The Lake District was the venue for the first ever running of the new Rab Mountain Marathon this weekend.Â Following the standard 2 day format, the competition took the form of a score event – with solo runnersÂ or teams of 2,3 or 4 being allowed, so a very inclusive event.
This was my first long run since the ultratrail a few weeks back, so an interesting test of recovery against stiff competition in the form of anÂ ‘in form’ Jon Aylward (fellow clubmate + Otley resident!), who’s won both the Lowe Alpine and Saunders MM’s this year…
Day 1 went well &Â IÂ came in a few minutesÂ early with 390 points, well clear of the rest of the field. Jon however went for broke, taking in anÂ extra control – but came in over time & lost the extra points in time penalties, finishingÂ up with 385 -Â so it was all still to play for on day 2.Â
This time it didn’t go so well & I finished way too early – butÂ Mr AylwardÂ timed things much better & pulled off aÂ fine victory byÂ taking inÂ an extraÂ climbÂ to nail 10 more points on day 2 &Â win with 735 points to 730Â (he’s gotÂ new baby arriving in Feb – that should slow him down a bit!)
Congratulations also to Catherine Brennan, whoÂ climbed withÂ RichÂ on one of our BMC courses this summer & won the womens race this weekend with Keswick clubmate Joanne Moore.Â So the OMM is coming up & it’sÂ going to beÂ a hard battleÂ for sure – this year we’veÂ got a completeÂ ‘Guides’ team on the Elite, as my brother is ill so Jonny MorganÂ has stepped in with his new found fell running prowess.Â Time to go on a diet + do some more hill reps I think….