Three Peaks 2014

Category: Fell Published Date Hits: 1910

 Yorkshire Three Peaks Fell Race (26th April 2014) by Craig Boggon

This the 60th year of a fantastic race in the fell calendar, so much so it was place in Holmfirth Harriers club fell championship. Whilst many enjoy a leisurely roam around the North Yorkshire Dales Saturday saw 782 people set of from Horton-in-Ribblesdale and 704 cross the finish line without being timed out or having to retire at Checkpoints on route. What a great comparison where initially in 1954 six competitors ran around the Yorkshire peaks with only 3 finishing! 60 years on nine Holmfirth Harriers took part in this significant anniversary race.

The race competitors crossed paths with cyclists taking part in a local sportive and walkers/runners participating in the Fellsman hike, a 62 mile walk which often falls on the same weekend, as well as walkers undertaking the challenging Three Peaks route.  Post-Olympics and in the lead up to another British summer packed full of sport with the Tour de France coming through the county and Commonwealth games in Glasgow, sport is clearly flourishing in Yorkshire! 

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For two Harriers who continue to build upon their milestones; Andy Hauser completed his 34th race around the peaks on Saturday in a time of 3 hours 53 minutes 29 seconds. This is a great return for Andy from last year’s effort where he managed to achieve yet another sub four hour result. Jean Shotter also made an improvement on last year’s effort completing her 20th race with a bang in a time of 4 hours 52 minutes 48 seconds.

CraigBoggan med 3peaksCraig Boggon returned with a year’s experience for his second attempt and again was the first Harrier to return home finishing in 59th achieving a 7 minute personal best. Although he missed out on the special anniversary spot prize for the 60th finisher!

Chris Beadle returned for yet another blast around the Yorkshire Peaks, and continued his good running season and was ahead of his anticipated time by 5 minutes. Along the course there was a sterling battle between Chris and Helen Berry which pushed her on her 5th appearance here to achieve over a 5 minute personal best! Chris was certainly worn out after ensuring he beat Helen by just 7 seconds! Fellow team mate Daniel Shaw offered his in-race support to Helen around the Hill Inn checkpoint and approach to Ingleborough to help her target a female runner ahead, and surpass last year’s result. Helen continued to run strongly up and off Ingleborough, picking off another lady runner within sight of the finish, and received two prizes for returning as the 5th Female (71st overall) and 2nd Female Veteran 40.

Daniel Shaw was the fourth Harrier back and made an impressive improvement on his 2011 performance, demonstrating the benefit of consistent training. Daniel was able to knock off approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes of his previous time.

After a year away James Durrans and Phil Hobbs returned to the race but as with all running events -  like each different day - no two are ever the same, especially with the Three Peaks! Today was not a race day for either gentlemen, both suffering from the rough terrain and cramp, but completed the race in 4 hours 16 minutes and 4 hours 28 minutes respectively. Paul Fearns was the final male Harrier to return and after a few years away from the iconic Yorkshire race was happy to be a part of the anniversary event with his finishing time of 4 hour 30 minutes.

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The overall winner of the race was Ricky Lightfoot part of the Salomon International team completing the route in a time of 2 hours and 53 minutes. The first female returning to Horton finishing overall in 17th was Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley Harriers in 3 hours 21 minutes.

Full Results: 59th Craig Boggon (03:42:13), 70th Chris Beadle (03:44:56), 71st Helen Berry (03:45:03), 85th Daniel Shaw (03:48:57), 104th Andy Hauser (03:53:29), 253rd James Durrans (04:16:11), 347th Philip Hobbs (04:28:34), 359th Paul Fearns (04:30:24), 504th Jean Shotter (04:52:48).

 Many thanks for extensive photo coverage by Norman Berry.

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