Team Castleberg Outdoors member Jill Eccleston and Sharon McDonald, took part in this weekend's Open Adventure 2 Day event. In a very competitive field, the girls managed to grab a very impressive 1st Place!!
This 2 day stage race, consisted of 5 different grueling disciplines.
Day one started with a 2 hour trek. This section was a score format, the idea is to get as many points as possible by visiting checkpoints within the 2 hour time limit. The trek started from Easdale Tarn taking in Castle How, Stickle Tarn and Helm Crag to name just a few. The started great taking an early lead, with a fantastic score of 175, beating runners up by 15 points.
Next up a 5 Hour Mountain bike stage, in the same format as the Trek.Here the girls did another sterling job, again winning the stage, even being 8 minutes late back with a 30 point penalty!
With a few hours break to refuel, the teams were next onto a Night Naviagtion Stage. Here the racers had 90 minutes to collect as many points as possible on foot. To make it that little bit more interesting, this was done in the dead of the night! Yet again the girls were on fire bringing home another clean victory!
The next day saw a slightly different format, in the style of a trail race. Teams had to complete the route in the quickest time possible! Our superstars managed this in an incredible 1 hour 58 minutes, and being the only Female pairs to complete the full route they took yet another stage win!
Straight in from the run, the teams leapt into sit on top kayaks for a 2 hour paddle again in the score format. The girls pushed hard to the end, unfortunately just being pipped by another team, taking the lead by just 15 points!
Overall scores showed off the girls hard work, leaving them in first place, with a clear 272 points. Full results can be found here.
Great effort ladies, a well deserved win, on what was a fantastic weekend of racing in glorious sunshine! A massive well done to everybody that took part, and a big thank you to Open Adventure for putting on a fantastic event, yet again! All of the fantastic photographs are courtesy of James Kirby.