Denis Stitt Memorial Fell Race – 24 May 2012

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Position First Name Surname Club Time Age Cat
1 Ben Mounsey Calder Valley 29.51 SM
2 Alistair Rees Holmfirth  32.19 M40
3 James Durrans Holmfirth  33.03 M40
4 Katie Walshaw Holmfirth  33.07 SF
5 John Ewart Holmfirth  34.04 M55
6 Helen Berry Holmfirth  34.43 SF
7 Chris Davies Saddleworth 34.49 M55
8 Simon  Browne Denby Dale  35.39 M40
9 Gavin Baxter Holmfirth  35.54 M40
10 Anders Burman Sweden 36.08 M45
11 Stephen Booth U/A 36.34 M45
12 Andy Shaw Holmfirth  37.03 M50
13 Jon Burdon Holmfirth  37.09 SM
14 Graham Howatson Holmfirth  37.20 SM
15 Kevin  Yewlett Holmfirth  37.56 M55
16 Phil Hobbs Holmfirth  38.27 M45
17 Paul Crowther Holmfirth  38.49 SM
18 Ian Arnold Holmfirth  39.16 M55
19 Stephen Blackford Denby Dale  39.34 M55
20 Nicky Spinks Dark Peak 39.47 F45
21 Angus Robinson GMFRS 40.14 M45
22 Mike  Henby Rossendale 40.20 M45
23 Ian Shuttleworth Holmfirth  40.24 M45
24 Andrew Keast Holmfirth  40.28 M45
25 Peter Stanley Penistone FR 41.05 M50
26 Alec Roberts Back to Fitness 41.16 SM
27 David Drake Holmfirth  41.57 M45
28 Stewart Yates Denby Dale  42.11 M50
29 Karen Sinkinson Holmfirth  42.21 F50
30 Joanne  Warboys Denby Dale  42.33 F40
31 Chris Beadle Holmfirth  43.16 M40
32 Gary Muir Calder Valley 43.31 M50
33 Paul Shaw Holmfirth  44.40 SM
34 Helen Pettit Holmfirth  44.53 F40
35 Barbara Hinchliffe Holmfirth  45.08 F55
36 Stuart Woodhead Penistone FR 45.38 M55
37 Anne Middleton Denby Dale  45.56 F50
38 Robert Halstead Holmfirth  45.17 M55
39 Graham Breeze Ilkley 46.24 M65
40 Tim  Cock Holmfirth  46.34 M70
41 Neil  Midgley Holmfirth  46.46 M60
42 Barbara Haigh Penistone FR 47.36 F65
43 Richard Smith Holmfirth  48.54 M65
44 Bill Hunter Holmfirth  49.51 M60
45 Jim Sommerville Holmfirth  50.08 M60
46 Dave Knight Holmfirth  50.13 M40
47 Rebecca Halstead Holmfirth  50.28 SF
48 Diane Lee Holmfirth  51.07 SF
49 Rosalind Bedford Denby Dale  54.12 F50

Thursday 24th May saw Holmfirth Harriers host the annual Denis Stitt Memorial Fell Race from Cartworth Moor Cricket Club. The short Category A race had been moved from its traditional August slot to take advantage of the longer evenings, but as a result, numbers were down slightly on previous years. Conditions were pretty dry underfoot for the 2 lap race but it was very warm, so the effects probably cancelled each other out for the 51 starters.

Whatever the conditions, the start is always a frantic dash down the track away from the cricket club and this year was no exception. Ben Mounsey of Calder Valley sprinted away from the rest of the field and was out of sight by the time the race entered Malkin House Wood. He maintained his lead and finished in 29.51, over 2 minutes ahead of the Holmfirth pairing of Alistair Rees (32.19) and Jim Durrans (33.04).

To celebrate her England call-up, Katie Walshaw managed to lower her own ladies record, finishing 4th overall in a time of 33:07. Following closely behind was Helen Berry, 6th overall in 34.43, with Nicky Spinks from Dark Peak the 3rd placed lady, 20th overall in 39.47.

With club captain John Ewart finishing 5th (1st V55) in 34.04, the men's team prize went to Holmfirth A on 10 points, with Holmfirth B (Gavin Baxter, Andy Shaw & Jon Burdon) collecting the 2nd team prize with 34 points. Katie & Helen were joined by Karen Sinkinson, who finished 4th lady & 1st F50, in claiming the ladies team prize.

A good turnout from the Harriers, with 30 runners all desperate for some Championship points meant some close little battles further down the field and we picked up a number of the age category prizes into the bargain. Andy Shaw was 12th overall, 1st V50, whilst Helen Pettit was 34th overall, 2nd F40 & Barbara Hinchliffe, making her return to racing after a long time out injured, was 35th overall, 1st F55. Ever-green Tim Cock was 40th overall, 1st V70, just ahead of Neil Midgley, 41st overall & 1st V60, whilst Richard Smith Snr. claimed 2nd V65, finishing 43rd & managed to keep ahead of Bill Hunter, 44th & 2nd V60.

Special mention must go to our visiting Swedish journalist, Anders Burman, who was over in the UK writing a piece about fell running & was taking part in his 4th race in as many days! With a video camera strapped to his chest, he raced round the course, finishing 10th overall & 1st V45. More used to trail running & biathlons in his homeland, he certainly seemed to enjoy the evening, although perhaps that had more to do with the post-race refreshments on offer?!

Russell Bangham thanked his team of marshals, registration and time-keepers and also Cartworth Moor Cricket Club for the use of their facilities once again. He'll be back in July to organise the 25th (and his final) Holme Moss Fell Race from the same venue – let's hope it's a little cooler!

Results (Holmfirth unless stated): 1st - Ben Mounsey (Calder Valley), 29.51; 2nd & 1st V40 – Alistair Rees, 32.19; 3rd & 2nd V40 – Jim Durrans, 33.03; 4th & 1st lady – Katie Walshaw, 33.07; 5th & 1st V55 – John Ewart, 34.04; 6th & 2nd lady – Helen Berry, 34.43; 9th – Gavin Baxter, 35.54; 12th & 1st V50 – Andy Shaw, 37.03; 13th – Jon Burdon, 37.09; 14th – Graham Howatson, 37.20; 15th – Kevin Yewlett, 37.56; 16th – Phil Hobbs, 38.27; 17th – Paul Crowther, 38.49; 18th – Ian Arnold, 39.16; 23rd – Ian Shuttleworth, 40.24; 24th – Andy Keast, 40.28; 27th – David Drake, 41.57; 29th & 1st F50 – Karen Sinkinson, 42.21; 31st – Chris Beadle, 43.16; 33rd – Paul Shaw, 44.40; 34th & 2nd F40 – Helen Pettit, 44.53; 35th & 1st F55 – Barbara Hinchliffe, 45.08; 38th – Robert Halstead, 45.17; 40th & 1st V70 – Tim Cock, 46.34; 41st & 1st V60 – Neil Midgley, 46.46; 43rd & 2nd V65 – Richard Smith Snr., 48.54; 44th & 2nd V60 – Bill Hunter, 49.51; 45th – Jim Sommerville, 50.08; 46th – Dave Knight, 50.13; 47th – Rebecca Halstead, 50.28 & 48th – Diane Lee, 51.07 (49 finishers).

Phil Hobbs

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