Jonathan Cleaver has been in training for this race for some time and this paid off on Sunday when he came home in 300th position in a time of 2:34:51. Here is his report of the day:
Definitely up there as possibly my favourite world major with it being a flat fast course with masses of support on the roadside. The day started off well with clear blue skies, but as we started to race the clouds came over, with wind and light rain. I had a target in mind to pace at 05:43 min miles, but I made a bit of mistake trusting this to my GPS and found out by half way I was already 80 seconds adrift which is really hard to get back in the second half. I hit 20 miles at around 01:55 which had me in range for a 02:33, but my legs started to fade ever so slightly drifting me nearer to 06:00 miles for the final 10km landing me on 02:34:51 and 300th place overall in a field of over 44,000. That's a good couple of minutes knocked off my PB from Tokyo which I am delighted with. As always with the marathon - however many you have done - it takes you back to school and you learn about what to do and not to do next time! That's all 6 majors completed now starting back in 2011 in NYC finishing in 03:23.
A good performance from young Alex Mason saw get a top twenty finish and first MU20.
16 Gary Shaw 34:58 (3rd V40)
19 Alex Mason 35:20 (1st U20)
83 Ben Whitehead 40:37
109 Andrew Smith 41:33
129 David Pease 43:06
188 Tony Duffy 49:11
38 Lucy Brown 31:39
53 Hayley Whitehead 32:19
76 Heather Driver 33:39
Cloey Mason rushed over from the Pendle Park run, which was absolutely sodden, to glorious sunshine in Pilling, although the lanes were very waterlogged and unavoidable to run through.. Not her best time, but her Hardmoor legs are only just coming back to life.
36 Cloey Mason (6th lady, 1st FV45)
On a beautiful sunny Saturday, four Barlick fell runners, plus supporters, made the trip to Little Langdale for this cracking race organised by Ambleside AC. After getting round the tough 12.4 miles / 4,003 ft course, everyone sat in the sun and enjoyed the post race refreshments, before heading home.
74 Zac Kaye 2:42:35
97 Scott McCreadie 2:50:21
99 Ben Hoyle 2:50:49
109 Gary Bradley 2:54:00
This race used to be called the Burnley Way off road marathon and attracted 5 Barlickers.
Tim Pigott and John Boothman ran solo, whilst the others ran as a three man relay, with Luke Turner running legs three and four. It was wet at the start and boggy underfoot, but it was mild and did eventually brighten up.
3 Tim Pigott 4:40:01
8 John Boothman 5:15:57
Three Man Team
Andy Berry, David Poole & Luke Turner (2 legs) 3:54:40
Cloey Mason is the latest Barlicker to subject herself to the pain and suffering of long distance running. Here is her account of the day.
The Hardmoors 60 is a 62 mile race on the coast from Guisborough to Filey. The route of the 62 mile race follows the second half of the Hardmoors 110, along the beautiful Cleveland Coast, through Saltburn, Runswick Bay, Staithes, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar, Scarborough and into the finish location, the seaside resort of Filey.
Needless to say it was the toughest running I have ever done, especially 2 weeks after sinus surgery. I split the race into thirds in my head. I gained places in the first third from Guisborough and was steady away. Had the mid section blues in the second third from Runswick Bay to Ravenscar. I got a bit of tummy trouble and lost my mojo a little,but got support from other runners along this mid section, who were in the same boa - all keeping each others spirits up etc. Had a blinding last third 22 miles as I regained my wind, after a good hot feed at Ravenscar 41 mile checkpoint and a change of clothes. Saw my son Alex for the first time in the race as he had been up to Newcastle Uni visit all day with his dad so couldn't support. A little pep talk and I was told I was 17th lady with the next lady 5 mins ahead, so I was on my way again. I took back numerous places with only one man passing me all that way to the finish at Filey. I also made up 8 female places too in this last section, the last of which was less than a km from the finish line. I was running with her in the early miles and she originally passed me at mile 11 climbing out of Saltburn on Sea. My feet are quite sore and blistery as you would expect, and I would think that I will lose a couple of nails - one of the side effects of Ultra running. I have been working up to this race all year and it didn't disappoint!
81 Cloey Mason 14:58:37 (9th lady, 3rd F40)
250 starters - 40 DNF
Tim Chadwick and David Poole took the seemingly never ending journey to Wasdale Head to take on this race, which enabled both to tick off the three big ones in a year. At five miles, this is the shortest race, compared to Snowden and The Ben.
A Friday night on the Moretti the night before worked wonders - carb loading done right with Tim knocking around two mins off last year's time and finishing 19th David crossed the line in 6th place.
David was in with a chance for the King of the Mountains, but sadly, it was not to be as the last minute arrival of John Yells all but dashed the hopes of taking home the impressive trophy. However, in the end, it was still an impressive 2nd place in the King of the Mountains challenge for him.
The official results are not out yet, but the approximate finish times are:
6 David Poole 1:01:20
19 Tim Chadwick 1:06:08
There was no Bradley Show this year and it is a sad sign of the times that people no longer seem prepared to give up their time to put on community events. However, the fell race still went ahead and is perhaps indicative that many are still prepared to put themselves out and organise races and we should be eternally grateful to all race organisers and their helpers for their willingness to still do so. .
Joe Hudson not only won the senior race, but he also set a new course record and is perhaps another sign that this young man is destined to be a force in the sport. Ian Beresford of Barlick was in second place and on any other day, he would have probably been the race winner.
2 Ian Beresford 25:33
18 David Pease 31:44
48 Diane Macdonald 46:17
You may remember that Gary Bradley completed this 60 miles / 20,000 ft race in under 20 hours. He has since recovered and has found enough energy to be able to tap his keyboard and recount this challenge. It is a good story, along with photographs from the day and it can be accessed from the link below.
Jon Cleaver and Luke Turner won the pairs race last year and were keen to emulate their success again. But, after 6 miles, Jon twisted his ankle and they fell back a little, However, after another couple of miles, it numbed off and they fought their way back up the field, knocking 5 minutes off their last year's finishing time and easily running out race winners. In the euphoria of their win, they vowed to return next year and try to not only make it a hat trick, but to try and do it in a sub 3:30 time.
Jon is now going to let his ankle recover for a couple of days and then start tapering for the bog one in three weeks time
In the singles race, Craig Storozuk finished in 12th place.
1 Jon Cleaver & Luke Turner 3:36:11
15 Michael Alexander & Bob Jackson 6:06:50
12 Craig Storozuk 3:54:06
13 Stephen Shorrock 3:54:12
146 James Crook 4:29:15
539 Lucy Brown 2:23:33
Victoria Peel had an amazing performance, improving on her last year's time by 15 minutes, and coming home 3rd woman overall. Not only that, but she was also first U23 woman.
Barlick were also the third team behind Lochaber and Wharfedale.
9 Luke Maude 1:48:28
16 David Poole 1:51:38
21 Andy Collins 1:55:34
42 Nick Treitl 1:59:36
50 Tim Chadwick 2:01:22
105 Zac Kaye 2:13:16
119 Victoria Peel 2:15:53
131 Karl Robb 2:17:21
253 Andrew Smith 2:36:11
309 Jennifier Hird 2:45:56
395 Hannah Newbold 3:04:04
407 Jacqueline Collins 3:09:43