Late summer fun – triathlon and fell running…

A few members have been out enjoying themselves in more alternative branches of athletics over the summer:
Mark Bryant raced at the Helvellyn triathlon on September the fifth:
‘What a phenomenal race with 1600m in Ullswater, 38 miles of the Lake District’s toughest roads and a run up Helvellyn, over Whiteside and back to glenridding. Sunny day, beautiful setting and 13th place in 3hr 59 from a triathlon novice on a borrowed bike. I’d recommend it anyone!”

Chris Birchall, having done a couple of triathlons himself this summer, was taking part in the second annual 5-in-5 challenge of bank holiday weekend fell races – Dentdale, Grasmere, Hebdon, Kilnsey and Muker; a grand total of around 10 miles of racing, mostly straight up, straight down or straight over 6-foot dry stone walls. Moderate success and much fun was had. Cameo appearances were plenty – Simon Deakin appeared for the last 3 days to add hard Dales bike rides to the programme and remind us all at Muker show that, despite being as strong as an ox on the climbs, he’s better off in races that don’t have river crossings and steep, uneven descents. Gavin Chatterton was in attendace on Tuesday for the Kilnsey crag race. Regular Gav-fans will have already been updated on his progress via Facebook, but suffice to say, he seemed to thoroughly enjoy jumping down the limestone crag face on the descent and didn’t, contrary to pre-race assertions, kill himself. He at least recovered sufficiently to compete again the PUMA Derwentwater Trail Race on Sunday 5th, finishing a very creditable 4th.