Yorkshire 3 Peaks Fell Race 2013

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3 PEAKS RACE, Saturday 27th April 2013

Bill Wade 3P 2013The Three Peaks may not be considered the most arduous of all fell races, but it is certainly a very tough one, which covers a 23.3-mile course with 5,279ft of climbing over Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.  There was a slight change to this year’s course made by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to avoid the badly eroded, notoriously boggy area of Black Dubb Moss on the descent from Pen-y-Ghent to Ribblehead.

This year’s race, held last Saturday, was the 59th in the series and attracted runners from across the UK and abroad.   The weather held off for most of the race with just a hail shower as the athletes reached the summit of Pen-y-Ghent, to interrupt the sun shine and cool breeze.

Holmfirth Harriers fielded a number of athletes, both experienced and novice, including the oldest and youngest competitors in the whole race in Bill Wade (V70) and Craig Boggon (19) respectively.  Craig put in a fine performance for his first attempt at this epic race, despite admitting to not getting his food intake right mid-race, and was first Holmfirth runner home inside the top 100 in 3:49:26. 

John Ewart 3P 2013Club Captain John Ewart was next across the line, having paced himself well in the first half leaving him feeling comfortable for the final ascent of Ingleborough and gruelling run in to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. He was deservedly pleased with his time of 3:51. Helen Berry, returning for her fourth time at this event, managed to maintain 6th position until the closing stages.  Disappointingly for her she conceded 3 places in the last 15 minutes of the race, though still finishing in a respectable time of 3:53:41.

Chris Beadle who has competed in this event for many years was next home.  Aiming to be comfortably within the 4 hour barrier, he was disappointed with a 4:04:11 finish.  Veteran Andy Hauser, another regular in his 33rd Three Peaks race, and former V50 category winner, found it tough going this year recovering from a foot operation, finishing in 4:10:11. 

Phil Hewitt, like many Three Peaks novices, found judging the pace quite tricky and struggled with cramp so was glad to complete the course, which he did in 4:28:42.  Alistair McGregor, another novice was fairly close behind in 4:43:37.

Jean Shotter, running her nineteenth Three Peaks Race (a number only exceeded by one other lady) had struggled on the descents of Whernside and Ingleborough and was pleased to get round on limited training, in 5:13:51.

Super-veteran Bill Wade enjoyed his run, but as he expected was timed out at the Ribblehead checkpoint, around the half way point on the race, allowing him to return to Horton to fulfil some of his official duties as a member of the organising committee.  Of the 745 runners who set out from Horton, 672 finished the course without being timed out or having to retire.

The race was won for the second year in succession by Joe Symonds, son of three-times winner Hugh Symonds, in 2:54:39; an impressive winning margin of over 5 minutes . The ladies race was won by Jasmin Paris of Carnethy, on her first attempt at this event, in a time of 3:33:04

Full results;

95th Craig Boggon (3:49:26)

106th John Ewart (3:51:02)

125th Helen Berry (3:53:41)

183rd Chris Beadle (4:04:12)

229th Andy Hauser (4:10:11)

330th Phil Hewitt (4:28:42)

440th Alistair McGregor (4:43:37)

607th Jean Shotter (5:13:51)

Bill Wade timed out at Ribblehead checkpoint.

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