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
Richard Treitl selected this race for his weekly turn out and his comments on it were:
It was a bright sunny day and the race had good mix of terrain - fields, farm tracks, rocky paths and a long stretch through bracken which was difficult to negotiate. The one big climb (up Higger Tor) came just around the half way point and after that it was a steady surge for the finish line. The conditions underfoot were generally good but I did manage to find a bog resulting in my right leg disappearing briefly, only to re-emerge covered in the familiar peat stains that one would find in the remote parts of Pendle. It was, of course, no surprise to me that I was the only one to have suffered this indignation!
Winner - Richard Bond of Dark Peak, 39:07
139 Richard Treitl 1:02:21