Hester Cox at the Frostbite 30

Frostbite 30
On 7th December 98 runners lined up at the start in Pateley Bridge ready to set off on the picturesque route that forms the ultra race, The Frostbite 30, the 30 refers to 30 miles and it is also has about 3000′ of climb. This is the second year the event has taken place and it is very ably run by biker and stuntman Rob Jarman of Never Rest and is sponsored by Berghaus and 9Bar so all the runners were treated to a lovely Berghuas top and cereal bars. There were checkpoints along the route serving hot ribena and biscuits with plenty of smiley encouragement from the marshals.
The route follows the Nidderdale Way for much of the race which is a lovely run out along the Nidd and Gouthwaite Reservoir to Bouthwaite where it takes a sharp right up a steep hill onto the windswept moor. This takes you over towards the Lofthouse road and then along a stony trail to Scarhouse and Angram Reservoirs with the half way point and turn around being at Angram. The area at the turnaround is boggy and wet underfoot but generally most of the race was pretty good and the rain stayed away. We did have to contend with a really strong headwind for the first half though and that proved to be exhausting so I was very glad to change direction at the end of Angram. From there is was a run along the other side of Scarhouse and on to the Nidderdale Way to Middlesmoor. We then had a run in to Steen and followed the bridleway back to Ramsgill for the four mile run retracing our steps along Gouthwaite and the Nidd to Pateley Bridge. I had really pushed myself in the first 15 miles and had been running slightly faster than I was comfortable with so when I reached the climb up and over to Middlesmoor I suffered from cramp. Fortunately I was able to run it off and by the checkpoint in the village, I was in good spirits. This lasted for a couple of miles before my legs finally decided that they’d had enough and by the checkpoint at Ramsgill, I was really suffering. The last 4miles were incredibly tough and I had to really dig deep to keep going but the promise of soup and cake at the end was just about enough to spur me on and I finally finished in 5.05.27. I was pretty emotional as I hurt a lot but I was also very happy to be the 5th woman home and 35th overall. The winner was John Lloyd in 3.56.40 and the first lady was Sally Fawcett in an incredible 4.10. She was also 4th overall.

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