Report from the Hon. Handicapper
Sunshine and strong winds greeted a large field of runners in the senior Jack Bloor fell race. After a comedy false start, when the organiser inadvertently said the word ‘go’ during his pre-race speech, we were off.
Just after the start it goes straight into a bottle neck as the path narrows to single file, followed by the steep climb to the Badgerstone, which does give plenty of opportunity to catch up on lost ground. At this point I was shoulder to shoulder with Jeremy, but a strong run down to the Swastika stone gave Jeremy a big lead on the second climb, the long drag to the top of the moor. After passing Caron spectating at the summit cairn, I pretty much maintained my position in the race all the way back to the finish. Further ahead I could see Sam running strongly, however a minor route error and fall meant that Jeremy just pipped Sam to be the first back for Otley.
Results 1st Jack Wood from Ilkley Harriers, 40:10, and Claire Green, P&B first woman, 48:25 & for Otley, 16th Jeremy Stewart 45:24, 18th Sam Stell 45:34, myself 46:48, Andy Hunt 47:48, Tom Lynch 50:44, Tom Paget 51:40, Laura Martin53:35, (just missing out on 1st LV40), Andy Webster 58:03, Laura Clark 1:00:40, Matt Podd 1:00:58, Christian Hosker 1:02:03, Colin Best 1:07:59, Lisa Maughan 1:12:56 & of course the one and only Antonio 1:39:18.
Thanks for supporters around the course, Kath, Caron, Graham & Shane, see some of Caron’s photo’s here.