Accelerate Gritstone Series

Race Reporting: Wolfs Pit 2010

Stu B&W Web
Report By Stuart H.

The Series has now received over 100 entries and the ‘Bradda Dads’ who organised the Wolf’s Pit Fell Race have come in for plenty of praise too. It all sounds like a great way to start the 2010 Gritstone Series.
The race took place with the last of the snow still visible on the higher reaches of the Peak and with a cold north wind blowing in. With so many events happening locally entries were around the same as last year in this the second running of what was described by one competitor as a ‘Proper fell race with a little sting in the tail’. I think he was referring to the fact the race went ‘up the hill and came straight back down’.

The race was eventually won by Stuart Bond (DPFR) in 40.27 with Rob Little (DPFR) running into second with 42.30. Hopefully 3rd placed Angus Mccullough 45.18 felt the trip from Northumberland was worthwhile. For the men it was no surprise that Dark Peak took the team title home.

In the ladies race it was recent Dark Peak convert Helen Elmore who jogged home in an inspiring 50.35 and just missed out on the course record, by a mere 3 seconds. Helen had relaxed as she headed toward the finish knowing that a week later she would be racing at the Edale Skyline (Finishing 3rd lady). Helen later wrote and commented, “Thanks to the race organisers, marshalls, soup ladies and Accelerate. Really good route,friendly atmosphere- can’t wait for the rest of the series”.
In second spot was Totley’s Laura Gibson (53.03) with Steph Curtis finishing 3rd.

The next round of the Gritstone Series takes place on 11th May, the Burbage Skyline and no doubt will be a corker and heavily attended. Roy Gibson is the new race organiser taking over from Andy Moore who has deceided to enter the series he named.

Pictured: Race Winner Stuart Bond.

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