News: January 2011
With the last change to the team completed on Saturday (a big thanks to Tim Whiteley for stepping in at the last moment!) it was with relief that both Bowland teams turned out the full compliment of runners on Sunday, although some were ever so slightly late for a changeover due to an extended warmup - or was that extra BG training Dec?
OPEN team report.
Quentin showed new member Adam Lackey the ropes on Leg 1 and at the top of the final climb Adam looked like he was regretting his membership. They came in a respectable 12th position just behind Rossendale Vets and Clayton Open giving Steve and Rich something to chase at the start of Leg 2. Rossendale were quickly despatched and Clayton hauled in on the long climb up to Widdop but with no sign of Borrowdale and Sale A ahead they kept the pace up around the rezzies. Steve began to suffer on the climbs but always caught up on the descents and with the blinkers on they were surprised to be passed by a Preston duo including Gethin Butler setting the second fastest leg time. It became clear that Borrowdale and Sale had gone wandering when they arrived at the end of the leg in 9th place but unfortunately Leigh and Declan were no where to be seen!
When they eventually arrived, Clayton and Borrowdale weren't far behind and put them under pressure but Leigh cannily let them through knowing they'd go the wrong way somewhere on the leg. True to form, both teams missed the final turn down off the moor allowing the Bowland pair to come in 10th place, having been overtaken by Eden. Steve Bamber and Tim Whiteley were immediately under pressure on Leg 4 and Tim dug deep to give Mark and Paul a chance of picking up a few places on Leg 5.
A fantastic effort on the final leg saw them reel in Clayton for the 2nd time that day and in the final few hundred yards, Mark burst past the Eden pair leaving Paul to reap the benefit of all those hours on the track and time his sprint to perfection, nipping past the last Eden runner just before the finish. There needs to be a stewards enquiry though as some dubious dibbing from the officials led to Bowland being behind by 2 secs!!
Thanks to all those who turned out, ran, supported and drove us around. Full results on the PENNINE BRIDLEWAY WEBSITE.
Posted by Rich
Mary Towneley Loop - Sunday 30th January
The CONFIRMED OPEN team (TEAM 13) for Sunday is;
1. Quentin & Mike J
2. Steve Swarbrick & Richard
3. Leigh Warburton and Declan
4. Steve Bamber and Adam
5. Mark Chippendale and Paul Neild
The MIXED team (TEAM 14) is;
1. Rowena Browne & Sue Harding
2. Ian Hutchinson & Nick Hewitt
3. John McHugh & Debbie Cooper
4. Sarah Keats & Jenn Hutton
5. Steve Harling & Andy Crook
Pairs needing to check the route descriptions, leg maps, changeovers, times etc click for thePENNINE BRIDLEWAYwebsite.
The only change I think this year is that each pair must register at the start of their leg to receive the team number.
Richard is team captain for OPEN and Jenn for the MIXED
Carwags Jan 18th
Ingleborough Jan 20th
This year's presentation evening will take place after the Bleasdale Circle Fell Race on the 26th of Feb 2011.
It will be held in the Parish Hall. 7.30pm
Cost - £10 per person payable in advance please. Cheques payable to "Bowland Fell Runners" - Hazelhurst Cottage, Bleasdale, Preston PR3 1UY
We welcome all members of the club and partners to come to what will be a fun evening, with first a hot Buffet served by a local Catering company, with a choice for vegetarians. Plus some great live music from a local Folk Band and maybe some musical club members.
We ask that if you are attending, that you phone or email Les Orr or Pam Farmer so that numbers can be catered for.
Please do let us know now -
Les Orr - 01995 678118 or Les@bowlandenergy.co.uk
Pam Farmer - 01995 678111
Carwags 11th January
Nicky Nook – 13th January
Apologies for not posting this in December ... too much snow to play in!
The final race in the club championship saw a fast race in the snows of Bolton by Bowland and a turnout of 9 hardy Bowlanders, most of whom enjoyed the prize list. Richard Mellon led the team home but the main action was happening behind him with the fight for the 2010 title. For full results click HERE.
The ever youthful Chris Reade secured his ?fourth club championship and V40 trophy by holding off the challenge of Mike Johnson who takes the V50 trophy. The full table of results is available on the Club Championship page.