Report from Tom Lynch: The Pendle 3 Peaks race is a 16 km (9.8 mile) fell race with 870 m (2800 ft) ascent, based around the last part of the Tour of Pendle. The race was an English Championship counter this year, so had a strong field, and sold out in January or something silly. The race consisted of a series of climbs up the different sides of Pendle, and as was pointed out to me actually looks more like it has 4 peaks with 4 different climbs. The climbs were pretty steep long climbs which made for a good challenging race. I felt terrible for the first up and down, but managed to improve and make up some places towards the end. The race was slightly shortened to start on Ogden dam rather than in Barley village itself.
The winner of the men’s race was Sam Tosh (Rossendale Harriers) in 01:15:41, I was the only Otley runner and came in 110th in 01:39:52 out of 229 starters, not far off what I was expecting. In the separate women’s race, starting 15 minutes earlier, the winner was Sharon Taylor (Helm Hill) in 01:34:06. There were only about 300 runners in total, well down on the total number of entries, possibly because it was a miserable cloudy day with plenty of rain!