Rebecca Tate sent in this report from the Cloud 9 race
Race report for Sunday’s race (1st march)
Cloud 9 race day dawned not as windy or awful as expected, and though we ran through hail, wind and sun, the temperature was quite pleasant. As usual the organisation was spot on, ample parking, quick registration, great cakes afterwards, massages offered, marshalling was plentiful and enthusiastic, and atmosphere great. Photos are free also. There’s really nothing to fault about this race, and I’ve not even got onto the scenery!
The race starts near Congleton leisure centre and goes down a wide flat footpath for a while, followed by woods, fields, farm tracks, and then up The Cloud. Somehow the 300m ascent doesn’t seem too hard, perhaps because the phenomenal views from the top are so distracting!
From the top, we skipped back down through the woods, across fields and through the quarry and over a new track to avoid the road, which was great. More green lanes and footpaths, and it winds back into Congleton again for a flat-ish finish.
The conditions this year were wet – there was talk of calf-deep mud which I optimistically put down to exaggeration, until roughly mile 7 when most of the field seemed underwater and I reached a kissing gate that was partially submerged. It was chilly!
I got an appalling time, partly because of the conditions, and partly because my training schedule required a 15 miler, so I needed to plod this one, doing it inbetween a few miles before and a few after. But the time didn’t matter, it was all about the camaraderie and the lovely route. This is an annual fixture not to be missed!
Tim sent in the results for the Pipe Dream fell race
Please find attached the results of yesterday’s 1st fell counter. I have tweaked the organiser’s original sheet to add the Helsby placings 😊
All Green Army runners are shown on: https://www.helsbyrunningclub.org.uk/pipe-dream-fell-race-2020/
Full results for Helsby runners is at the link below