Report from Liam Dunne:
Due to other commitments in life my training since London marathon has consisted of a couple of easy runs. Did I miss regular training? No! It’s been nice to have a break from it and get back to sinking pints and a bit of socialising.
The ‘Sam Stell Stag-do Team’ are heading up to the dales next Sat for the Buckden Pike fell race. I’m confident I can stay with the best of them in the drinking session afterwards but with recent fitness levels at an all time low I feel I’m going to be dragging up the rear at the Buckden Pike race.
I honestly can’t remember my last fell race and on Saturday morning I thought I’d pop over to Barnoldswick to the Weets fell race for a wee bit of training and a flavour of what’s to come next week. It was a late decision but there is no better way than a fell race to measure your level of fitness.
Despite the weather forecast predicting it to rain, it was actually dry and fairly warm during the race. Before the race I bumped into a few familiar faces including spectator Terry Lonergan of Complete Runner (who verbally abused me on the final descent!) and also spotted the fairly enthusiastic and energetic Dave McGuire of Wharfedale Harriers who had arrived on his bike from the Skipton Parkrun and was also spotted running the tough Kettlewell Anniversary fell race a couple of days previous!
Approximately 130 runners, mainly made up of the local Barlick and Clyton-le-Moors clubs, set off up the long steep narrow road and then onto the moors for a few long climbs and descents, all was fairly runable until the long climb at about mile three where I resorted to walking and was passed by lots of people more senior in age.
I struggled on to the end and finished just outside the top 30. I was really knackered but really enjoyed being back running on the fells and most importantly feel I’ve recaptured my desire to train again when I get time.
The winner of the race was Jimmy Craig (38.08) of Barlick FR, the first lady was Elizabeth Greenwood (46.17) who is only 16, finished in 27th overall. Full results and photos on