Mickleden Straddle 2019

Mickleden Straddle Fell Race Details

Race Mickleden Straddle
Organiser Simon Browne
Start Langsett Barn, S36 4GY / 10.30am
Distance 14.4 miles / 23.2km
Elevation 2,096ft / 639m
Category BL (GPS Allowed)
Cost £9 (pre-entry only)
Route Course Map
M Record D Watson – 01:35:38 – 2006
W Record H Fines – 01:54:24 – 2013
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A year had passed since I ran Mickleden Straddle for the first time, my first ever fell race. I was hoping that I would improve on my time and set my sights on taking 30 minutes off last years time.

Mickleden Straddle Fell Race 2019

Snow was on the ground after a week of wintery weather had gripped the country. I knew that I was set for another chilling race across high moorland terrain but I was looking forward to it anyway, especially the fact that I was racing against my own time. The race turned out to be fast and furious because the ground was frozen solid making it easier to run on than last years bog trot.

I recognised a few familiar faces at the start line but couldn’t put finger on why I recognised one particular runner until I later found out who’d won the race, Chris Holdsworth… I recognised him from being featured in The Fellrunner Magazine from being part of the team GB fell running team. I was running shoulder to shoulder with some of the big dogs. I knew the course pretty well from having ran it last year and I’d recced part of the race a couple of weeks earlier with Jess and Dan when I met up with them for a social run.

Dan Thacker & Jess Booth on Mickleden Edge

The first climb up Mickleden edge was tough, I had to have a gel within the first 25 minutes because my legs were so tired from having been out riding my bike the day before. I really wished I’d resisted going out on the bike for a couple of days after the race because it definitely put me in a weaker position for hit my target time. The picture below was taken within the first 25 minutes of the race just before I’d had a gel, as you can see I was really struggling.

Tim Slack running Mickleden Straddle 2019
Photo credit: Mozziephotography

Luckily the gel saved me and I got a second wind for the remainder of the race, I only struggled again on the climb back up from Ladybower reservoir up to Mickleden edge. Having initially thrown my target time out the window earlier in the race, later in the race I thought I might have been able to finish in 2:05 taking over 30 minutes of last years time but that wasn’t to be.

Mickleden Straddle 2019 Results

Throughout the race I saw three people end up wiped out and skidding along on their arses. Despite the icy conditions, I managed to finish in 2:13. This meant I’d taken nearly 25 minutes off last years time. When I looked through the results I’d finished 46th meaning I’d also knocked 75 places off where I’d finished last year as well. Overall a pretty solid result I’d say and all the previous years racing and training has had a significant impact!