Last Drop Loop.
A smaller field than usual due to fixture clashes started this Category B race at the Last Drop in good conditions.
Tim Ellis dominated from the gun to win in a new record time 35.55. Our own Nick Leigh ran well for 3rd in 38.11. Next, after a great run, was Gary Chadderton in 10th and first O/50 in 44.14. Only 16 seconds behind came Graham Schofield; 1st O/55 in 44.30. John Monks won the O/60 prize in 17th with a time of 45.37 and Tony Hesketh did the same in the O/65 in 24th in a time of 49.00, just ahead of Mark Seddon in 25th and 49.28.
Turner Uphill Only.
This the final race in this years English Championships attracted runners from all over England trying to gain points and some medals. The courses where tough and in the wet conditions very difficult but all the Horwich runners aquitted themselves well to the courses.
The first race the U/8 saw ever present Theo Middleton and Grace Pendlebury finish in 13th and 6th. Both these athletes have done all the Championships and qualified of a Championship hoodie. In the U/10 girls we only had one runner, Freya Whittle, and she had a superb race to finish 3rd. This was enough to give her the Bronze medal in the Championships. The U/12 race saw some brilliant performances highlighted by Tom Massey who was second; his highest position in the Champs and this consolidated the Bronze Medal in the series. The surprise run of the day was Lucas Miliken’s who finished in 11th place after a very strong run. Despite getting boxed in at the start Toby Middleton ran well for 17th and this clinched a top ten finish overall. In the girls race the best run to date since moving up a category saw Ella Pendlebury finish 7th which bares well for next year. This cemented her position in the top ten. Lydia Johnson ran strongly for 17th place despite just moving into a new age group and she is another runner who will only improve next year.
Malham Fell Races 30th May
These races were the penultimate ones in this years English Junior Fell Championships in the Yorkshire Dales and were well attended with large fields in all the races.
In the U/8 race we had two runners and both did well with Theo Middleton 17th and Grace Pendlebury having her best race to date 5th girl only 16 secs behind Theo. Our only runner in the U/10 was Freya Whittle and she ran well for 5th place this after recovering from illness. The U/12 race saw our biggest turnout with Tom Massey finishing in 4th place and this result keeps him in 3rd place in the championships. Toby Middleton had his best race this year to finish 7th and this keeps him in the top ten in the championships. Our two female runners were Ella Pendlebury having her best run on the fells this season finishing in 9th place and Lydia Johnson ran well for 18th place.
Malham Senior Race
After supporting his young charges Junior Fell Coach Tony Hesketh decided to race the short but tough race of just over 4 miles and was 38th and first O/65 in 32.12. This was out of a field of 73.
Harrock Hill 27th May
Well over 200 runners started this popular Fell Race in Parbold. On a warm evening and with good conditions underfoot times where improved by the majority of runners.
The winner was Daniel Miller of Wigan in 34.04 well outside of Nick Leigh’s record. First finisher for us was 55 year old Paul Muller in 12th just two seconds ahead of Lindsey Brindle who won the ladies by a massive three minutes and she seems to be on top form at the moment. Steve Foley running on home soil was second vet 45 in 21st after a good race. Ever present Paul Boardman was next 39th just dipping under the 40 minute barrier. Our second lady Debra Campbell was 3rd Lady in 78th place slower than normal but after her injury it was a good run. Tony Hesketh was first O/65 in 98th despite having to wait at a number of stiles. Our final runners were David Barnes in 166th and Anna Keighley 207th and both seemed happy with their runs.