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Saturday 18th November – Harriers vs Cyclists fell race


I’m on a good streak with the Full Tour of Pendle fell race; this must be the 8th year in a row I’ve found an excuse not to do it. This year’s excuse was the Harriers vs Cyclists race at Bingley, as I could meet up with my bro and do this hybrid cyclo-cross/fell race of about 5 ½ miles and still be able to walk afterwards.

It’s pretty unique with all cyclists and runners lining up together and battling across muddy fields, up through Shipley Glenn and on to Baildon Moor before the bikes forge past on the fast run back down. I had the unique honour of passing Ian Holmes twice in one race (ok, he did have a bike on his shoulders, and he finished way ahead in the end).

A nice group of Otley AC runners were out (what’s the collective noun for this? A monochrome of OAC runners?), and there was the usual good chat before and after.

Provisional Results:

Winner (overall on a bike) Robb Jebb 34.47

Winner (Man on feet) Joe Baxter P&B 35.06

Winner (Lady on feet) Louisa Powell, Ribble Valley 41.19 18th overall)

For Otley

Tom Lynch 28th 42.34

Graham Lake 41st 43.30

Lizzie Irvine 78th (4th Lady) 47.59

Tom Pomfrett 93rd 49.18

Bob Baker 178th 59.47

Don Buffham 204th 65.34

Antonio Cardinale 218th 84.23

219 took part.

Official results out now: http://www.bingleyharriers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/static/results/hvc/hvc_17.pdf

Lots of photos c/o the soon to be semi-retired Dave Woodhead here: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMeXEva0FBQaB-eB_1D2FqEKkhu9GevjOn1rVyPtZCEPP5VWm3YLfyZ0jQ54Kj7xg?key=cmZEN3JIZFN1QVZXNWdtWlM2c3dHTjE4c1VXQWVB

Some specific OAC ones here: https://www.instagram.com/otley_ac/

  1. #1 by Stephen on November 21, 2017 - 2:16 pm

    Nice report Graham. Good effort by Antonio doing two races in a weekend. Move over Mr Fishwick.

  2. #2 by Antonio Cardinale on November 22, 2017 - 9:37 pm

    I agree with Stephen about Graham’s good report from Bingley and also his run was quite a strong one finishing 43.50 not far from Tom , Graham’s good shape is back , also Lizzie I. did a powerful race in a super 47.59. Stephen I did this race Harriers vs Cyclist because it is unique that bikes challenge runners on moors terrain , on my way up to Baildon Moors I liked to see Joe B. flying on the way back leading the race over Rob J. on his bike just a few meters behind . The day after to be honest , after a few meters I realized at the cross country I had no petrol left in the tank , I was indeed struggling for all the 5 laps , with Ian F. encouraging me every time he passed me . Well done all.

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