Only two Barlickers were at this race, which was easily won by the in form Tom Adams of Ilkley. Tom led the runners up the hill from the pub towards the top of the ridge and never looked like losing the lead. On the return, he cruised down the hill to take an easy victory, ahead of Chris Farrel of Horwich and Tim Ellis of Calder Valley.
Sam Wadsworth was 17th as they made their way up the hill and after the descent from the monument, he lost quite a few places as they climbed back up to the ridge again. However, once on the top and on the descent, he started pulling a few places back to finish 19th.
Rachel Lowther looked to be going well on the ascent, but looked to be exhausted as she made the last bit of descent towards the finish line. She was plagued in the race by her shoe laces coming undone, which in itself cost her a few places.
19 Sam Wadsworth 49:01
210 Rachel Lowther 71:24 (35th women out of 64 starters)
The race was very well organised by Todmorden Harriers who lived up to their reputation for getting the results out in double quick time.
Five Barlickers entered this race, which was won by Tim Ellis of Calder Valley. He was followed home by Sam Watson of Wharfedale and Lee Athersmith of Bingley.
Sam Wadsworth had a good run to lead the Barlickers home, finishing in 8th position,
Conditions for the race were such that it was muddy underfoot, with the prevailing wind behind the runners, but when the showers did come down, they were heavy, with hail greeting the runners as they reached Water Sheddles Reservoir. In the early stages of the race, Sam Watson was shadowing Tim Ellis and looked to be waiting for the moment to pounce, but he ran out of steam in the last stage and could only watch Tim pull away from him.
Sam Wadsworth was lying 10th at Water Sheddles Reservoir, but climbing the gate, as opposed to the stile moved him into 9th place and on the descent to Ponden Reservoir he gained another place which he retained until the end.
8 Sam Wadsworth 58:33
65 Andrew Driver 1:10:04
81 John Boothman 1:12:05
86 Dave Halliday 1:13:06
97 Tom Mason 1:15:34
Nine Barlickers turned out for our first race in this league. As a new club in the league, we have to start in division four, but teams from all four divisions run together. As a result, it was difficult to know how the team was doing.
The race was fast and furious and there was no respite. The first six finishers from each team are counters, but runners further down the field can still play their part, if they can push opposition team runners further down the field.
The provisional results indicate that Barlick were 13th team overall, which at first glance seems to suggest that we beat some division one teams. However to confirm this, a bit more detailed analysis is required. However, it does appear that we are at least in the first two teams of division four. The finishing positions were as follows:
48 Nick Treitl 37:18
49 Shaun Chew 37:18
77 Dan Taylor 39:08
94 Andy Berry 39:59
129 Rob Weir 41:29
130 Stuart Bryan 41:29
158 Des Walkden 42:52
243 James Fent 48:30
245 Alan Davis 48:39
This will be held at the Old Stone Trough at Kelbrook. Everyone in the club is welcome along with partners. If you wish to some, please email your choice of food to Rachel Lowther and also get the money to her. No one is definitely booked in until she has your money. There are only 70 places so if you snooze, you could miss out.
John Boothman returned from a holiday in Florida on Thursday and being jet lagged and a lack of serious training whilst on holiday is not the best preparation for a marathon. As a result, he ran out of steam on the last 10K and had bad cramps. However, taking everything into account, his was still not a bad performance.
444 John Boothman 3:33:21
It was certainly a good day for Dark Peak at these races. The leading teams were:
1 Dark Peak
3 Dark Peak 'B'
1 Hunters Bog Trotters
3 Dark Peak
56 Barlick Fell Runners 5:38:39 +1:36:39
|Leg1: Des Walkden||48:10||72||48:10||72|
|Leg2: Pete Jackson & Dave Halliday||1:56:21||79||2:44:31||80|
|Leg3: Sam Wadsworth & Andy Berry||1:59:15||47||4:43:46||59|
|Leg4: Scott Baistow||54:53||33||5:38:39|
Earlier in the year, before the clocks went on, we held the first night points scoring event. In view of the popularity of that event, we are putting on another one. It will be on the above date and it will be in place of the normal pub run. It will start from the Pendle Inn at Barley.
Winner - Shaun Chew in 53 minutes.
James Fent 1 hour 9 minutes.