Report from the Hon. Handicapper.
This is one local fell race, (5.3 miles / 945ft), I’ve watched several times, but never run actually raced. Several Otley members I lined up at the bottom of the steep farm field adjacent to the Leeds-Liverpool canal near the Fisherman’s Inn, Bingley. The race goes through a couple of muddy farm fields, on to Shipley Glen, the summit of Baildon moor, a loop round the summit and back to the popular spectator spot at the road crossing. From there it’s the reverse of the first couple of miles back to the finish. The slippery conditions were to the advantage of the runners with the 1st 10 counting, the harriers scored 93 to the cyclist 142. A top event all round, well worth giving a go.
1st overall (cycle) was Rob Jebb, 35:43, followed by Andy Peace (c). 1st harrier in 3rd was Andy Brown and first lady (harrier) was Victoria Wilkinson 40:07, all Bingley H. 1st for Otley was Bob Addey, (c), 6th in 38:33, followed by Sam Stell (h) 11th 39:40, myself 12th 39:53, 67th Andy Hunt 47:06, 104th Laura Clark 49:47, 160th Bob Baker 56:08, 161st Caron Ralph 56:33, 202nd Lisa Maughan 1:03:19, 215th Don Buffham 1:09:45 and 225th Antonio Cardinale 1:24:18. Richard Hamer dnf’d on his mountain bike after a few falls causing bike & injury problems.