Race: Hell on the Fell (6 miles)
Finish Time: 01:01:51
First thing to say is that race number two in the Tour of Tameside is not an actual fell race. It was about 3.5 miles of up hill on road. Then a mix of lanes, tracks and fields with a bit of steep technical downhill terrain for the last mile. So that’s 5 miles up and 1 mile down!
After getting a 10k PB the night before my legs were feeling surprisingly good before the race. I didn’t take the Friday off work, instead getting the train straight to Stalybridge after work and walking a mile or so up to the race start from the station. Another good venue for the race, making use of a local leisure centre, meaning good toilets beforehand (although the actual start line was 10 mins walk away from the leisure centre).
It was a strange race due to the mixed terrain and it all passed in a bit of blur to be honest. I remember some angry car drivers during the road section shouting abuse at us for daring to be using the road. I’m not sure if it was meant to be closed roads or not, but there were lots of cars out intent on getting to where they wanted despite all the runners. Motorists aside, there was good support out along the pavements from pedestrians. The road section was relentless up and up and up some more. So it was wonderful to hit the trail section, even if that was still going up.
The downhill finish was my favourite and I was able to over take a few people on this section to make up for my slow road running. I’d been warned the night before my other runners that this was the worst bit of the whole event. Definitely not that bad! Tour of Tameside is more of a road event so I think a lot of people do find the steep technical downhill quite difficult however I was in my element and went flying down. Or at least I felt like I was flying.
Starting to think I should be brave and enter an actual fell race.