2012 Club Championship
In an effort to encourage more people to complete the minimum number of races, this years competition will be your best from 11 races
MENS: OPEN, MV40, MV50 : 5 races to count, MV60: 4 races to count
LADIES: OPEN, LV40: 4 races to count
(In the event of a tie in any category, head-to-head races will be taken into account. If still tied, a 100m dash at the club do will be organised)
|Sat 7th April||Pendle||AS||£3 pre-entry or £4 EOD|
|Sat 12th May||Fairfield Horseshoe||AM||
£5 EOD, from Rydal Hall
|Sat 9th June||Duddon||AL||£6 pre-entry or £7 EOD. Entry form fromwww.duddonvalleyfellrace.org.uk|
|Sat 23rd June||Clougha Pike||AS||£1 EOD plus £2.50 entry to Quernmore Sports.|
|Sat 18th August||Weasdale Horseshoe (E)||AM||www.howgillharriers.org.uk|
|Sat 8th Sept||Hodder Valley Show||BM||£6 EOD|
|Sat 15th Sept||Three Shires||AL||£7 EOD|
|Sat 22nd Sept||Whernside||BM||£5 EOD|
|Sat 13th October||Langdale Horseshoe||AL||£6.50 pre-entry from July 15th on form from www.amblesideac.org.uk|
|Sat 10th November||Dunnerdale||AS||£6 EOD|
|By Dec 20th 2012||Carwags Speed League||S||
Figure of 8 course (4.2/700') - Andy Walmsley to compile ranked list of times
Race Report 10: Dunnerdale
21 Bowlanders made the start line for this superb little race ... short and sharp with some technical descending and finished off by a cracking pie and a pint! Can it get any better? It was wet underfoot but the earlier torrential downpours abated and with only one small squall of hailstones, it was fairly close to "pleasant". Pam and Ruth were all smiles before the race, Nick was back at his first race for a while and Steve Cox was out without his bike this time.
At the front, Carl Bell and Danny Hope were making the running with Rich and Mike having their own private tussle for the club some way behind. Rich eventually got a small lead on the way up Stickle Pike which he held until the end.
Race Report 9: Langdale
An excellent turn out for this Lakeland Classic with 18 Bowland on the startline. The evergreen Mike Johnson stole the show with an amazing run to come 4th overall and 1st MV40/45/50 .... surely a first for the race?? With Leigh as 1st MV55 and Rowena 3rd LV40 and 2nd LV45/50 and Yiannis 3rd MV65 and the overall winning the 2nd Team prize, sounds like everyone went home very happy!
|4||Mike Johnson||MV50||2.19.39||1st MV40/45/50|
|34||Leigh Warburton||MV55||2.40.27||1st MV55|
|136||Rowena Browne||LV50||3.20.12||3rd LV40 2nd LV45/50|
|168||Yiannis Tridimas||MV65||3.25.36||3rd MV65|
Race Report 8: Whernside
Another weekend, another sunny Saturday! This one was even better than the last with ideal racing temperatures for this 12 miler out of Dent. On the drive up, Chris's advice was to "fight for every place because the prize list is huge" and with a good amount of track, this would be a "runners race".
And so it proved, with the first mile (including the uphill from the start field to the road) clocking in on my watch at 6:30 - with the lead group disappearing into the distance! Doubts started about being able to keep this pace up. Fortunately, the climbing soon started and Mark Chip started to reel in the early whippets with me trying to hang on behind. The steady climb up Whernside soon saw some pay for their early exuberance!
The descent was rapid and then on the next long section of steady climb on more track I managed to pull away slightly from Mark. The short pull up to the Great Coum ridge provided the only walking section of the entire race then another steady pull up to the top. Footsteps behind me were catching fast though and with lungs bursting, I thought Mark must have scoffed his one and only gel and was on some sort of super surge .... only to be passed by a youth in very long shorts and t-shirt!! I hope he's not in the race - he wasn't fortunately as he'd missed the start by 5 mins but had decided to run it anyway - and would have won by the speed he eased past me.
The descent from Great Coum was fast again, with bog, reeds, rocks and sink holes to contend with - proper racing! - before the last bit of track and a flying descent down boggy fields to the finish. I'd fought for every place as instructed. Mark, Chris, Declan, Leigh, Dave and then Wayne all arrived to complete the Bowland team.
As it turned out, with the previous organiser Paul Cornforth no longer working for Lyon Equipment, they were not again sponsoring the race and the new organisers had stepped in at the last minute thereby ensuring that all the runners could enjoy a great race on a fantastic day in such a beautiful spot - so a big thanks to them!
Race Report 7: 3 Shires
Despite the closure of the M6, 19 Bowlanders made it to this Lakeland Classic and club champs counter. The sunshine finally made an appearance meaning this years race was not a test of navigation, so Declan managed to finish. At the front, Rhys Finlay-Robinson showed no ill effects after winning the Mountain Trial the week before to win the race in the only time under 2 hours. For the club, Chris and I duelled to the 3 shires stone where I managed to get a small lead on the climb up Blisco. Chris reduced this with some more cunning lines on the descent but not by enough. The V50 team were well bunched, with Leigh the best placed and Mark Irving, in his first big Lakeland race, was still smiling at the finish to continue his good season. Ian obviously hung back to take the shots below and Jo was our only lady after Emma had decided to go for a little bike ride and support. A great race - thanks again Selwyn - and a great day out in orange and green! Club Results below.
Race Report 6: Hodder Valley
Hodder Valley Show Fell Race 2012
As the 64 seniors and 12 juniors departed the showfield for the fell, the vests of several established fell-running clubs could be identified: Bowland, Clayton-le-Moors, Helm Hill, Pudsey & Bramley and Wharfedale to name but a handful.
Fifty minutes later, it was none of these vests that appeared into the finish field; but the plain blue attire of unattached newcomer Paul Webb of Bentham ( he had placed second out of a field of 207, only six weeks earlier at Ingleborough) in a time of 51 min 56 sec. It was almost 2 minutes before established Bowland member Mark Chippendale of Galgate claimed 2nd place and 1st veteran over 40, with James Titmus of Pudsey & Bramley taking 3rd, a further 15 seconds in arrears.
First Male V50 was Clayton's Brian Horrocks (14th / 58.26) and his clubmate Jack Holt took MV60 honours ( 21st / 61.07 ). Of the two V70's competing, Bowland's Phil Martin ( 61st / 87.43 ) had the better of Preston Harrier's George Arnold ( 62nd / 98.35 )
First Lady ( & LV50 ) was Calder Valley FR's Jackie Scarf ( 38th / 66.12 ) immediately followed by Helm Hill's LV40 Caroline Holden ( 39th 67.46 ). Third lady being Bowland's LV40 Sarah Sherratt ( 43rd / 71.58 ).
In the junior races:-
Under 8 honours went to Samuel Smith and Nia Walsh. Under 10 winners were James Walker and Mary Macbride.
Under 12 winners were Thomas Wilson and Katie Hargreaves; whilst Ellis Couch took the U16 race.
Despite the rather heavy going from several days of wet weather, the sun beat down all afternoon; possibly a little too warm for enjoyable running.
Many thanks are due to the farmers and landowners for accommodating the race; to the Bowland stalwarts and friends for marshalling the many gates and performing registration, start and finish funnel duties; to the HVS Committee for affording us the opportunity to stage a race; also to all the entrants for turning up and transforming a fixture into an event.
Steve Cox & Ian Roberts.
|Paul Walsh Jnr||M40||00:54:50|
Looks like a return to some sort of form for Clive!!
Race 5 Report: Weasdale Horseshoe by Chris Reade
Weasdale is a great runners race as Mark showed by trouncing the rest of us to come home first Bowland. I trailed Mike by quite some way and struggled home losing places all the way. Getting a stitch on the final climb left me having to run the hills at the far end and most of the return with my index finger jabbed in under my rib cage to alleviate the pain of the stitch. Quite a sight I would imagine, look out for a photo.
Another good memory is the gandhi bath at the finish, plenty of runners in the stream or flowing marsh which came complete with lilies and lush green vegetation – no hippos though !! . A chap was there taking pictures, – so we may make the front cover yet – it was a good one. The uphill finish was good for spectators as was the agricultural show and the street cleaning wagon which managed to fall off the road and into the mud which took many farmers many hours to move. Mark made the point – what was a street cleaner doing coming along a moorland road on a Saturday afternoon when there is a major event on. A side show to this was watching cars try to get round it on wet muddy grass. Avoiding eye contact with stranded drivers was crucial to keep my now clean Gandhi legs in good order.
Mark Chippendale V40 01:04:20
Mike Johnson V50 01:06:54
Chris Reade V45 01: 08:30
Steven Bamber V45 01:14:01
Ali Welsh V50 01:16:51
Rowena Browne LV50 01:19:26
Colin Whittaker V45 01:23:24
Mark Irving Open 01:23:48
Ian Cookson V60 01:25:15
Alan J Heaton V55 01:30:16
Phil Martin V70 01:50:25
Race 4 Report : Clougha Pike
Despite the poor forecast and cancelling of the village fete, the day was not wet - a pity the same could not be said for the ground! A big field of 125 saw some real quality at the top end with Tom Addison, Rob Jebb and Ricky Lightfoot turning up and with the course fully flagged for the U18s all home advantage was lost. 18 Bowlanders ran which was a great effort considering the number who were also marshalling/organising the race. We scooped both team prizes despite it also being a club champs for Wharfedale and Horwich too.
With the customary cannon to start the race, they were all off with the U18s jostling for position at the front. By the top of the third field though, the three Lakes lads were well established and pulling ahead for their own mini race. Steve Swarbrick led the charge for Bowland and maintained his lead throughout with Richard and Mark swapping positions several times behind. On the descent though, Mike managed to sneak up on them and with more place swapping managed to get enough distance on the final flat to keep a few seconds ahead of RIchard on the run in with Mark very close behind to secure the team prize. Rowena's epic at the Great Lakes had not fatigued her too much and she came home first for the club about a minute infront of Emma (nice sprint finish and definitely sporting more orange items than Rowena) with Sophie completing the team for the prize. Sarah Sherratt completed the Bowland ladies with again an impressive amount of orange items being worn ... the men certainly need to take sartorial note.