It is not often that a club from round here goes up to the Lakes and takes the team prize, but as a result of three cracking performances, that is what Barlick did today. This is a typical out and back race over 15.5 miles with 5,300 ft of climbing in it. Sadly the clag was down for most of the day with only brief glimpses of the usual great Lakeland views.
Julian finished 8th, Andy Collins was 10th and with Tim bringing up the rear in 15th place, it was enough to secure the team prize. Good fell running in what is serious fell running country.
8 Julian Hood 2:31:19 (2nd M40)
10 Andy Collins 2:34:58
15 Tim Chadwick 2:37:01
109 Karl Robb 3:57:07
A great performance by Jacqueline Collins saw her comfortably take the honours in the women's race, with Heather Driver finishing 8th. In the men's race, Jonathan Cleaver led the Barlickers home, finishing in 5th place. Junior runner, Alex Mason is getting used to mixing it in the senior races and he enjoyed a top ten finish (finishing 8th overall) and 1st under 18 by a comfortable margin. A good turnout of Barlickers with many finishing amongst the top category positions.
5 Jonathan Cleaver 34:43
8 Alex Mason 36:28 (1st MU18)
21 Steven Roberts 39:07 (2nd M50)
25 Carl Pawson 39:45 (2nd M45)
27 Scott McCredie 40:06 (3rd M40)
41 James Austin 41:49
42 Carl Nevison 42:02
44 Jacqueline Collins 42:11 (1st Woman, 1st W35)
53 Shane Muller 43:21
63 Anthony Brown 44:16
65 Andrew Smith 44:24
69 David Pease 44:36
74 Paul Elcock 45:05
77 John Boothman 45:44
103 Jamie Fox 48:04
112 Heather Driver 48:42 (8th Woman, 2nd W35)
117 Tony Duffy 49:04
129 Emma Pease 50:34 (13th woman)
138 Richard Starkie 51:04
143 Helen Harrison 51:35 (19th woman)
164 Nicola Muller 53:36 (27th woman)
202 Jean Rawlinson 58:18 (45th woman, 1st W65)
There was a new look about the race this year. Instead of the usual finish at Heath Rugby Union Club,, this year, Spring Hall was the finishing venue. In addition, for the first time ever, chip timing was introduced to the race, although it suffered from a few teething problems. As a result of finishing at Spring Hall, there was a big change to leg six.
As a sign of the growing strength of the club, this year Barlick entered two male and two female teams. Such is the spirit in the club that everyone gave their all and there are tales from all legs of people pushing themselves to the limit. Whether it was Laura Craig, who had only recently had her second baby and who stepped in at the very last minute to replace a flight delayed Hannah Watson. Or Gary Shaw, who finished leg two looking like he had had been put through the wringer by Julian Hood (he had), or Andy Berry whose face at the end of leg 5 showed that he had nothing more to give. Then there was Leanne Dinsdale who looked so bad when she had finished her leg that she was given the once over by the medics. Luke Maude was another whose partner, Nick Treitl, pushed him to the limit, leaving him completely drained by the end of his leg. Finally, there was Ian Livesey who was in the final leg with Jon Cleaver. They started in third position. Chasing down second place was out of the question due to the time difference, but behind our final pair was the Wharfedale "B" team who were looking strong. At the canal bridge, Ian and Jon Cleaver had a lead over Wharfedale of a minute, when Ian suddenly felt a sharp pain in his leg and realised that he had injured his achilles tendon. He could have been forgiven for pulling out at that point, but not only did he fight through the pain, but our final pair opened up the gap between them and the chasing Wharfedale pair. All this commitment and effort was put in by people proud to wear the Barlick vest.
What did all this effort lead to? The first two clubs last year were Calder Valley and Wharfedale and this year, their positions were reversed, with Wharfedale putting in a very good all round performance and taking the honours. In a year when several top Barlick runners left the club to chase glory elsewhere, the A team came home third, the same as last year. It was a great performance from all who took part. Last year, our "B" team finished in 20th position, but this year, they finished 14th. Again due to great commitment from everyone.
What about the ladies? Once more, all the commitment and effort paid off and they were rewarded with 3rd place, after good performances throughout all legs. Our first ever ladies "B" team also gave their all and finished in 11th position.
There was a great spirit and camaraderie amongst all the Barlick teams at this race and everyone who took part can be proud of what they achieved today.
This a tough day covering 37 miles from Langdale over Helvellyn, Scafell Pike & Old Man of Coniston making 10,000ft of ascent. The weather was kind, which was a bonus. We had three pairs out, but with mixed results, from 1st MV110 to a DNF.
50 Gary Bradley & John Boothman 9:23:02 (1st MV110)
64 Karl Robb & Simone Capponi 9:42:42
DNF due to injury Pete Beresford & Declan Bulmer.
Another good turn out from the Barlickers and a third place for Jacqueline Collins.
4 Jonathan Cleaver 30:40
6 Ian Beresford 31:02
13 Andrew Collins 31:58
14 Stephen Shorrock 32:01
16 Alex Mason 32:06
32 Carl Pawson 34:11
33 Scott McCredie 34:13
46 James Austin 35:37
63 Shane Muller 36:40
66 Jacqueline Collins 36:50 (3rd lady, 2nd F35)
79 Andrew Smith 37:54
86 David Pease 38:06
87 Anthony Brown 38:08
120 Lucy Brown 40:37
125 Heather Driver 41:04
142 Hayley S Whitehead 42:33
143 Danny Butterworth 42:34
157 Tony Duffy 43:24
175 Emma Pease 44:13
178 Katie Towers 44:22
192 Helen Harrison 45:41
235 Diane Macdonald 49:49
The race was won by Sam Watson of Wharfedale, with Nick Treitl not far behind him in 2nd place. Jack Villiers had a good run to finish in the top twenty and secure 2nd MU18, whilst Susan Hird was 2nd WV60
2 Nick Treitl 33:10
18 Jack Villiers 38:34 (2nd MU18)
84 Glenn Whittaker 45:31
172 Susan Hird 60:24 (2nd W60)
As the name suggests, this run takes place in the Howgills and as a result, there is some serious climbing involved in it in addition to the marathon distance. It was therefore a great run by Ian Cox to come home in 7th place.
7 Ian Cocks 4:14:04
What an amazing run by Ian Livesey this weekend. This race is 38 miles long with ascent of 1,100 ft and runs along the Six Dales Way. The record for the event was 5 Hours and 44 minutes. Ian felt a bit intimidated at the start, as he found himself standing next to the British 100K women's champion, but the Barlick spirit won through and not only did he win the race, but he also smashed the record, finishing in a time of 5 hours, 7 minutes.