The first ever Towneley Park 10k saw 6 Barlickers take to the start line. The course is quite a hilly and there were some fast runners in attendance, ensuring that the pace would be unforgiving. A group of 5-6 runners broke away at the start with Marc Hartley, Gary Shaw, Jimmy Craig, Will Smith and Stephen Chew setting the pace. By Mount Lane, where the classic Cliviger '6' used to start, the front group had dropped to 4. Then Will Smith dropped away half way up the climb. Steve Chew made a break for it, forcing the pace at the brow of the hill and he and Gary Shaw pulled a little lead out of Marc Hartley, a move which proved to be decisive. For the next 2 miles the lead changed about 5 times between Shaw and Chew. As they entered the park Shaw put in a decisive burst and finished 13 secs in front of Chew. All the Barlickers in the race ran well, with the ever improving Andy Berry and Andy Carson both inside the top 20. Good performances too from Andy 'Screw' Driver, Des Walkden and Chris Smedley.
2 Stephen Chew 33:01
16 Andy Berry 37:59
19 Anndy Carson 38:25
45 Chris Smedley 41:54
48 Andrew Driver 42:24
59 Derek Walkden 43:38
This was a Skyrunning European Championship race. It was 22 km in length with an ascent of 1,702 metres through woods and steep craggy paths. Scott Baistow has been unable to train properly over the past few months as a result of injury and taking this into account, he finished this race in a very creditable 3 hrs 20 minutes.
Sam Wadsworth Picture Courtesy of Dave Woodhead
Young James Hall won this race in a time of 20:54 with Shaun Godsman 2nd and Ian Nixon 3rd. Other BOFRA stalwarts were pushed further down the field, (Ted Mason 4th, Luke Maude 6th, Jimmy Craig 7th).
Sam Wadsworth (24:04) finished in 14th place just behind Paul Carman.
The ladies only training evening continues to be popular, even this week, when no reminder for it appeared on the web site, and seeing everyone enjoying a very pleasant summer evening up on Weets, it is perhaps no surprise.
If you have not yet joined the girls on this night out, do come along. All abilities are catered for, both beginners and experienced runners. The only qualification you need is to be female.
Dave Halliday entered this race along with Graham, his brother in law who was competing in a wheel chair. It was a bit of a showing up for Dave as his brother in law, a novice at this type of event, finished ahead of him with a time of 47:12 and Dave eventually rolled home in a time of 48:11.
From Zero to Hero
What a difference three weeks can make. Stephen Chew has gone from a DNF to a winner. And not just a winner, but a winner in style, as he bossed the race from the start. As the runners went up to Sharp Haw on the out leg, he had already built up a good lead and he maintained this on the run out towards Flasby. As they returned to the summit once more, he still had a good lead and he looked to have the race in the bag. And so it turned out at the end. Steve kept his concentration and showed some of the form that he displayed in the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix last year to gain a very emphatic victory, with a time of 37:04 and a lead of 1 minute 16 seconds over 2nd place Luke Maude of Skipton.
Other Barlick finishers were:
7 Nick Treitl 39:59
42 Andrew Driver 47:14
53 Glenn Whittaker 50:06
81 Rachel Lowther 56:36
2 Harvey Treitl 4:17
6 Georgia Treitl 8:46