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
The final results are now out and it turns out that Barlick Fell Runners finished in 13th place, ahead of many of the established clubs.
Well done to all concerned, especially to Gary Bradley who stepped in at the very last minute to cover an illness.