Coledale Horseshoe … a good day for the club

A bumper field of fell runners took to the Lakeland Hills near Keswick in the next round of the championship races. With the 14km Coledale Horseshoe being a counter in both the English and British champions the cream of the sport lined up to do battle and what a battle it was. Both the mens and ladies race records were broken with Joe Symonds (Kendal) recording a time of 1.07.45 minutes and defending English Champion Lauren Jeska (Todmorden) in 1.22.40. Karl Gray of Calder Valley (1.11.23) had another fantastic race to take 9th place and 3rd vet 40 which keeps in the “running” for a medal. With the other lads packing in well behind him they took 4th team on the day and 3rd vet 40s team. The ladies turned in some superb results with team captain Helen Fines, Jo Waites, Sally Newman and Jo Buckley all running together to the first checkpoint of Grizedale Pike. Helen eventually slipped away to finish in 6th place in a time of 1.27.33 minutes. Jo Waites in 10th (1.29.48) and Sally Newman in 11th (1.29.58) had a good old battle with 10 seconds being the slim margin separating them at the finish. With Waites 2nd lady vet 40 and Newman 1st lady vet 50 their individual medal hopes are still very much alive. The ladies also took 1st team and are leading both the English and British champs. The lady vets also did well taking 2nd team on the day and are top of their team placing after 2 races.