Well done to all at the final Club Champs 2013 race - the Tour of Pendle.
Bowland results below to feed into the Club Champs;
|20||Mark Chippendale||Bowland FR||M45||02:34:49|
|52||Chris Balderson||Bowland FR||M45||02:43:29|
|62||Steve Sweeney||Bowland FR||M45||02:47:17|
|84||Declan O'Duffy||Bowland FR||M55||02:50:26|
|101||Graham Lund||Bowland FR||02:54:52|
|103||Steven Bamber||Bowland FR||M50||02:55:27|
|121||Mark Irving||Bowland FR||02:59:14|
|123||Huw Price||Bowland FR||M50||02:59:59|
|135||Simon Sarginson||Bowland FR||M50||03:01:08|
|144||Rowena Brown||Bowland FR||W50||03:03:35|
|196||Mike Gibbison||Bowland FR||M50||03:15:28|
|219||Steven Cartmell||Bowland FR||M40||03:18:43|
|223||Colin Whitaker||Bowland FR||M50||03:19:50|
|320||Martin F. Walsh||Bowland FR||M65||03:42:14|
|397||Wayne P. Walsh||Bowland FR||M50||04:21:22|
So ... after tallying up, 53 Bowlanders ran in club champs races this year with 11 completing the minimum for their categories.
Declan just pipped Leigh to the most points (374) with both completing 8 races.
Category winners who will be looking forward to picking up their trophies at the Club Dinner are;
Ladies - Rowena Brown
Open & MV40 - Richard Mellon
MV50 - Declan O'Duffy
MV60 - Ian Cookson
For you Stattos ... all the tables are at the bottom of the CLUB CHAMPS PAGE ... email if you spot any errors!
Clougha Pike Race 2014 Date Change – Junior Championship Race & Senior Race
Excerpt from Declan's day out ... see the blog for the full account!
255 runners are on the starting line with a mighty 15 GandOs. It’s a tight squeeze for us all on the narrow lane, and the chaotic start is not helped by one or two stood right at the very front who know they shouldn’t be there. I’ll not name them but it is minx-ish as they create mayhem behind.
The tough road section starts downhill so its very quick and then goes into a 5 minute climb which gets the lactic acid going in your legs. It’s impossible to not go out too quickly. By the time you hit the fell you’re gasping for air, everyone around me is straining. I can see the Chorley vest of Darren 30 yards ahead so I think I’ve overdone it. Going up to The Knott though, Darren is suddenly right in front of me, he’s obviously not in top form but it encourages me a little. Later he explains that he’s suffering from his hamstring, which really does slow you down.
Over the checkpoint and down a nice, fast descent, which is where Graham says I start to pull away from him. Funny that, as I think climbing is my stronger point. You have good days and you have bad days I suppose. Feeling good I steam ahead to Stickle Pike and see a rival, Billy Proctor, descending it quickly. He’s on form I think to myself and he’s going to take some catching. Also just ahead of me is Chris Jackson, gangly youth of a previous epistle, whom I’m surprised to be so close to. Chris makes a muck of the descent and I steal into the lead on him, which he never gets back. First time I’ve bested him this year I think. Billy though is some 300 yards off. I get my head down over this flattish section as is my wont and don’t look up for a few minutes, have I lost or gained ground, gained I think. Possibilities here I say to myself, and a good target to keep me working hard. The ground is surprisingly firm given the recent wet weather, probably firmer than I’ve ever run it; I think there’ll be some quick times. Richard has a ding-dong with Pudsey’s Gary Devine, over here from his business in the south of France, building a garage for someone in Ulverston. Gary bests him by a few seconds and its probably Rich’s gammy ankle that slows him a little. Mark Chip is a minute behind Rich, which is a reversal of earlier form.
Approaching Great Stickle, the final checkpoint, I can see Billy has stretched his lead on me, damn, thought he was fair game for a short while there. Then going over Great Stickle I ignore the flags for some reason and lose precious seconds stuttering down through the crags. Game over as far as Billy and me are concerned, it’s a fast finish from here on in and I’m not going to catch him. Fair dues though, I think that’s the first time in a while for him; he must have been doing some proper training lately. I keep my spot from here to the finish, Darren storming back as his hamstring loosens up but not quite quick enough for our little tete a tete. Graham halves the time from last week between us, he’s determined to catch this Irish sod before the year’s out methinks.
The sun comes out nicely at the finish and is quite warming on our backs for a while. A fantastic cup of tea and a pie in the hall afterwards and then, it is Cumbria, we listen to the deluge outside while waiting on prize-giving. Richard and Mark win V40 prizes and Nick wins the V60. But the best performance of the day surely goes to Ruth T who took 10 minutes off last year’s time. Now that takes some doing, well done Ruth. Martin’s erroneous pace-making obviously working wonders; he thought Ruth was nip and tuck on last year’s time and so egged her on to a brilliant round.
Well done one and all, just two weeks to the Full Tour now.
|8||Richard Mellon||Bowland Fell Runners||MV40||00:42:56|
|13||Mark Chippendale||Bowland Fell Runners||MV40||00:43:56|
|34||Declan O'Duffy||Bowland Fell Runners||MV50||00:47:04|
|44||Graham Lund||Bowland Fell Runners||M||00:48:44|
|77||Nick Hewitt||Bowland Fell Runners||MV60||00:52:49|
|160||Alex Richards||Bowland Fell Runners||M||01:01:46|
|178||Stuart Hayton||Bowland Fell Runners||MV40||01:03:48|
|195||Shaun Turner||Bowland Fell Runners||MV40||01:05:15|
|197||Jennifer Hutton||Bowland Fell Runners||LV40||01:05:17|
|222||Wayne P Walsh||Bowland Fell Runners||MV50||01:08:14|
|223||Paul Walsh||Bowland Fell Runners||MV60||01:08:18|
|244||Laura-Jayne Brushett||Bowland Fell Runners||L||01:14:58|
|247||Ruth Turner||Bowland Fell Runners||LV50||01:18:46|
|248||Martin F Walsh||Bowland Fell Runners||MV60||01:18:48|
|249||George Fletcher||Bowland Fell Runners||MV60||01:20:49|
A windy day on the moors above Tod for club champs #10. The traffic was a nightmare and some of those trying to avoid the queues in Todmorden via the top road were in for a nasty shock when they discovered 300 odd runners parked on the roadsides! Add a bus and a horsebox and a bit of colourful language. The race is a cracker - fast start then proper cross country through muddy tracks and out over the wet moorland. A steep drop before a final steady climb and a muddy slither back down the start route. The rain held off for most of the race but the wind was fierce. 7 Bowlanders managed to park their cars and register with Declan taking the MV55 prize.
10 Richard Mellon MV40 47.01
41 Declan O'Duffy MV55 51.59
62 Graham Lund M 54.49
68 Steve Bamber MV50 55.38
152 Ian Cookson MV60 64.47
232 Stuart Hayton MV45 75.14
268 Philip Martin MV70 85.35
FULL RESULTS HERE - http://www.todharriers.co.uk/shepherds_skyline/skylineres2013.htm
Nick Hewitt has posted a great account of his Joss Naylor run this summer;
With just 2 races left ... Shepherds Skyline and the Tour of Pendle, several (competitive) people have requested the latest standings so they can see who they need to beat and by how much!!
You'll find the current tables at the bottom of the 2013 Club Champs page ... navigate at the top or CLICK HERE to go to it
Spot them by their orange and green ... no club colours = no points
Any errors in the results please report to Rich Mellon
My early moonlit pedal to Richard’s gave no hint as to the pleasures that North
Wales had in store for the women’s team just a few hours later. Unlike the scene
at our last outing at the FRA relays in Kettlewell, the skies over North Wales were
heavily bruised, the wind was up and the showers were heavy at times. Waiting
with Rachel at the start while she tried to keep warm through a good 10 minutes
of announcements at the start I was downright grateful she’d outrun me at
Langdale. She had to set off uphill in the wind and rain while I had time to sit in
the warm marquee tent with its fabulous assortment of cakes.
Rachel handed over to Zoe and Rowena a respectable 54 minutes and 15
seconds later reporting that the wind was a challenge but it was possible to be
even a bit warm once the rain stopped. Also that in future she would need to
double knot her laces. A lot of the teams released their top runners on the
second leg to shake up the women’s places. But Rowena held on to Zoe to run
the eighth fastest time of the 35 women’s teams still running by this stage. A
feat she paid for by emptying the contents of her stomach soon after finishing.
They handed off to Sue and Sarah for the nav leg which proved an extremely
trying 12.5 k of zigzagging across the valley and came complete with heavy
While they were out on the course, Sarah’s partner Mark and I positioned
ourselves at the bottom of the descent off the fell, just below what had by now
become a wide muddy chute ending in deep puddles hiding all sorts of hazards.
It proved to be the undoing of quite a few runners. Quentin and Paul managed
to stay upright and Declan just about floated over the mess at the bottom but we
watched many impressive face plants and even a few rolls. As he negotiated his
way through the mire Scoffer observed to the gathering crowd that people pay
good money for muddy obstacles like that…maybe referring to the events that
bill themselves as “hardcore 12 mile-long obstacle courses” and charge upwards
of £50. I tried to warn Sue as she came down but she was going for it and
anyway who can process that kind of information when your legs are all noodle
and you just want to get to the finish? Sue went down with a splash and the
crowd roared but she was back up in a flash shifting it down to the finish with
Sarah hot on her heels.
Meanwhile back in the start/finish area, Emma took a tumble in the mass start
for leg 4. Despite painfully busting her knee open over an only recently healed
scar she held her own for leg 4 to bring the women home to a creditable 18th out
of 35 women’s teams.
It was really a long day with the event being held in Llanberis but it was very well
organised and it was just brilliant to see two teams out for Bowland. Next year
Barbondale! Dallam/Howgill can’t guarantee the weather either but I reckon the
Barbon fells will be a good place to parade the orange and the green.
Well done to both Bowland Women and Male Vet40 teams at the weekend UKA relay in Llanberis
The weather was very wet but the superb organisation ensured over 1000 runners and their supporters were well cared for.
Leg 3, the navigation leg again proved decisive for the overall race with many of the top teams going wandering again but the Hardings brought both Bowland teams safely round the course, although Sue nearly came a cropper at the end (see photo below!).
The Womens team came in 21st overall in 6:19:47
Leg 1: Rachel Somerville 54:15
Leg 2: Rowena Browne & Zoe Harding 1:45:29
Leg 3: Sue Harding & Sarah Sherratt 2:27:05
Leg 4: Emma Gregory 1:12:58
The MV40 team came in 5th overall in 4:49:43
Leg 1: Clive Davis 42:00
Leg 2: Chris Reade & Mark Chippendale1:32:33
Leg 3: Quentin Harding & Paul Neild 1:38:51
Leg 4: Declan O'Duffy 56:19
Rowena and Zoe Paul and Quentin enjoying the muddy descent
Splashdown! Sue obliged the crowds gathered at the bottom of the muddy slope...
Nearly perfect racing condidions last Saturday for the 2013 Langdale Horseshoe ... as you can see.
Photos courtesy of Mick Kenyon at racingsnakes.com - he's got some great shots on his website and some gruesome ones too!
Bowland took the honours for 1st MV55 Declan, 1st MV60 Nick Hewitt and 1st MV65 Martin Walsh so a clean sweep for the super vets, well done.
Rachel Somerville and Jenn Hutton did it for the ladies too - a great effort from the whole Bowland team really.
Full results for the large contingent of bowlanders can be found at http://www.amblesideac.org.uk/Langdale_2013results.htm
BUT .. who's that mystery runner in Orange and Green bottom left? A new Bowland member and a top recruit I think! Answers on a postcard please...
A fantastic performance yesterday saw the Bowland MV40 team finishing a very respectable 9th position overall and 2nd MV40 team in the 2013 Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay. The prize of OMM stretch tights all round will be sported by the team now!
On a very claggy, wet day Clive initiated Declan to Leg 1 - and how to get in pole position on the start line. Declan reckoned he was in oxygen debt after half a mile but hung on and with Clive's route finding they finished an excellent 17th. Paul and Mark shot off into the clag with Paul's Monday recce paying dividends as many of the top teams in front of them got lost - with Ambleside Vets being the pick of the bunch. By the end of the leg we were up to 14th. Chris and Leigh found their way through the clag, trying desperately not to be followed by others and picked up another place before Rich and Steve on Leg 4 benefited from being passed by the Bingley pair of Jebb and Holmes to lead them off Fairfield on a sneaky route. Catching up the 4 teams in front they hung on to the blue and white train for as long as possible before having to let go and find the descent to the finish themselves.
A fantastic race, made all the better by the navigational challenge!
FULL RESULTS HERE http://www.sportident.co.uk/results/2013/IHMR/IHMR2013Results.pdf