.43 and was 141st overall. Roger Taylor was home in 57.34 and Michael McLoughlin in 70.12. However, both Taylor and McLoughlin had run the tough Coniston race the day before over some 8 ¾ miles and almost 3,500 feet of climbing…they had been joined there by Jon Green who was 45th in 1:35.44 and Andrew Harrison 1:38.26. With such fine weather, the prize giving took place on the cricket out field as runners refuelled with lots of home-made cakes and drinks from the bar.

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