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Three Peaks race brings mixed fortune for Harriers Captains and special award for super-vet Wade



Saturday saw the 56 th running of the Three Peaks race, which this year was a ‘long’ race counter in the Holmfirth Harriers Fell Championship. This meant that 15 Harriers, a larger contingent than might normally enter this race, including 8 novices, were vying for as many points as possible from this race.


Starting and finishing in Horton-in-Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales, the race covers a distance of 23.3 miles and 5279 feet of climb, taking in the summits of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.


The weather was warm and sunny - fantastic for spectators, though a little warm for the competitors, with times being slower than last year for the majority and a relatively high number of retirements. Of 703 runners on the start line, 602 completed the full course.


Club Captain, John Ewart, was hoping to take maximum points from this race for the Championship and a place amongst the V50 prizes, but very disappointingly for him struggled with an injury and in an effort not to do further damage, was forced to retire at Ribblehead, almost half way into the race. With John out of the running, Nigel Moran was leading the Harriers. However a slightly ambitious start cost him, when after the last checkpoint on Ingleborough summit Ladies Captain, Helen Berry, overtook him increasing the distance between them over the last gruelling 5 miles, finishing almost 3 minutes ahead.


Helen, who finished 4 th lady last year, was hoping to achieve a top 6 placing in a quality ladies field and to break the 4 hour barrier again. She admitted to having paced herself better this year, leaving something left in the tank to make that final effort off Ingleborough. Helen finished in 6 th place, 114 th overall.


Nigel was still first man home in 124 th and was 11 minutes quicker than last year, gaining maximum points for the men’s Championship, followed by new member and Novice, Nathan Martin in 173 rd place.


Whether it was the dry conditions under foot, or simply tiredness, there were a lot of falls suffered during the race, keeping the St John Ambulance volunteers busy at the finish! Helen enjoyed a trip down Whernside (it wouldn’t be a fell race if Helen didn’t fall!). Chris Beadle, who had his sights on overtaking Helen in the latter half of the race, fell on the Whernside descent and as a result finished lower than he expected. Karen Sinkinson, racing for the first time also had a fall on the last stretch home from Ingleborough, though her spirits weren’t dampened and a worthy second lady Harrier home meant a good number of points to count towards the Championship.


The Novices showed great resolve in such warm conditions and all did well to complete the course; Phil Hobbs in 4:46, and Phil Martin, Matt Cromack and Andrei Vais all coming in just over the 5 hour mark. Sophie Barroclough, a Novice to the Three Peaks, but certainly not long races (having completed Duddon last year!!) completed the women’s team.


Whilst 7 Harriers completed the race for the first time, super-vet and President of the Three Peaks Association, Bill Wade completed his 40 th Three Peaks race, a staggering achievement, for which he was recognised at the prize giving. Only a handful of athletes have run the race more than 40 times in its 56 year history.


Morgan Donnelly of Borrowdale won the race in a time of 3:02:34, over 4 minutes clear of Salford’s John Brown. Anna Lupton of Radcliffe AC defended her ladies title and ran an impressive 6 minutes faster this year, in 3:30:45.


It was a great day out and thanks to all our supporters on the course!


Full results;


114 th (6 th Lady) Helen Berry, 3:58:35

124 th Nigel Moran, 4:01:13

173 rd Nathan Martin, 4:13:11 (N)

252 nd Chris Beadle, 4:25:22

399 th Phil Hobbs, 4:46:54, (N)

487 th Phil Martin, 5:02:25, (N)

493 rd Matt Cromack, 5:03:09, (N)

497 th Andrei Vais, 5:04:01, (N)

525 th Karen Sinkinson, 5:09:26, (N)

576 th Sophie Barroclough, 5:32:06, (N)

595 th Bill Wade, 5:46:41

John Ewart and Amanda Crawshaw (N) retired at Ribblehead. Andy Keast and Dave Knight retired at Hill Inn.

N = Novice



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Welcome to the fell running section. If you have an aversion to tarmac and the prospect of scrambling up steep-sided hills and careering down the other side on paths mainly populated by nimble-footed sheep, come rain, shine or snow sounds like fun, then fell running is for you. Holmfirth Harriers has a long and glorious history of running on the fells. Recent individual achievements include three consecutive wins in the Old County Tops for Tom Brunt and a silver medal in the Yorkshire championships for Helen Berry. On the team front we have had a series of solid performances in the FRA relays and the Ian Hodgson. In the 2009 Calderdale Way Relay the women were 4th and the men equalled their best ever performance with a magnificent 3rd place.



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