Jimmy Craig dominated this race from start to finish, in the end running out an easy winner over Duncan Birtwhistle of the University of Bristol Orienteering Club. For his endeavours, Jimmy was awarded the Silentnight Trophy, which puts him in elite company as this has been held in the past by Reeves, Sedgwick, Stuart and Hawkins. Jimmy's sister Emma, made the journey from Scotland to be at the show and she joined him on the line and finished in 66th position. Julian Hood was the 2nd Barlicker home in 3rd place.
Many Barlickers turned up for this race and finished as follows:
1 Jimmy Craig 23:04
3 Julian Hood 24:12
8 Shaun Chew 25:30
12 Rob Weir 26:30
26 Jonathan Boothman 29:43
30 Luke Wallwork 29:55
32 Lee Edwards 30:17
34 Derek Walden 30:23
46 Glenn Whittaker 31:49
53 Jennifer Hird 33:30
60 Michael Thistlethwaite 33:5
64 Harry Jackson 35:02
There were around 35 Barlickers and their families at the presentation night for the supper and dinner dance to support those club members who had won prizes in this series..
The leading lights were Sarah Tipler who won the ladies' championship and Jimmy Craig, who was runner up to Marc Hartley in the men's championship.
Jean Rawlinson came away with the first FV60 prize and Emma Bailey came away with what seemed like a table full of silverware for second FV35, most improved runner and only lady completing all thirteen races.
Andy Berry received the cup for being 6th man out of almost 500.
Finally Des Walkden came away with a 'scholarly prize' for his comments on Facebook.
A few more pictures of the evening will be added later in the day.
Richard Robert of Eryri must enjoy running in the Pennines. Last week, he won the Whittle Pike race and this week, he returned to Lancashire to try his luck again and he secured another win by setting a new course record and finishing with a good lead on the young local, Joe Johnston.
A few Barlickers went over for this race and they were led home by John Boothman, in spite of the fact that he was struggling after his recent long bike ride. The night also saw Bob Jackson return to competitive running, finishing not far behiind John.
Emma Bailey tagged along in the race behind Jean Rawlinson and every time she tried to pass her, Jean always managed to pull out that little extra something that kept Emma in her wake. However, the run in to the finish was on Tarmac and feeling more comfortable on that surface, Emma at last found the opportunity to pass her team mate and finish just ahead of her.
Bringing up the rear for the Barlickers, but having a cracking run, was James Stead and although it was a tough course, he admitted afterwards that he really enjoyed it.
75 John Boothman 55:45
86 Bob Jackson 57:33
92 Emma Bailey 58:05
93 Jean Rawlinson 58:15
104 James Stead 1:02:05
Sam Wadsworth was on holiday in France and he took part in this 12.4 km road race which includes 300m of climb. The course takes a loop of the village before setting off up the hillside, zig zagging until it reaches the top before a long descent back to the finish. He only had his fell shoes with him, which were not ideal, but he finished in around 30th position in just under an hour. He reports that it was a nice race with plenty of water stations and a good spread of cakes and refreshments at the finish.
Muddy Kit wanted 4 top men and women to form a team to represent and promote their brand. This race acted as a Muddy Kit team trial with only the top 3 being guaranteed a place in their team. It is a well established course full of deep mud, barbed wire, water crossings, climbs and all other manner of weird and wonderful pain inducing obstacles.. Because of the rewards to the leaders, it was an out and out race to the line.
Despite being his first race back since suffering a calf injury, Shaun Chew had a blinding performance to finish in 1st place, no doubt spurred on by the thoughts of free kit and a place in the team. James Fent and Luke Wallwork also entered and both had great runs especially since all three Barlickers only found out about this race a little over a week ago. Results may not be published, but the Barlick boys all finished in the top 3rd of the field.
The race was won by the young jacob Boyle of Hyndburn in 42:26 and the ladies race was won by Holly Page of Calder Valley. The Barllickers finished as follows:
5 Jimmy Craig 43:35
12 Andrew Driver 47:18
17 David Poole 48:46
20 Sarah Tipler 49:04 (2nd lady)
31 Jonathan Boothman 51:39
34 Derek Walkden 52:10
41 Dave Halliday 53:25
44 Lee Edwards 54:06
60 Jennifer Hird 57:36
88 Jean Rawlinson 1:02:47
91 Lucy Beresford 1:04:08
92 Emma Bailey 1:04:11
This is the final race in the Grand Prix Series and sees Jimmy Craig take 2nd place in the men's championship and Sarah Tipler take 1st place in the ladies championship, with 4 Barlick ladies in the final top ten championship places.
Because it was in aid of Ovarian cancer, Emma Bailey persuaded Lianne Belshaw and Helen Stead to take part in their first ever individual race. Before the race, they were bother very nervous and now they are both exhausted, as well as elated. Helen is pleased that she did not come last and that she managed to achieve her target of finishing in less than an hour.
93 Emma Bailey 47:55
129 Lianne Belshaw 54:54
136 Helen Stead 59:41
John Boothman decided to do this race a little while ago and pre-entered. He set off in good time and and all went well until he was 4 miles from the race, when the traffic came to a standstill. It took one hour to go one mile. The race start time was 9:30 and the time was now 9:10. Along with many others, John decided to abandon the car and run in, only to learn on arrival that the organisers had responded to the chaos and delayed the start. Any way, that was a 3 mile warm up in place. His race details were:
363 John Boothman 43:31
By the end of the day, he had done 20K
Tom Cornthwaite turned out for this race and showed his class by beating the rest of the field by over two minutes. Marc Hartley just managed to beat Gary Shaw to come home in second and in doing so ensured that he will win the league. It has been a close contest this season between Marc and Jimmy Craig and well done to Marc in showing his tenacity to secure the title. There was a good turn out of Barlickers, including a few of our ladies, in this race and they finished as follows:
3 Gary Shaw 39:51
4 Jimmy Craig 40:28
10 Andy Berry 44:42
12 Andrew Driver 44:57
19 Andy Carson 46:31
36 Derek Walkden 50:34
37 Dave Halliday 51:23
38 Stuart Bryan 51:29
48 Glenn R. Whittaker 53:26
77 Emma Bailey 59:07
80 Leanne Dinsdale 59:49
86 Jean Rawlinson 1:00:48