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Discussion: Downfall

in: Scrappy Doo

Jan 23, 2017 12:00 PM # 
ba-ba:
Hi Paul, I was recently given the Kinder Downfall team trophy to 'look after'. Been looking at the names engraved on it (only goes up until 1996 but a few biggies on there!) and I see a P. Gebbett from Notts AC in the winning 1994 team - just wondering if it's you or A.N. Other P. Gebbett?!
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Jan 23, 2017 1:57 PM # 
Scrappy Doo:
Yep, that was me ..... I came 9th in a time of 69:52. Andrew Wrench of Todmorden won that year in 68:07.... very dry and sunny according to FRA magazine.

Previous year I was 2nd in 71:14 - it was very misty and I was at the back of lead group when they all stopped and turned to me (being the orienteer) and asked if I knew where we were!!!!!

Following year was a championship race won my Mark Kinch rather easily in 61:14 (was a record then, is it still?). I was 17th in 68:54, a place ahead of Andrew Wrench (I'm guessing Borrowdale won the team with Mark Roberts 2nd - 65:05, Jonny Bland 9th 67:05, Simon Booth 10th - 67:22, Gavin Bland 12th - 67:51)

If only I could run anywhere near as quick now!!!
Jan 24, 2017 9:44 AM # 
ba-ba:
Yep that's still the record. Times rarely drop below 69 now.

I ran 68:50 for 2nd last year - one of my better races - coming 2nd to Rob Little. We even had a bit of snow falling on the top! The early leader fell at the downfall, Rob fell heading towards Swine's Back so I stretched the lead on the descent, but only had 20s or so at Tunstead which wasn't quite enough against a 68:30 half-marathon runner on that long run in. I held him off until the turn into the park but missed out by 7 seconds. I think our times were some of the fastest for a while.
Only the 2nd time I'd done it, think my first was about 76min in 2011.

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