The end result was that Barlick were 19th overall in 4:29:37.
It was a day of highs and lows. Everyone set off from Patterdale and there was Barlick, the new boys, in second place, as they made their way up the steep ascent to Boredale Hause. The commentator on the loud speaker at Patterdale was perplexed. His commentary was, "Borrowdale are in the lead, closely followed by... er ... Barlick...". Gary Shaw and Stephen Chew, first leg runners, then moved into the lead and things were looking good. But the Ian Hodgson relay is not so simple. Clag covered the tops of the hills and suddenly our leaders were not so sure of the route. They waited for others to catch them up and then they discovered that lines which looked good in a recce were not quite so good on the race day. The long and the short of it was that at the changeover at Hartsop, Barlick were in 8th place.
Sam & Scott then took over and ascended into the clag and into the head wind which now included rain. Sadly this leg lost many places, although they were not the only ones to do so. Helm Hill, who were 10th at Hartsop suddenly found themselves in 1st place, much to the surprise of their 3rd leg runners who were not ready to set off. Our third leg team of Andy Hirst & Pete Jackson set off into the rain and mist in 23rd place. Despite their years, their experience of Lakeland races soon made itself felt and they gained two places to hand over in 21st place.
Nick Treitl and Shaun Chew set off on the final leg, again in poor conditions and an exciting sprint finish saw them finish just in 19th position, just in front of Ilkley.
Although we hoped that we might do better in this race, given that we are a new club, we perhaps did not do too bad against clubs with runners who have years of experience in this event. Afterwards, everyone agreed that we learnt a lot on the day and that next year, with a little bit of experience ourselves under our belt, we will do much better.
The race was extremely well organised, there was a great atmosphere and it was great taking part in this Lakeland classic. Roll on next year.
Another good night, but perhaps one where everyone should have had a head torch. The dark seemed to affect some runners, even those with head torches. On the other hand, several runners shook off the effects of the dark and recorded PBs. It was good to see junior member Elliot Halliday give it a go and record a sub 30 minute time.
This race took place at Arley Hall, Northwich. It was a very well organised event on fast, flat country lanes, which for the most part were closed off. With the still, warm weather, the conditions were ideal.
The results were as follows
Winner - Russell Bently, Kent AC 30:21
13 Nick Treitl 33:51 (PB)
299 Richard Treitl 48:14 (PB)
There were 700 finishers.
The Ilkley Triathlon is a Sprint Distance event with a 500m indoor swim, followed by a 14.5km bike (3x laps of a 4.8km circuit) and a 4.8km run (1x lap of the same circuit). The swim was indoors.
Dave Halliday took part and finished as follows:
162 Dave Halliday 1:18:02
This duathlon is a 10K run, a 22K bike ride, finishing with a 5K run. Des Walkden went down for this event, which he says was really well organised. The weather was shocking, but he was very happy with his time of 1:54:01 and an overall placing of 62nd and 7th in his age category.
Shaun Chew decided not to to race this year and this left the field open for Nick Treitl to win the race. On the descent from the summit, the course was not flagged very well and Nick was heading in the wrong direction, but very sportingly, young Robbie Johnstone of Wharfedale pointed him the right way. Shaun turned up to return the trophy which he thought was for winning the race, but it turned out that it was not for the winner, but for the first Wharfedaler. The Barlickers finished as follows:
1 Nick Treitl 10:41
13 Dave Halliday 12:51