PRC take on High Cups and Panthers

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A small but daring group of PRC runners travelled over to Cumbria on 24th February to join over 400 others for the High Cup Nick fell race. The race provides competitors with amazing views as they run around the 15k route and climb over 400m of ascent.  Conditions proved challenging for the runners, with ankle deep mud, strong winds, a freezing cold river crossing up to the knees and a long steep clamber over rocks. After battling through all of these obstacles, runners had to contend with a final sneaky uphill on the very last section before crossing the line.

Our club runners had some great results, cheered on by an enthusiastic PRC support crew. Michael Wilson came in first for the club at 1 hour 38 minutes, followed by Sue Slack in 1 hour 56 minutes and an impressive 11th in category. David Stephenson was taking on his second only fell race and nursing a torn muscle in his shoulder, and still had a great result, crossing the line in the 2 hours 6 minutes.  Mike Punchard completed a great event for the club, crossing the line in 2 hours 16 minutes.  Runners were treated to a very welcome hot soup and cake after the race.

The following weekend, Nat Clark took on the Welcome Ultra, the first Punk Panther Ultra event of the 2018 series.  The race starts from Otley and finishes in Pool-in-Wharfedale, taking runners on 32 miles and 1300 metres of ascent over challenging open moorland. Nat Clark had a few navigational mishaps during the event, but had a brilliant time and was pleased to have completed such a tough event.  

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Press Release
Report Date: 
Fri 09 Mar 2018 (All day)