The Barlick 6 man team made the short trip to sport city in Manchester hoping to improve on last year's 11th place. Tom Corrigan was running on leg 1 and put in a cracking performance bringing the team home in 31st out of 110. It was then Jimmy Craig on leg 2 and as always he put in his usual charge on leg 2 taking back 12 places and bringing the team up to 19th. Leg 3 was the turn of Gary Shaw who took another 2 places and the team were on their usual charge and in 17th. Leg 4 saw Matt Lalor take another 2 places and the boys were 15th. It was turning out to be a big battle with Blackburn Harriers and it was up to Ian Livesey to hold off Blackburn's main man, Ben Fish. Livers responded to the challenge and ran the fastest Barlick leg of the day. The team were now 13th and were in touching distance of a top 10 spot. Luke Maude then ran hard, pulling two places back quickly, but Blackburn held on for 10th with the lads equalling last years 11th place. The standard of competition was however quite a bit higher this year. It was a cracking performance from the lads. The Nationals now await them at Sutton in two weeks time.
The leg positions and leg times were:
31 Tom Corrigan 17.38
19 Jimmy Craig 17.31
17 Gary Shaw 17.49
15 Matt Lalor 17.44
13 Ian Livesey 17.15
11 Luke Maude 18.19
Our girls seem to be showing the way at the moment. First woman in this race was Lorraine Slater. She is a tough cookie in any race, but definitely one to contend with on the fells.
32 Lorraine Slater 42:53 (1st woman, 1st FV45)
89 Richard Treitl 57:43
3 Jimmy Craig 20:14
38 Nick Kendall 25:16
55 Rachel Villiers 27:00
73 Laura Craig 29:51
12 Jack Villiers 16:23
10 Elliott Phillips 9:55
23 Harley Treitl 10:31
33 Jack Latham 11:28
41 Oliver Whipp 11:57
45 Jenna Boothman 12:15 (14th girl)
53 Elle Honeyman 12:45 (20th girl)
7 Logan McCredie 4:54
10 George Fitzpatrick 4:59
20 Lucille Pickles 5:15 (7th girl)
25 Chloe Boothman 5:26 (10th girl)
33 Bella McCredie 5:46 (15th girl)
34 Daniel Hood 5:47
37 Evie Scott 5:57 (18th girl)
Eleven Barlickers went to Wasdale and enjoyed some fantastic weather and some great results.
We were first men's and ladies' teams and had the first FU21 finisher.
The winner of the race was Josh Jardine (unattached) 57.53
The Barlickers finished as follows (only the time for Dave Poole at the moment).:
4 Dave Poole 63.24
27 Andrew Driver
32 John Boothman 2nd V50 , convincingly beaten by Andy Holden who had an amazing run to finish 15th & 1st V50
47 Nicholas Kendal
49 Pete Beresford
59 Pete Jackson
69 Rachel Lowther 1:26:45, 3rd Lady and 1st FV40 although they gave Leanne the FV 40 as Rachel already had a prize
70 Glen Whitaker 1:27:53
73 Leanne Dinsdale 4th lady
82 Dave Halliday
103 Hannah Newbould 1st FU23 103.23
We came away with both Mens & Ladies team prizes, 1st 4 men & 1st 3 ladies counted.
This race follows in the tradition of Skyrunning, which consists of uncompromising mountain running, such as scrambling along mountain ridges with steep ascents, traverses and descents on technical and challenging terrain.
This race route incorporates two lofty ridges within the Mamores, including the Devil’s Ridge, which provides a thrilling and airy traverse with Glen Nevis visible ahead and as a yawning drop far below, and Ben Nevis beyond and towering above.
Given this background and the international entry list, Luke Maude had an amazing run to finish in fourth position behind a Norwegian and two Frenchmen to end up first British finisher.
This was an incredible performance of which Luke can be immensely proud.