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