John Boothman ran in this race as he was sponsored for the 'Bottle Stop' charity by the Barnoldswick & Earby Rotary Club. He ran steady under doctor's orders, although not as steady as the doctor ordered and he finished 26th out of 158 with a time of 43:56.
Jean Brown Sets New Record
The run of the day had to be from from Jean Brown who worked her way through the field from 20th position at CP3 to 9th position overall. In doing so, she finished first lady and set a new course record.
In the men's race, Neil Northrop of Dark Peak set a scorching pace right from the outset, at the front of the field and the following pack struggled to keep up. Shaun Chew was one of those chasing Neil, but the fast pace eventually took its toll and as he faded, it allowed Neil's team mate, Joe Blackett to move into second place, thus ensuring a Dark Peak 1st & 2nd positions. Mike Wallis of Clayton improved both in his position and time from last year, but he could not quite keep up with Joe Blackett and had to settle for 3rd place.
Despite having secured a one-two, Dark Peak missed out on the team prize by one point and it once again went to Clayton.
Of the Barlickers, Shaun Chew was probably disappointed with his race, although he finished in a very creditable 4th place. Andy Berry had a cracking race to finish in 13th place with Stuart Bryan not far behind him in 16th place.
Rob Weir, having made a navigational error, definitely did not enjoy his race and was disappointed with his performance, in fact, a smile only returned to his face when he was sinking a pint in the Assherton Arms.
Special mention must be made of Rachel Lowther, who has only been running for a year and she made it round the course with some encouragement from her sister, Kirsty Hall. This is a tough course and the fact that she completed it says a lot about the determination of Rachel.
Shaun Chew led the Barlickers home, but only just managed to beat Nick Treitl who must still have been feeling the effects of the Three Peaks Race. Sam Wadsworth was third for Barlick.
On the night, there seemed to be a lot of Barlick vests on display and a total number of 16 Barlickers entered this race. The only club to exceed this figure was Wharfedale.
As is usual with Barlick, a post race analysis took place in the local hostelry.
The whole of the Barlick finishers and times were:
9 Shaun Chew 24:59
10 Nick Treitl 25:19
13 Sam Wadsworth 26:18
17 Dan Taylor 26:45
21 Andy Berry 27:11
25 Ian Livesey 27:59
26 Andrew Carson 28:05
28 Mick Keegan 28:16
51 John Boothman 31:13
52 Derek Walkden 31:22
53 Dave Halliday 31:23
61 Scott Baistow 32:03
70 Bob Jackson 33:34
71 Glenn Whittaker 34:02
88 Rachel Lowther 36:33
90 Richard Treitl 36:42
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