The next race in the Championship, the Millbrook Monster, was run by Adele Tayles, Steve Perren, Christian Lloyd, Jeff Miller and Nick Thompson. Congratulations to Adele Tayles who won the FV45 category.
The weather was terrible on the drive over to Stalybridge, low cloud after an afternoon of torrential rain meant a soggy race was inevitable. However, the weather gods were smiling upon us and it was dry at the start line and all Meltham runners congregated to discuss tactics and what our predicted times were. Some said they were hoping just to get round whilst others had a specific time in mind based on last year or similar courses.
Then we were off, up the hill and then up some more, with an occasional bit of flat to keep us motivated. Then at 2km the climbing was relentless, from 200m elevation up to 375m negotiating rocky paths and tracks. The only chance of rest was if you were lucky enough to have people queuing up in front of you at the stile.
There was a rocky descent down to the well-earned drinks station at Lower Swineshaw Reservoir. 5km to go and a change of terrain meant there was a fast tarmac descent back down to 150m elevation and back into civilisation.
Through numerous puddles and groups of cheering spectators we saw the 2km to go sign – but the worst was still to come. On tired legs we had to negotiate “The Steps” through the woods (which were described by many as evil). At last, the 400m to go marshall assured us she was telling the truth and a nice downhill finish was ahead of us.
The last Meltham runner was in and then it was off to the chippy for our well earned free chip butty. Christian declined his after suffering from a stitch for most of the run after his “onion ring revenge” and Steve was a little reluctant to hand in his running number in exchange for his chip butty. But we all stood outside, chip butties in hand swapping war stories about the evening.
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