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  The Wadsworth Trog
Wadsworth, North of Hebden Bridge, 7th February 2009

New Route 2015 Below!

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  Advertised Statistics Old Route  Measured Statistics Old Route 
Distance 20 Miles

Garmin 405: 21.3 miles
Garmin 305: 21.45 miles

Total Climbs 4,000ft 4,000ft
Official website and interactive Google Map (save to disc before opening)

 

From: Oldtown Cricket Club, Moorfield, Hebden Bridge HX7 8SG

This was one of the hardest races I have ever done.

Run entirely on snow in 2009, this had the advantage of making navigation much easier (just follow the footprints)
but it was very slippery.  I wore Mizuno trail shoes and they made for very inefficient running.   Apparently Innov8s with the big rubber lugs were much better.

The scenery was stunning.  The running was very hard in the latter stages.  Relentless ascents and a real sting in the tail - a climb at the end - then limp around the field to the finish line with cramp in both legs.

Calder Valley put on excellent, free food (sandwiches, soup, tea, cakes) and plenty of prizes.  The race was very well organised and I heard the marshalls counting the runners at the checkpoints to work out how many were left on the Moors.

Men's toilet facilities inadequate (1 trap only), but everything else was fine.  There were even communal showers.  Limited parking so car share.  Included stall by the Bostocks.

Apart from the wrong shoes, other mistakes I made were (a) taking on too little fluids too late = cramp; and (b) eating too little = hitting wall; and (c) forgetting my ibuprofen gel for in-run cramps.

If there hadn't been snow, navigation could have been a problem for me.  In the early stages there were plenty of folk to follow but later on the field thinned out.  Also spotting the clippers to mark your checkpoint card was a challenge as they were easily missed (little orange plastic things dangling on a bamboo stick).

Results were on the net within 24hrs.

A VERY tough race, superbly organised and run, but only for experienced endurance fell runners.  

New 2015 Route vs. Old Route (Thanks to Scott Sadler for the approximate new route):


Old route: Map
(Blue line = planned route, red line = actual route taken following footsteps)

Height Profile of Race (Old Route OS Profile)

The traces from the Garmin 305 and 405, one on each arm, were very similar (see close red lines below).  
The difference of 0.15 miles over 21+ miles is small, suggesting a distance accuracy of about 99.25%.
The one watch indicate  3,943ft ascent and the other 3,883 ft, again very similar.  
The watches were started and finished about the same time, but not to the second.

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