Hodgo team return (relatively) unscathed!

Another hill race, another fine day! Seems every time I do a hill race the weather is good. And thankfully it was again as this one can be a real stinker if the cloud comes in. After some frantic last minute replacement searching (note to selves, travelling reserves are essential for this) we headed down to the Lakes with Chris volunteering to run twice (not strictly within the rules, but we'd come this far!). It meant some extra decisions to be made which inevitably meant extra pints to be drunk in the Barn End Bar, accompanied by some fine pub grub and a quiz to round off the night. The decision was made and we toddled off to our tents (some to sleep soundly, others to be kept awake by those snoring, soundly) Leg 1: Chris and Pete Leg 2: Pilky and Tommo Leg 3: Stevie (I can now appreciate why so many people can't tell him and his brother apart) and Callum Leg 4: Tim and Alex Note, this was our youngest ever team (average age 27yrs 3mths)! The descent off Leg 1 to the Kirkstone Pass is something to behold with many a spill to keep the gathered masses entertained. Chris and Pete got us off to a decent start with a 44th place. (Chris fell) Leg 2 started with an immediate steep gain of about 800ft. There's plenty runnable stuff up on top before a technical descent in the middle, more good running and a tonne of fast downhill at the end. It has to be said that Chris (on his second run) pulled out a stormer wih Callum on leg 3 finishing 14th fastest on that leg and moving us up from 47th to 35th. (Chris fell again, it just wouldn't be right if he didn't). We lost a few places on the highest and longest, Leg 4, but a really solid performance from Tim and Alex brought us home 38th for a creditable finish. Excellent organisation as usual with results available almost immediately ([url]http://www.sportident.co.uk/results/2009/IHMR/IHMRresults2009.pdf[/url]) and fish suppers all round from the award winning Townhead Chippy in Biggar rounded off a splendid weekend.
Nick's picture

Well done all! The hodgo is one of the most challenging of fell races and it sound like you all put in a stirling performance and finished very well against what I'm sure was some serious competition. Extra respect for Chis for doing two stages! A serious fell runner in the making. In the end we never made it Knoydart as the ferry was canceled on the Saturday due to the 100mph winds, so we diverted to Aviemore and then Inverness, though I've developed a shocking chest infection so would not have been able to be the traveling reserve anyway. Lets hope next year this does not again clash with other popular races so we can manage to field more runners and perhaps even that elusive second team. Well done again!
Tommo's picture

Thanks Nick, hard lines on Knoydart and being ill! A 2nd team for the like of us may be a bit of a dream I think. The organsiers had 78 entries this year but had to limit numbers to 68 as they feel they just couldn't cope with the parking etc. Several clubs had 2 and 3 teams but they are generally the clubs with a fine fell running pedigree. Reckon we'd have to be a top 10 finishers consitently to warrant two teams. Unfortunately too I fear it will always clash with loads of other races - this is something of a problem these days as the popularity of running increases so too do the number of races. A continued presence at the Hodgo is something we should definitely be targetting though. Pentland Skyline on Sunday anyone?
Timdog's picture

Commendations to Nick and Tommy for managing this years team. It was a slick and well exected affair all round. This was again a hugely enjoyable weekend which never fails to reaffirm my verve for running in the hills. Although I thought we had a chance of going top 20 this year, but considering a Carnethy team including Angela Mudge could make 16th we may be hard pushed.
Tommo's picture

It brings it home how hard it is to match people up on the legs - all have their various attributes and require certain skills. I too thought we might emulate the team of 2005 and their 22nd place but we were a good 20 minutes off that pace! There's always next year! I have to say, Nick, that Comrie, the Hodgo and my two Pentlands runs have whet my appetite for more. Keep me posted.
Christopher's picture

It was a grand weekend in the Lakes once again, and the cloud level was well above the tops so the views where fantastic where time allowed. It was my first time tackling the Red Screes and after the nervous first few steps Pete and i were very quickly masterfully surfing down the perilous descent which gave us a couple of place gains. The boys did good on Legs 2 and 4 and Callum set a good pace for us to run a solid time on Leg 3. The warmup in the Barn End was possibly a couple of pints too many but halfway up to Dove Crag the cobwebs were completely blown away. Thoroughly enjoyable and cheers to Colin F, Amy and Caitlin for the support.
Tommo's picture

Hodgo team captured by official team photographer.
Moray Anderson's picture

Genius! Good work gents!
Nick's picture

[QUOTE=Tommo;8577]Hodgo team captured by official team photographer.[/QUOTE] Brilliant photo! :)
Christopher's picture

lol nice work, i had to take a double double take ;]
PeteHubbard's picture

Great race and genius photoshopery. I was wondering why they had the same jackets!
PeteHubbard's picture

That photo of the finger just makes me wince. hope it is straight again now!
Martin H's picture

Great photo show! And the pleasure of competing in an event like this just shines like a beacon! Well done lads. Myself and OCH were just a stone's throw away in Borrowdale. With stunning views all around, Fairfield was identified from distant Great Gable. There is nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of hill running. Nice to see the young guns take over this event.
Dean Carr's picture

Nice Photoset guys, I like the team photo with "there's only 2 COB's, 2 COB's !!!!!!"