Another “online friendship” one made over the years – Simon Scarsbrook and I have chatted about the race on and off for several years. Simon kindly sent me this write-up – exclusive to the 3 Peaks Blog..! Blimey this site is cutting edge!! 

Simon Scarsbrook at Ribblehead
(on one of my old Cannondale Frames.
Little known fact.)

Knocking on the door of 50, after last year I had some dark thoughts as to whether the 2013 Three Peaks, my 17th, should be my last. I have always entered with the thought of being competitive, i’m never going to threaten Jebby, or my old friend Ian Taylor, but sub 4 hours has (as with a lot of people I think) been a good aim.

This year though my aim had definitely been to just finish. A torn ligament & tendon damage in February (playing hockey!) left me on crutches through to May, and I am still visiting hospital for physio . I am able to ride without too much of a problem though, and a good showing at the South London Summer Cross series, built my confidence. The Peaks would be the target, to get fit for, to ride as father & son with my eldest, Kai, maybe finish, maybe a swan-song.

On the heady slopes of Simon Fell, I re-discovered my Three Peaks mojo. I relaxed as I don’t think I ever have before on the race, which probably contributed to a ‘not-bad-for-me’ descent. I admit to sitting in at the back of a group to Whernside, on which I suffered & was blown about as the rest, but soloing to Pen Y Ghent lane was a joy (there, I said it), and even after losing half my food early on Ingleborough (pockets packed in a hurry!) an expected ‘bonk’ didn’t materialise and I enjoyed the descent (looking anxiously  for Son, who had had the mother of all cramps).

There can’t be a better experience in a race than hitting the smooth road again at Horton, and I sprinted in over the bridge at Helwith in 4.23:23 (226th).

So with thanks to all the organisers, helpers, cheerers, clappers, competitors and of course the weather!, here’s to my 2014 assault on the 50+ vets category!