Buttermere Shepherds Meet Race

This weekend was scheduled to be the Buttermere Shepherds Meet and Show. Disappointingly, due to an over zealous poor forecast which was wildly inaccurate, the show was cancelled. There was only slight, occasional drizzle on the day, and the race, part of the show race series went ahead.
Being a show race, it was only short, about 3km, but very steep. This fact I had omitted to tell my sisters 2 girls, who were up from London for the weekend. As the show was cancelled, the juniors were allowed to compete in the main race. They arrived with completely inadequate kit and footwear, but still took part and finished as first and second junior girls!! (they were the only junior girls). They weren’t last as one adult dropped out, and there dad, Steve came in woefully trailing them!! It was a great effort and they were pleased to get a prize. Anna managed 2nd in her class, and despite the forecast, the turnout was excellent for a show race…. over 50.

The start of the race
The start of the race
The field ascend from Langthwaite green to the top of Whin Ben
The field ascend from Langthwaite green to the top of Whin Ben
A sprint finish from Crystal
A sprint finish from Crystal
....closely followed by Emerald
….closely followed by Emerald
well earned scones in the Buttermere tea shop
well earned scones in the Buttermere tea shop

A successful first fell race for the girls, and hopefully they will have fell shoes for the whole show race series next year (hint to my sister!!)

6 thoughts on “Buttermere Shepherds Meet Race”

  1. Yes… dragged out of bed at 4.45am, driven up the motorway for almost 6 hours in a cramped car and then driven up a country track and told to run up a mountain! Yet, they said they enjoyed it! 😛 😛

    £150 later in New Balance … we hopefully have better shoes for at least one of them! Crystal runs London Cross Country on 16 Nov.. so she now has fancy NON SLIP shoes! 😉

    Yes: no rewards in London!!! And no fells! Just trains that are suspended! :alien:

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