There is only one way to sum up this session and that is - "What a great night".
Everyone met up at the Anchor, except for a few stragglers and they jogged on the canal bank to Foulridge as a warm up. Just as the session was about to start, up turned the stragglers. The penalty for them was that there was no recovery time, as the run started as soon as they arrived.
James Craig went into an early lead and on any other night, he might have had Nick Treitl chasing him, but Nick had "Ben legs" and as a result, he was below par.
The run finished at the bridge by the Silent Night factory in Barnoldswick and as anticipated, James Craig won it in time of 16:13, a full minute in front of 2nd place Dan Taylor.
As might have been expected, Sarah Tipler led home the ladies, followed by Rachel Lowther.
It was nice to see so many of our new lady runners out on the night and also to see so many runners, including the new ladies, achieve a personal pb for this measured 5K run.
There was a great atmosphere with everyone stopping on to cheer in all the runners and it is an event that we should perhaps repeat in the not too distant future.
There was a good turn out generally and also a good turnout from Barlick Fell Runners for the inaugural Skipton Park Run. It was particularly pleasing to see so many of the Barlick ladies giving it a go. The following are the runners that entered.
3 Lucas Payne 19:10
18 John Boothman 22:13
31 Michael Alexander 23:30
53 Mark Browne 25:38
56 Rachel Lowther 26:00
57 Mark Newbould 26:02
90 Emma Bailey 29:23
103 Lucy Beresford 30:36
106 Kathryn Payne 30:38
120 Judith Blades 31:36
128 Helen Stead 32:21
131 Lisa Jones 32:22
158 Sara Alexander 36:03
161 Michelle Hird 36:31
190 Anne Marie Nield 41:17
A very pleasant, although windy day, made it almost ideal conditions for this race.
In the junior races, Tabitha Berry, fresh from her debut in competitive racing at Gargrave, had a run out in the U9 race where she finished 43rd in a time of 4:24.
In the senior race, Andy Berry ascended well and was in 11th place at the summit, but surprisingly, he lost places on the descent.
On the other hand, Sam Wadsworth who had competed in a road relay in the morning, was in 20th position at the summit, but he gained places on the descent.
Dave Halliday, looked completely shattered at the summit and the reason became apparent when he managed to find the breath to saye that he had completed a triathlon in the morning. The finishing positions were:
1 Jack Simpson, Leeds City 23:17
14 Andy Berry 27:01
16 Sam Wadsworth 27:27
68 Dave Halliday 34:08
Nine club members turned out for this park run and finished as follows:
2 Nick TREITL 17:21 New PB
3 Lucas PAYNE 18:05
4 Simon KELLY 18:18
5 Andrew CARSON 18:28 New PB
16 Andrew DRIVER 19:56 new PB
60 Mark NEWBOULD 24:01
63 Lex PAYNE 24:11
71 Mason PAYNE 24:56
100 Kathryn PAYNE 27:32