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The legs were completely shot, but the spirits soared as we trailing runners plunged on down, past the wall where Bergstrand had put the race away precisely an hour before.
And down the valley, and, a circuit made
With whispers of "Well doon, mate" in our ears, we even found the strength to run up the last uphill stretch.
For victors and vanquished alike there was water, tea and cheese-and-onion pie. As we fortified ourselves, I sought out Bergstrand, who had also won in 1986, when he was 20. I wanted to learn what made a modern-day fell runner tick.
"Well, I'm not sure," he said. "I started cross-country running when I was 10, and that might have led to it."
I suggested that cross-country is to fell running as a drizzle is to a typhoon. He laughed and said, "Well, that's true. It is a whole different thing, I suppose. It's easier for me to figure out the reasons you don't do it than the reasons you do. You don't do it for the money. You don't do it for fame. You don't do it so you can tell people what you've done, because if I told someone I'd just run a nine-mile race in 72 minutes, they wouldn't be too very impressed, would they?
"I guess you do it for the hills. Running in the hills has always been done here, because it's something unique and beautiful to do. To have these scores of lovely hills and not to run in them—well, that would be even stranger, wouldn't it?"
For the power of hills is on thee,
Sleep well, Mr. Wordsworth. And farewell to the lofty fells of your lovely Lake District.