Accelerate Gritstone Series

Race Reporting: Edale 2010

Accelerate Edale Fell Race, June 13th 2010

A previous counter in the National Fell Championships this event deserves it’s ‘tough’ reputation. A rapid ascent direct from the start line to the summit of Ringing Roger and the edge of Kinder sorts many a runner out and often sees the front runners quickly out pacing the chasing pack.

It was Stuart Bond who once again took charge as the runners topped the first climb and from here it was clear that barring disaster Stuart was away and clear. Rob Baker (DPFR) gave chase, followed by Pete Hodges and then a pack of runners that included all the contenders in the age group catergories.

In the ladies race it was to be a differant story for Gritsone Series leader Helen Elmore. Judith Jepson (Fat Boys) lead the charge across Kinder Edge, with a fast closing Helen not to far behind. Finding the best route through the rocks around Grinds Brook is always fun and by this time Judith’s lead was in danger.

The descent off Grindslow Knoll can sometimes provide racers with a choice: the direct route or to take the trail to the side. For the leaders it was a clear choice – direct! From the fields below the leader was clearly well ahead and word had filtered through that we were watching Mr Bond. By the time he had reached the finish line (33.34) he was two minutes clear of Rob Baker, who to be fair had not long returned to full training following the London Marathon. The Vet 40 Series battle continued with Graham Moffat once again pipping Mike Nolan to the line.

Somewhere between Grinds Brook and the finish Helen opened up close to a minutes gap on Judith crossing the line in 41.50. Judith domintaed the Vet 40 race, with Steph Curtis finishing not so far behind.

Conditions in Edale were good, the sun even managed to say hello, and racers were able to enjoy the traditional Edale Country Day, post race. The prize presentation was made with the prize list being supported by Inov-8, with New Balance and Terra Nova supporting the Series.

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