There were five Barlick vests on display at this event which was won by Ian McBride of Royton RR in 1:14:01, with a remarkable run by Julian Hood to finish in 4th place.
4 Julian Hood 1:19:13
12 Ian Livesey 1:20:59
21 James Craig 1:21:36
174 Dan Taylor 1:35:50
343 Richard Starkie 1:43:01
What a change it was from the race last week at Littleborough, where it was firm under foot and very runnable. This week, it was back to bog trotting. The race was won by Calder Valley runner Gavin Mulholland in 56:53.
The only Barlick runner in the race has been steadily improving and at last has made a top ten finish.
10 Sam Wadsworth 63:46
This is a new race and is ideal for this time of the year. It follows good tracks and paths out of Littleborough and when it gets to the tops by the old Roman Road and Black Edge, despite all of the recent inclement weather, there was no bog trotting, but good firm ground which led to the long descent back down again.
Sam Wadsworth led the Barlickers out. He set off steadily, aware of the long run up to the summit. As he approached the old Roman Road, he was in 18th position, but he managed to take the odd place on the pull up to the summit, where he found himself on contention with Marc Sennett of Wharfedale. From then on, it became a nip and tuck battle between the two and this contest pulled them through the field and they managed to gain a few more places, with Marc eventually edging it over Sam. At the end of the race. they both agreed that they had pulled each other through and joked that they would have made a good relay pair.
12 Sam Wadsworth 1:04:20
209 Gary Parkinson 1:41:24
212 Richard Treitl 1:42:29
The League have now produced the final results for this race and Jimmy Craig finished in 26th place, with a time of 36:37. The result is that Barlick Fell Runners were 4th team on the day out of the teams from all divisions!
This means the Barlick were once again the first team in Division Four, earning the club the maximum 10 points and we are now Division Four Champions, with promotion to Division Three for next season, irrespective of what happens in the last race at Kendal.
This race marked the start of the club road championship. The weather was very wet before the start, but luckily, the rain held off whilst the race was in progress. However, it was very windy. The first 4K is a climb, which is quite steep in places, but at least it means that the second half of the race is mostly downhill.
114 Richard Starkie 47:08 PB
192 Paul Fryers 51:40
216 Rachel Lowther 53:48
350 Abigail Park 1:06:06
There was a good turn out of Barlickers for this race in what could be the key race to secure promotion.
In the ladies race, Sarah Tipler had a cracking run to finish in 5th place. In view of the conditions, probably the best choice of foot wear was spikes and had Sarah been wearing spikes, it is not inconceivable that she could have finished 4th or even 3rd.
In the men's race, there were plenty of Barlick vests on display. Nick Treitl set off at a fast pace and was in the top ten, with Jimmy Craig not far behind him. Closely following those two was V40 Lucas Payne, who can always be counted upon to put in a doughty performance. As always with the cross country group, there was a strong team spirit and everyone put in a great performance resulting in the team finishing in 5th place out of all four divisions. This was without counting Jimmiy Craig who for some reason was missing off the provisional results. The places for the Barlickers were:
10 Nick Treitl 35:24
21 Jimmy Craig 35:55 ?
37 Lucas Payne 37:56
51 Dan Taylor 39:29
55 Andy Berry 39:44
65 Shaun Chew 40:20
83 Stuart Bryan 41:36
97 Andy Carson 42:54
110 Derek Walkden 43:52
136 James Fent 46:11
It would appear that the team will have secured the maximum 10 points for this race and with it, promotion to the third division for next season.
The ever youthful Ian Holmes likes to race and he was out on the fells last night showing the rest of the contenders, in this night event, the way to the summit, round the tops and back.
Our sole representative, Glenn Whittaker finished a little behind Ian in 23rd position, with a time of 45:21
This is a short race of 4.5 miles with 1220 ft of ascent, set in the North Yorkshire Moors. A couple of steep ascents account for most of the climb with some rough terrain, but it is mostly decent paths with a long muddy track, of a mile or so, downhill to the finish. Richard Treitl entered the race and being a cold, but sunny day, he paused, perhaps for a little too long, to take in the panoramic views of North Yorkshire Moors.
113 Richard Treitl 67:25