Lake District Mountain Trial

report from Mark Clarkson:

Sunday 11th September 2016

Lake District Mountain Trial

This year’s event was held at Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley. This great event is split into three courses – Classic, Medium, Short, each involving collecting a map around 1k after the start and navigating through a linear course. Following last year’s impressive 2nd placed team, this year NFR was somewhat less represented with only myself and Frank Shillitoe competing in the classic. The classic course distance ‘as the crow flies’ was 17 miles, though actual distance covered was a few miles more. Of the 51 starters, the winner was Neil Talbott in an impressive 4hrs 59mins. I rolled in after 6hrs 25mins in 23rd. Unfortunately Mr Shillitoe retired following a ‘misplaced dibber’, though he did continue on to complete most of the route. This is a fantastic event and I would encourage others to give it a try next year.

Results and route mapping link:

Mark Clarkson

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