Long trail series 2011

Sunday’s DEE Sandstone Trail A Race brought this year’s Long Trail series to a close, and here are the results:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Points
Men
Andy Robinson 20 20 20 19 20 80
Ed Halliwell 19 18 20 19 76
Chris Baynham-Hughes 19 20 39
David Feakes 20 17 37
Ian Landucci 18 18
Steve Riley 17 17
Women
Jane Ashbrook 20 20 40
Jackie Keasley 18 17 35
Lesley Feakes 17 18 35
Rachel Arnold 19 19
Janet Robertson 19 19

Races
1 – 12/02/11 Anglezarke Amble
2 – 27/03/11 Edale Skyline
3 – 14/05/10 Sandstone Trail Marshals
4 – 18/06/10 White Bear Way
5 – 09/07/11 White Peak Walk
6 – 20/08/10 Race the Train
7 – 02/10/10 Sandstone Trail A

So, it looks like I’ve won the men’s event again, and although the women’s counters were up on last year, nobody completed the required four events.  This time I had serious competition from Ed, who moved into running some longer races, and I should think he’ll beat me next year now he’s got a bit more experience of longer runs.  And we’d probably both get hammered if Adair and/or Chris B-H ran more of the events.  Well done to Jane for picking up maximum points in both the events she ran – but I’d have expected nothing less!  And thanks to everyone who ran in any of them, and to Adair for his help supporting the Sandstone Trail Marshals’s event.

Highlights this year from my point of view were:
1.  The Edale Skyline race.  This is just a great event to run, and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys fellrunning and fancies a longer run.
2.  The Sandstone Trail Marshals’ run.  We had a great run out, and nobody knew what order we’d finish in.  I was surprised to come in first and I don’t think Chris will let that happen again!
3.  Chris’s run in Sunday’s DEE Sandstone Trail A race.  I wish I’d been there to see him finish.  The fastest HRC finisher and highest placing since 2002.  Watch out Adair!

I’ll start looking round for events for next year’s series shortly, so if you’ve got a favourite you want to be considered let me know.  Anything off-road and between 14 and 30 miles qualifies.

Andy Robinson

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One thought on “Long trail series 2011

  1. Chris was looking really strong when I saw him with about a mile to go, great to see him running so well, looked like he was enjoying it more than the guys in front so that bodes well

    One of my target races for next year is the ldwa event Open to Offas, at 30 miles and 7000ft, will be a toughie though, is only a few weeks before the 17 Mile Sandstone race though which is always a favourite in the Helsby Calendar

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