Very quick results for Whittle Pike, race 2 of our Inter-Club Fell series and race 8 of our fell club counters.
A tougher location than most to get to for a Wednesday night so was very pleasing to field 15 runners for Helsby. Spectrum had the most with 19 runners out and unfortunately for the competition Tattenhall only four. Hopefully we will try and select a closer race next year.
This race was advertised as 4.5 miles and 1400ft and has been a championship course in the past. For those who can visualise the course from a map there is a link below
As a brief race description taken from the Rossendale website
‘You will be climbing for the first two k; Descending for about 1 k; climb again for 1 k to Whittle Pike; drop sharply down hill for half a k; short sharp climb followed by a more gradual climb and then a long run in, all downhill. More or less if you are running on the flat you are off route. ‘
But for those who want a more detailed description please see the following link
If I can add anything to that I’d say it was also boggy! Not many clean legs after the race and a tricky course in that hitting a bog instantaneously loses you momentum but we had fantastic support from Adrian and Joe on the course which helped.
Helsby were in the prizes with Jimmy and Adair picking up a team prize, surprising considering we went the wrong way! Ian Landucci, Jayne, Mario and Janet had age category prizes. If I’ve missed anyone do let me know as I didn’t get to the prizegiving so hoping I’ve not missed anyone.
There were some great individual races out there and good to see Helsby faces with war paint too! You’ll have to ask Jayne about that. Jimmy and Adair were close all the way to the top and some brilliant runs from Helsby runners who have not attempted a race quite like this before. Hopefully the sense of achievement more than makes up for the smell of the south Pennines that takes roughly two or three showers to get off completely.
I’ll send a separate email for the Inter-club results when officially available, early indications are Spectrum will have won this one but it means it’s all to play for in the third and final race in September. Let’s have a big crowd out for what is a much less difficult race. Not sure Tattenhall can do much to catch up now but it is all still up for grabs.
Full results for Whittle Pike here
10th Adair Broughton 47.59
18th Jim O’Hara 48.58
45th Mario Foschi 54.46
53rd Ian Landucci 55.38
62nd Jayne Joy 56.47
66th Steve Riley 57.15
80th Roy Gaskill 58.44
83rd Paul Porter 59.09
99th Phil Gillard 61.02
108th Janet Robertson 62.18
143rd Tom DeJong 69.25
148th Jackie Keasley 71.25
152nd Andy Smith 74.07
155th John Thompson 76.36
169th Robbie Webster 83.28
Please comment on the race!
Hope everyone enjoyed and are motivated by that historic and magnificent evening of sport on Saturday night!
Following on from Wednesday’s popular Pie and Peas race Thursday night saw Jayne, Jimmy and Adair at race number three of the Deeside Multi-Terrain off Road Grand Prix. A solid performance by Jayne saw her first lady home, picking up another bottle of wine in the process and hopefully cementing her position as 1st senior lady for the series. Awards will be given after race 4 in September. Credit also to Jimmy who biked to and from the race! With marshals directing people the same way and with all gates open this time there was no lengthened course like on race 2. Thanks to Joe and Mario and Janet and Geoff Shaw for support on the night.
Full results below with Helsby position and times
6th Adair Broughton 30.43
15th Jimmy O’Hara 33.45
21st Jayne Joy 34.51
Phil Gillard headed to Yorkshire on Saturday for the Round Hill Fell race, (9 miles and 1200ft) His race report below
‘In anticipation of a golden night for British sport, I decided to get my weekend race in early, so at 08:00 on Saturday morning I set off for the small village of Timble in the Yorkshire Dales. Driving closer to the village the terrain felt very much like that of last year’s fell relays in Kettlewell; rolling hills and sporadic sunshine.
The race is advertised as 14.1km and 335m of climb, quite gentle really and the start of the race felt that way, stony track through some woods with the first climb being a very steady gradient but once we got onto the moor the still flattish terrain turned very boggy and carried on like this for the next 7 miles. The kind of bog which is just runnable but with the opportunity to go knee / waist deep every hundred yards or so, the kind of bog which remains on your body such that Helen made me have two showers and a painful knee scrub before she would go out with me on Saturday evening
To summarise; a long way to go but well worth it for the beautiful views of the Dales and a very warm welcome from them good Yorkshire folk’
Information, map and results and photos from the Otley website as below
A good run from Phil saw him achieve 51st place
51st Phil Gillard 1.20.54
Quiet elsewhere which hopefully means people were either training hard or resting easy for Wednesday night’s Inter-club race at Whittle Pike. We are currently leading the Inter-club competition but only just! With some key runners missing on Wednesday it will be good to have as many out as we can. This is the Spectrum Striders designated race. Also, don’t forget it’s Helsby’s 8th Fell Counter of the season.
Full details on the following websites:
but main details below.
Please note it’s a 65 minute drive from Helsby so I’d recommend leaving the club at 6.00pm at the latest but earlier would be preferable if you are arranging lifts
Category: AS, 5.1 miles (8.2k), 1600ft (488m) climb
Race venue: Cowpe Village Hall, Cowpe Road, Waterfoot, Rossendale. Entry fee: £3.00
Cowpe Village Hall does not have a postcode but BB4 7EA will get you close as Cowpe is a small village. (Cowpe village is off the A681 from Waterfoot, about 2 miles east of Rawtenstall. It is about 30 miles drive from Birchwood.)
Don’t forget you still have time to sharpen up the legs with Track training Helsby High School Monday nights start time 6.30pm.
From Alan Brentnall, FRA Secretary:
The Fell Runners Association Annual Presentation Dinner Dance will be held at the Moorside Grange Hotel in Upper Disley on Saturday 17 November at 7.00pm, following the FRA Annual General Meeting at the same venue at 4.00pm.
Moorside Grange Hotel & Spa
Tickets can be obtained from either
Pete Bland Sports http://www.peteblandsports.co.uk/
or Alison Brentnall, 1 Cliff Villas, Thornsett Lane, Birch Vale, High Peak, SK22 1DN
Telephone: 01663 746476
Cheques payable to:- Alison Brentnall
Please note that Alison will be at both the remaining English Championship races, and also at the Ian Hodgson Relay and the UKA Relay in Church Stretton.
Please specify if you are a vegetarian when ordering tickets.
The Moorside Grange is offering special rates (£60 twin/double and £45 single occupancy) for rooms on the night of 17 November. Please let them know that you have tickets for the Dinner Dance if you wish to take advantage of these.
Looking forward to seeing you in November,
Fell Runners Association