The Race to the Castle 10km is a new race which saw runners charging to Lancaster Castle and completing a loop around the battlements before heading for home. Given that and the fact that there were steps up to the castle, this was not a PB course. The course was wet and slippery with a few climbs, but our girls coped well, with Emma Bailey winning the ladies race and Cloey Mason finishing fist LV45.
6 Emma Bailey 43.06 - 1st lady
27 Cloey Mason 49.14 -1st LV45
Ambleside were the hosts for this year's relay event in the idyllic town of Grasmere. Over 1,400 runners descended on the sleepy town to partake in the 4 leg Fell relay. For those who aren’t familiar with the format, every year, Leg 1 is a solo leg with a defined/flagged route, Leg 2 is a pairs leg with a defined/flagged route, Leg 3 is a navigational Leg where runners are given a map with a series of check points on as they start their leg and are then expected to navigate their way between these, finally there is Leg 4 which is a solo leg with a defined/flagged route.
On the day BFR entered a ladies team, men’s A & B team and also an MV40 team. Leg 1 saw Jon Cleaver lead in the men, closely followed by Tim Chadwick and Virgil Barton with Jacqueline Collins representing the ladies.
Leg 2 saw Paula & Heather head out up the hill along with James Austin & Zac Kaye for the B team and the 2 Dave’s (Poole & Smurf) for the A team. It’s worth mentioning that the 2 Dave’s had a great leg coming in 22nd fastest from 248 teams - beating teams such as Ribble Valley. Great run!
Leg 3 (the dreaded Nav!)......Andy B and Nick T got round nice and cleanly for the A team, both Dave Halliday and Pete Beresford were 2nd fastest for BFR with a sub 2 hour run, then an AMAZING run from Vic Peel and Jen Hird saw the ladies come home just over 2 hours and 14th in the female open category....brilliant! Now for the bad news.....Pete Jackson and Gary "Navigational Expert" Bradley were the last BFR team home and got suitably ribbed by their team mates!
Leg 4 was the quickest leg of the day, we had Stephen Shorrocks for the vets, Emma Taylor for the ladies, Nicolas Kendall for the B team and Like Maude for the A team. Notably Emma was 20th in the female category and Luke was 15th in the Male open category - 2 top quality runs!
So, in summary, a great club day with BFR mixing it up with the top end as usual. Next year will be better still!
Andy B (Fell Captain and navigational god).
34 Barlick A 4:25:21 28th Male Open Team
96 Barlick B 5:14:20 9th Open Team
108 Barlick MV40 5:19:15 21st MV40 Team
171 Barlick Ladies 5:53:29 21st Female Open Team
57 A Team Jon Cleaver 55:50
64 B Team Tim Chadwick 56:25
75 MV40 Team Virgil Barton 57:09
145 Ladies Team Jacqueline Collins 1:07:08
22 A Team David Poole / David Mirfield 1:08:21
133 B Team Zac Kaye / James Austin 1:26:57
138 MV40 Team John Boothman / Andrew Smith 1:27:41
218 Ladies Team Paula Cullen / Heather Driver 1:46:01
56 A Team Andy Berry / Nick Treitl 1:38:15
144 B Team Dave Halliday / Pete Beresford 1:58:15
157 Ladies Team Jennifer Hird / Victoria Peel 2:02:49
181 MV40 Team Gary Bradley / Pete JAckson 2:07:28
15 A Team Luke Maude 43:00
49 MV40 Team Stephen Shorrocks 46:57
99 B Team Nick Kendall 57:43
142 Ladies Team Emma Taylor 57:21
A new cross country season and a new competition for the club. After the success, in recent years in the mid lancs league, it is almost like starting again. For the men's team, Jon Cleaver put in a good performance to lead them home. Nick Treitl did not look his usual self and he ended up finishing further down the field than we would normally expect of him. For the ladies team, Jacqueline Collins led them home with a sterling performance which saw her finish just outside the ten. It was good to see some new faces in the ladies team and they will only get better with experience. The teams finished as follows:
24 Jon Cleaver 37:24
58 Scott Boardman 41:16
70 James Austin 42:09
100 Shane Muller 43:56
110 Nick Treitl 44:35
145 Andrew Smith 47:52
174 Richard Starkie 51:28
188 Gary Parkinson 56:59
11 Jacqueline Collins 21:58
28 Paula Cullen 24:11
37 Cloey Mason 25:23
79 Hannah Newbold 26:56
80 Eleanor Moore 26:57
90 Nicola Muller 27:21
104 Diane Macdonald 28:21
105 Susan Hird 28:33
139 Sharon Newbold 32:13
Great performances and team work today saw the club finish in 10th position, which is our second best position in this race since the club was formed in 2013. The club only finished higher in 2014 when they came home in eighth place. The opening pair of Ian Beresford & Tim Chadwick got the team off to a sound start, handing over at Hartsop to Craig Shearer and David Mirfield. This pair tore into the opposition, pushing the team into 8th place by the Kirkstone Inn handover. Andy Berry and David Poole then set off up the long steep climb of Red Screes and lost a place before handing over to the final leg runners of Nick Treitl and Luke Maude. They too lost a place, as they found themselves up against the formidable duo of Ian Holmes & Victoria Wilkison. However, it was a great all round performance and sets up a sound platform for future years.
|1||Ian Beresford & Tim Chadwick||40:07||12|
|2||Craig Shearer & David Mirfield||1:10:50||8|
|3||Andy Berry & David Poole||59:10||9|
|4||Nick Treitl & Luke Maude||1:13:06||10|
Overall Time 4:05:13
Rachel Villiers not only won this race, but she did it in style, finishing way out on her own, with a comfortable lead of almost three minutes over the chasing pack. A truly great performance. A good run too from James Austin who secured a top twenty finish out of a starting field of 225 runners.
19 James Austin 1:34:10
25 Rachel Villiers 1:35:55 (1st Lady)