Race Report by John
second year in succession this race was hit by the weather.
It didn't seem to bother the competitors however; they
ran, enjoyed the Country Fair and afterwards feasted
on cakes, despite the downpour at the end.
The juniors raced around their courses at a rapid pace
with Melanie Hyder (Dallam) showing great promise as
she cruised to a very confident first overall in the
U14's nearly a minute ahead of the first boy Jos Addison
(Helm Hill). Jos had a good race with his team mate
Jonathon Knox who finished 3rd. It was good to see 20
competitors in the U12 Boys race with Rory Addison finishing
first from James Knox both of Helm Hill. There were
only 6 competitors in the U12's girl race in which Robin
Goodfellow (Dallam) finished first ahead of Faith Biddle
The Senior race was again well supported with 210 starters.
The strong winds and slippery conditions slowed some
competitors but not Darren Kay, (Horwich) 49.27. He
told me he was returning to better his position of 2nd
last year with a 1st and that he duly did, cruising
to a comfortable victory half a minute in front of his
team mate James Logue, 50.05. Competition was fierce
for the next few places and Craig Roberts Kendal AC
had another great run to finish 3rd and first V40 in
a time of 50.17 just ahead of Stewart Gregory (Holme
Pierrepont) 4th and 2nd V40 50.25. The team event was
a narrow victory for Kendal whose runners: Craig Roberts,
Paul Dugdale and Matthew Berresford beat Helm Hill by
just one point.
The Ladies race was won by Rebecca Robinson Kendal AC
in 56.19 with Sally Newman (Calder Valley) 57.18 second.
The first Ladies team was Radcliffe (Donna Allen-Cartwright,
Anna Lupton & Sarah Massey). We could do with more
ladies next year. The sudden downpour at the end was
a direct hit on our time keepers who fought courageously
to complete the last few entries on soggy bits of paper.
Special thanks to all race marshals who endured these
harsh conditions to ensure everything went smoothly.
Once again all enjoyed plenty of cakes to scoff at the
Last year Nick Hambrey took pictures as runners crossed
the rocky outcrops on Farleton Knott. This year they
could buy their photo in the village hall. We've had
even more photographers this year. See