Last Tuesday saw the first of a 7 week ‘Introduction to Fell Running’ session. An amazing 20 new runners turned up in the glorious sunshine to explore the moors above Mytholmroyd. It was a baptism of fire, with everyone heading straight up the quickest – and steepest – route to the moor. This route, up Wicken Hill to Sheep Stones Trig point, is the most severe climb we have around our Mytholmroyd base, so all those that conquered it should know that everything else will seem easier! It was worth the steep sharp shock though, since it quickly got us to the easier moorland running and the views were fantastic – including dramatic plumes of smoke from the moorland fires at Cragg Vale. Everyone did really well, and while there were a couple of experienced road runners that looked like they could have run a bit further and faster, most found themselves working harder than they were used to, and should be pleased with their efforts. They certainly look happy in this photo, taken shortly after they’d enjoyed their first taste of running downhill.
A few old hands who had fallen out of the habit of running with the club also took the opportunity to come along and get back into the tuesday night pack runs. Thanks to all the CVFR members who came along and chatted to everyone and made it such sociable event. It was great to see people in the Shoulder of Mutton afterwards – including a couple of the first timers who were keen to try out the fell runner’s preferred rehydration programme.
The route can be viewed here http://www.mapmyfitness.com/routes/view/207104527. It was 5.62km long, with 269m of climbing.
Everyone seemed to have a good time, so let’s hope they all come back next week!
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