Lucas Payne has been nursing an injury for some time and he entered this race to see if his body was on the mend. Here is his report of the day.
It was a very cold, windy day. 224 runners all lined up, or should I say huddled together, off went the hooter and we were away.
The route was very interesting in that it was a mix of trail, soft sometimes very muddy ground and normal narrow tarmac roads, basically an uphill first section, then undulating and finally a killer hill at the end. Super views were the order of the day.
I was delighted at finishing 8th in a time of 38:09. However, I was brought back to planet Earth when the fellow who had pursued me relentlessly from the start finished just behind me. Heasked my age to see if I had robbed him of a prize. I said that I was 44. He said "That's fine, I am a vet 55. OK, I may look like Gollum off Lord Of The Rings, but that made me realize that I was almost dead ... you have to laugh.
My lady wife and her chum also finished their first 10k race in 1 hour. Round of applause. You never know, we may tempt them to sign up to BFR.
The Race Director and his colleagues really did organise a super event, very well marshalled. Hot drinks, flapjack and bananas for the finishers - many thanks to them all.
This event is over 60 miles, involving some very hard rugged moorland and climbing over 11,000 feet. As you might expect, Mick Plummer was there, but unusually for Mick, he retired at Cray, as he was not feeling well.
However Gareth Bradley stayed the course and completed it in 17 hrs 41 minutes. But for the grouping time that he incurred, he would have completed it 25 minutes quicker.
We had eight Barlickers entered in this race. Two did not start, Pete Jackson due to injury and John Boothman on doctor's orders but he joined the supporters who were out there to cheer on those who did take part. Only four completed the course and we have no note at the moment why the other two did not finish. The times were:
Nick Treitl 3:30:48
Andy Berry 4:15:34
Michael Thistlethwaite 4:34:29
Tom Bebee 5:01:54
Mark Sandamas DNF
Richard Treitl DNF
Barlick were 35th team.
Barlick had three teams in these relays. Two conventional teams and what was supposed to be a family team, but it was registered as a mixed team. The details are:
In 1999, on the old course, Sam Wadsworth won the egg stage in 3:26, only 4 seconds outside the record. Inspired by memories of former glories, he started at a furious pace, hoping that once more, he might do well in this part of the race. Going up the hill, he was second behind Tom Adams of Ilkley, but from there on, his advancing years and lack of training gradually took their toll. The mad dash at the start took too much out of him and his overall race time was down. However, further down the field, Fiona Brotherton continues to improve with each race.
49 Sam Wadsworth 18:43
308 Fiona Brotherton 34:31