It was a record turnout of both juniors and seniors for this race and given the recent dry weather, it was perhaps the day to test the course record set by Tom Cornthwaite. Gary Priestley of Salford was up for that challenge. He was leading comfortably as he came through the gate into the lane leading to the finish. Cheered on by the spectators, who knew that a new record was on the cards, he charged down the lane, shaving 4 seconds off Tom's record.
This year the U15s ran to the trig point on Weets in an out and back race. This made it a challenging run for them without the severity of the full senior race. The race winner was Jack Villiers of Barlick.
In the ladies race, Lorraine Slater was the race winner, with Helen Buchan the runner up. Then followed two more Barlickers, Jacqueline Collins & Rachel Villiers.
It was a great outing for Sarah Jarvis today who finished runner up behind Caroline Turner. She was naturally first FV45.
There were good performances too from our men with Lucas Payne finishing 16th and Tim Chadwick shortly behind him at 17th.
16 Lucas Payne 1:36:59
17 Tim Chadwick 1:37:19
37 Sarah Jarvis 1:43:29 (2nd woman, 1st FV45)
Some Barlickers gave the local race at Kelbrook this morning a miss to take on this event. Jimmy Craig is slowly getting back to form and he led the Barlickers home, finishing in 5th place. For the second time today, Barlick ended up winning the team prize.
5 Jimmy Craig 51:15
7 David Poole 53:43
19 Stephen Shorrock 57:50
21 Andy Berry 58:01
41 Scott McCredie 1:03:02
55 John Boothman 1:05:47
117 Katie Towers 1:20:37
122 Richard Treitl 1:22:24
138 Amanda Haines 1:27:08