We could write 10,000 words as to why we love the mountains and fell running, but a small subset of such an epic tome would be the esoteric joys of the sport.
Research and reading is needed to understand and properly appreciate the events and challenges fell running offers. Furthermore, the backstory to an event is often a tale of human emotion and this weekend a Lakeland classic with all these elements was run.
The Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay started as a response to a tragedy. In 1985 a cycling accident took the life of Ian Hodgson, himself an excellent fell runner, and in his memory his family created an event to celebrate his life. It is a 8-person team event with 4 sets of pairs running the 4 legs. The 28KM route navigates the peaks to the south of Patterdale and attracts the best fell running teams in the country.
Jodie and Harry ran as part of the women’s and men’s Keswick AC teams.
In “challenging” conditions, both excelled with the Keswick women placing third and the Keswick men winning the event!
To read more about the event visit: hbmr.org.uk/history
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