Rab Mountain Marathon 2007

The Lake District was the venue for the first ever running of the new Rab Mountain Marathon this weekend.  Following the standard 2 day format, the competition took the form of a score event – with solo runners 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 an ‘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 & I came in a few minutes early with 390 points, well clear of the rest of the field. Jon however went for broke, taking in an extra control – but came in over time & lost the extra points in time penalties, finishing up with 385 - so it was all still to play for on day 2. 

This time it didn’t go so well & I finished way too early – but Mr Aylward timed things much better & pulled off a fine victory by taking in an extra climb to nail 10 more points on day 2 & win with 735 points to 730 (he’s got new baby arriving in Feb – that should slow him down a bit!)

Congratulations also to Catherine Brennan, who climbed with Rich on one of our BMC courses this summer & won the womens race this weekend with Keswick clubmate Joanne Moore.  So the OMM is coming up & it’s going to be a hard battle for sure – this year we’ve got a complete ‘Guides’ team on the Elite, as my brother is ill so Jonny Morgan has stepped in with his new found fell running prowess.  Time to go on a diet + do some more hill reps I think….