The most controversial race in recent history, or just the most misreported?
There has been much lively debate on forums (FRA, Sleepmonsters and OMM). Most of these comments have been written by people far more knowledgeable and experienced than me. However, the event does raise some important and interesting questions for anyone interest in the fells.
I would never doubt that any competitor taking part in this event or similar expects anyone but themselves to be responsible for their own safety. There is also no doubt that the BBC completely misrepresented the situation and even neglected to get basic facts right.
For me the main concern would be whether resources were diverted from local needs to that of the racers. However, it seems that reading between the lines this did not happen. And no inappropriate calls were made to MRT by the racers themselves.
Most importantly all runners were accounted for. I love being in the mountains and get a real sense of satisfaction 'competing' in that environment. I just hope that the vacuous and self promoting coverage of this event isn't going to be too damaging for future competitions and the image of fell running in general.