Report from Graham Lake:
With the end to the heatwave came the Jack Bloor fell race, an annual run raising money for the Jack Bloor fund for aspiring outdoor athletes.
There were the usual junior races with a good turnout of young black and whites before the seniors lined up. The route goes straight up from the usual grass near Darwin Gardens in Ilkley, straight up to the right of the stream (or left if you think that’s faster) and up to Badger Stone. This is a really tough start, and it was a welcome sight to see Caron and Andrew perched like moorland sprites on the aforementioned monolith.
I’d gone off fast, and was aware I was still ahead of Tom and some of the other faster runners, so was worried I might blow up, but after the fast traverse over to the swastika stone I was still ahead after the longer, shallower climb up to the stone trod. However, I could hear some heavy breathing over my shoulder and knew it would be Tom closing me down, which it was! I kept ahead to the Rombalds Moor summit, but Tom sped ahead on the killer stinky bog. I still felt I was going well, and tried to pass a Wharfedale runner before the steps, and instead fell onto my back and skidded along the track a bit. He sportingly asked if I was ok, which I was (sort of) and we both headed off down the steps, where I let him and another runner get too far ahead to catch. The last bit is really technical, but great fun, and Tom gained more time and places here due to his mountain goat skills. All in all I was pleased with my run as was running with runners I hadn’t been up with for a while.
Winner was Jack Wood of Ilkley (4th time in a row) in 39.20. Women’s winner was Rosie Watson of Cumberland Fell Runners in 48.35.
For Otley were:
18th Tom Lynch 46.55
27th Graham Lake 47.33
46th (5th woman) Victoria Stainburn 51.04
65th (8th woman) Rebecca Harpur 52.56
77th (11th woman) Louise Williams 54.03
161st Antonio Cardinale 1.58.01
The girls were 2nd women’s team and maybe won a prize??
Lots of photos from Dave and Eileen Woodhead here…