The Race Organiser and Referee take overall responsibility for the event and must take all reasonably practicable measures to ensure that the safety of runners is paramount. Fell running is hazardous and overcoming its various challenges is an integral part of the enjoyment it provides to those who enter.
However, during course marking 3 hrs before the Bolamaen race start, there were exceptional adverse weather conditions as a result of the dense hill fog. Visibility was reduced to less than 50 yds on much of the course and the decision was taken to increase marshals, add extra route markers and shorten the route for the safety of runners. This decision to shorten the race was made clearly and firmly to all competitors.
This inaurguaral run should have been 7 miles but was reduced to 3.25 miles. All competitors finished without incident and were able to enjoy the superb complimentary cakes supplied by Caroline’s Real Bread Company!
Thanks are due to the exceptional marshals braving the fog and rain. Ian Mosley and Russell Stafford Tolley put their off-road vehicles to the test on the demanding terrain and both were invaluable and much appreciated. Chris Kerr was meticulous organising supplies and the detailed organisation at Race HQ.
We will be organising the race again next year and hoping for better weather so runners will be able to appreciate the original scenic course. Congratulations to all of this year’s field of 8 elite runners who would have welcomed more competition. First home was Stephen Priestnall from ‘Running Somewhere Else‘ in a time of 27.05. Rest of the results are on our Race web pages.