The race was won by Oliver Mott of Bristol & West in a time of 1:10:14. Richard Starkie of Barlick finished in 679th position with a time of 1:58:40, based on the gun time. On the chip time, he was in 655th position with a time of 1:56:38.
There were 1,715 finishers.
Chris Fell of Rossendale won this race in a time of 38:21. Andy Berry had a cracking run to have a top ten finish and to lead the Barlickers home.
10 Andy Berry 43:59
35 Derek Walkden 48:50
43 Andrew Carson 49:58
79 Michael Alexander 56:01
Barlick Records First Win
Sutton pinnacles was the scene for the 6th club championship race with 8 Barlickers making the short trip over the border into the village of Sutton. After a mad dash to the start, with a couple of minutes to spare, we were set off from the arches just past the Kings Arms. A fairly steady start saw everyone tuck in behind Steve Brock of Wharfedale and Ged Cullen of Bingley. Thistlethwaite, the biggest name in the race, was sat in as well just off the leaders. As soon as we were off the road, the front four broke away and the lead exchanged hands on numerous occasions. Cullen was first man to both salt and pepper pots with senior Chew and Brock in close contention. After the second tower Steve Chew and Ged Cullen made a break, but Shaun Chew picked a great line after the Hitching Stone and made up ground whilst the others were heather hopping. Shaun then took full command to open up a good lead of 30 seconds to take the race win, with Cullen 2nd and Steve Chew 3rd. All three went under the previous record. Dave Halliday came flying through to finish 20th overall and 3rd Barlicker on the day. Good runs from Craig Child, Michael Thistlethwaite, Richard Starkie, Mark Browne and Rachel 'nice shorts' Lowther completed the Barlick massive on a nice day for a race. Thanks must go to Camille Askins of KCAC for organising the event on a weekend when there are numerous races, making it a nightmare for would be organisers. A free bottle of beer at the end was a welcome sight on a very busy weekend for Barlick Fellrunners.
1 Shaun Chew 39:29
3 Stephen Chew 40:05
20 Dave Halliday 50:33
29 Michael Thistlethwaite 52:32
31 Craig Childs 52:40
34 Mark Browne 54:32
37 Richard Starkie 55:19
42 Rachel Lowther 57:57
The race was won by the in form Tom Cornthwaite who finished in a time of 1:15:29, breaking the long standing record set by Roger Brewster. The Barlickers finished as follows:
32 Andy Carson 1:42:12
37 Chris Smedley 1:44:30
54 Des Walker 1:54:12
Stephen Chew DNF
Victoria Wilkinson hobbles over the line with a suspected broken leg to win the ladies race
When Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley Harriers crossed the line to take first place in this English Championship race, she was limping badly and obviously in a great deal of pain. She was attended to by the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue, who suspected that she might have a broken leg. However, an x-ray later revealed that no bones were in fact broken, but her leg is very swollen and she cannot walk without the aid of crutches. Victoria ran a sterling race and was obviously going all out for victory on the descent where she was enjoying a good lead. On the final steep descent towards the beck, she adopted a cautious approach and descended very steadily, but she went over on her ankle and despite the pain, she ran on with grim determination that she was not going to let victory escape from her grasp.
Helen Finnes looked to be going well in the race, but on the day, she could not match the pace of Victoria Wilkinson and had to settle for second place. Judith Jepson of Dark Peak took third place and was first FV40.
A great performance by Emma Gould of West Bromwich Harriers, saw her finish fifth and first U23 and a quite amazing performance by the in form Gill Myers of Wharfedale saw her finish 10th overall and first Vet 50.
In the men's race, Morgan Donnelly and Rob Jebb attacked the steep first field and were neck and neck at the stile halfway up the climb. The race then becomes more runnable and with Simon Bailey only 20 yards behind, it was turning into a classic battle at the front. Of the locals, Sam Watson of Wharfedale was leading the way with Mark McgGldrick in close contention. As the first runners came into view after the summit, Morgan Donnelly and Simon Bailey were neck and neck with Donnelly holding a slender advantage back at the stile. Bailey attacked as soon as the descent became more severe and took the honours. Rob Hope and Lloyd Taggert caught Bingley's Rob Jebb on the descent. Donnelly took first V40. Sam Tosh, last year's winner was first under 23 with a time that was nearly two minutes quicker, showing the class of this year's field. A youngster who did stand out was Max Wharton, who is only 16 years old and yet he finished in 12th position overall. A very bright prospect for the future. Ian Holmes was first V45 and 13th overall. First vet 50 went to Mark Roberts of Borrowdale. All in all, it was as you'd expect for an English Championship race - very competitive.
A few runners complained about the heat in the five and a half mile Weets Race. Imagine running 23 miles in the same conditions. That is what Andy Hirst did and it took him five and three quarter hours. He finished 84th out of 140 runners and felt that he did not have a particularly good run, being 20 minutes down on his last year's time and 39 minutes slower than his pb. He was 100th on Kirk Fell, so he made up 16 places over Pillar and Haycocks.
His split times were:
Tom Cornthwaite wins the race and sets new record.
Good conditions underfoot saw a faster race than usual with Tom Cornthwaite cruising to an easy win and a new course record, but with the first three finishers beating the previous record. The other two in the first three were previous winners Mark McGoldrick and Sam Watson. The race and conditions also suited Paul Stevenson of Pudsey & Bramley who, as a V50 finished first overall Vet and 5th overall in the race. An amazing performance.
In the ladies race, last year's Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix Champion, Amy Green, had an easy win with the second fastest ladies time on this course. She was followed home by Claire Cooper of Keighley & Craven & Fiona Hall of Trawden AC.
Of the Barlickers, it was nice to see six of them in the top twenty. Shaun Chew led them home in 6th place, Rob Weir was 10th and showing that he is returning to form, Lucas Payne finished 11th and 3rd overall V40.