There was a good turnout of Barlickers for this race which saw Danny Collinge return to form, take the lead and hold it to the end. However, he was chased all the way by a train of Barlickers, Julian Hood, John Whiteside and David Mirfield, who were all competing fiercely with each other. Such strong competition amongst those team mates closed out the opposition and Barlick came away with the men's team prize. Andrew Chew also had a particularly good run to finish in 7th position, as did Andrew Carson who came home 12th.
Just as Danny Collinge dominated the men's race, Rachel Villiers dominated the ladies' race. She took an early lead, kept her concentration and came home as 1st woman and 1st WV35. It was good to see Jen Hird back racing and she has lost nothing in her time away as she demonstrated by coming home in 2nd place and 2nd WV35. This set the scene for a possible ladies team prize, but where would our third counter be? Fresh from her successes in the Three Peaks race and a couple of triathlons, Heather Driver, looking very determined, came through to make the third counter for Barlick and the ladies too, took the team prize.
The conditions were perfect this year for this race. The course was bone dry, it wasn't too hot so fast times were expected. However, the record set by Andy Norman in 2006 stays in tact. It is a ridiculously fast time and sets a serious challenge for the future. It was Mark Addison who took the win in a good time, being chased home by Matthew Hobbs of Pudsey. Of the locals, Nick Treitl continued his comeback with another good run just in front of John Whiteside. Julian Hood was 5th thus bringing home the team prize for Barlick.
The ladies race was won Holly Page from Calder Valley, with Sarah Tipler taking second place. Third was the ever improving Rachel Villiers. Laura Craig came 7th so the Barlick ladies took the team prize.
Other notable performances on the night were 1st vet 50 for Chris Smale, 1st lady 65 for Jean Rawlinson and excellent performances from Jenna Boothman and Jack Villiers.
Thanks once again to the marshals, volunteers and Earby Cricket Club for holding the presentation.
A few member entered this event as Barlickers. Heather Driver once more showed what a natural she is at this event and came home 63rd overall and 9th lady, despite suffering from "Three Peaks Legs" in the final run.
Three of the men entered as a relay team and came first. The were Luke Maude (swim), Andy Berry (bike) and Nick Treitl (run). During his ride, Andy Berry was knocked off his bike and sustained a broken collar bone, but he still managed to finish. The times for the Barlickers were as follows:
|1||BFR Relay Team||5:32||0:52||40:53||1:07||18:51||1:07:16|
This race saw Stephen Chew back in the fell race scene where he came up against Jack Smith, a regular winner of this race. Steve gave him a run for his money, but in the end, younger legs prevailed and once more, young Jack took the honours. It was quite a race, in that whilst Steve was trying to chase down Jack, his team mates were chasing him and he finished just ahead of Nick Treitl and John Whiteside. Barlick dominated this race in that the club secured five places out of the top ten finishers, with Carl Pawson narrowly missing out on joining that group.
The ladies race saw Sarah Tipler return to the fells to win the ladies race by a comfortable margin. After her gruelling performance in the Three Peaks race, Leanne Dinsdale put in a surprisingly good performance to finish second woman, making it a Barlick 1-2. Further down the field, it was good to see new runners Victoria Peel and Donna Milligan out on the fells and with more race experience, these girls will only get better.
A terrific run by Steven Snape saw him run out an easy winner in this first of the Grand Prix series. On the ascent, he had a huge lead and although Danny Collinge tried to chase him down on the return, there was never any danger that he would end up being the race winner. Of the Barlickers Julian Hood ascended well and on the approach to the summit was lying in 4th place with John Whiteside just behind him. However, Julian faded on the descent, whilst John kept his place to lead the Barlickers home. A good run by David Poole saw him finish in 8th position and secure Barlick the men's team prize.
In the ladies race, once more Rachel Villiers once more demonstrated that she is a good performers in all disciplines of running and finished 3rd lady and 2nd WV35.