Report from the Hon. Handicapper:
A good turnout of Black & White vests at this unusual race for both runners and cyclists, roughly split 75% to 25% between runners and cyclists. It starts in fields next to the Leeds Liverpool canal near the Fishermans Inn, crossing Shipley Glen and up to the summit cairn of Baildon moor. Once on the top there’s a short loop before you retrace your tracks back to the canal.
The popularity of the event delayed the start a little, but this didn’t stop a mad sprint up the steep climb straight off the start line, an old work horse isn’t exactly designed for such things! Unsurprisingly those fast starters were soon flagging in the next couple of muddy fields, but not Liam who was surging ahead into the distance. I passed a couple of runners & Andy Peace, 2nd cyclist on the climb off Shipley Glen to the summit, spurred on by the lots of support on the road crossing half way up. After that I had a relatively uneventful race, finishing just behind Andy Peace who’d overtaken on the fast cycling section before the return crossing of the Glen.
The slippy conditions were very much in favour of the runners this year as only 2 cyclists finished in the top 20, where as last year it was 4 in the first 6. Tom Adams continued his winning ways, recording a course record of 34:35, first cyclist was Ian Taylor, in 10th 39:13, Annabel Mason, Wakefield was first lady, 45:47, Nina Benson, Ilkley C. 58:08 1st cyclist . Liam had a fantastic run to finish 11th, 39:47, I was 20th, 41:00, followed shortly after by Sam Stell, 26th, 41:37, Rogan Ashton 46th 44:13, Steve Robinson 95th 48:01, Christian Hosker 168th 53:51, Neil Reed 191st 55:51, Bob Baker 224th 59:43, Don Buffham 271st 1:10:24 and Antonio Cardinale 277th 1:24:52.