Five Barlickers and three Trawdeners made their way to Derbyshire at the weekend to take part in a 24 hour endurance race. The team was a mixed team of 8 with every member having to complete at least a lap of the 10k cross country course. The race kicked off in earnest at 12 noon on Saturday and team Fastrax soon got into the swing of things and after leg 4 held a slender lead. It was a lead they never relinquished over closest challengers Luton AC. In the end the team broke the course record running 36 laps in the allotted time and winning by two laps.
Four Barlickers in the top ten and Paula Clark leads home our ladies
5 Tom Corrigan 1:27:30
6 Marc Hartley 1:30:00
8 Andrew Chew 1:31:54
10 Lucas Payne 1:34:32
22 Andy Berry 1:37:36
24 Andrew Carson 1:37:54
46 Nathaniel Whitbread 1:43:07
50 Ben Hoyle 1:44:38
58 Michael Alexander 1:46:35
63 Derek Walkden 1:47:43
87 John Boothman 1:53:45
90 Paula Clark 1:54:32
92 Angela Donlan 1:55:21
114 Richard Starkie 2:00:42
115 Emma Bailey 2:01:11
127 Lucy Beresford 2:05:00
128 Pete Beresford 2:05:00
Four men and one woman represented Barlick in this club championship race. Andrew Driver came home first for the club, just pipping Richard Lowther. John Boothman followed not too far behind and last was Dave Halliday who was just not on form.
Rachel Lowther was our only female representative.
Comment by John Boothman. "This is a very hard race considering it is only about 7km".
Further details follow when the results are available.
Cracking result for Angela Donlan who finished 2nd lady and 1st W40 in this race, with a time of 29:27.
In the men's race, Jimmy Craig finished in 4th place behind race winner Simon Bailey of Mercia and Ted Mason and Jack Smith. Chris Murgatroyd finished in 14th position.
4 Jimmy Craig 21:52
14 Charlie Murgatroyd 25:07
34 Angela Donlan 29:27 3rd woman, 1st W40
54 Hannah Watson 32:35
8 Harley Treitl 3:26
Elle Honeyman also entered the race, but she tripped at the start and was trampled by the rest of the field. By the time she realised what was happening, they were half way up the hill, so there was no point in her starting. This was a shame as it was nice to see he out in her new Barlick shirt.
Des Walkden took part in the Half Marathon and reports on his day as follows:
Competed in The Pendle Family Running Festival Road Half Marathon, a tough 1800 ft of climb run around Barley / Pendle Hill. The event was very well organised by Molly Ralphson (Trawden) and run around the beautiful setting of Barley. Only a small field of 63 entered this first year. I finished 15th in a time of 1.47.27. A good warm for Hendon Brook next week.
Seven Barlickers entered this Gala race in Ingleton. The race also doubled up as a selection race for an upcoming international race, so it had a very competitive field. Marc Hartley won the Burnley Park run in the morning and ran a pb, then did this race in the afternoon. He was first Barlickers back in 12th place. Andy Berry had another good run finishing inside the top 30. King Leonidas himself came 63rd, but the real battle was between fast Jock and Richard Briscoe of Clayton. Briscoe is renowned for his flat speed and duly dispatched his nemesis Jock. John "satnav" Boothman was doing his second race of the day and 5th of the week, living up to his title of Barlick's answer to Darren Fishwick. He had a good battle with the returning Glenn Whittaker and managed to out descend his counterpart. Bringing up the rear was Ingham as he danced his way down from the summit with his unmistakable style and grace.
1 Steve Hebblethwaite Keswick 47.12
12 Marc Hartley 52.07
28 Andy Berry 54.10
63 Richard Lowther 59.57
83 Jonathon Boothman 63.17
95 John Boothman 65.12
101 Glenn Whittaker 65.51
136 Jack Ingham 73.00
The race was won by Emanuele Manzi of Italy in a time of 1:10:18.
Nick Treitl finished in 38th position in a time of 1:22:40 and Richard Treitl was 472nd in 2:04:29. Nick and Richard commented on this year's race as follows:
This year was the 40th Anniversary of the Snowdon Race. To celebrate this, the organisers had decided to start the race in the centre of Llanberis, where the first race started from. This added about 700 yards to the course so time comparisons with our previous efforts would need to take this into account.
Additionally they had invited many past winners to lead a parade of the runners from the park where we normally start, along Llanberis High Street, into the town centre. We felt obliged to join the parade as did every other competitor, but this resulted in our warm-ups and final preparations being compromised as we had to wait 20 minutes or so in the start funnel before we got underway.
Once underway the race proceeded as usual but the final half mile or so approach to the summit was made more difficult as we were not permitted to run along the edge of the Snowdon Mountain Railway track as had been the case in previous years. This 'detour' helps reduce the congestion at the actual summit considerably and is a smoother path to run on, so a few valuable seconds can be saved on one's ascent time (something else we had to take into account when trying to compare with previous times).
The race route follows the tourist path to the summit of Snowdon and is not closed off on race day. The majority of the path users are more than willing to move aside when runners approach. They are also generally supportive and good natured. However at one point on the descent, many runners had words with an irresponsible dog owner who had let her dog off the lead and made little effort to keep it under control.
As is normally the case, several runners finished the race with a wide range of cuts, bruises and blisters. Regrettably we were amongst the carnage - my left knee and elbow took a battering when I tripped on the way up and Nick had a couple of nasty blisters on each foot.
In spite of the inconveniences noted above, we felt that we both ran well and are looking forward to improving our times next year.
Three Barlickers made their way to Gargrave to take part in John Thompson's Eshton Moor Race. Jack Smith of Wharfedale carried on his good form winning by 2 and half minutes. First Barlicker back was raging bull, Lee Edwards in 6th place. Richard Lowther is another solid performer at present and also came home inside the top 10 in 9th spot. Perennial racing machine John "Duracell satnav" Boothman ran his 3rd race in 3 days finishing a creditable 16th, after his jaunts up Stoodley and Widdop.
1 Jack Smith 33.22
6 Lee Edwards 38.03
9 Richard Lowther 39.25
15 John Boothman 43.24
27 Hannah Watson 46:59 4th lady