Great Longstone FR (4.8 miles/951')

10 months 1 week ago #3421 by Jan Forrester
Bob Foreman reports - The first Friday in September is always the day for the Great Longstone Chase usually the last local evening fell race of the summer. The FRA registered race is a BS over 4.8 miles and 950ft. The race was sponsored this year by Our Running Revolution founded in 2007 by MAC's Carly Spear and Paddy Wright.
This year was a year for records. A record 205 runners set off from the recreation ground and, after a brisk lap of the field, out through the village and up Moor Lane turning left on to Leys Lane. Most of the ascent is gained over the first 1.5 miles, on tarmac and track, before breaking out onto Longstone Moor where great running is to be had on grassy paths. A short, steep and loose descent through woods brings you out back on Moor Lane where, back on tarmac, the race heads upwards for around 500 yds under Longstone Edge.Turning right at the top, it is then steeply downhill, firstly on a rough track and then on a narrow path through gorse bushes before a mile of very fast running through fields back towards the village, before a short road section and into the finish in the recreation ground.
The first and fastest ever runner home was MAC's Dan Haworth, in his Keswick AC Fell Club colours, in 27.01, a new course record by 1 second! 
2nd was MAC's Billy Cartwright in 28.28. The first Lady was Megan Wilson of Dark Peak, 18th O/A in 31.39.
For MAC Matt Nichols was 8th in 30.03, Paddy Wright 17th 31.35, Bob Foreman 31st and 1st M55 in 34.02, Oliver Brocklehurst 52nd in 36.10, and Les Thurston 183rd in 50.24.
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