After a gap of nearly two years, the five mile event was back on but with a somewhat different format due to Covid 19 restrictions.
The race was limited to members of Hartfell Hill Running Club and a few invited friends, with the aim to have 10 to 15 runners maximum running in three waves, with all profits going to Moffat Mountain Rescue Team.
The weather was variable with heavy showers for runners to contend with but it dried up before the final wave was off. And, all runners were finished and on their way home before the heavy rain set in for the afternoon.
New female and male course records were set: Lorna Hellam came in first lady and fifth overall, taking 45 seconds off the ladies’ record despite wearing road running shoes. The record was previously held by Kerstin Lesley.
In the male class, Phil Neilson, finishing in first place, took 27 seconds off the previous best male time held by Ewan Fairgrieve since 2017. Congratulations to them both.
Adam Anderson took second place; Steve Wolsey was third; and in the ladies competition, second place went to Hayley Evans, placed sixth overall; and in third place was Judith Turner, ninth overall.
A club spokesman said: “There was a great atmosphere on the day, perhaps because it has been so long since members could meet up and race.
“A big thank you to Moffat Outdoors and Ambacare for sponsoring the race, giving prizes in all age grade classes and even additional spot prizes; and to people who without it could not happen, thank you to Ian Marshal, Nigel Priestley, Louise Plummer for their invaluable help on the day, the Crown Estate and Graham Braid, the land owners, for their ongoing support of the event.”
The full amount raised for Moffat Mountain Rescue Team is still being calculated but looks to be over £100.