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    on her tail Here is a selection of images from todays start Lightning Reflex digs in after Hannah Dave Bird runs Midnight Getaway alongside tha camera boat Dave was a member of the winning team in 2000 Greased Lightning with the Tri Estrelita coming fast from behind Mew Gull and Greased Lightning neck and neck Estrelita is following the fleet although she is not taking part in the race she

    Original URL path: http://www.bluedome.co.uk/threepeaks2002/start2.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Bluedome
    to Caernarfon Geoff West and Lightning Reflex are setting a great pace for the rest of the fleet to keep up with Hannah the second Reflex is on their heels Sorry to not have a picture of Lightning Reflex but we she is moored too far away The images on this page were taken in near darkness and the runners are all tackling Snowdon in the gloom As darkeness falls

    Original URL path: http://www.bluedome.co.uk/threepeaks2002/caernarfon1.html (2016-02-10)
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    at a steady pace the race Marshals are kept busy checking kit to ensure everyone abides by the statutory rules Kit check for the two runners from the Stormcruiser team Kit check for Terry Povey and an as yet unidentified

    Original URL path: http://www.bluedome.co.uk/threepeaks2002/caernarfon2.html (2016-02-10)
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    to the Menai Strait it was touch and go whether or not would cross Caernarfon Bar immediately but Ken Fitzpatrick the harbour master at nearby Pwllheli decided to go across and the Marines once again followed As they motored up the channel to the pier they bumped the bottom a few times but both made it safely to set their runners off up Snowdon They are likely to cross the mountain in under 4 hours and get a good tide to carry them through the treacherous Menai Strait It was some time before the next yacht KAAT came into the channel between Anglesea and the mainland but approaching the town with it s distinctive castle walls they ran aground They were already motoring which is allowed once past a certain point so that the boats can safely manoeuvre but ran up onto the bank and there they stayed while the chasing pack came by With wind and tide pushing them onto the bank there was no way off until high tide This team are already getting a reputation for mishaps they got a penalty for not arriving at Barmouth within 24 hours of the start all of 1minute and a

    Original URL path: http://www.bluedome.co.uk/threepeaks2002/caerntextrep.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Bluedome
    to go through on the early tide Here are some of the fleet as they all make good progress through this notorious stretch of water Greased Lightning has shipped the oars as the wind rises to see them safely through the Swellies Away she goes heading out into the safer waters and towards Whitehaven As the wind strength increases the following boats are getting along without the paddles Barmouth boat

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  • Bluedome
    engine failed at the start but still having bad luck She was unable to leave on the 23 00 tide with a force 7 8 wind blowing into the harbour and will now leave around midday on Sunday a full 24 hours late By that time the leaders will most likely be arriving in Whitehaven The chasing pack of yachts were only 90 minutes behind when they arrived at Caernarfon but their runners were slower and had worsening conditions and when they completed their run the tide was against them The next 3 yachts Stormcruiser Greased Lightning and Caol Ila are all in the Tilman Trophy the all rounders class where 4 out of the 5 crew have to reach a summit These 3 are going to have a closely contested race as they got back and left within 30 minutes of each other though their times were nearly 2 hours slower than the race leaders All 3 were passed on the mountain by the runners from Farthing and Midnight Getaway and these 5 plus Kaat Positive Impact and Assent passed through the Menai Strait between 05 00 and 08 00 Sunday morning This is a hazardous area with a series of rocks where boats often run aground in the race but this year there were no problems as they passed under the 2 impressive bridges over to Anglesey The only reported difficulty was with Assent which had engine failure and had to land and collect their runners by dinghy Chic Nic was the last to leave Caernarfon at 08 23 after their runners Adrian Hunt and Michael Brown took 9 hours 9 minutes on Snowdon Conditions on the mountain during the night were very rough and the runners faced gale force winds dense cloud and some heavy rain This

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  • Bluedome
    appears to be little happening then in a few moments the race springs to life again As we wait for the runners from Lightning Reflex and the Royal Marines to come back from Scafell the boat carrying the Stormcruiser team arrive quickly followed by Team Caol Ila Kit is checked bikes are sorted and we have four teams on Scafell Compulsary kit check Time to relax a little while their

    Original URL path: http://www.bluedome.co.uk/threepeaks2002/white2.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Bluedome
    straight out to sea again Any later and they would be trapped until 00 30 on Monday morning This meant they would have to beat the record of 7 hours 13 minutes for the mountain stage to make their deadline and do it against driving winds rain hail and with almost zero visibility on the hills None of the runners has seen anything of the mountains theyéve climbed yet apart from the trail at their feet They set off on mountain bikes for the 15 mile ride to the lower part of the Ennerdale valley then ran across Black Sail pass into Wasdale before climbing Scafell Pike and returning the same way an 18 mile run with over 5000 feet of ascent Adrian Bailey and Aled Rees from Lightning Reflex soon pulled away from Billy Rogus and Mark Lewis the runners from Hannahé Rees and Bailey have had less problems with sea sickness and the Marines also had trouble with a series of punctures on the ride the result of risking road race tyres on an mtb track and forest roads While the 4 runners tackled the hills their crews were waiting anxiously back at Whitehaven as news came through of the positions from intermediate checkpoints Lightning Reflex were hoping to get out on their own and gain a race winning advantage and the crew of Hannah were hoping that both yachts would get out or neither of them would As the minutes ticked by a tense group of crew photographers supporters marshals and race officials gathered around the marina gates to wait in the pouring rain 20 00 20 05 20 10 20 15 and the 2 riders from Lightning Reflex came into sight They raced down to the yacht at the very last minute possible got permission from

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