This year saw 12 teams from Barlick take to the startline of the Bunny Run Relays. Thomas Corrigan got his team off to a good start recording the 3rd fastest leg time of the evening with Captain Chew bringing them home in 2nd place. Shaun, Tipler and Berry managed to secure 1st mixed team and Boothman, Elcock and Smale took 1st V50 team. It was also great to see the juniors out mixing it with the adults and the Barlick Boyz managed a creditable 41st place out of 102 teams!
2 Barlick Bunny Boppers 28:41
Thomas Corrigan 9:16 Craig Shearer 9:55 Stephen Chew 9:30
42 Andy Berry 32:29
155 Hannah Newbold 43:41
305 Ian Livesey 2:39:42
This is a very much of an up and a down race with much of the climbing not long after the start.. The hard training regime undertaken by Rachel Villiers is paying off and once more she won the ladies race. Scott Boardman had a good race to lead the Barlickers home and finish in 11th place and the ever improving Paul Elcock was not far behind those two to finish in 16th place.
11 Scott Boardman 41:48
14 Rachel Villiers 42:00 (1st Lady)
16 Paul Elcock 42:57
For most of the first year of the club, we had only one lady member, so our women have been a little behind our men in team events. However, as our female membership has increased, they have grown into a wonderful supportive group and this is now paying off in team events such as this league. Last year, our women gained promotion from the lowly third division and by turning out and working together, this year, they became division two champions. Not only did they win their league, but they won it in style, by winning every race of the season. Following on from that, they were also champions in the V35 League. But it does not stop there. The women are working as a group and for most races, many numbers turned out. Cross country is nothing if it is not a team sport and this turning out in numbers and supporting each other has paid off, resulting in the ladies B team gaining promotion from Division Three to replace our A team there. It has certainly been a season to remember.
It was October 2013, in the first year of the club’s existence, that we joined this league in division four. In what has been a remarkable journey, we gained promotion every subsequent year to the next division, culminating this year in becoming the league champions. Not only did we win the league as a team, but the club also took the honours in the individual competition, with Tom Corrigan comfortably beating James Douglas from Border Harriers to become overall league champion. On reading this, anyone not knowing this league, might think that we had been up against a host of mediocre clubs. On the contrary, we were opposed by many top quality clubs in the Lancashire area (and beyond). The main differerence between us was that our top runners were prepared to turn out for each event and represent their club and that perhaps aptly demonstrates the spirit within the club.
53 Heather Mitchell 29:12
This was Andrew Collins' first time at Skipton and he had an exciting tussle with Lee Athersmith, just beating him to the line by one second and coming first in this run.
1 Andrew Collins 17:29
82 Susan Hird 28:14