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    Windmill Fell Race

    Isn't it annoying when you find out that there is a race less than three miles from home, which has been going for the last two years but you never even knew it existed?

    By a random click on Facebook I discovered the Windmill Fell Race, organised by West End Runners (based in Leicester) on a Wednesday evening in July since 2016. It's 5 miles with 950ft of climbing, on two laps of a route over Windmill Hill and Broombriggs Hill near Woodhouse Eaves, on paths which I sometimes use on my training runs. The two-lap route is presumably to get a reasonable distance without any road crossings.

    They claim that it is the only Category B fell race in Leicestershire, but it doesn't appear to be registered with the FRA. However, there is good reason for all this secrecy: they impose an entry limit of 110, presumably because the paths through the woodland on Windmill Hill are so narrow. Anyway, I am going to keep an eye on their Facebook page for when entries for this year's race open.
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    Hi Anthony.

    As a relatively local guy (I live in Bedworth, just north of Coventry), I'd potentially be interested in this and would appreciate any further details as they arise.

    With a busy May/June/July already planned, along with weeknight training, there's all likelihood it might be too much to fit in, but you never know...

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    You will find all the information about the race on the Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/windmillfel...6Daxuc&fref=nf , Travs. I think you need to be alert to when the entries open, the places fill up rather quickly.

    A nice warm-up for Wasdale three days later, assuming it's in the same week as last year.
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    Confined to spectating this race last night, due to calf injury. But it was a lovely evening, and much more fun than sitting in front of a screen watching 22 blokes kicking a ball around a field. They used the horse track around Broombriggs Hill rather than the footpath; rougher underfoot, but avoids the race becoming a test of kissing-gate swerve skill.
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    Having wimped out of Warslow at the weekend due to my appalling current level of fitness, I will be going to this somewhat less demanding race tomorrow evening; the venue is less than 3 miles from home. I'm hoping for some really heavy rain over the next 24 hours, to soften the ground and slow down all those road runners.
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    This went better than expected: I didn't have any real speed in my legs, but I kept running up all the hills and never felt like I was going to die. And the other three M60s on the entry list were even slower than me, so I went home with a bottle of Prosecco.
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    Nice one AK
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    Quote Originally Posted by Llani Boy View Post
    Nice one AK
    24 hours later and I've stiffened up. Like you, I am coming back after a calf injury, and it's not feeling good.
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