Bowley Hill record bowled over!!

This past bank holiday Monday saw the Bowley Hill Fell Race, held in conjunction with the Great Harwood Agricultural Show, hosted by Trawden A.C.

A terrific route around 5.8 miles (9.3km) of mixed scenic paths and trail bridleways saw 129 runners set off at 11 am from the centre ring of the show in what could have been the only dry part of the day.

Hurtling around the ring, through the show trying not to splash all the spectators (honest!!) and out onto the fells, a small group of about 12 soon broke away and made their way up through the fields and onto the trails. The gentle incline steadily reduced the group and by the time the high point at Bowley Hill was reached a group of three, including Katie Walshaw, had broken away with myself following in the second group of 5.

The long gradual descent back to the showground was very technical in places. Still, with a fabulous run, Katie finished in second place overall by just four seconds, easily taking the 1st ladies’ prize and smashing the course record from 2010 by over three minutes to record a new target of 42.27.

I too was happy to be among the prizes, finishing 6th overall in 44.33 and 1st V45.

I must congratulate the organisers for a job well done, the conditions on the day were nothing less than atrocious with as many as fifty cars having to be towed out of the showground by tractors just while we were there. Well done, Louise and Trawden A.C.

This was a great little race and yesterday’s conditions brought out that very special camaraderie in fell running. We had the extra bonus of having free entry as a racer into the show if we wanted but having already used all four pairs of dry footwear, I’ll need to remember my wellies in future!

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