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Crazy Genes

I met a lovely gentleman on the hill last week. His name is Basil, he’s 76 years old and on holiday from Australia. As part of his trip, he was taking part in the Fellside FRA race because the distance and ascent / descent were similar to a race he runs in back home.

The weather on the evening was exhilarating in the way that very wet and windy conditions can be. Basil said cheerfully that at least he didn’t need sun cream, which is a mandatory item in the Australian FRA minimum kit list.

He was running with his niece Lorna, and after he’d finished the race we talked about how much he’d enjoyed it, (the course, which was over Brae Fell, Knott and High Pike, the friendly contact beforehand and organisation on the day by the Northern Fells Running Club, and even the conditions), as well as the outdoors exploits of other members of his family.

‘Crazy genes’ he said with an infectious smile. Or not so crazy to be able to get out there at 76, and to have inspired generations of your family to do the same?

Images by kind permission of Natalie & Steve Razzetti Liz

10 August 2016 by Liz Woodham

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