The PowerBar Three Peaks Yacht Race

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The Winners Cross the Line

Rob Howard / 25.06.2009See All Event Posts Follow Event
At 08.40 in the morning Martin Indge and Martin Beale ran down off Ben Nevis to win the race for Team EADS Innovation Works. In perfect conditions the pair recorded a time of 3 hours 20 minutes (including a quick tour for Martin Indge to have a look at the cornices and down the north face, as he’d never been up there before!) The pair felt they’d run a good time and looked relaxed and pleased with their run at the finish, as well they might, having contributed to an impressive team win.

Indge said he’d enjoyed the race on his first outing. “I used to race triathlon,� said, “and as I work and train with Martin he suggested I come on this race and join the Vasque team he’s in. So far it’s gone well as we’ve done 5 races and won them all!

“The Snowdon and Ben Nevis runs were good, but Scafell Pike took a long time, so I guess I need more Scafell Pike training for next time. I’ve enjoyed being on the yacht, they are a great crew and there is lots of banter, and it’s been a real team effort. We’ve been rowing all the time, making sure someone was always on the oars in half hour spells and at one point where we were struggling through the tide at the Sound of Luing we had four oars out.

“When Martin had told me about rowing yachts I didn’t really believe him – I certainly never thought we’d be rowing day and night!

“The atmosphere has been really good too. Competitive but friendly, with all the runners cheering each other on and no bad feeling between teams.�

His partner Martin Beale added, “We decided we couldn’t win King of the Mountains and went for the overall win, rowing 10 hours in the last 24. We were concerned that GFT or one of the other competitive boats might make a race of it, so we decided to give it all we’d got and row as hard as we could.�

For Geoff West this was his 4th win, and for the last two years he’s finished second, so this is a welcome return to winning ways. (He also once put on his boots to win the Tilman Trophy.) He was impressed with the competition this year. “There was a much higher standard of running, and more competitive boats this time,� he said. “I think the race has been lead by half a dozen different boats this year.�

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