Our two intrepid runners John "three races a day" Boothman and Lucas "ironman" Payne decided together to take on this challenge which is a 55 mile race, including 6,561 ft of ascent. John was determined not to go off too fast but, as can easily happen in a race, he got swept along with the crowd and completed the first nine miles to CP1 at an average pace of 5.81 mph. This was much faster than his target pace of 5 mph. Lucas went off even faster, finishing the first leg at over 6 mph. By CP2, there was a 12 minute gap between our runners and this is very much how it was throughout the rest of the race. Sometimes, John would close the gap and then Lucas would extend it again. On the tops, all the runners were exposed to prolonged periods of extreme weather. The wind would bring you to a standstill and your supply of water completely froze up. The last big climb was Roseberry Topping, by which time, the gap was down to eight minutes, but John's water had frozen up again and he entered a real bad spell. He forced some food down and drove himself on finishing quite strongly. In the meantime Lucas pushed on finishing in 11h 14 m 54 seconds a full 22 minutes ahead of John. Given that they were up against specialist runners and the conditions on the tops were horrendous, this was a remarkable performance from both of them.
27 Lucas Payne 11:14:54 (31st overall)
34 John Boothman 11:37:39 (40th overall)
343 started. 164 finished. 179 retired.
The performance by Lorraine Slater in this race was something else and she has kindly put pen to paper to give an account, from a runner's perspective, of how she pulled off this famous victory. You can read Lorraine's account from the link below.
Jack Villiers only started running two years ago and this is his first year as an U15, and this weekend, he had the honour of representing his county in this race. This reflects the hard work and consistent training that he has put in. He finished 198th out of 303 in a time of 21:13.
243 runners toed the line for this flat out and back 10K on the cycle paths in Lancaster on a dry warm spring morning. A clear win for Lee Parrington with Terry Lonergan a minute faster than on the same course last month.
1 Lee Parrington 34.53
102 Terry Lonergan 55:39
After a great run last week in the Stan Bradshaw Pendle round, it was back out on the fells again for Lorraine Slater in this challenging 31.7 mile / 4396 ft of climb race. Lorraine saw off the opposition to finish first lady. In view of the conditions, most people were slower this year, but Lorraine managed to get a 2 minute PB. Not only that, but Lorraine led the Barlickers home.
14 Loraine Slater 5:07:06
33 Tom Beebe 5:23:53
83 Gary Bradley 6:03:48
87 Pete Jackson 6:04:44
148 Victoria Peel 6:41:22
194 Ben Hoyle 7:08:31
195 James Austin 7:08:32
206 Jacqueline Collins 7:19:55
228 Jamie Milligan & Pete Beresford 7:35:00