Great read here from Beth (despite her frequently calling the race the challenge… a bug bear of John Rawnsley and of me…!)
On the last Sunday in September 2016 I was on the start line in the small village of Helwith Bridge. This is a no nonsense sort of race, and sign on is done in a tent in the pub garden next to the hostel where many of the racers stay the night before where hot water is not exactly guaranteed. The start comes quickly, and in a fast and furious few minutes winding over the bridge and round the tight bend, the neutralised start takes to the open road before turning off onto the first off road section some 6km later. It’s a race like no other.