This was the first Ultra for Ian Cox and he was more than happy with the result, as he came home in second place, not all that far behind the winner. Again credit must go to the organisers for putting on this event despite all the restrictions.
The race organiser wrote a report of the event and this illustrates some of the headaches involved in putting on events at this time.
2 Ian Cox 5hrs 25 mins.
You have to hand it to Trawden AC, during this epidemic, they have done their utmost to put on some racing. This race is another fine example of the great job that they are doing. Many will not be surprised to find that John Boothman turned out for this race, despite the fact that he took part in the 62 mile Hardmoors 60 last week. His legs felt tired and he found it hard work, but he is pretty consistent in this race and he finished 36 seconds quicker than the time he recorded last year.
On the road up to the windmills, he passed the only other Barlicker in this race, Mark Storey. He had his arm in his back pack straps, having taken a tumble, but he braved it out and competed the race.
24 John Boothman 5:15:21
34 Mark Storey 5:37:49
This is a tough 62 mile race which follows the Cleveland Way down the East Coast from Guiseborough to Filey. Because of the Covid restrictions, this year runners departed in groups of six with a two minute interval between each group. This made it difficult for runners to judge how they were doing overall, but at least it enabled everyone to take part in some competitive running.
As you might have anticipated, both John Boothman and Cloey Mason were out there putting their bodies under tremendous strain, but there again, both doing well despite the lack of competitive racing for over six months. Both managed to avoid injuries and both easily managed to avoid the cut offs.
43rd Male John Boothman 13:39:55
16th Female Cloey Mason 15:04:54
6 Stuart Heaviside 3:53:26
28 James Crook 4:45:53
Not quite the excitement and buzz of conventional racing, but good sport and good competition nevertheless and good training too for those taking part. How many times in a race does a runner find him or herself in the middle of nowhere, with no other runners close by and no supporters around to cheer them on? In that situation, a runner has to call on that inner strength and keep pushing. - something a virtual races teaches well. Virtual races also help you understand that in conventional racing, you should ignore what other runners around you are doing and run your own race, in your own way. So virtual racing will enable our juniors to get a feel as to what are the best tactics for them, so when conventional racing returns, those getting out now will be better equipped and prepared for race day.
So, well done to the juniors who turned out for the first race in this series. They all put in some good performances and were rewarded with some good results.
4 Summer Fitzpatrick 9:57
1 Harry Roberts 8:03
1 George Fitzpatrick 7:55
3 Will Pease 8:00
1 Connor Fitzpatrick 16:07
Another race put on by Trawden AC in the form of a time trial. Not like proper racing, but much better than nothing in this shut down and well done to Trawden AC for organising it. A few Barlickers turned out with six finishing in the top twenty, including Emma Pease who had a really good run to finish as first lady.
Well done too to Gemma Carson for turning out for her first race for the club.
After a long period with no racing, Trawden AC organised the Neil Alderman Trawden Celtic 7 Memorial Race. To maintain social distancing, runs took place during Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st May, with time slots from 7am to 7pm each day. Once completed, the times were collated. Great performances by Alex Mason and Molly Ralphson.
2 Alex Mason 42:01
4 David Mirifield 44:28
11 Andy Berry 47:16
16 Ian Cocks 48:38
19 David Pease 49:45
27 Molly Ralphson 51:28
28 Sean Fitzpatrick 51:36
29 Andrew Smith 52:33
39 John Boothman 55:43
49 Paul Elcock 58:13
62 Heather Driver 1:02:19
109 Jackie Bonsall 1:19:37
Well done to Trawden AC for putting this event on.
For some of the Barlickers not doing the relays, it was because they were doing this race. Stephen Shorrock led them home finishing in 17th place. Karl Robb paired up with Declan Bulmer from Wharfedale and they were the second pair home. John Boothman was next to finish, but he struggled over the last 10K, due to lack of miles recently, but he was still 2nd Vet 55. He was followed home by Gary Bradley
Katie Towers had a strong run finishing 121st and then came Jamie Milligan, who was paired up with Pete Beresford. At 7:04:50, it was a 39 minute PB for Jamie, a good effort considering that he only started running again six months ago. Couch to 52K in six months!
17 Stephen Shorrock 4:59:17
27 Karl Rob & Declan Bulmer 5:16:40 (2nd pair)
49 John Boothman 5:38:27 (2nd M55)
121 Katie Towers 6:41:38
136 Jamie Milligan & Pete Beresford 7:04:50
This was an unusual relay in that it was effectively four separate 10K races with the combined results put together at the end. So the second race or "leg" started before the first race finished, so no one new the standing of their team. Having said that, it made each "leg" feel like a proper race. Barlick had a good day finishing 1st ladies, 1st men, 1st mixed with the vets taking second place. It was also good to see so many "social runners" out racing and what was interesting is that they put on a damn good show.
The Barlick teams finished as follows:
1 Barlick Leg Ends: Barrie Charnley, James Austin, Ian Cocks, Ben Whitehead (1st Men)
3 BFR Pub Run Mixed: Emma Taylor, Jac Collins, Zac Kaye, Andy Collins (1st Mixed)
4 Barlick Vets,: Jock Boothman, Andy Smith, Andrew Driver, David Pease (2nd Vets)
10 Barlick Ladies: Molly Ralphson, Heather Driver, Paula Cullen, Emma Pease (1st Ladies)
19 BFR Mixed Allsorts: Eve Boothman, Jamie Fox, Leanne Dinsdale, Sean Fitzpatrick
24 BFR Social Runners: Jackie Bonsall, Maggie Bugler, Jayne Lee, Daren Holdsworth
29 Quad Squad: Hayley Whitehead, Marie Beech, Amanda Holden, Megan Worswick