Report by Stephen Chew
The 5th Annual Barlick Fell Runners Presentation Night took on the above date and around 70 people attended. The prize winners were as follows-
Overall Female- Lorraine Slater
Overall Male- Thomas Corrigan
Xcountry Male- Thomas Corrigan
Xcountry Female- Lorraine Slater
Parkrun Male- Scott McCredie
Parkrun Female- Jenna Boothman
Road Champion Male- Scott Boardman
Road Champion Female- Rachel Villiers
Fell Champion Male- Stephen Shorrock
Fell Champion Female- Lorraine Slater
Most Improved Male- Stephen Shorrocks
Most Improved Female- Rachel Villiers
Performance Female- Emma Bailey
Performance Male- William Onek
Vet 50 Fell- John Boothman
Vet 40 Fell- Dave Halliday
Thanks to Rachel Lowther for organising the event and everyone for raffle prizes.
Sam Watson had a very good run and not only won this race, but in doing so, he set a new course record. Sam is a great lad and and all at Barlick Fell Runners will want to congratulate him on this achievement..
However, in setting this record and winning the race, he was closely pushed by our own Danny Mills, who finished just one second behind him! That was great racing between these two athletes. Not only that but David Mirfield was following on closely behind them both in third place and with Andy Berry in 8th place, it meant that Barlick took the team prize.
With our 4th runner securing a top twenty finish, it was a good day out for Barlick
1 Sam Watson 1:11:12(Wharfedale) (New Record)
2 Danny Mills 1:11:13
3 David Mirfield 1:11:30
8 Andy Berry 1:17:58
16 Lucas Payne 1:23:15
This is a great little race over 4 miles with 1,000 ft of ascent. This year, there were cold wintry showers and it was slippery underfoot on the sodden muddy tracks with ice and snow on the higher ground. Water run offs on the downhill sections made descending very tricky at times (some described it as running down a waterfall). Just two Barlickers took part:
74 Gary Parkinson 45:55
90 Richard Treitl 50:44
Peter Coates of Clayton was the winner in 30:46.
Men (out of 525)
128 Craig Shearer 35:11
188 Marc Hartley 38:12
209 James Tingle 38:51
217 Andy Berry 39:18
227 Chris Male 39:40
281 Scott Boardman 42:39
307 Derek Walkden 43:24
327 Zac Kaye 43:55
332 Pete Beresford 44:08
348 James Austin 44:42
359 Gary Bradley 45:09
365 Scott McCredie 45:20
376 Paul Elcock 45:58
399 John Boothman 46:58
477 Tony Duffy 51:32
Ladies (out of 326)
103 Sarah Jarvis 33:18
128 Rachel Villiers 35:08
133 Lorraine Slater 35:36
157 Laura Craig 38:04
164 Victoria Peel 38:29
240 Hannah Newbold 44:23
245 Lisa Fitzpatrick 44:52
306 Sally Scothern 53:14
Cloey Mason turned out for this event and went for the marathon option which was 3 x 8.8 mile laps over road, trail and field. Not only that, but it had 1,500 ft of climb in it. Cloey found the 3rd lap particularly tough, but held on in there to finish 25th overall and 3rd lady.
25 Cloey Mason 4:11:56 (3rd lady)
Sarah Jarvis is back racing and in this, her first race for many years, she has demonstrated why she was such a force to be reckoned with in the past. She took just over an hour to complete this ten mile race, finishing in 28th position overall and 2nd woman. This was a County Championship race which means that Sarah got a silver medal, behind international runner Helen Clitheroe. Not only that, but Sarah's time is the 5th fastest in the Uk this year for her age group (FV40) in a ten mile race.
28 Sarah Jarvis 1:01:44 (2nd woman)
This race is always a challenge, but it has a habit of producing some great performances from those who welcome a challenge. This year, Victoria Wilkinson rose to that challenge and she produced what can only be described as an absolutely amazing performance. For a man to finish in the top ten is quite an achievement in itself, but for a women to do so is unheard of. Well today, history was made and Victoria proved that she was more than a match for the men, finishing in 3rd position overall and absolutely smashing the women's record. Not only did she come home in 3rd place, but running down the track towards the finish, she was still looking strong.
The race was won by Chris Holdsworth of Clayton who had a superb race. He ran out from Barley along the track with Jack Wood of Ilkley and both were already ahead of the chasing pack. However, as the race progressed, Chris gradually pulled more and more lead until he finished in first place looking quite comfortable.
In respect of Barlick, it was a good day. There was a great atmosphere amongst those who took part and there were lots of people all the way round the course supporting our runners. Great performances from Danny Mills and David Mirfield secured them both a top ten finish.
Further down the field, last year's winner, Lorraine Slater, once more showed her grit and determination by finishing as third woman and first LV40, as well as first LV45. Victoria Peel, who only started running around 12 months ago, put on an amzing to show to win the first LU23 prize. Another runner, new to fell running, Jacqueline Collins also put in a great effort with the result that our ladies came away with the prize for the second ladies team.
Amongst our men, Nick Treitl and John Whiteside, backed up the strong performances of Danny Mills and David Mirfield to take the third team prize.
All in all, it was a good day out on the fells in conditions which were unusually kind for this race.
The first three plus all the Barlick runners finished as follows:
1 Chris Holdsworth (Clayton) 2:19:16
2 Jack Wood (Ilkley) 2:22:56
3 Victoria Wilkinson (Bingley) 2:23:25 First woman and new record.
6 Danny Mills 2:25:23
10 David Mirfield 2:30:31
17 Nick Treitl 2:39:13
31 John Whiteside 2:47:09
33 Andy Berry 2:48:29
58 Stephen Shorrock 2:54:24
86 Tom Beebe 3:02:32
99 Lorraine Slater 3:05:05 (3rd woman, first LV40 & first LV45)
142 John Boothman 3:14:40
169 Gary Bradley 3:20:31
196 Ben Hoyle 3:26:32
232 Victoria Peel (1st LU23)
236 Paul Elcock 3:32:38
253 Jacqueline Collins 3:36:10
The first home in this event was the Peter Pan of fell running, the living legend, Ian Holmes., who was followed home by John Whiteside. Ian also pretty accurately guessed his time to take home a bottle of wine.
First lady home was Barbara Savage of Clayton and it was good to see Eleanor Moore, Heather Mitchell and Anne Marie Beech all having a go at running over Pendle (and dropping down the steep part of the big end) all in the dark. They will certainly have plenty to talk about at work, the next day.