Stretton Hills Fell Race (9.5k/670m)

1 month 5 days ago #3667 by Jan Forrester
The very wet weather of late didn't ruin the going underfoot of the rolling, grassy hills of The Long Mynd on the Shropshire/Welsh border, although the heath and moorland plateau with the Stretton Hills to the east is deceptively 'hilly'. Even though there were four seasons in a few hours - rain, sleet, snow, hail, sunshine, at least, the gale force winds had eased a bit. Organised by Mercia Fell Runners this first race in the English Fell Running Champs didn't disappoint in terms of interest and difficulty.
There were 5 checkpoints to negotiate and navigational skills were needed to find the 'best' line. The shorter, hard slog or the longer more gradual climb? Who knows? but as Richard Bradbury pointed out 'not sure my route choice was best in hindsight, but didn't really have much time to decide!' A reccie may have helped.
The MACs all put in great individual performances which was also enough to put them 4th in the Team Standings.
Dan Haworth 1st MAC home in 7th place in 46.22, Harry Holmes 10th 46.53, Alasdair Campbell 22nd 47.51, Joseph Oldfield 47th 50.12, Kieran Allanson 53rd 50.53, Billy Cartwright 58th 51.31, Zak Hodgkinson 66th 52.04, Matt Nichols 71st 52.15, Richard Bradbury 100th 53.56, Bradley Stone 136th 57.09, Jack Cummins 225th 1.04.11, Geoff Cooper 287th 1.10.16 and Jan Forrester 333rd 1.22.07. There were 339 finishers. 
The winner was Carl Bell, Keswick AC 45.04 and 1st lady Nichola Jackson, Ribble Valley Harriers 51.01.
Next Race in the English FR Champs is The Howgills Fell Race (23k/2,070m). Come on MACs you can do it - entries close 3rd April. Race date 6th April
Full results for Stretton Hills FR -  merciafellrunners.org.uk/node/3151

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