Jimmy Craig showed today that his win at Whittle Pike was no flash in the pan as he took the honours in this race over Adam Wale of Clayton. Jimmy was the first of four Barlickers in the top ten.
Molly Ralphson had another good run in the ladies race to finish second overall and 1st W45, with Laura Craig (Jimmy's sister) coming home in 4th place.
1 Jimmy Craig 44:48
3 David Mirfield 45:23 (2nd M40)
6 David Poole MV40 48:25 (3rd M40)
9 Robert Cranham 50:15 (2nd M45)
11 Ian Cocks 50:27 (MV40 )
16 David Pease 51:55 (MV45 )
28 Molly Ralphson 55:07 (2nd lady, 1st W45)
36 Andrew Smith 57:10 (2nd M55 )
41 Laura Craig 58:54 (4th lady)
51 John Boothman 1:01:12 (M60)
94 Raymond Banks 1:08:25 (3rd M70)
Just back to the two stalwarts of this summer mid week series tonight with just David Poole & Robert Cranham turning out. John Boothman was going to go but he thought that it was Whittle Pike, so it is a good job that he could not make it.
The Barlickers finished as follows:
7 David Poole 49:30 (2nd M40)
14 Robert Cranham 51:26
Young (defined as MU20) John Ormrod of Rossendale led this race out and never looked as though he was going to be challenged. It was a remarkable race for such a young runner and he finished one and a half minutes in front of his team mate Jon Cleaver, who in turn had run 12 miles merely to get to the race.
First home for Barlick was Ben Whitehead who finished in 4th place and top ten places also went to Barry Charnley & Ian Cocks.
Molly Ralphson had a good run to finish 3rd women and 2nd W45.
New member Raymond Banks was 3rd MV70
4 Ben Whitehead 45:18
8 Barrie Charnley 47:29 (1st M45)
10 Ian Cocks 47:51 2nd (M40)
11 Robert Cranham 48:13 (2nd M45)
25 Andrew Smith 51:54 (3rd M55)
28 Molly Ralphson 52:20 (3rd woman, 2nd W45)
32 Laura Craig 53:35 (6th woman, 1st W35)
37 Hayley Whitehead 55:33 (2nd F35)
40 John Boothman 56:12
91 Raymond Banks 1:06:49 (3rd MV70)
Not content with running in the Whittle Pike race last night, Robert Cranham was out again tonight in this idiosyncratic 5K, with its 7 gates. He did actually lead the race for the first mile, but the younger runners gradually reeeled him in and he finished in 6th place, but first V45.
6 Robert Cranham 19:22 1st MV45
This race saw the return of Jimmy Craig to the fells and he came back in style. Luckily the heavy rain had stopped by the start of the race and there were even a few midges out on the tops. With the rain, the going was heavy underfoot but quickly Jimmy was battling it out with Charlie Parkinson, a young U23 runner, at the front of the pack. Jimmy had the beating of him and at one point passed him but immediately went off course. Charlie Parkinson sportingly called him back onto the right line and from that point Jimmy used him as a pilot, as he had no idea of the course. As they came off the tops, the two were neck and neck and with Charlie taking a better line down the descent, he reached the fell gate just in front of Jimmy. However, at that point, he acknowledged that Jimmy had the beating of him and waved him past onto the tarmac run to the finish line. Just behind these two was Ashley Wright, the first of many Todmorden Harriers who had turned out for this race.
In the next pack of runners was David Poole who came home in 6th place and first MV40 and then completing a top twenty finish for Barlick was Robert Cranham. On another evening, Barlick may have taken the team prize, but the race was swamped with Todmorden runners and they easily took that trophy.
Hannah Newbold also turned out for Barlick, but early on in the race, she crocked her ankle and thought of turning back, but she soldiered on to the end with a very sore ankle.
1 Jimmy Craig 47:50
7 David Poole 51:57 (1st MV40)
16 Robert Cranham 54:27
80 Hannah Newbold 76:54
This is a fairly flat twice round the reservoir course, spoilt by having to go through 6 gates. The race winner was Adam Wale from Clayton le Moors and was chased down by our own Craig Shearer. The winning time was 17:14.
2 Craig Shearer 17:28
8 Robert Cranham 19:21 1st V45
This is the first in the series of Wednesday night summer races organised by Rossendale Harriers. This first one is a cracking race. After running up a lane, the race branches off to ascend through an old quarry on to the tops. On the night of the race, it was raining and whilst it felt like gentle rain at the start, once on the tops, the conditions were quite wild. The course is brilliant in that there are many features through which you have to run. Steep ascent, steep descent, bogs and on the night, there was even a bit of mist, just to make the navigation a bit more tricky - this race had it all, before completing a circular route on the tops and descending back down through the old quarry and along the lane to the finish.
Everyone, including the marshals, were thoroughly wet through by the time the race finished and it was decided to postpone any presentation until the the Whittle Pike race next week.
The race winner was Ben Coop of Bury in a time of 49:37. The leading Barlicker and 1st V40 was David Poole.
4 David Poole 52:35 1st V40
11 Robert Cranham 56:13
37 John Boothman 1:09:24 2nd V60
This is a nice little evening out and back race over 5 miles. The race winner was William Longden from Buxton & District AC who led all the way and set a new course record of 28.57. Look out for this young man as he is only 19 years of age.
The only Barlicker who turned out was Rob Cranham who had a particularly good run to finish 5th overall. With a finish like that, you would think that he would have comfortably won the first V45 prize, but he was pushed hard all the way to the finish by Dave Ryder.
5 Robert Cranham 33:25
This a great race because young and old run together and is becoming popular with running families as parents can run against their children.
The winner this year was a young boxer called Caden Jones and it was a neck and neck finish with Otis Brooks from Wharfedale Harriers with Caden just managing to get over the finish line first. The third to finish was another young runner Zac Jardine from Keighley & Craven and these three youngsters finished well clear of the first senior Andrew Jebb from Bingley.
The ladies race was also a youngster, Alice White from Keighley & Craven who is an under 13 girl and is one to look out for in the future.
Special mention must be made of Val Lowman who is age 70 and this was her first ever fell race. She fancied giving it a go and to her credit, she did not finish last.
A very warm evening saw a good turnout of Barlickers for this race which was dominated by a good performance from Chris Holdsworth of Clayton, who led from the early stages of the race to the finish. He was chased all the way by Joseph Ormrod and Jon Cleaver from Rossendale, but he never looked like he would be caught by this pair.
A special mention must be made of Jacqueline Collins as this was her first race after only recently giving birth.
5 Ian Beresford 27:04
6 David Mirfield 27:19
7 Ben Whitehead 27:48
12 Barrie Charnley 29:24
19 Ian Cocks 30:39
23 David Pease 31:01
24 Andrew Collins 31:12
37 Andrew Smith 32:59
38 Laura Craig 32:59
39 Molly Ralphson 33:03
40 Zac Kaye 33:16
43 Emma Taylor 33:37
53 John Boothman 34:40
64 Hayley Whitehead 36:04
134 Jacqueline Collins 45:48
Billy Cartwright of Matlock AC started this race as he meant to go along. Conventional wisdom is that with such a steep ascent coming in this race before you have even had the chance to warm up, then it is better to walk up this ascent, saving your energy for the long steady ascent to the summit which follows. Billy showed no such respect for convention and never fell below a steady jog, once he had crossed the beck, until he disappeared out of sight through the fell gate. That is quite awesome running and demonstrated what a supreme athlete he is. It was therefore no surprise that he was the first to re-appear to make the descent, with a good lead over his challenger, the evergreen Graham Pearce from Pudsey & Bramley. Having shown the crowd, that had gathered on the opposing hillside, how to ascend, he then proceed to give a classic demonstration of how to make a steep descent at speed. What a great all round fell runner and a deserved winner of the race. Perhaps with some stronger competition, he could have been pushed to challenging the record for this race.
In the ladies race, Nicola Jackson came 2nd last year when it was a British and English Championship race, so she was always going to be the one to beat and she finished 4th overall and first lady. Her challenger was the young Lauren Munro-Bennett from Ambleside and she put in a good performance in her debut appearance in this race as a senior and she is definitely one to watch for the future.
Sam Watson is not doing very much fell running these days, but he is keeping himself fit by doing a lot of cycling and he demonstrated all of his old his prowess on the fells by taking a podium place and finishing third and his team mate from Wharfedale, Anne Hassell, also had a good run to finish third lady.
Nick Treitl was the leading member of the host club to take part, finishing in 4th place in the men's race.
It was a good day's racing in almost perfect conditions with the recent dry weather leaving it firm underfoot and the beck reduced to almost a trickle and it was a very good start for new race organiser Andy Berry.