There was a turnout of 33 runners for the first of this type of orienteering event. Competitors ran it as individuals, in pairs or in teams. Once your time had started, you were given a map with locations marked on it, each with a varying points value and you quickly had to decide your strategy to amass the most points by visiting various check points. Penalty points were deducted for being over the allotted time of one hour. It was a fun event, with much debate in the pub afterwards about the choice of route and check points visited.
The winner was Mark Nutter of Clayton who has a history of excelling in this type of event. He finished just ahead of Peter Stobbs with Sam Wadsworth in third place. A good run saw Jean Brown finish 1st lady and 4th overall and the first pair were Debbie Gowans and Vickie Mousley, who were fifth overall.
Two Barlick members, Andy Berry & Michael Thistlethwaite, along with ten other attendees, went along to this course, which was held in the Peak District. When the course was concluded, a competition was held and each member had to go out into the Peak District and visit 15 locations. The Barlickers took the first two places. It will be interesting to see how these two fare in the Night Points Scoring Event.
Another impressive outing from Karl Gray who just managed to pip Tim Ellis to the post. With Alex Whittem coming third, this gave Calder Valley the top three places.
Of the Barlickers, Shaun Chew was in 12th position approaching Flower Scar Summit and then, having taken a different route to the majority of runners, he found himself in 22nd place. However, he clawed his way back through the field to finish in an impressive 5th position. The positions of all the Barlick runners were as follows:
5 Shaun Chew 53:46
39 Sam Wadsworth 57:44
40 Andy Berry 57:55
93 Luke Wallwork 64:09
129 Dave Halliday 68:41
139 Pete Jackson 69:42
153 Craig Childs 71:49
162 Glenn Whittaker 72:38
The racing season is starting to get under way and Barlick Fell Runner shirts are starting to be seen up and down. These were the three Barlickers in this race.
Everyone started well. Sam was leading the club out of Old Town towards the fells, a few seconds in front of Scott. Pete was following on behind, a little further down the field. After check point 2, Sam followed a group that did not take the best line, which allowed Scott and the main body of runners to pass them. However, at this point, both were running well, in the top thirty.
When they had passed check point 4, Sam started to feel a lack of energy, but he kept going and he maintained his position. However, as the race progressed, this lack of energy began to take its toll and he gradually dropped down the field, going slower and slower until at Check point 10, he decided to pull out.
However, Scott Baistow was continuing to run a cracking race and at one point he was in 17th position. On the return, he was 24th as he went through check point 11 and looked to be on for a good finish. But once he was out onto the open moor, because of the terrain, he decided to walk for a spell and he could not get running again. He was suffering the same as Sam - he had just run out of energy. He did keep going until the finish, but on that last spell, he lost nearly 70 places.
In the meantime, Pete Jackson kept going at his steady pace to finish in 82nd place and lead the Barlickers home. He has written an interesting account of the day and it describes this race from a runner's perspective.
The final positions were:
82 Pete Jackson
92 Scott Baistow
DNF Sam Wadsworth