Thorpe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW, UK

MiniMountainMarathon

What a fantastic weekend. Really enjoying these Lakes weekend, specially of course if the weather is good. Just came back from the US on Friday for work (do this regularly), so bit of a difficult time getting up yesterday to set out controls and this morning for the race. But when you then look outside and the sun shines and the mountains look red from the early morning sun, all is forgotten. Yesterday a great day to set out the controls. Luckily Alison, Max and Joe already had done most of the controls. We only had to do 6, so a nice relaxing day. Quite cold thought with the wind. Fantastic terrain. Today the race went very well. Quite a few people misjudged the rough terrain though and came back late, but in the end c3:30 pm everybody was in, which is always a good feeling. The winners were amazing, such high scores and we had such a great field. Brilliant! More importantly though everybody seemed to enjoy the race and of course the cakes and soup flew out. Tomorrow collecting controls and then up to the next one - our favourite - our local 2 hour evening one from the local pub. See you there. 

Just home from Wales. Today Alison and I collected the controls from yesterday's race from Capel Curig. It was a special one! Last week the weather looked more challenging by the day and we were wondering if the race could go ahead. Alison went to set out controls on Friday and I was anxiously waiting for news what the situation on the ground was. Fortunately it looked good enough to go ahead, but for the first time we had to make the race area smaller and take out a number of controls. It took hours to set out a few controls in the deep snow. Knee deep in most places, but sometimes you went through the snow up to waist height or higher. Very interesting if there was a bog below! The weekend was brilliant however. The weather was cold, and a bit wet towards the Sunday afternoon, but overall decent. And the competitors seem to enjoy the challenge and everybody safely returned with a smile and lots of stories. Great to see! Really happy we went ahead and took on the challenge. Up to a successful 2019 season.

blog 2019 Series

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