Those of us in our advancing years can remember when the present Cumbria was Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire. Each one hosted at least one of the Lakes highest peaks. This race visits each of the old counties and makes its way to the top of their respective peaks, Sca Fell Pike, Helvellyn and Coniston Old Man. This involves a race distance of 37 miles and an ascent of over 10,000 ft. Andy Hirst loves the Lake District and this sort of race. You have to run it in pairs and he normally teams up with Pete Jackson. This year, Pete was injured and he therefore joined up Simon Franklin who had also lost his partner through injury. Below is a link to Andy's account of the day. For anyone who knows the Lake District, Andy's graphic descriptions take you round those fells and valleys and as you read through it, you realise the magnitude of the challenge that this race represents.
There is also a link to Simon's account who has written his it from the stand point of someone for whom this was his first experience of this race.
Leg One. Gary Shaw & Nick Treitl. 4th
Leg Two. Scott Baistow & Michael Thistlethwaite. 15th
Leg Three. Gary Bradley & John Boothman. 19th
Leg Four. Sam Wadsworth & Andy Berry. 16th
Leg Five. Rob Weir & Dave Halliday. 18th
Leg Six. Stephen Chew & Shaun Chew 15th.
For a club that has only been in existence for 5 months, that is a good performance. Well done to all those who took part.
Further updates will follow during the course of the day.
The team for this Sunday's race is:
|Leg One||Leg Two||Leg Three|
|Gary Shaw||Scott Baistow||Bob Jackson|
|Nick Treitl||Michael Thistlethwaite||John Boothman|
|Leg Four||Leg Five||Leg Six|
|Sam Wadsworth||Rob Weir||Stephen Chew|
|Andy Berry||Dave Halliday||Shaun Chew|
The winner of this race was Spencer Riley of Wharfedale who finished in a time of 27:21.
A few Barlick enthusiasts of this league turned out for this race and they finished as follows:
9 Daniel Taylor 28:52
15 Rob Weir 29:13
41 Derek Walkden 31:49
103 Rachel Lowther 39:20
The race was won by Darren Kay of Pudsey & Bramley in a time of 31:45.
Of the Barlickers, new junior member Lloyd Davies had a cracking race to finish 14th overall and 1st U16 with a time of 37:56 and Mark Browne finished 82nd in a time of 48:37.
There were twelve Barlick members in this race with three finishing in the top ten. Their final positions and finishing times were as follows:
7 Nick Treitl 33:26
9 Ian Livesey 33:49
10 Dan Taylor 33:50
14 Andy Berry 34:38
24 Andrew Carson 36:13
30 Stuart Bryan 36:52
45 Chris Smedley 38:32
48 Des Walkden 38:50
64 John Boothman 40:17
99 Michael Alexander 45:45
105 Richard Treitl 47:16
107 Rachel Lowther 48:09 (19th Lady)
John Boothman ran in this race as he was sponsored for the 'Bottle Stop' charity by the Barnoldswick & Earby Rotary Club. He ran steady under doctor's orders, although not as steady as the doctor ordered and he finished 26th out of 158 with a time of 43:56.
Jean Brown Sets New Record
The run of the day had to be from from Jean Brown who worked her way through the field from 20th position at CP3 to 9th position overall. In doing so, she finished first lady and set a new course record.
In the men's race, Neil Northrop of Dark Peak set a scorching pace right from the outset, at the front of the field and the following pack struggled to keep up. Shaun Chew was one of those chasing Neil, but the fast pace eventually took its toll and as he faded, it allowed Neil's team mate, Joe Blackett to move into second place, thus ensuring a Dark Peak 1st & 2nd positions. Mike Wallis of Clayton improved both in his position and time from last year, but he could not quite keep up with Joe Blackett and had to settle for 3rd place.
Despite having secured a one-two, Dark Peak missed out on the team prize by one point and it once again went to Clayton.
Of the Barlickers, Shaun Chew was probably disappointed with his race, although he finished in a very creditable 4th place. Andy Berry had a cracking race to finish in 13th place with Stuart Bryan not far behind him in 16th place.
Rob Weir, having made a navigational error, definitely did not enjoy his race and was disappointed with his performance, in fact, a smile only returned to his face when he was sinking a pint in the Assherton Arms.
Special mention must be made of Rachel Lowther, who has only been running for a year and she made it round the course with some encouragement from her sister, Kirsty Hall. This is a tough course and the fact that she completed it says a lot about the determination of Rachel.