Dan Jenkins once again took on this challenging but very popular race hosted by Calder Valley Fell Runners proving that ‘you can’t keep an old dog down’!! Starting in the quaint village of Hebden Bridge, the race is limited to just 200 participants and is licensed by the FRA under UKA rules and is therefore a non-GPS race. You are allowed to use a GPS device to record your route and display your distance travelled during the race. However electronic devices cannot be used to aid navigation except in the case of an emergency. If you choose to use any GPS functions to navigate to safety you must declare yourself as a non-competitive participant at the finish. Participants are advised: FRA mandatory minimum kit is compulsory including waterproof full body cover (Waterproof full body cover means a pair of waterproof trousers and a waterproof jacket with an integrated hood. Both items must have taped seams) + hat (not a buff) + gloves + map + compass (not out of a Christmas cracker) + whistle + emergency food. They were also advised due to the time of year and if the weather is bad, that you carry at least an extra base layer as this route goes over some very exposed terrain. Serious stuff this fell running!
Dan reported that there were mile after mile of bog and a seemingly never ending headwind. Reportly making it it difficult to remain upright (translates to him falling over twice!) Thankfully Dan finished the race unscathed in a fabulous time of 3:48:30 (unofficial) Well done Dan!