Two men running with two people watching

Wardle Skyline Fell Race 2023

A good turn out from Tod for the 34th Wardle Skyline on what was the first really warm afternoon of spring. The course is 7 miles long and encapsulates everything a good fell race should have, with 3 reasonable climbs at the front end before a long 2 and a half mile downhill to really open up the legs. There’s plenty of route choice, evidenced by the fact that people appear from all directions throughout the race, with just the 1 tag drop to hit to avoid disqualification.

Controversy ruled this year however as the top 8 (plus a few strays) all missed the tag drop, something that really dawned on them as they hammered the downhill back. Given the circumstances and the fact that the RO felt it hadn’t adversely effected the results they were all given a slap on the wrist for poor nav and the original placings stood.

Although still waiting for the full results at this time Todmorden took both the male and female team prizes and Chris Kay was first Toddie over the line in 3rd place overall and Janine McGregor-Stead was rather predictably first female!

A woman wearing sunglasses running downhill.

by Joe Mountain

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