Senior Fell Championship update & current standings Sep 2016

Apologies, but the updates have been somewhat slow in appearing this summer. Suffice it to say, the tables have changed somewhat since March! We have seen some cracking racing during the year, both locally & further afield. April & the Wardle Skyline saw 8 Harriers in action, with Phil Hewitt first back, 14th overall, whilst the Three Peaks had 11 amber vests hidden under waterproofs, with run of the day coming from Helen Berry, smashing her PB to come home 71st overall in 3.37.20, placing her 3rd lady, 1st FV40 & Yorkshire silver medallist. May & it was the our own West Nab race, where Katie Walshaw lowered her own ladies record, finishing 10th overall in 49.42, followed by the Bamford Sheepdog Trials, where Charlie Adams & Janet Adams both bagged maximum points on a lovely day in the sunshine.

Moving into June & we had the British Championship race at Pedol Cwm Pennant in North Wales, where once again, Phil Hewitt put in a solid performance, finishing 54th overall amongst a top quality field. This was followed by the rather more accessible Eddie’s Revenge, a short, sharp mid-week blast over in Middleton, where Katie continued her great run of form, finishing 12th overall & 1st lady over the 3.8 mile course. Into July, and still all to play for, so a select few braved the drizzle & ventured up the M6 to the Western Dales for the Sedbergh Sports British & English championship race, where Helen maintained her challenge for honours, finishing 9th lady & 2nd FV40. Holme Moss saw 7 racing & many more helping out, with Julian Rank showing there’s still life in the old dog, finishing 2nd V50 in 3.05.44 & Jordan Mullinger, trying her hand at a long race for the first time, coming back 5th lady in an excellent 3.32.50.

August & we ventured over the Moss to Hayfield for the Cracken Edge, where the ladies picked up yet more prizes, with Debbie Hall 1st FV40 & Karen Sinkinson 1st FV55. The Denis Stitt race saw a great turnout of 30 Harriers, with an encouraging mix of new & slightly older faces! Chris Law couldn’t quite match his victory of last year, but still knocked over a minute off his time to finish 2nd in 29.30, whilst Katie lowered her own record to 32.27, finishing 5th overall. Plenty of other prizes were shared amongst the Harriers, but special mention for two of our U16’s, Harry Shelbourne & Fionn Kerry, who finished 8th & 11th respectively. The future’s bright!

3 weeks later & it was a short hop over to Hebden Bridge for Castle Carr, a new 15 mile race organised by Bill Johnson of Calder Valley. And what a beast it was, with untamed tussocks & energy-sapping bogs, coupled with some very fast running (so I’m told). Phil Hewitt (10th) & Dan Stewart (14th) had a great battle all the way round, finishing in 2.50.24 & 2.51.09 respectively, with Phil Hobbs happy to finish his longest race of the year so far, 30th overall in 3.26.02.

With just 1 race left in the championship, it’s very tight at the top of the men’s table. To count, everyone must complete 7 races, including 2 of each length (Short, Medium & Long) & so far only Phil Hobbs & David Milton have qualified. However, Phil Hewitt, Dan Stewart, Chris Beadle & Logan Anderson have all completed 6 races & will all qualify if they finish the final race, November’s Tour of Pendle. So get your entries in now! For the ladies, Helen Berry has completed the required 7 races & can’t be caught, so congratulations to her on retaining her title!

See you on a hill sometime.

Phil Hobbs


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