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
Just two Barlickers out at this race, which is a tough one, but has a good route. John Boothman managed to go astray and it seems that in true fell running style, so did plenty of others.
19 Craig Storozuk 2:55:57
24 John Boothman 3:12:57
The title is short for the Courmayeur, Champex-Lac, Chamonix race and it covers 101 km with 6,100 meters of ascent. Converting this to English money, it is just over 60 miles in length with over 20,000 feet of ascent - a daunting challenge for anyone. A lot did not make it. 2132 started and over 550 dropped out, with 1578 finishers.
There was no dropping out for Gary Bradley. His race went well and he finished in 466th place in 19hrs, 43mins which was inside his target time of under 20 hrs. Quite an achievement.
A race report from Gary follows
This race is an undulating 20 mile race, with 1000 ft of ascent, mainly on country lanes. There are a couple of climbs in it which are challenging, but they are not too long, which makes this race excellent preparation for a marathon.
When taking part in this race, both Jon Cleaver and Luke Turner had their sights set firmly on the Berlin Marathon in four week's time. Next week, they are hoping to retain the Yorkshireman Pairs Title before they begin tapering.
3 Jon Cleaver 1:55:40
23 Luke Turner 2:16:19
It was a remarkable win in the ladies race by Emma Hopkinson of Wharfedale, as it was only at the weekend that she completed the Bob Graham Round. Second in the men's race was Joe Hudson of Keighley & Craven. He is the son of Rob Hudson who, in his day, dominated the BOFRA races. It is interesting too to see that his other son, Louis Hudson, won the U17 race. It looks as though fell running is in the Hudson blood.
The Barlickers finished as follows:
8 Luke Maude 9:02
24 Tim Chadwick 10:11
37 Victoria Peel 11:33 (5th lady)
46 John Boothman 12:01
52 Andrew Smith 12:25
91 Craig Child 15:31