This duathlon is a 10K run, a 22K bike ride, finishing with a 5K run. Des Walkden went down for this event, which he says was really well organised. The weather was shocking, but he was very happy with his time of 1:54:01 and an overall placing of 62nd and 7th in his age category.
Shaun Chew decided not to to race this year and this left the field open for Nick Treitl to win the race. On the descent from the summit, the course was not flagged very well and Nick was heading in the wrong direction, but very sportingly, young Robbie Johnstone of Wharfedale pointed him the right way. Shaun turned up to return the trophy which he thought was for winning the race, but it turned out that it was not for the winner, but for the first Wharfedaler. The Barlickers finished as follows:
1 Nick Treitl 10:41
13 Dave Halliday 12:51
Richard Treitl selected this race for his weekly turn out and his comments on it were:
It was a bright sunny day and the race had good mix of terrain - fields, farm tracks, rocky paths and a long stretch through bracken which was difficult to negotiate. The one big climb (up Higger Tor) came just around the half way point and after that it was a steady surge for the finish line. The conditions underfoot were generally good but I did manage to find a bog resulting in my right leg disappearing briefly, only to re-emerge covered in the familiar peat stains that one would find in the remote parts of Pendle. It was, of course, no surprise to me that I was the only one to have suffered this indignation!
Winner - Richard Bond of Dark Peak, 39:07
139 Richard Treitl 1:02:21
There is only one way to sum up this session and that is - "What a great night".
Everyone met up at the Anchor, except for a few stragglers and they jogged on the canal bank to Foulridge as a warm up. Just as the session was about to start, up turned the stragglers. The penalty for them was that there was no recovery time, as the run started as soon as they arrived.
James Craig went into an early lead and on any other night, he might have had Nick Treitl chasing him, but Nick had "Ben legs" and as a result, he was below par.
The run finished at the bridge by the Silent Night factory in Barnoldswick and as anticipated, James Craig won it in time of 16:13, a full minute in front of 2nd place Dan Taylor.
As might have been expected, Sarah Tipler led home the ladies, followed by Rachel Lowther.
It was nice to see so many of our new lady runners out on the night and also to see so many runners, including the new ladies, achieve a personal pb for this measured 5K run.
There was a great atmosphere with everyone stopping on to cheer in all the runners and it is an event that we should perhaps repeat in the not too distant future.