Alistair Brownlee took part in this race and, as you might expect, he won it in a time of 38:28. His brother Jonny also took part, put was prevented from taking 2nd place by Mark Buckingham of Holmfirth. 8 second behind Jonny was the Peter Pan of fell running, Ian Holmes. Only 24 seconds separated all these runners.
Julian Hood came home in 12th place in a time of 41:45 and John Boothman, still aching from his skiiing holiday, finished in 146th place in a time of 53:49.
Some great performances at Ribble Valley. Many Barlickers got PBs and were led home by the ever improving Ian Livesey in a cracking time of 32:57.
35 Ian Livesey 32:57 PB
39 Chris Singleton 33:20 PB
124 Andy Berry 37:10 PB
213 Andrew Chew 39:05 PB
239 Mark Sandamas 39:33
246 Derek Walkden 40:08 PB
435 Richard Starkie 44:19 PB
551 Michael Alexander 47:05
The league tables do not appear on the mid lancs web site and members may be interested to know our current league positions.
Ladies 2nd Division Three
Men 1st Division Three
3rd Division Four
Men V40 2nd Division Three
The top two teams in each division get promoted.
The second annual general meeting of the club took place on the above date and was an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come in the short two year's of our existence and to plan for the future. The main points of the meeting were:
This race saw Chewy return to the fells where he a good battle with Chris Miller from Harrogate Harriers. In the end, Chris was quicker on the descent and opened up a good gap in the last mile. Also running was Chris Smale and a return to action for Rob Weir.
All runners finished in thew top twenty and resulted in Barlick being first team.
2 Stephen Chew 50:17
6 Chris Smale 53:42
15 Rob Weir 56:55
Barlick managed to field a total of 5 teams in this race and were rewarded by having three of them in the top ten, with the "A" team comfortably winning the race. The first leg pair of Gary Shaw & Nick Treitl finished just behind Bingley with Wharfedale in third place. Stephen Chew and Julian Hood took over and quickly passed Bingley, as did the Wharfedale pair of Ted Mason & Spencer Riley. By the time they reached the Murder Mile, Stephen & Julian had already opened up a fair gap over 2nd team Wharfedale. In the early part of the leg Stephen had been setting the pace, but once on the top, Julian took over at the front with Chewy struggling to keep up with the blistering pace that he was setting. By the change over at the Busfield Arms, they had opened up a six minute lead which the chasing teams never managed to close.
The Barlick "B" team were never far behind the third team place and started the last leg with a deficit of 2 minutes. However, Bingley had a strong last leg pair and they stretched their lead by another three minutes to finish just behind Wharfedale.
Incredibly, our "C" team also finished in the top ten.
It was touch and go who would come in first between our ladies team and our "D" team, with the ladies just shading it and again taking the third team place, although with a faster overall time than last year.
It was a good day for Barlick and was only marred by Pete Beresford being taken off to hospital with a suspected broken ankle and Emma Bailey falling and banging her head with the winning line only a short distance away.
Provisional top teams
1 Barlick "A" 3:27:01
2 Wharfedale 3:33:09
3 Bingley 3:33:39
4 Barlick "B" 3:38:46
5 Keighley & Craven "A" 3:54:25
6 Queensbury 4:05:01
7 Keighley & Craven "B" 4:07:45
8 Barlick "C" 4:14:48
9 Bingley "B" 4:18:37
10 Baildon 4:22:01
11 Pudsey Pacers 4:27:51
12 Craven Energy 4:28:22
13 Otley Mixed Team 4:31:23
14 Bingley Ladies 4:34:17
15 Wharfedale Ladies 4:35:22
16 Pudsey Pacers Mixed 4:37 17
17 Heptenstall 4:40:10
18 Barlick Ladies 4:47:50
19 Barlick "D" 4:50:28
The Gravy Pud is a category BS fell race of 5 miles/1001ft, from the village of Tintwistle, on the edge of the Peak District.
It was very cold and wet at the start of this race. Almost all of it was on good, runnable tracks (albeit very muddy in places) with no visibility problems and the more exposed area was well marshalled.
The route heads up on to the moors above the village, initially via a farm track leading to the local high point of Lees Hill before descending through the trees of Swallows Wood, and along the top edge of Arnfield Reservoir, to re-join the farm track back to the finish.
The winner was Tom Saville of Dark Peak Fell Runners in a time of 35 minutes 59 seconds.
Richard Treitl finished 142nd in 1:01:08s.
There were 155 finishers.
At last, the results have been published for this event and although Barlick are only in the third division, our A team beat all teams in the league with four of our runners finishing in the top twenty. This result keep the A team firmly at the top of Division Three.
The B team finished 21st overall and whilst it is difficult to know exactly where they are in the league as Mid Lancs do not seem to be in a hurry to update their league tables, there is a good chance that they will be leading division four.
It was nice to see a full ladies team out and a first glance is that they finished 14th overall team and that they finished third in their division. Hopefully, this will keep them in top place, but we will have to wait for the compilers from Mid Lancs to confirm this.
Finally, with the increased number of member taking part, we now have a male vets team and they finished 14th overall.
Ron Hill MBE was special guest at the Barlick Fell Runners 2nd annual presentation dinner at Ghyll Golf Club to reward the performances of the runners and his old friend Harry Smith for his services to athletics in Barnoldswick.
It has been yet another successful year, with excellent individual and team performances for the club. All the award winners are listed below:
Men's Fell Champion - Andy Berry
Men's Fell V40 Champion - Des Walkden
Women's Fell Champion - Rachel Lowther
Men's Road Champion - Richard Starkie
Women's Road Champion - Sarah Tipler
Men's Parkrun Champion - Lucas Payne
Women's Parkrun Champion- Emma Bailey
Men's Cross Country Champion - Nick Treitl
Women's Cross Country Champion - Sarah Tipler
Club Person of the Year - Andy Berry
Most Improved Male - Andrew Driver
Most Improved Female - Jen Hird
Biggest Improvement Parkrun Male - James stead
Biggest improvement Parkrun Female -Jenna Boothman
Performance of the Year- Sarah Tipler