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Bowland Fell Runners News: November 2013

News: November 2013

Clougha Pike Race 2014 Date Change – Junior Championship Race & Senior Race

Please note the Clougha Pike races are to be held on Saturday 21st June,  (and not the 28th June as indicated in the Fell Runner Magazine Autumn Edition). The details in the calendar website and fixtures calendar  have been updated. More information will appear on the Bowland Fellrunner Website in due course.

Chris Reade

Posted: Thu 21st Nov 2013

Excerpt from Declan's day out ... see the blog for the full account!

255 runners are on the starting line with a mighty 15 GandOs. It’s a tight squeeze for us all on the narrow lane, and the chaotic start is not helped by one or two stood right at the very front who know they shouldn’t be there. I’ll not name them but it is minx-ish as they create mayhem behind.

The tough road section starts downhill so its very quick and then goes into a 5 minute climb which gets the lactic acid going in your legs. It’s impossible to not go out too quickly. By the time you hit the fell you’re gasping for air, everyone around me is straining. I can see the Chorley vest of Darren 30 yards ahead so I think I’ve overdone it. Going up to The Knott though, Darren is suddenly right in front of me, he’s obviously not in top form but it encourages me a little. Later he explains that he’s suffering from his hamstring, which really does slow you down.

Over the checkpoint and down a nice, fast descent, which is where Graham says I start to pull away from him. Funny that, as I think climbing is my stronger point. You have good days and you have bad days I suppose. Feeling good I steam ahead to Stickle Pike and see a rival, Billy Proctor, descending it quickly. He’s on form I think to myself and he’s going to take some catching. Also just ahead of me is Chris Jackson, gangly youth of a previous epistle, whom I’m surprised to be so close to. Chris makes a muck of the descent and I steal into the lead on him, which he never gets back. First time I’ve bested him this year I think. Billy though is some 300 yards off. I get my head down over this flattish section as is my wont and don’t look up for a few minutes, have I lost or gained ground, gained I think. Possibilities here I say to myself, and a good target to keep me working hard. The ground is surprisingly firm given the recent wet weather, probably firmer than I’ve ever run it; I think there’ll be some quick times. Richard has a ding-dong with Pudsey’s Gary Devine, over here from his business in the south of France, building a garage for someone in Ulverston. Gary bests him by a few seconds and its probably Rich’s gammy ankle that slows him a little. Mark Chip is a minute behind Rich, which is a reversal of earlier form.

Approaching Great Stickle, the final checkpoint, I can see Billy has stretched his lead on me, damn, thought he was fair game for a short while there. Then going over Great Stickle I ignore the flags for some reason and lose precious seconds stuttering down through the crags. Game over as far as Billy and me are concerned, it’s a fast finish from here on in and I’m not going to catch him. Fair dues though, I think that’s the first time in a while for him; he must have been doing some proper training lately. I keep my spot from here to the finish, Darren storming back as his hamstring loosens up but not quite quick enough for our little tete a tete. Graham halves the time from last week between us, he’s determined to catch this Irish sod before the year’s out methinks.

The sun comes out nicely at the finish and is quite warming on our backs for a while. A fantastic cup of tea and a pie in the hall afterwards and then, it is Cumbria, we listen to the deluge outside while waiting on prize-giving. Richard and Mark win V40 prizes and Nick wins the V60. But the best performance of the day surely goes to Ruth T who took 10 minutes off last year’s time. Now that takes some doing, well done Ruth. Martin’s erroneous pace-making obviously working wonders; he thought Ruth was nip and tuck on last year’s time and so egged her on to a brilliant round.

Well done one and all, just two weeks to the Full Tour now.

8 Richard Mellon Bowland Fell Runners MV40 00:42:56
13 Mark Chippendale Bowland Fell Runners MV40 00:43:56
34 Declan O'Duffy Bowland Fell Runners MV50 00:47:04
44 Graham Lund Bowland Fell Runners M 00:48:44
77 Nick Hewitt Bowland Fell Runners MV60 00:52:49
160 Alex Richards Bowland Fell Runners M 01:01:46
178 Stuart Hayton Bowland Fell Runners MV40 01:03:48
195 Shaun Turner Bowland Fell Runners MV40 01:05:15
197 Jennifer Hutton Bowland Fell Runners LV40 01:05:17
222 Wayne P Walsh Bowland Fell Runners MV50 01:08:14
223 Paul Walsh Bowland Fell Runners MV60 01:08:18
244 Laura-Jayne Brushett Bowland Fell Runners L 01:14:58
247 Ruth Turner Bowland Fell Runners LV50 01:18:46
248 Martin F Walsh Bowland Fell Runners MV60 01:18:48
249 George Fletcher Bowland Fell Runners MV60 01:20:49


Posted: Mon 11th Nov 2013

A windy day on the moors above Tod for club champs #10. The traffic was a nightmare and some of those trying to avoid the queues in Todmorden via the top road were in for a nasty shock when they discovered 300 odd runners parked on the roadsides! Add a bus and a horsebox and a bit of colourful language. The race is a cracker - fast start then proper cross country through muddy tracks and out over the wet moorland. A steep drop before a final steady climb and a muddy slither back down the start route. The rain held off for most of the race but the wind was fierce. 7 Bowlanders managed to park their cars and register with Declan taking the MV55 prize.


10   Richard Mellon   MV40   47.01
41   Declan O'Duffy   MV55   51.59
62   Graham Lund     M         54.49
68   Steve Bamber    MV50   55.38
152  Ian Cookson      MV60   64.47
232  Stuart Hayton    MV45   75.14
268  Philip Martin      MV70   85.35

 FULL RESULTS HERE - http://www.todharriers.co.uk/shepherds_skyline/skylineres2013.htm



Posted: Sun 3rd Nov 2013