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!