If you think you got wet, today was nothing compared to yesterday evening when we were setting out the course. It was coming down in stair rods but at least it made an evening pint at the Yorkshire Bridge seem even more welcome.
Smiles did, however, brighten the day and I hope everyone enjoyed it in their own way. Times were understandably a little slower than last year when we had a glorious spring morning.
Thanks, first of all, to all my helpers. It's on days like this that their job is much more testing and they did a splendid job making sure it all ran smoothly. And then thanks to all those who competed for leaving the first aiders redundant. It is the sort of course, particularly on the cycle section, where to buy accutane online it could all go horribly wrong.
William Griffiths was back again hoping to improve on last year's 5th place which he did in fine style holding off a determined challenge from Ben Cartwright to lead everyone home.
Christine Howard made it 3 wins in 3 years and Becky Lineker handled the unfamiliar fell terrain beautifully to dip under 2 hours by a second to take 2nd place. And another solid performance by Jo Bolton brought her 3rd position.
There were some great age group performances too with our oldest gentleman being a youthful septuagenarian.
I spent quite a while watching the tight dead turn at the halfway point of the bike section. Why, on a right turn, do so many people unclip their left foot? Well done to those who unclipped their right foot, or made it round with both feet in place. It was much faster, although many looked like track cyclists setting off in a high gear!
It was nice to have Jonathan Lee from Wheels On Fire around for the morning. Although it makes him sound like some Bob Dylan tribute band, his business of cycle maintenance, building and anything to do with helping keep your bike in top condition takes its name from his 30-plus years with the fire service. His website explains what he has to offer - www.wheelsonfire.co.uk - and he may help you overcome your fear of tinkering with your bike with his group tuition sessions he can provide.
It was a relief that the new bamboo racking appeared to be up to the job. I was hoping it wouldn't all collapse and cause a lot of expensive damage. I reckon it looked far more interesting than metal tubing. What do you think?
There are some more pictures on Facebook.
Something slightly unusual for this year's prizes were SplashMaps. These silky printed OS maps are unique for this event and are centred around Fairholmes. They are fully useable in all sorts of ways: they can be worn; hands wiped; noses blown; admired for their aesthetic beauty; stuffed in a pocket when heading out onto the moors and used for navigating.
Just one amusing moment which I can't resist mentioning (and apologies to the victim of this cruel moment!) was in Transition 1. As well as being useful for carrying all your race gear in, a plastic box has many other uses. Upturned, it can serve as a seat for that tricky moment when shoes need changing in double quick time. Just make sure the plastic's not too brittle though. Seeing one disintegrate into hundreds of little pieces when stressed by the weight and exertion of pulling those cycling shoes on was a moment to savour. Thankfully, it appeared no stray shards ended up embedded in the saddle area and on he went to complete the race.
Thanks for joining us and enjoy the summer - it's just around the corner.
Here are the full results.
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