We had a great day today. It was the Edale country day, I asked Keisha and Louis if they'd like to walk or run a fell race... they both firmly agreed that we would all run the race.
Apart from fell racing, there was a lot to see and do including falconry, the bogtastic, bouncy castle, sheep shearing and more!
With a foggy start to the day we arrived in plenty of time to register and to get set for the race ahead. We'd all enjoyed some preliminary hill training with Cannon events running club for children.
The Edale fell race is part of the gritstone series organised by Accelerate http://www.gritstoneseries.co.uk/series/the-events/ .
The route is 4.7 miles and 1283 feet of ascent. It's actually one of my favourite short walks.
The route is described on the UK hill climbing and scrambling web site.
First off at 1015 was our youngsters, they did a fantastic job amazing to see how much they enjoyed it. It was quite funny because they all looked up at the initial climb with a degree of trepidation. On the second lap of the course Keisha showed great spirit and told a joke on her second time up the hill everyone laughed.
My children are now planning the next event will it be Salt Cellar on the 3rd August or the Hope Wakes on the 27th June.
Despite leaving my watch in the car, I thoroughly enjoyed the race, practiced some hill climbing technique and enjoyed the final run home which felt like a blast. It goes without saying that as a fell runner along with my fellow competitors we took great pleasure in trying to hop, bounce and skip from rock to rock good sticky grits stone on a fine dry day.