Forty four runners turned out for this race and it was won by the Peter Pan of fell racing - Ian Holmes in 29:09.
Jock Boothman was first home for Barlick in 6th place in a time of 29:55. At one point, Jock was in the lead due to his superior navigational skills compared with the rest of the field. Nick Kendal finished 17th in a time of 32:28. Finishing in this suspiciously slow time enabled Nick to win the guess your time competition and walk away with a bottle of wine.
Headed west again to Stanah Country Park (Thornton Cleveleys) for the mildly undulating FAIRCLOUGH 5 MILER, run mainly on quiet country lanes.
A nice temperature and a mild breeze saw 109 toe the line for this low key event but well organised by Thornton Cleveleys Running Club.
Pleased to reduce season’s best for the distance by a minute, having run 38.47 back in July.Would have also liked to match last year's time at this event but fell just short despite scorching the last mile.
Pleasing splits 7.37 7.34 7.34 7.43 7.07......37.47.
51st TERRY LONERGAN 2ND M65 37.47
Another first for the club this weekend as Matt Lalor became the first Barlicker to win a city Marathon. He had a cracking run leading from the 6 mile point. His time of 2hour 34 mins 39 seconds puts him behind Chris Singleton and Ian Livesey on the Barlick all time marathon list and just 1 second behind Gary Shaw. The fourth Barlicker to go under the 2.35 mark this year.
Another good day at the races for Barlick with 39 runners turning out, including 12 juniors The men were second team overall and first team in their division with all six counters in the top thirty (304 ran). The B team were 8th overall, with the V40 team 3rd overall and the V50s 9th.
The ladies also had a good run out finishing 6th overall and were also first in their division, with the B team finishing 16th overall. The V35 were 7th overall.
15 Tom Corrigan 33:43
17 Ian Livesey 33:45
22 Chris Singleton 34:17
27 Marc Hartley 34:47
30 Nick Treitl 35:16
32 Chris Smale 35:24
40 Mark Holgate 35:46
51 Lucas Payne 36:42
55 Andrew Chew 36:52
87 James Tingle 38:33
122 Derek Walkden 40:22
135 Gary Bradley 40:51
137 Dan Taylor 40:58
139 Marcus Payne 41:04
160 Pete Beresford 42:07
178 Ted Cockett 42:49
195 Scott Boardman 43:47
215 Jonathan Phillips 44:45
266 Richard Starkie 48:30
302 Richard Treitl 57:45
Seniors 2nd overall - 1st Division Two
V40 3rd overall - 2nd Division Two
B Team 8th overall - 1st Division Four
15 Jennifer Hird 25:36
25 Lorraine Slater 26:29
27 Leanne Dinsdale 26:37
44 Emma Bailey 27:44
71 Hannah Watson 29:07
86 Rachel Lowther 30:01
Seniors 6th Team - 1st Division Three
B Team 16th Team - 4th Division Three
35 Daniel Chew 12:59
53 Aaron Slater 14:12
56 Bryce Hendley 14:44
49 Madison Turner 16:30
15 Elliot Phillips 7:39
28 Harley Treitl 8:00
41 Jack Latham 8:33
63 Harry Carpendale 9:39
53 Elle Honeyman 9:10
76 Eva Lunney 10:36
79 Fenella Turner 10:45
80 Clover Edwards 11:00
A good turn-out assembled for this week's cornerstone of the BFR training schedule, this time in sunny Embsay, a new one to me and what turned out to be an excellent training route, good climbing with lots of runnable ground to make it quite a varied challenge of just over 10K.
Plenty of regulars and some rarer attendees rocking up made for plenty of catching up prior to departure. I wasn't feeling too battered after the Tuesday night track pummeling and armed with my state-of-the-art Hope Technology R4 head-torch I was going to be unstoppable and have a 'break-out' run from my usual calamitous efforts.
This seemed to be quite attainable until about four minutes in when the light on the head-torch began flickering before going kaput. After a quick inspection from several fellow runners it was confirmed it was not working, we had come too far to go back and get a replacement and I was condemned to running using the other lights around me. Turns out the cables weren't connected and I hadn't charged it up, so instead of it being a roaring success my 'memorable-for-all-the-right-reasons' Embsay pub run was set to end up as an hour or so of stumbling about in bracken and maybe down a bottomless ravine.
Fortunately the BFR spirit is strong and several of my co-runners took it in turns guiding me with their lights. Pete, Jen and Rachel were reeling off their 'to-do' lists of races ahead in the next twelve months with lots of big numbers relating to distance and ascent being casually tossed around. I confirmed if I made it back alive from the run we currently were on I would be very happy and would have fulfilled all my fell running ambitions.
Things seemed to be ticking over nicely until we caught up with the sprinters up front who confirmed Mr Halliday could not continue and would have to either be accompanied back or left to spend the night on Embsay Moor. Usual speed demon Andy Collins must have decided he'd set off too quickly and with no Sellors to battle with anyway was already bored of the run and offered to walk back with Dave to an early pint. The great Craig Child also headed back with them in case Andy decided to put on a burst of speed and leave injured Dave in his dust.
The rest of us soldiered on round the route, through raging torrents and impenetrable neck-deep foliage that would halt lesser, softer running clubs. Apart from Jock who was whinging he's done too much walking recently and not enough running, until he was back in his comfort zone on the descent back down to Embsay which is also worth a mention, like the emerald green carpet Steady was reminiscing about coming off Blencathra, it was a quick zoom back to the Elm Tree with all accounted for.
It had been a tough run but worth the effort, though possibly not if you ask Nick K who had come off worse in a collision with a rock somewhere on the route and urgently required medicinal chips and Guinness to stop gangrene setting in.
After last week's pub confusion (well, just me being impossibly slow getting changed) and no beer-fussy road runners out on this excursion we all settled into a quiet corner with Screw magically appearing after expertly dodging the evening's run and with no Chew present it was civilized, pleasant and even magnanimous with hardly any jokes at anybody's expense... Which defeats the object of having a pub run at all, really. Swell and Jen were off into the night without even a half being partaken, popular opinion is that Jen was looking forward to a well-earned drink but Swell needed to catch up with the evening's installment of Eastenders, and Rachel's early exit also means I've still got the club presentation twenty quid screaming out to be squandered irresponsibly.
Luckily we had the recent DNF's to laugh at and my head-torch balls-up to ridicule, before I was spared any further ribbing when the weekend's navigation leg at the relays was brought up. As I got lost finding checkpoint one of the Tour Of Pendle on Sunday and completely failed miserably to recce the first half I am in no position to comment on the difficulty of tackling a navigation leg in race conditions.
We supped up, sodded off and I wandered out in my usual absent-minded state thinking of food and bed, leaving my coat on the seat, which I still need to get back...
See you all next week at the Hare & Hounds in Lothersdale for a cheerful and friendly welcome from everybody's favourite landlord.
Ian Livesey finished in a great time of 2.33.30 at the Amsterdam marathon, only 15 seconds away from the club record and taking 1 minute 29 seconds off his pb he set at Preston two weeks ago. Dan Taylor also took part and he completed the course in 3:27:05.
Barley was the setting for the FRA Relays this year. We had 2 teams running but applied for 3 and got our Vet's team knocked back. It was however the first time we have got a full ladies team at the FRA Relays, which is very positive moving forward. The day got off to a great start with the in form Jimmy Craig running a very good leg to bring the men's team home in 6th place after a cracking battle with Craig Shearer of Keighley. Luke Maude and Nick Treitl were next up and again ran really well bringing us back in 8th place. Things went a bit pear shaped on leg 3 with Julian Hood and Shaun Chew taking a couple of poor routes, resulting in the team dropping to 16th. We can't put the nav on any two people, so hopefully, a gang of Barlickers will again get a nav course done for next year. Tom Corrigan ran well on the last leg and managed to consolidate 16th. Overall not to bad a day. A top 10 finish was well on the cards after leg 2 though.
The ladies got underway with Lorraine Slater on leg 1 and she was going very well until a slip, trip and a fall opened up her leg. Through gritted teeth and classic Slater grit, she managed to finish the leg. Leanne Dinsdale and Jen Hird were up next and ran well pulling quite a few places back. Again though, a few nav errors cost the team, with Rachel and Paula struggling to find check point E. Angela Donlan ran a cracking last leg and left everything out on the fell.
Overall another step in the right direction and with a bit more luck that top 10 spot would've been on the cards. Really well organised on the day, so well done to Clayton. Looking forward to next year and hopefully improving on this finish and also doing better at Ian Hodgson. It's been a busy couple of months for the club on the relay front. Taking silver and bronze in the Lancs 4 stage. Qualifying for the national six stage, 12th at Ian Hodgson and now 16th at the FRA relays. A lot to look back on and be proud of. A few tired legs today so well done guys and girls for getting out there and putting the club on the map.
This week, the pub run took us to Kelbrook. This is usually my least favourite pub run as Kelbrook Moor is a tad boring and has a ridiculous smattering of heather on the top with no proper trods or lines to be seen. With this in mind I decided to go for a steady 5 mile run with young svelte Chew. Leading the run was perennial non turner upper, Glenn 'Palin' Whittaker. On the run this week, we had a right novelty! Females! Rachel 'The Boss' Lowther, Kirsty 'Tight Bugger' Hall and Leanne 'Terminator' Dinsdale. The only moment of note to mention from the run itself were that the group got charged by cows, which I'm glad I missed, as I'm not very fond of the black and white beasts. The cows cut Kirsty adrift from the rest of the group and she too isn't very fond of them either. It bodes well for Saturday's nav leg though, as Rachel guided them back to the Stone Trough with very little deviation. The rest of the posse made their way back but unfortunately for us, the pub was busy and they were down to the last real ale. So a quick swift exit and we ended up at the Craven Heifer. I'm supposed to be on a diet but Wainwright's was on. This is like a great white smelling blood in the sea. The only man not so sure about coming to the Heifer was Andy Collins, knowing Jax would be sat at the bar flicking the whip. Wadsworth made a welcome return after his holiday in Italy. He looks more like Boycott everyday. Banterer of the week has to go to Rachel though. Rendered me speechless with a few cracking one liners about weight and needing to lose it. They were all here this week, the back bone of the pub run reinstated. . Best night of the week if you want the craic, a run and most importantly, beer! Can't remember where we are next week but the new list was approved. Hopefully somewhere more exciting than Kelbrook Moor then I can have summat to write about.
349 toed the line on the Stanley Park track in Blackpool for the AUTUMN BREAKER 10K which involved 2 flat, traffic free circuits. Favourable autumn weather meant dozens entered on the day to contribute to a record entry for the annual race. The event gave (just) 2 members the chance to follow in the footsteps of the elite squad which competed so well in the Northern 6 stage relay at the same venue recently.
Derek Walkden ran a solid race, but once more just failed to attain his 40 minute mark target, whilst Terry Lonergan nudged his season’s 10K time down again but he too missed his target, which was 47 minutes. Close for both, but no cigars as they say!
22nd DEREK WALKDEN 40.22 2ND M45
80TH TERRY LONERGAN 47.06 3RD M65
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.