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Grin n Bear It 2019:
This is it, final race of the 2019 series and the longest one to boot. Organised by Woodhead Mountain Rescue and befitting their experience in the outdoors.
Among the highlights of this race are a tough rocky climb early on from Langsett to the summit of Cut Gate, where it’s a quick descent to Slippery Stones before once again climbing all the way to the top of the Derwent Watershed at Swains Head. There’s a stretch where you’ll get muddy if you’re not careful and some well positioned tape is a lifeline across an open boggy area. By the time you pick your way through the remains of the course, across ruins and stiles here and there, you’ll find yourself back where you started, some half marathon (and change) later.
Those with strength endurance might gain from this course, where the pure speed freaks will have their work cut out, due to the overall length and extended periods of ascent. It’ll be interesting to see if any unexpected results come in as a result.
The race is well marked and has 6 Check Points – marshalled by Woodhead MRT. The race terrain is a mix of rocky paths and open exposed peat fell – The first section is a climb out of Langsett up to Mickleden and Cut Gate where the route then leads onto open fell tops – this is an exposed section running across well worn peat pathway/lines. After the decent from Swains Head CP the final section has a few short climbs then gives a fast home run across grassy moorland and woodland tracks.
Entry form: https://grinnbearit.org/entry-form/
Full Gritstone Series information and results can be found at https://www.gritstoneseries.co.uk/
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