A few runners complained about the heat in the five and a half mile Weets Race. Imagine running 23 miles in the same conditions. That is what Andy Hirst did and it took him five and three quarter hours. He finished 84th out of 140 runners and felt that he did not have a particularly good run, being 20 minutes down on his last year's time and 39 minutes slower than his pb. He was 100th on Kirk Fell, so he made up 16 places over Pillar and Haycocks.
His split times were:
Tom Cornthwaite wins the race and sets new record.
Good conditions underfoot saw a faster race than usual with Tom Cornthwaite cruising to an easy win and a new course record, but with the first three finishers beating the previous record. The other two in the first three were previous winners Mark McGoldrick and Sam Watson. The race and conditions also suited Paul Stevenson of Pudsey & Bramley who, as a V50 finished first overall Vet and 5th overall in the race. An amazing performance.
In the ladies race, last year's Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix Champion, Amy Green, had an easy win with the second fastest ladies time on this course. She was followed home by Claire Cooper of Keighley & Craven & Fiona Hall of Trawden AC.
Of the Barlickers, it was nice to see six of them in the top twenty. Shaun Chew led them home in 6th place, Rob Weir was 10th and showing that he is returning to form, Lucas Payne finished 11th and 3rd overall V40.
It seems like the Barlick Fell Runners name is cropping up everywhere and this time it is in a swimming event. Mark Sandamas cannot run at the moment, but he can swim and he entered this event as a Barlicker. Did pretty well too - 34th out of 148. Full results and times are in the results section
Andrew Carson had a good run out yesterday in the Kelbrook race, but this did not impact on his performance today, in fact it was quite the reverse, as he finished 10th out of 1,142 finishers, setting himself a pb with a time of 38:56, this being the first time that he has recorded a sub 40 minute time.
The race was won by Tim Ellis of Calder Valley in a time of 21:22. He was followed home by Vet 40 Martyn Bell of Horwich and 3rd man home was Under 20 James Hall of Wharfedale. Of the Barlickers, Lloyd Davies had a particularly good run and is now on the tail of some of his older contemporaries. There was a good turnout of Barlickers who finished as follows:
6 Shaun Chew 22:48
13 Nick Treitl 23:43
16 Dan Taylor 24:01
21 Rob Weir 24:11
24 Lloyd Davies 24:46
27 Andy Berry 25:00
28 Andrew Carson 25:02
33 Luke Wallwork 25:43
54 Michael Thistlethwaite 28:40
62 Glenn Whittaker 29:22
65 Dave Halliday 29:24
78 James Fent 30:30
85 Mark Browne 30:56
88 Michael Alexander 32:18
90 Rachel Lowther 32:28
92 Richard Treitl 33:09
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