News: February 2012
A fantastic day last Saturday saw 25 Bowland vests out on the Bleasdale Circle - a club record for a single race I think?? It was great to see many new faces and hopefully shows the strength in depth that the club can produce after the winter season in the dark. Both mens and ladies team prizes will hopefully become more regular at races this season.
Simon Bailey made his intentions clear from the outset and disappeared rapidly into the distance, finishing only 3 seconds behind the race record. Sarah Sarginson ran a superb race, to finish as first Lady. Mark Chippendale had a strong race to finish first Vet 40 and first Bowlander with Steve Swarbrick almost catching him after a flying descent of Parlick. For the full results and race report see the Bleasdale page ... although not sure that Pam Farmer will relish competing in the MV50 class this season!!
A huge thanks again go to Les and his team of marshalls and helpers for putting on such a great event.
After the cancellation of PBW the weekend before I was glad to hear that despite the treacherous conditions underfoot the race was to go ahead. A hill completely covered in ice was the major problem, followed by ice under water, and a serious navigational challenge due to the pea-souper conditions...not that many had the chance to look where they were going as you searched for a route linking tussocks surrounded by ice! The lead group raced off into the cloud and I found myself in the second group which grew steadily throughout the race as we picked up lost souls here and there. We were indebted to Mick Green for his navigational nouce and any forays ahead usually saw a u-turn to pick up the pied piper's trail again.
In the end, the winner Graham Pearce, closely followed by Danny Hope, Karl Gray and Danny Kay were about 10 minutes ahead of the second group and times were not much slower than usual despite it feeling like you were always about to fall over (no knee deep bogs to contend with). Most of us were happy to get round in one piece. An "interesting" race and a great one to start the season for the hardy bowlanders. Richard M.