I've said it before and I'll say it again. I really should do more of these short races. It's the only time I get to push the limits all the way to the end without having to worry about the consequences.
This was the first running of this event by Kiwi Classic Events, and the first K C Event I have done. I was suitably impressed. It gave the impression of a commercial event that introduced the fell-novice to a touch of fell racing, with a well-marked course, care and attention to detail and a post-race veggie hotpot included, yet the price was not the rip-off that you might have assumed. £6 (for a UKA affiliated runner) seems downright reasonable to me.
The course started from the Royal Oak Pub in Stalybridge and skirted Hollingworthall Moor before crossing between Walkerwood and Brushes Reservoirs and climbing to Slatepit Moor. Then followed a descent to Higher Swineshaw Reservoir before turning right and skirting Lower Swineshaw Reservoir on the climb to the high point of the course, Hollingworthall Moor and the trig point. Then came the 'triple-X-rated' descent towards Wild Bank and the circuitous descent 'around Bill's mother's' back to the finish. I enjoyed the triple X' part - one of the few times I got to do some overtaking.
I finished in the top half, so that was good. The chat, food and prizegiving afterwards in the Royal Oak was good and took longer than the race itself. It was another new experience and excellent weekend outing in an area I've never visited before.
I was in race mode, so I set off with my camera already in hand in case the opportunity presented itself. It did, you lucky people: PICTURES.