Hutton Roof and Farleton
Knott are covered with a maze of footpaths. Navigation is
a real problem on a misty day so this race has always been
flagged from start to finish. I am pleased to hear favourable
comments about the way marking of the route, especially if
it encourages runners who are sometimes a little daunted by
The crags race is about fun and above all cakes! Lee Siemazsko
takes the competion seriously, however and reconnoitred the
route on Friday night to be sure of a problem free race on
Saturday. He won easily in a time of 47.16 but was disappointed
not to have been closer to Mark Croasdale’s record of
43.38. There was quite a tussle for the next three places
with Darren Kay, Horwich 48.04 leading home Sean Bollend,
Bowland 48.10 and Phil Davies Borrowdale 48.32. First V40
was Graham Patten, Ambleside 50.44 followed by an excellent
performance from local runner Mike McKenna 58.48 and 1st V50.
When Dennis Kearns 1st V60 finished in 62.02 I began to wonder
whether I would ever race this route again!
Not as many women ran this year but, as one competitor remarked,
“we would have won the team prize but she had to stay
in the tent to stop it from blowing away!” First lady
was Vic Wilkinson, Bingley in 52.32. followed by Rebecca Robinson
Kendal 55.57 and Hazel Jones, Dallam 59.30. Nicola Davies
completed the Borrowdale team and took the 1st veteran 40
prize in 59.44. Wendy Dodds Clayton Le Moors took her customary
V50 prize and was disappointed not to have her V50 ladies
team with her to claim the team prize.
The junior races were keenly contested as always and many
young competitors went on to compete in the sack race etc.
in the village Fete as well. Mum’s and Dads not in the
Senior race enjoyed the stalls outside and even sampled the
best cakes before the senior race finished.
Looking at the glazed eyes of runners scoffing cakes at the
finish, it was clear that the wind had made the route a little
bit more of a challenge this year. The strong winds on the
day destroyed our registration tent but the cow trailer was
an excellent substitute and more in keeping with the village
atmosphere we are trying to promote at this event. Once again
all proceeds will go to the village Hall and its new disabled