Who doesn’t love Wincle Trout? A beautiful summer’s day, the village fete, a W.I. cake tent of mindboggling proportions, pints of the local drop from the Wincle Brewery, an array of tractors to clamber over, local Winclettes dancing around the Maypole … and my favourite, the ‘Best Sausage Catcher’ competition (for dogs only, sadly). It’s sometimes hard to remember that you’re there for a race.
Starting and finishing at a different farm to 2013, we set off over a horrible ankle-crunching descent for a few hundred metres before beginning to settle into some kind of rhythm along the water’s edge. Wading knee-deep through the icy River Dane is of course the annual highlight for many. The slog to the finish line, uphill all the way, was an unexpected delight. The prize trout for all finishers was well earned!
No PBs this year, with the change in course from last year. Among the Belle Vue men, Simon Stead came in first (52:06), followed by Tom Bentley (54:34) and Jason Stott(56:56). Annie Hirsch (1:06:09) was the first woman home, followed very closely by Carmel Salvidge (1:06:27) and, in third, Leah Evans (1:08:19).