Since the middle of June, the name Jimmy Craig has once more been appearing in the lists of finishers and although not back to his old form, he is another Barlicker getting back on his game and will soon be challenging for the top positions in a race.
As for Carl Pawson. He has always been a top athlete, but he has his own theory about what brings out the best in a man, in a race.
Jacqueline Collins is always challenging at the front of the field and it was the same again in this race, where she once more had a podium finish.
7 Jimmy Craig 24.58
11 Carl Pawson 26.45
12 Tim Chadwick 26.52
33 Jacqueline Collins 31.42 (2nd lady)
42 Glenn Whittaker 33.49
5 Harley Treitl 10:58
14 Ciara Duffy 13:59 (6th girl)
15 Amber Muller 15:03 (7th girl)
1 Jacob Reeday 6:52
5 Lucille Pickles 7:48 (1st Girl)
6 Logan McCredie 7:49
15 Will Pease 8:23
22 Garth Duffy 9:09
29 Jody Whitfield 9:479 (10th girl)
31 Annabelle Hoyle 10:02 (12th girl)
35 Alfie Muller 10:27
36 Lily-Grace Clayton 10:37 (16th girl)
41 Isabelle Teal 19:00 (21st girl)
2 Isaac Reeday 5:39 (1st boy)
5 Bella McCredie 6:01 (3rd girl)
19 Oscar Clayton 7:25
For some reason, there has been a little delay in getting these results out, but here they are:
4 Nick Treitl 12:19
17 Scott McCredie 13:53
26 Ben Hoyle 14:33
32 Andrew Smith 14:40
35 David Pease 15:18
55 Shane Muller 16:48
70 Tony Duffy 18:16
94 Nicola Muller 21:22
105 Kristian Clayton 25:44
Andy Collins has been on the come back trail for some time and he seemed to get hi mo-jo back in the Pen-y-Ghent race at the beginning of June. Since then, he has many top ten finishes and he had another good performance in this tough 15 mile race finishing 4th overall. Looking back over the past three months, you get the feeling that if he can keep injury free, there is still more potential in this runner.
4 Andy Collins 1:26:33
13 Nick Treitl 1:36:45
41 Andy Smith 1:50:43
50 John Boothman 1:54:01
56 Peter Jackson 1:56:01
123 Jamie Fox 2:22:58
136 Richard Treitl 3:15:37
What a difference between the race last week, in this Rossendale Harriers mid-week series, and this one. Last week it was gentle runnable hills over firm ground. This week, it was very much like a traditional fell race, with several steep climbs, lots of mud and just to complete the picture, there was clag on the tops and continuous gentle rain. You leave the village of Cowpe and almost immediately start on a long ascent, at first on the road and then on to a muddy footpath and then a muddy track. This leads to the site of an old quarry where there is some respite as the wet and muddy track levels out before the runners make a short descent before starting a further climb, So this race goes on, culminating in the final climb up Whittle Pike itself. All in all, a tough course.
After the descent from the summit, the first three finishers, Joe Mercer of Horwich, Darren Kaye of Calder Valley and Andrew Worcester of Todmorden, had broken away from the rest of the pack and were in a race of their own. There was nothing to choose between them and they were all seriously racing. This left 4th place Peter Bray running on his own, before the pack came into view, with Andy Collins in 6th place shouting, " I got lost". David Poole followed shortly after, as did Stephen Shorrocks and then Carl Pawson, still showing his new lease of life. Four runner in the top 16 must have put Barlick in a good position for the team prize. But it was not to be, Horwich not only had the race winner, but his two team mates also finished in the top ten and the honours went to them.
This was a tough race and the ladies were half way down the field, with Anne-Marie Hindle of Rossendale leading the way on the ascent. She was shortly followed by Lorraine Slater and completing the top three was Jacqueline Collins. This was how it finished.
The next Barlick lady to finish was Paula Cullen who looked absolutely shattered on the way back down and she confirmed how she felt by ruefully shouting, "That was bloody hard". However, her efforts were good enough to once more ensure that the Barlick ladies took the team prize
There were category prizes too for Barlick with Andrew Smith finishing first V55 and Peter Jackson finishing 2nd V60. Apparently, this was the first time that Andrew, had won a prize, who afterwards modestly confessed that the conditions just suited him..
As usual with Rossendale, this was a well organised event and well flagged and marshaled, with results very quickly published. Well done Rossendale.J
Race winner: Joe Mercer 44:08
6 Andy Collins 48:37
10 David Poole 49:38
13 Stephen Shorrock 50:26
16 Carl Pawson 51:27
29 Ben Whitehead 54:59
31 Barrie Charnley 55;09
33 Zac Kaye 55:28
40 Andrew Smith 57:39 (1st MV55)
53 Pete Jackson 1:00:06
54 Lorraine Slater 1:00:13 (2nd lady, 2nd LV45)
57 Jacqueline Collins 1:00:48 (3rd lady)
63 Glenn Whittaker 1:03:32
75 Paula Cullen 1:07:23
97 Katie Towers 1:17:31
Trawden Show might have been cancelled, but the race was still on, although it was a bit of a miserable day for a summer race. As in previous races, Ben Fish showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the pack, although David Mirfield had a good run to finish in 2nd place. Together with top ten finishers Jon Cleaver and Alex Mason, it was enough for Barlick to easily finish as first team.
2 David Mirfield 44:18
6 Jonathan Cleaver 45:55
6 Alex Mason 45:55
28 Barrie Charney 49:41
39 Karl Robb 51:48
39 Zac Kaye 51:48
41 James Austin 51:51
52 James Crook 53:43
81 John Boothman 57:30
109 Tony Duffy 1:02:16
It was a wet and windy day for this race, but better perhaps than all the recent heat we have been having. A good run out by Emma Bailey saw her get a PB for a 10 mile race by 2 minutes, as well as a podium finish and 1st FV40.
3 Emma Bailey 1:09:32 (1st FV40)