There is a small but growing band of runners within the club who are getting the taste of serious fell running in the Lake District. This is one such race. It is 13 miles in length with 4,757 ft of ascent and is a tough challenge. Luckily, the weather was kind and a record number of starters set off (just short of 400). In view of the recent weather, the going underfoot was very slippery on the rocks and very boggy everywhere else. As a result, many runners spent quite a bit of time on their arses. Stuart Heaviside had a good run and posted a good time as well as leading the Barlickers home. Ben Hoye did not look too great before the start, but he came to as the race progressed and he also had a good run. John Boothman set off wearing an old worn pair of trainers, which were not ideal for the conditions underfoot and they did not help his race. In addition, John also suffered from "sheep syndrome" and after the bad step on Crinkle Crags, he followed a group of runners who led him on a longer excursion than he need have taken. This probably cost him about thirty places, but he still managed a quicker time than last year.
Special mention should be made of Helen Harrison. She made up her own mind to take on this race and whilst she has done long runs, they were probably not anything like the terrain of this race. However, she not only completed the course, but finished in good shape and looking cheerful.
69 Stuart Heaviside 2:42:18
93 Ben Hoyle 2:50:10
194 John Boothman 3:16:35
374 Helen Harrison 4:32:55
396 starters - 377 finishers.
For the first time since the club was formed, we had a ladies team out in this race and they worked well as a team, they all put in a tremendous effort and came home with a very creditable 6th place.
Again, another good performance from the men, equalling last year's finishing position of tenth place and the third time that the club has made the top ten.
|1||Ian Beresford & Alex Mason||41:22||10|
|2||Andy Collins & David Mirfield||1:14:42||10|
|3||Jimmy Craig & David Poole||56:58||10|
|4||Nick Treitl & Luke Maude||1:17:38||10|
10th place. Overall Time 4:10:40
|1||Lucy Brown & Hannah Newbold||54:37|
|2||Emma Taylor & Molly Ralphson||1:35:41|
|3||Victoria Peel & Paula Cullen||1:24:51|
|4||Jackie Collins & Lorraine Slater||1:51:05|
6th Ladies Team 5:46:14
Jonathan Cleaver has been in training for this race for some time and this paid off on Sunday when he came home in 300th position in a time of 2:34:51. Here is his report of the day:
Definitely up there as possibly my favourite world major with it being a flat fast course with masses of support on the roadside. The day started off well with clear blue skies, but as we started to race the clouds came over, with wind and light rain. I had a target in mind to pace at 05:43 min miles, but I made a bit of mistake trusting this to my GPS and found out by half way I was already 80 seconds adrift which is really hard to get back in the second half. I hit 20 miles at around 01:55 which had me in range for a 02:33, but my legs started to fade ever so slightly drifting me nearer to 06:00 miles for the final 10km landing me on 02:34:51 and 300th place overall in a field of over 44,000. That's a good couple of minutes knocked off my PB from Tokyo which I am delighted with. As always with the marathon - however many you have done - it takes you back to school and you learn about what to do and not to do next time! That's all 6 majors completed now starting back in 2011 in NYC finishing in 03:23.
A good performance from young Alex Mason saw get a top twenty finish and first MU20.
16 Gary Shaw 34:58 (3rd V40)
19 Alex Mason 35:20 (1st U20)
83 Ben Whitehead 40:37
109 Andrew Smith 41:33
129 David Pease 43:06
188 Tony Duffy 49:11
38 Lucy Brown 31:39
53 Hayley Whitehead 32:19
76 Heather Driver 33:39
Cloey Mason rushed over from the Pendle Park run, which was absolutely sodden, to glorious sunshine in Pilling, although the lanes were very waterlogged and unavoidable to run through.. Not her best time, but her Hardmoor legs are only just coming back to life.
36 Cloey Mason (6th lady, 1st FV45)
On a beautiful sunny Saturday, four Barlick fell runners, plus supporters, made the trip to Little Langdale for this cracking race organised by Ambleside AC. After getting round the tough 12.4 miles / 4,003 ft course, everyone sat in the sun and enjoyed the post race refreshments, before heading home.
74 Zac Kaye 2:42:35
97 Scott McCreadie 2:50:21
99 Ben Hoyle 2:50:49
109 Gary Bradley 2:54:00
This race used to be called the Burnley Way off road marathon and attracted 5 Barlickers.
Tim Pigott and John Boothman ran solo, whilst the others ran as a three man relay, with Luke Turner running legs three and four. It was wet at the start and boggy underfoot, but it was mild and did eventually brighten up.
3 Tim Pigott 4:40:01
8 John Boothman 5:15:57
Three Man Team
Andy Berry, David Poole & Luke Turner (2 legs) 3:54:40