Once again a glorious summer's day greeted 294 senior and 115 junior fell runners to Hutton Roof Crags 31st Fell Race. The course was fast and dry and the weather hot and sunny with very little breeze (unusual for Hutton Roof!) Last year's winners, Tom Addison and Victoria Wilkinson were not able to defend their titles this year and there are lots of new names appearing on the prize winners list this year. Tom vows to be back next year to retake the cup! There were also a record number of Hutton Roofers competing: 9 in the seniors and 12 in the juniors!
The 2016 senior winner was Adam Osborne (Leeds City) in 51:06 winning the Sheepskin Warehouse Trophy. In second place, winning the Will Ramsbotham Memorial Trophy, Mark McGoldrick (Wharfedale Harriers) 51:57. 3rd was Phil Marsden (Bolton United Harriers & AC) 52:06. Craig Roberts (Kendal), who has a long distinguished history in the race, was first veteran back (V50 taking V40 prize) 54:22, 6th overall, and just ahead of Nigel Wood (V40) (Helm Hill) 54:36.
The V50 prize went to Neil Holding (West Pennine) 54:34, V60 winner was Brian Thompson (Helm Hill) 66:38 and V70 Graham Breeze (Wharfedale) 91:22.
Helm Hill sent a strong team of 25 seniors and, as last year, clinched the men’s team prize (Michael Ainsworth, Nigel Wood and Ben Proctor). The second men’s team prize, again as last year, went to Bowland Fell Runners (Chris Arthur, Sean Bolland and Mark Chippendale)
Anna Lupton (Black Combe) won the Ladies race in 59:44, with Rachel Hill (Settle) 61:44 second and Claire Somerton (Cambridge & Coleridge AC) 63:22 in third. First Lady V40 was Joanna Goorney (Lytham) 63:25, V50 Ali Keates (Wharfedale) 64:31. The Ladies' Team prize was taken by Black Combe (Anna Lupton, Rebecca Rooke and Jackie Casey)
The 115 junior runners competed in 5 age groups for boys and girls from age 6 to 15. No under 18s competed this year due to the European Mountain Running Championship Trials taking place at Whinlatter, including Hutton Roof's Scarlet Dale. Even so, 12 juniors from the parish competed this year, Evan Roberts (U10), wins the Hutton Roof Cup. Helm Hill brought a huge team of 23 runners and feature strongly in the prize winners list.
U8 Boys: 1st Jack Sanderson (Settle Harriers), 2nd Noah Wadsworth (Helm Hill), 3rd Charlie Catchpole(UA).
U8 Girls: 1st Katie Buckley (Keithly & Craven AC), 2nd Isla Foes (UA), 3rd Carys Roberts (UA)
U10 Boys: 1st Marvin Gibbs (Helm Hill), 2nd Joel Saunders (Helm Hill) 3rd Evan Roberts(UA)
U10 Girls: 1st Bethan Saunders (Hoad Hill) who was second last year, 2nd Sophie Cowin (Kendal) 3rd Tara Allan (Helm Hill).
U12 Boys: 1st Henry Hunter (Helm Hill), 2nd James Duffy (Calder Valley), 3rd Evan Allan (Helm Hill).
U12 Girls: 1st Clara Samson (Helm Hill), 2nd Ella Park (Helm Hill), 3rd Nell Edmondson (Rossendale).
U14 Boys: 1st Sam Smith (Wharefedale), 2nd Ollie Sanders (Helm Hill), 3rd William Pyle (Lancaster & Morecambe).
U14 Girls: 1st Lottie Beardwood (Helm Hill), 2nd Maia Doherty (Helm Hill), 3rd Ella Beardwood (Helm Hill).
U16 Boys: 1st Kian Davis (Chorley), 2nd Logan Hargreaves-Madhas (Wharfedale), 3rd Bob Evans (Settle).
U16 Girls: 1st Imogen Burrow (Helm Hill), 2nd Rosie Woodhams (Dallam), 3rd Erin Bagge (Helm Hill).