Trollers Trot 2013 race report
On Saturday 2nd March conditions were perfect for the 21st Trollers Trot which attracted approximately 250 competitors to the start line in sunny Threshfield to tackle the scenic
but challenging 25mile course.
From Threshfield, the route headed across Threshfield Moor, Winterburn Reservoir, Rylstone Moor, Barden Tower and Trollers Gill before returning via Burnsall and along the banks of the River Wharfe. People who completed the race climbed around 3,064 feet – whilst others tackled the shorter 12-mile course available for walkers.
With dry conditions underfoot, the sun shining and temperature mild, it was a day for course records to be broken and the fastest male and female of the day did just that. Seasoned veteran runner, Richard Pattison, of P&B, led the field, taking 3 minutes off the 2011 course record (set by Matt John of Otley AC).
Pattison took an early lead and enjoyed not only the ideal conditions, but the lack of threat from last year’s winner of the event, Andrew Dobby of Harrogate Harriers. Despite winning the event in several previous years, Dobby finished 10 minutes behind Pattison. Next home in the men’s race was Paul Carmen of Wharfedale Harriers clocking a time of 3hr 12m.
In the women’s race it was the Calder Valley fell runner, Jo Waites, who breezed around the course to finish 3rd overall, taking several minutes off the women’s course record which was held by Karen Best of Otley AC – 3hr 34m. This year Karen had to settle for 2nd place but had an excellent run shaving 8 minutes off her previous 2011 course record. Third woman home was Carol Morgan in a time of 3hr 43m.
Back out on the course competitors were soaking up the sun, scenery and fresh air in the Dales whilst passing steadily through the eight checkpoints dotted along the course. Six of the eight checkpoints were manned by the mighty, friendly marshals who did a fantastic job ensuring everyone was fed and watered and the event ran as smoothly as possible.
Competitors returned in a steady stream to HQ looking to re-energise after their epic, energy-sapping efforts. My wife, Charlotte Dunne, was on hand in the kitchen, feeding the masses with pie, peas and rice pudding after rolling into the welcome finish line.
A few people mis-read their route description and wandered a little off course before the Raynet team swept them back on track. Despite this, the day was a huge and enjoyable success; this was undoubtedly due to the marshals who gave up their day and worked their socks off to ensure all went to plan. Competitor feedback has commented on how positive, friendly and helpful all the volunteers were, so well done to everyone!
The marshals were made up of Otley AC members Sam Stell, Sharron Smith, Richard Smith, Colin Best, Caron Ralph, Liz Ashton and partner Chris and Andrew Robertshaw;
RunSunday organisers Paul Shack and Michelle Smith and Skyrack Member Roger Dawson. LDWA members Tony Fitzgerald and Brian. Last but not least my wife Charlotte.
Photos from 2012 are listed courtesy of SportSunday and can viewed here.
The Trollers Trot is a scenic 25 mile walk/run/jog now on it’s 21st year. This years event takes place on Sat 2nd March and starts at 9am from Upper Wharfedale School, Threshfield BD23 5BS GR(SD 992640) in the picturesque setting of the Yorkshire Dales National Park via Threshfield Moor, Winterburn Reservoir, Rylestone Moor, Barden Tower, Trollers Ghyll and returning to Threshfield via Burnsall and along the banks of the river Wharfe. A tough course with 3064ft of ascent.
The route for 2013 will only be partially signposted so knowledge of the route or use of the route description is required. No dogs allowed on the route during the event. Route description and map available below. A hot meal will be provided at the finish. (Vegetarian option)
Enter online by clicking on the link below;
Please park at Skirethorns lane Grid ref. SD987638
An alternative route of 12 miles is available for walkers only.
Certificates will be given to all competitors who finish within the time limit of 10 hours and a woven badge will be available to purchase.