Report from Sean O Halloran:
A few of us from OAC decided to do the Soreen Stanbury Splash fell race at Penistone Hill Country Park, Howarth. It was a cold but dry sunny morning and ideal for running. Registration completed and Malt Loaf collected we were all ready to go. There was a really good turn out which included some of the best fell runners in the country.
The course was a 7 mile lolly pop shaped route which meant for the not so fast runners negotiating the oncoming faster runners coming the other way, who has right of way???? Conditions under foot ranged from a tarmac road to very boggy mud and everything in-between. The course was very hilly in places (some of the hills were very muddy and sliding down was the sensible option) scrambles and stream crossings to be navigated, but it all added to the enjoyment of the race. Yes, I did say enjoyment!.
Well done to all the OAC folk who turned out for this race, don’t know about the others but I found this race to be very tough. The Woodentops fell races are always well organised and marshalled and this is another one I shall be doing again.
The winner was Tom Adams in a time of 43:50, the first lady home was Helen Glover in a time of 52:46.
OAC results are as follows: Andrew Robertshaw 51:30 (21st), Shane Ewen 55:40 (61st), Jim Sneath 65:28 (197th), Andy Webster 67:02 (213th), Caron Ralph 72:12 (302nd), Nikki Scott 74:05 (327th), Colin Best 74:59 (334th), Dominic Egan 76:06 (346th), Sean O’Halloran 107:54 (435th). There were a total of 338 finishers and quite a number who scored a DNF. Really sorry if I have missed anyone off; if I have please advise accordingly.