Lucas Payne has been nursing an injury for some time and he entered this race to see if his body was on the mend. Here is his report of the day.
It was a very cold, windy day. 224 runners all lined up, or should I say huddled together, off went the hooter and we were away.
The route was very interesting in that it was a mix of trail, soft sometimes very muddy ground and normal narrow tarmac roads, basically an uphill first section, then undulating and finally a killer hill at the end. Super views were the order of the day.
I was delighted at finishing 8th in a time of 38:09. However, I was brought back to planet Earth when the fellow who had pursued me relentlessly from the start finished just behind me. Heasked my age to see if I had robbed him of a prize. I said that I was 44. He said "That's fine, I am a vet 55. OK, I may look like Gollum off Lord Of The Rings, but that made me realize that I was almost dead ... you have to laugh.
My lady wife and her chum also finished their first 10k race in 1 hour. Round of applause. You never know, we may tempt them to sign up to BFR.
The Race Director and his colleagues really did organise a super event, very well marshalled. Hot drinks, flapjack and bananas for the finishers - many thanks to them all.
This event is over 60 miles, involving some very hard rugged moorland and climbing over 11,000 feet. As you might expect, Mick Plummer was there, but unusually for Mick, he retired at Cray, as he was not feeling well.
However Gareth Bradley stayed the course and completed it in 17 hrs 41 minutes. But for the grouping time that he incurred, he would have completed it 25 minutes quicker.
We had eight Barlickers entered in this race. Two did not start, Pete Jackson due to injury and John Boothman on doctor's orders but he joined the supporters who were out there to cheer on those who did take part. Only four completed the course and we have no note at the moment why the other two did not finish. The times were:
Nick Treitl 3:30:48
Andy Berry 4:15:34
Michael Thistlethwaite 4:34:29
Tom Bebee 5:01:54
Mark Sandamas DNF
Richard Treitl DNF
Barlick were 35th team.
This race was first held in 1971 and was part of the Barnoldswick gala weekend. It used to start at the Rolls Royce club and go through the centre of the town before makings its way to the narrow lanes that lead to open moorland and the 1,302 ft summit of Weets. It was a straight up and down race and as a lot of the running was on the road, it was very fast. In its day, it attracted a field of top runners, such as Kenny Stuart and Ron Hill.
The costs of closing off most of the roads through the centre of Barnoldswick meant that the race was eventually abandoned, but it was resurrected by Kevin Rogan with a new course which did not involve running through the town.
The new course is half a mile shorter than the old one, but is much more challenging in that there is more off road running and more climbing, some of it on the return leg when you least expect it. The course is still partially on the road and as such, it will not suit off road purists, but if you are looking for a different race with a bit of a challenge, this race will not disappoint.
Records: 2013 Tom Cornthwaite 37:14 / 2010 Victoria Wilkinson 40:31
The race starts at 11:00 am.
Junior Races U9, U11, U13, U15, U17.
These start at 10:00 am
The presentation will be at The Greyhound which is just down the road from Letcliffe Park.
Further details of the race are on the links below.
This race was first run in 1981 and the course was designed by Peter Jebb, who together with his wife Anne, organised the Buckden Fell Race for 20 years. Peter was asked to organise a race by the Buckden Gala committee after winning the Fellsman Hike in 1981. In 1987, Peter altered the route to make the race more interesting and tougher. The course has remained the same ever since and this was the course on which the records were set.
Records: 1988 Colin Donnelly 30:51 / 1993 Carol Greenwood 36:32
This is a category A race and if warranted by the weather conditions, you will be required to carry full body cover. The decision will be made by the race organiser on the day and will be final. If you have no kit, you will not be allowed to race, so please come prepared.
Parking in Buckden is very restricted. There will be a special car park for fell runners and their supporters, so please do not obstruct the lanes in and around the village, but use the specially designated car park, for which there will be a small charge. This will be on the road to Hubberholme. The charge will be £3.00 and will go towards enhancing the income from the gala.
The race starts at 2:30 pm
Buckden Pike Race Details
The cost of a club vest is £22.50 or £18.00 for one for a junior. These can be ordered from Joanne Sadowsky whose details are on the contacts page.
Other Branded Club Kit
If you require other kit branded with the club colours and logo such as Tee Shirts, Polo Shirts and Hoodies and matching pants, there is a selection of good quality products available from:
Tel: 01756 791688
Club Championships 2019
To cater for the different interests and abilities within the club, the club championships are divided into four categories; Cross Country, Fell, Park Runs and Road. Details of each category are on the links below.
Barlick had three teams in these relays. Two conventional teams and what was supposed to be a family team, but it was registered as a mixed team. The details are:
In 1999, on the old course, Sam Wadsworth won the egg stage in 3:26, only 4 seconds outside the record. Inspired by memories of former glories, he started at a furious pace, hoping that once more, he might do well in this part of the race. Going up the hill, he was second behind Tom Adams of Ilkley, but from there on, his advancing years and lack of training gradually took their toll. The mad dash at the start took too much out of him and his overall race time was down. However, further down the field, Fiona Brotherton continues to improve with each race.
49 Sam Wadsworth 18:43
308 Fiona Brotherton 34:31
The club was formed in December 2012 at an inaugural meeting in the Cellar Bar, Barnoldswic, with the intentions of being a fell running club. The main aims of the club were to increase the participation of running in Barnoldswick and to keep organised running as accessible as possible, by keeping membership costs low. In the three and a half years since that first meeting the club has come a long way. We now compete successfully in Road, Cross Country, Fell and Trail. We have had many individual and team successes for a club so young.
The club cater for all abilities, but the emphasis is on improving and competing at whatever level you feel you are running at. The club prides itself on improving and trying to get better. Through the winter months, we hold training sessions from Monday to Thursday, but during the summer months, we drop this back to two nights a week so people can get out and race.
The junior section was set up in 2015 and we have already amassed over 50 junior members. The club itself has around 230 members at present and is still growing. If you are forward thinking and are wanting to join a like minded club then this is the club for you. Please see our calendar and training pages for sessions and if you are wanting to join the club please see the membership page.