Report from Phil Robinson: Anyone who remembers running in the Stainland 7 (I recall Ian Fisher winning it once, some years ago) will know that flat surfaces around those parts are only found indoors. At just over 6 miles with nearly 800 feet of climbing the trail race – according to the locals I talked to – is thought to be harder than the old ‘7’. The route was mainly on woodland paths, mostly narrow, sometimes rocky, and usually steep. But Sunday morning was fine and dry, not too warm, little wind, so great conditions for running. A good few stiles and gates meant a few seconds respite from time to time but a sensible entry limit (I think 200) meant there were no long delays even in the middle of the pack. The course was well-marked and marshalled, and the organisation was fell-race style with just a couple of tables in the bar of the local pub. Real grass-roots running in every sense, great fun, and highly recommended.
1 Tanya Seager F40 (!!!) Stainland Lions 44.04
2 Jonathan Collins M Stainland Lions 44.28
3 John Lloyd M Salford Harriers 44.43
69 Phil Robinson M70 (1st) Otley AC 64.47