The Ian Roberts Memorial Fell Race took place on Sunday 19th September, departing from its usual date in March as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions. Some naively thought this may result in a faster course given that the moors would be less boggy, but they failed to consider that the tussocks – which runners encounter aplenty – would be three times as large as they are in March, and concealed by much longer grass!
The race was nonetheless enjoyed by all 63 participants that finished, with Holmfirth well represented by 12 runners. New member Tim Brook was the first Harrier home in a time of 55:07, which was enough for him to take third place overall behind Rob James of Royton Road Runners (53:45) and Steve Knowles of Pennine Fell Runners (54:43).
Helen Haigh was again the first female home in a time of 1:02:47 despite racing in the Northern Road Relays the previous day. Fellow Harrier Kath Farquhar (1:12:24) and Judy Howells of Wharfedale Harriers (1:15:20) were second and third respectively.
Off the back of these strong performances, Holmfirth managed to claim both team prizes in what proved to be a good day out for the club. Tim was joined by Michael Sanderson and Andy Shelbourne in claiming the men’s prize, whilst Barbara Hinchliffe’s strong run meant that she helped Helen and Kath claim the ladies’ prize.
Many thanks to everyone that helped in the organisation and running of the event, which went incredibly smoothly on the day and even benefited from some favourable weather. All being well the event will return to its usual March date in 2022.
Full results can be found below:
Steve Frith was also in attendance and took some fantastic photos of the day which can be found in his Flickr album below: