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.