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    Good work indeed Mr B!

    Not surprised the yellow line was a bit soggy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyrenees Haven View Post
    Good work Mr Brightside!

    Gary says the yellow line is the route people took when we started the race and found it to be a very sodden mess!

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    I think it's a case of being long-legged and fast over crap ground. I think you'd make up time with a good fast drop into the gill bottom too, but again that requires specialist descending skills. The blue line is fraught with small but numerous bogs and large peat hags, and on two occasions you find yourself running uphill; but you make the time up by not necessarily being inconvenienced by such features.
    Can't climb for toffee...

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    Yet another splendid Really Wild Boar, massive thanks to everyone that came and raced and helped out. Results will be available from Thursday, unlikely before as we are away for the next few days. Thanks again for coming and supporting our little race!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyrenees Haven View Post
    Yet another splendid Really Wild Boar, massive thanks to everyone that came and raced and helped out. Results will be available from Thursday, unlikely before as we are away for the next few days. Thanks again for coming and supporting our little race!!

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    Thanks for putting it on and to everyone involved, especially to the maker of the banana cake at the end which was just the ticket! Definitely one of my favourite races.

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    Great wee race this, and a god introduction to a lovely area for running in tha I might otherwise have missed! Good to chat too, especially a quick catch up with DF.

    Many thanks Debbie and your team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Harrison View Post
    Thanks for putting it on and to everyone involved, especially to the maker of the banana cake at the end which was just the ticket! Definitely one of my favourite races.
    I will pass on your appreciation of the banana cake to my Auntie Evelyn!

    Cake is available everyday at Pyrenees Haven!!

    Seriously, cheers Sam we really enjoy putting on the race so it is always lovely to see that people enjoy running it.

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    HI Debbie

    Are the results available anywhere yet?
    thanks
    Dave

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    STOP PRESS

    REALLY WILD BOAR
    Date & time: Sat 28th October 2017 at 14:00
    Country: England
    Region: York. Dales
    Category: AS
    Distance: 8km / 5m
    Climb: 427m / 1401ft
    Venue: Street on the A683 Sedbergh/Kirkby Stephen road.
    Grid ref: 743015
    Skills & experience: ER, LK, NS
    Minimum age: 16

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    Hi, coming over to do this at weekend, are there maps available at race entry? Don't have one of the area ....

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    The Ramones told us that “Sheena is a punk rocker”.

    I very much doubt that Joey Ramone would’ve known that Gary Devine was also punk rocker.......more impressively Gary was also a British and English fell running champion.....beat that Sheena!

    In homage to the Really Wild Boar race organisers Gary and Debbie.....how many punk bands can you spot within my write up?

    ”Never mind the bollocks, here’s the race report”.

    The clash of today’s races; Race You To The Summit and Really Wild Boar had left me with a conflict of interest. Both are great little races and on Friday night I had worked out that logistically it was just about possible to do both. However....perfect driving conditions would be needed, one traffic jam and we’d have been sat in the car like a couple of Stooges. I’d decided for once to be captain sensible and just do Really Wild Boar.

    It’s an early afternoon start so a light antipasti dinner was on the cards, a big dinner would’ve brought on stomach cramps. I’d even have time for some television.

    I’m just about to leave the house and I’d almost forgot my running shoes. Only then do I notice that one pair had a couple of slits across the front, great for the discharge of water but not ideal. Another pair are covered in thick dried on mud which would need abrasive wheels to sort out....they’ll have to do.

    Really Wild Boar is a low-key event, no big adverts directing you to race registration. Most runners are FRA members, you’ll not find this race in some shop bought running magazine but still over 100 fell runners turnout, such is the quality of the race and Gary and Debbie’s influence.

    On the startline, Bill and I are the only ones from Chorley. There’s even an actual proper rock star, former Chumbawamba guitarist Boff Whaley, he may get knocked down but he’ll get up again. Also a great turnout at the business end of the field with Carl B, Joe B and Daz K being the early runaways. It’s a slog heading into the wind over these lesser exploited fells of Mallerstang. The higher we climb and the wind picks up as we head into the low lying clouds, I wish my kitbag contained some x-ray spex, they’d have helped in finding a better route choice than the one I took. The weather is making me disoriented and I swear the wind is beginning to sound like wailing banshees. I can hear voices in the distance...it's the talking heads of fellow runners also experiencing the disorder caused by the challenging fell top conditions.....we must all be insane in the membranes to be enjoying this, but we are, it’s brilliant. No drones overhead, the footage would be a sham.

    Gary is manning check point one with his spaniel, I love spaniels, great English dogs, and I’m sensing the undertones of a storm as my cold stiff little fingers drop my knickers into Gary’s bag...I’d better explain!!!!

    Really Wild Boar uses knicker elastic with metal chits attached that each runner drops off at the required check points. Now here’s where I get all crass and start making lewd comments about how this system was used last year and we’re handling used knickers....I just hope they don’t belong to Becki Bondage of the Vice Squad, if she wants her knickers back, give em back, she’s hard.

    Running off Wild Boar fell when in clag is like heading into the damned, I’ve done the race about 5 times and I find myself running over unfamiliar terrain. I’m in the ruts and take the fall, bow wow wow that shock me up. Getting back on route it’s great running over the wet moorland, splodgenessabounds over the bogs, skids aplenty but great fun. I love this descent, it’s good to be out of the summit cloud and feeling confident to blitz the downhill now I know where I’m going....I swear I’m leaving vapors, such is my speed.

    Another win for Mr Bell, I don’t know if the race went to the wire, it probably didn’t given how well Carl’s been running this year. Congratulations also to ladies winner Sharon Taylor....enjoy the toy dolls....best race trophies out there.

    Race presentation is in The Fat Lamb and we must’ve looked a right sight as 100+ fellrunners made their entrance. What is the public image of your average fellrunner.....subhumans? Misfits? Yobs? Stranglers?....Fear not, no need to call 999 the only GBH is self inflicted whilst out on the fells, we’re a nice bunch...no upstarts in this sport.

    I noticed my mate John from Black Combe runners stood alone by the bar, his mates have left early....we go over and give Jilted John some company.

    On the way home I listened to Bournemouth v Chelsea on the radio....why couldn’t West Ham have been playing then I’d have mentioned how Cockney Rejects are big West Ham fans....whoops there you go, squeezed them in.....right I’ll get my coat, I’m killing (the) joke.

    Many thanks to all involved.
    Last edited by Tindersticks; 29-10-2017 at 09:30 AM.

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