First of all a big thanks to everyone who made for a successful morning at Timble. After several days of heavy showers the weather gods finally relented on Friday afternoon and Saturday to allow the farm fields to dry up enough to allow us to use one for parking which was a big relief.
140 hardy fell runners set off on a perfect morning for running. Chris Miller established an early lead on the climb to Round Hill and finished a couple of minutes clear, with a time of 55:55, of Otley’s Liam Dunne, 1st V40 and Richard Pattinson, Calder Valley, despite a minor navigational mistake on the descent off Round Hill. Finishing third Richard took the V50 record down to
58:43, he now holds the fast ever time for the race and the V40 & V50 records.
Knavesmire’s Nik Tarrega repeated last year’s win, having a great race running a couple of minutes quicker than 2016. She was pushed all the way by Monica Padilla, Wharfedale who finished just 17 seconds behind. Both notable times, being the fourth & fifth fastest ladies times since the first race in 2003. Alice Leake from Leeds City finished 3rd just less than 2 minutes later.
Nick Pearce, Ilkley H. was the first V60 in 1:10:02 and Otley local Dave Tait, Dark Peak was 1st V70 1:20:29. Harrogate’s Sarah Gill was 1st V50 finishing 4th lady, Michaela Clark, Abbey Runners 1st V40 and Sue Morley took the V60 prize.
Otley finishers were 2nd Liam Dunne, 58:27, 11th Edward
Davies 1:03:32, soon to be new member Lizzie Irvine 5th Lady, 1:09:09, John Armitstead 1:09:53, Matt Podd 1:20:03, Mary Hampshire 1:30:07, Serena Blackburn 1:32:19, Nick Hodgkinson 1:40:19, Antonio Cardinale 2:14:50.