Des Walkden thought that he would try something different, so he travelled down to the beautiful location of Betws y Coed in North Wales On the race day it was typical pouring down Welsh weather. He entered the 50K multi event which was as follows:
Stage 1 8km trail run 1028 ft climb
Stage 2 11km road bike 1082 ft climb
Stage 3 1km kayak- shortened to 0.5km due to bad weather
Stage 4 9km trail run 1154 ft climb
Stage 5 14km road bike 695 ft climb
Stage 6 7km trail run 879 ft climb
He managed to pace himself OK and finished 13th overall in a time of 3:48:34.
This is a 13.3 mile race with 4,600 ft of ascent with magnificent views over Ullswater. It is a favourite of Dave Halliday and he has now taken part in iit for three years in succession. He was particularly pleased with his performance this year, as it is the first time that he has completed the course under three hours.
47 Dave Halliday 2:59:23
Some of the Barlick juniors are made of tough stuff and for half of those at this event, it was their second race of the day. Not that you would have known looking at the results, with six podium finishes, two of them being firsts. It was particularly pleasing to see Oscar Clayton being one of them. He has persisted with his running and done plenty of racing and it is good to see that this is starting to pay off.
2 Jack Villiers 13:11
17 Ciara Duffy 11:58 (9th girl)
1 Jacob Reeday 5:20
7 Lucille Pickles 5:55 (2nd girl)
25 Will Pease 6:59
32 Jody Whitfield 7:23 (9th girl)
39 Lily-Grace Clayton 8:32 (13th girl)
1 Isaac Reeday 4:47
4 Bella McCredie 5:13 (2nd girl)
5 Oscar Clayton 5:26 (3rd boy)
A "home fixture" for the Barlick juniors, but only one race winner, Lucille Pickles, who came home first in the U13 girls race.
2 Harry Driver
3 Isaac Reeday
4 Harry Roberts
13 Betsy Pickles (2nd girl)
8 Will Pease
14 Kai Paton
17 Sam Van-Essen
19 Zachary Beresford
20 Isla Beckett (6th girl)
24 Summer Fitzpatrick (9th girl)
25 Isabelle Teal (10th girl)
28 Alfie Muller
33 Elliot Shackleton
34 Isabella Barrett 14th girl)
35 Darcey Sharp (15th girl)
8 Lucille Pickles (1st girl)
10 Harley Treitl
12 Logan McCredie
20 George Fitzpatrick
23 Jody Whitfield (7th girl)
28 Noah McKane
29 Elle Honeyman 12th girl)
33 Madeline Moorhouse-Smith 14th girl)
34 Annabelle Hoyle (15th girl)
39 Max Villiers
13 Connor Fitzpatrick
17 Ciara Duffy (7th girl)
18 Amber Muller (8th girl)
A good run by Tom Corrigan saw him once more see off the opposition and win this race. Andy Collins is showing a rapid return to form and a great run saw him sneak home in front of Sam Watson of Wharfedale to finish as runner up to Tom. Another great run was by U18 Alex Mason who finished in seventh position and together with Jon Cleaver, who finished 5th, this was enough for Barlick to take the team prize.
In the ladies' race, Caroline Lambert of Ribble Valley was the winner, who finished ahead of Annie Roberts of Todmorden and Victoria Mouseley of Blackburn.
Again, Barlick took the team prize with Jacqueline Collins having another good run and leading team mates Victoria Peel and Lucy Brown home.
6 Jack Villiers 9:59
1 Jacob Reeday 5:21
16 Lucille Pickles 6:27 (3rd girl)
37 William Pease 7:24
44 Jody Whitfield 7:47 (14th girl)
49 Isabelle Teal 8:28 (18th girl)
50 Lily-Grace Clayton 8:42 (19th girl)
54 Logan McCredie 9:10
3 Isaac Reeday 4:33
9 Oscar Clayton 5:22
11 Bella McCredie 5:24 (5th girl)
Emma Bailey did not enjoy this race. In retrospect, she went off too fast, although she said that it did not feel like it at the time. It was just her time splits that showed differently. It was very hot, there were head winds in places, lots of twists and turns as you went around the back streets and marina of Hull and to cap it all, there were even cobbles in places. So, not a good day for Emma. But what is done is done and she is now looking forward to her next race.
133 Emma Bailey 1:33:16
Andy Collins has been making regular appearance in races recently and this is now paying off as he returns to the form which made him such a successful fell runner. As the picture shows, he was looking very focused as he led the Barlickers home with his top ten finish.
Lorraine Slater continued her good run of form, once more finishing first LV40.
6 Andy Collins 53:35
21 Tim Chadwick 56:58
30 Andy Berry 58:01
48 Scott McCredie 1:00:55
53 Lorraine Slater 1:02:00 (1st LV40)
70 Zac Kaye 1:03:44
79 Andrew Smith 1:04:36
82 David Pease 1:04:59
92 Jackie Collins 1:06:14
98 Shane Muller 1:06:40
102 Victoria Peel 1:07:42
105 Glenn Whittaker 1:07:57
115 Dave Halliday 1:09:26
135 Lucy Brown 1:12:55
180 Hannah Newbold 1:20:32
208 Richard Treitl 1:32:52
210 Susan Hird 1:34:36
Three hardy BFR members made the trip to Seathwaite for this race - the first of the Lakeland Classics with its distance of 18 miles & 6000 ft ascent.
This year, it was a proper challenge with the clag down all day & with no GPS allowed, good map & compass skills were essential to get round without adding any extra miles.
43 Ben Hoyle 4:13:17
64 Gary Bradley 4:28:40
71 John Boothman 4:43:41
127 started this year.