Jimmy Craig gave this race his best shot, setting off at his usual 100 mph, but in the end, he had to settle for 4th place, with Ted Mason easily running out as the winner and thus retaining his title of BOFRA Champion. Well done to Ted. He fought back well against the late onslaught by Jimmy and he is a worthy champion.
Further down the field, Nick Treitl came 8th and Craig Child knocked a chunk of time from last year's performance.
1 Ted Mason, 36:44
4 Jimmy Craig 39:32
8 Nick Treitl 41:00
20 Richard Lowther 46.14
36 Craig Child 52:42
Another top notch run from Luke Muade in this race. There are conflicting reports as to exactly how good. Some say he came 7th, others say 8th. Clarification follows in addition to details of the performances of the other Barlickers.
Sam Tosh was the race winner.
7 Luke Maude 2:16:29
159 Andy Driver 3:01:24
174 John Boothman 3:07:53
216 Pete Jackson 3:17:53
281 Glenn Whitaker 3:28:33
298 Michael Alexander 3:31:56
319 Dave Halliday 3:38:13
337 Paula Clark 3:45:05
Lucy Beresford was timed out by 4 minutes according to the marshal at Esk Hause, although the time was 1:54 and the official time out was 1:55, so a bit of a disappointment for Lucy.
Eight brave souls attended the pub run in 3rd world Earbyoathia last night with a couple of stragglers trapping for drink afterwards. There were three welcome backs last night as Satnav returned, as did Lee McCash and Doc Bryan. The pace was once again set by the eager pairing of Andy Collins and Mike "Eager Spaniel" Sellors. Hoping that the gruelling ultra which took him about 5 days to complete would render the exuberant Sellors tired. This was soon dispelled as false hope as he quickly made his way up the track chatting away and slowly dropping everyone one by one as they went straight up the race route to the pinnacle on Pinhaw moor. It was at this point we noticed Satnav was struggling a tad and he quickly horrified us by showing us why. He opened his top and once we had got over the fact his chest looking like a heavily picked at carcass we saw the bruising he had from falling off his bike. Obviously in true Barlick fashion he was ridiculed for his bad fortune and once again we were on our way. The next incident of note was that of the man they call Halliday. As we were running through a bit of bog to us normal sized men it quickly became apparent that Dave had found a man trap. Quite why he squealed nobody knows. Sellors nearly stopped to help him from his self made muddle, but quickly thought better of it and continued on. The finish of the run was met with glee and a well earned beer in The Red Lion, or so we thought! Once inside the pungent aroma of damp filled our freshly emptied nostrils. The key to a good pint here is let a couple order one first and then follow them so you know it hasn't been sat in the lines all week. Usually I would be over the moon at The Doc buying me a pint but he was onto my plan and quickly despatched the first one into my shaking hand. Once arse had found chair I waited for it to clear. Sweat was literally rolling down my forehead as McCash smiled and offered me a pork scratching. The rest of lads sat down, but to our collective horror it seemed it was not just my pint. I tried to drink it but to be honest I would rather of tried one them grubs in the bushtucker trials. Quickly thinking about our bowel movements for the next day, we shot out and retired to the Punch Bowl. I have to say a very nice pub and this will be where we go on our next venture into the third world state of Earbyoathia. Greeted by a lovely young lady doing her ironing behind the bar. The first man this week to hear the crack of the whip was Big Dave Halliday. As the phones rolled out it quickly dawned on us that Screw "manflu" Driver was now present in the pub. He was obviously making sure Ingham hadn't trapped before sampling the delights of the Earby hostelries. The pub run moves to Kelbrook next week. Will Jock make it? Will Jack Ingham grow a pair? Will we have new blood to heckle? Who knows?
Sam Gibbs was visiting a friend at the weekend and his friend promptly entered him in a local race but forgot to put him down as a Barlick Fell Runner. Sam had a good run finishing in 3rd place which was a good run on the back of his good performance at the Three Peaks Cyclo Cross last week.
3 Sam Gibbs 1:03:12
This is a hard and challenging race run over a testing route, albeit with beautiful scenery, if the weather is favourable.
Each year that we have completed this race, we have managed to improve our time and this year was no exception, finishing it for the first time under 4 hours. You would think that this would lead to an improved position, but this was not to be the case. This year, there were some very competitive teams out and Barlick finished 12th out of 70 teams in a time of 3:59:06.
Gary Shaw and Marc Hartley ran the first leg, handing over to Chris Smale and Tom Corrigan in 16th place. They took just a few seconds longer for this first leg than last year, but this leg is slightly longer than previously as it now starts on the field.
Tom set off on the second leg, with a scorching pace up the hill, with Chris trailing in his wake. Chris eventually caught him up and passed him, but on the descent to the Kirstone Inn, Tom once more took the lead and they handed over in 16th position.
Shaun Chew & Luke Maude then took over the baton with Luke immediately showing his intent by leaving Shaun trailing behind up the very steep ascent and getting amongst the two teams in front of them. Once on the top, Shaun caught up his team mate, although at one stage, they ended up running on opposite sides of the beck. They handed over to the last leg runners of Jimmy Craig and Nick Treitl in 13th place.
The last pair gained another place, but couldn't quite catch Rossendale and Carnethy.
A great performance from everyone and it is a tribute to the quality of the teams out on the day that this performance was only good enough to secure 12th place.
There was tough competition at the front of the field with Borrowdale winning the race for the 19th time finishing just ahead of Keswick and Dark Peak.
There were some cracking performances at the weekend with six Barlickers making the trip to Chester for the Marathon. Ian Livesey is really putting the mileage in at the minute and came home in 8th place with a new pb of 2.34.59. Julian Hood has been running really well this year and came home 12th, again in a new pb of 2.37.13. Completing the trio in the top 20 was club record holder Chris Singleton, who had another solid performance, but by his own high standards, was left a tad disappointed on the day. Newest club member Ian Cock was next home in 3.10 with his good mate James Tingle not far behind in 3.16.
Scott Boardman was also running for his chosen charity and finished in a time of 4.06. All in all a successful day for the Marathon boys who are starting to push each other on. We now have 4 runners who have been under 2.40. Matt Lalor and Russell Parrington will be looking to hit that landmark in Dublin at the end of the month. We are still awaiting confirmation but Barlick may have won the team prize which is yet another first for the club in a Marathon.
8 Ian Livesey 2:34:59
12 Julian Hood 2:37:13
19 Chris Singleton 2:45:22
164 Ian Cock 3:10:46
238 James Tingle 3:16:50
1186 Scott Boardman 4:06:23
6 Nicolas KENDALL 19:52 New PB
14 John BOOTHMAN 21:21
21 Emma BAILEY 21:39 New PB
39 Aaron SLATER 23:38 New PB
116 Hazel O'HARA 29:56
122 Gary BAILEY 30:14
134 Graham WADSWORTH 31:26
158 Clover EDWARDS 33:59
159 Susan HIRD 34:02
169 Patricia WADSWORTH 36:69