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No one can say that BOFRA races aren't interesting and Kettlewell is no exception. Starting with a gallop through the river, it includes loads of wet rock, steep climbs, slippery grass and scree. For the second year in a row, we had an electric fence and a herd of cattle to negotiate in both directions. Once we have installed the machine gun posts, we will have perfected it.This year we are endebted to Paul Sessford, who having completed the Lyke Wake Walk the previous day set out on his blistered and sore feet with Tom to flag the course. It was a great job as everyone seemed to get back relatively intact. As usual, there were a small number of over-enthusiastic entries into the river and resultant early baths and I am told that Ted Mason (who does very little by half) had a spectacular tumble just above the scree. It may well be the case that Dave Woodhead (who has a knack of being in the right place at the right time) managed to photograph the incident to be later displayed to the world
Once again, Alastair Dunn was on top form and following Ted's fall was a convincing winner. Ted recovered to finish 2nd with Brendon Taylor in 3rd. We have a whole host of competitors in the under 23's category who are continuing to dominate the top of the field, so there will be some battles to come over the season. Chris Smale and Ian Rowbotham showed that it is not all about youngsters, finishing in 8th and 10th place as 1st MV45 and MV50.
Lisa Lacon was back this week taking first lady ahead of last year's BOFRA champion; Jenny Dybeck and Emma Flanagan in 3rd. Val Done was 1st LV40 in what looks to be a competitive category for this season. Whilst Wharfee, Andy Holden took part in his patriotic shorts, the senior race was being videoed by Will Marshall and can be viewed here
As usual, the juniors attracted a good turnout for what is a challenging race and great spectator event.