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Bowland Fell Runners News: September 2013

News: September 2013

From 2006 the Arenig Fawr race was run as a medium 6.7 mile race. During that time I have always wanted to extend the route to include Arenig’s neighbour Moel Llyfnant and was never happy with the start being one mile away from the race headquarters.
This year the race was changed. It started and finished at the Arenig quarry. Moel Llyfnant was included, the distance was increased to 13km (8.1 miles) and the overall climb was almost doubled. There was a small field of 33 runners. Weather conditions were almost perfect: dry, clear and breezy.
The Arenig race has never been very popular with Bowland runners due to the long drive needed to get there. This time four of the best turned up, Richard, Leigh, Graham and Ian Cookson.
The leading positions were closely contested and Richard, map in hand, was the outright winner, setting a record for the new course of 1:34:06. Leigh was in 6th position, Graham in 9th and Ian in 20th. There was the usual congenial post race get together with refreshments, food, homemade cakes and prizes for everyone. In addition to the regular helpers Ian and Pat and Wynn and Steve, Ali joined us to marshal at Checkpoint 1 and sweep the course. Thank you all.
Yiannis
 

Posted: Mon 30th Sep 2013

Chris had offered out to the club to organise an Open team for next weekends IHMR but in the absence of any willing volunteers has organised a Vet 40 team;

Current team is-

Leg1 Clive and Declan or Leigh W
Leg 2 Steve Swarbrick & Paul Neild
Leg 3 Chris and Leigh W / Declan
Leg 4 Richard / Mark Chip
 
This will be a poignant occasion being one year since Darren Holloway passed away.

We have two teams entered in the UKA Relays in Llanberis in October, a Womens team and a MV40 team. Jen has organised the Womens team and Richard is organising the Male team - teams to follow when they are confirmed.

Would anyone be willing to organise a Bowland team for next May's Calderdale Relay? It clashes with the Coniston fell race (an English champs race next year i think) but it would be good to put a team into this event again. Email if you are interested!!

Posted: Sun 29th Sep 2013

Mark and Steve Swarbrick have raved about thie one for a few years and with Chris joining the party last year, I decided it was about time to pop my Ben Cherry. Steve Sweeney joined the line up and the Walsh brothers completed the Bowland Team for what was their 14th and 16th races respectively I think. However, with 484 on the start line the orange and green was drowned out by the 50 or so Lochaber runners and about 30 odd from Wharfdale. The Pipe band started up and we were led round the start field to be set off by Jimmy on the occasion of his 40th Ben race.

Having poured with rain all morning the sun decided to make an appearance for the race itrself and we all ditched the thermals before dashing off round the shinty field and out along the road heading for the tourist track. 1350 metres to climb so steady away I thought - but hang on, Mark and Steve are hurtling up the road casting tourists left right and centre so I'd better make an effort. It soon hits the rocky path and there's no let up of pace as we climb up and up. I stupidly look at my altimeter - still two thirds of the height to go so I decide not to look again. I climb more steadily and go past Steve before the big loop right and then the real steep stuff next to the Red Burn. Angela Mudge pases me as if I'm standing still and I start to make more of an effort but surely we must be nearly there? Race leader Finlay Wild passes me so I'm thinking it can't be far to the top, right? Several more false summits, then Mark comes dashing past, then several more and finally I'm at the top and it's my turn to try to dance past tourists down the descent path.

I'm concentrating so hard on not falling over the rocks that Ilose the line several times but finally I pick up someone who clearly knows the way and follow him from one scree chute to the next. I see Mark in the distance and we swing hard left to hit the top of the grassy bank I've been warned about. Think "top of the parachute route" but about five times longer and a bit steeper - however I pass Mark and then come across Angela who is not enjoying life so I must be doing ok. Back over the burn and onto the stony path again but the legs are protesting so I look for every bit of mud I can find to cushion the blows, all the time waiting for Stevie B to come whizzing past as usual. Eventually down to the road, about a mile to go and I'm in a race with Nigel Wood from Coniston who somehow seems to be able to accelerate whereas I can barely lift a knee. Into the final field and when I hear my name on the tannoy I try to look like a proper runner in front of the crowds and not some wimpy sassenach who cannae tek his moontins.

Mark arrives having got his best time yet, then it's Steve ... Sweeney with Chris not far behind. Stevie B has apparently turned his ankle on the descent and comes limping in later somewhat annoyed. We stand around chatting in the sunshine until the heavens open and the tail end of the race gets a proper soaking whilst we're scoffing sarnies and cake in the tent.The craic goes on well into the evening and after the presentations to everyone in Lochaber and Ian Holmes for his 21st race we're off to the pub to see if we can get Chris to buy his round.

Well worth the drive, well worth the effort - I suspect we'll be going to this one for many years to come but maybe not 40.

Posted: Sun 8th Sep 2013

Mark and Steve Swarbrick have raved about thie one for a few years and with Chris joining the party last year, I decided it was about time to pop my Ben Cherry. Steve Sweeney joined the line up and the Walsh brothers completed the Bowland Team for what was their 14th and 16th races respectively I think. However, with 484 on the start line the orange and green was drowned out by the 50 or so Lochaber runners and about 30 odd from Wharfdale. The Pipe band started up and we were led round the start field to be set off by Jimmy on the occasion of his 40th Ben race.

Having poured with rain all morning the sun decided to make an appearance for the race itrself and we all ditched the thermals before dashing off round the shinty field and out along the road heading for the tourist track. 1350 metres to climb so steady away I thought - but hang on, Mark and Steve are hurtling up the road casting tourists left right and centre so I'd better make an effort. It soon hits the rocky path and there's no let up of pace as we climb up and up. I stupidly look at my altimeter - still two thirds of the height to go so I decide not to look again. I climb more steadily and go past Steve before the big loop right and then the real steep stuff next to the Red Burn. Angela Mudge pases me as if I'm standing still and I start to make more of an effort but surely we must be nearly there? Race leader Finlay Wild passes me so I'm thinking it can't be far to the top, right? Several more false summits, then Mark comes dashing past, then several more and finally I'm at the top and it's my turn to try to dance past tourists down the descent path.

I'm concentrating so hard on not falling over the rocks that Ilose the line several times but finally I pick up someone who clearly knows the way and follow him from one scree chute to the next. I see Mark in the distance and we swing hard left to hit the top of the grassy bank I've been warned about. Think "top of the parachute route" but about five times longer and a bit steeper - however I pass Mark and then come across Angela who is not enjoying life so I must be doing ok. Back over the burn and onto the stony path again but the legs are protesting so I look for every bit of mud I can find to cushion the blows, all the time waiting for Stevie B to come whizzing past as usual. Eventually down to the road, about a mile to go and I'm in a race with Nigel Wood from Coniston who somehow seems to be able to accelerate whereas I can barely lift a knee. Into the final field and when I hear my name on the tannoy I try to look like a proper runner in front of the crowds and not some wimpy sassenach who cannae tek his moontins.

Mark arrives having got his best time yet, then it's Steve ... Sweeney with Chris not far behind. Stevie B has apparently turned his ankle on the descent and comes limping in later somewhat annoyed. We stand around chatting in the sunshine until the heavens open and the tail end of the race gets a proper soaking whilst we're scoffing sarnies and cake in the tent.The craic goes on well into the evening and after the presentations to everyone in Lochaber and Ian Holmes for his 21st race we're off to the pub to see if we can get Chris to buy his round.

Well worth the drive, well worth the effort - I suspect we'll be going to this one for many years to come but maybe not 40.

Posted: Sun 8th Sep 2013

With a field of 50 runners, Orange and Green was the dominant colour but unfortunately for the lads, Danny Hope was out for another training run to take the victory!

This is a tough little race with leg sapping fields, steep climbs, rocky traverses and fast downhills ... a technical punch or two is delivered. The club dominated the prizes, just not the main ones this year with Caitlin Rice of Glossopdale taking victory in the Ladies race.

Club results were;

1 Hope, Danny P&B 01:01:11
2 Swarbrick, Steve Bowland 01:02:41
3 Chippendale, Mark Bowland 01:03:39
4 Mellon, Richard Bowland 01:05:06
8 O'Duffy, Declan Bowland 01:10:22
12 Irving, Mark Bowland 01:14:47
24 Gibbison, Mike Bowland 01:23:09
30 Davies, Richard Bowland 01:29:42
32 Charters, Ian Bowland 01:30:29
33 Sherratt, Sarah Bowland 01:30:52

 

Posted: Sun 8th Sep 2013