FIONA Lynch said it was one of the best experiences she had ever had when she took on the gruelling 61 mile Fellsman in the Yorkshire Dales. She covered its tough 11,000 plus feet of climbing on rugged terrain in 17hrs 58mins and was ninth woman.
The event, in its 56th year, is a high level traverse over moorland from Ingleton to Threshfield and navigational skills and physical fitness are tested to the full with climbs up Ingleborough and Whernside. Checkpoints provide food and drink along the way and at dusk competitors are grouped together through the night for safety. There was good weather for most of her event with a few light showers during the night. She said: ” A top ten finish for that event is a fantastic suprise.”
Also in the Yorkshire Dales on Saturday five took on what is billed as a marathon with mountains when they ran one of the oldest and most famous fell races in Britain, the 3 Peaks Fell Race. Covering 23miles and 5,276 feet of climbing a top class field climbed Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough before finishing in Horton- in- Ribblesdale. First home for the club was Ian Warrington in 4hrs 19mins 51secs, despite a fall. Paul Swyers (V50) ran 5hrs 00mins 35secs, disappointed not to duck under five hours, and Chris Paxton and Luigi Salzano ran in together in 5hrs 37mins 15secs. With the London Marathon still in her legs Lisa Carter was disappointed to be timed-out but not before she had climbed two of the tough peaks.
John Gibbs had a great time of 1hr 27mins 50secs in his first half marathon at Chester on Sunday. On a fast, largely flat city and rural course he was well-pleased with his time in the 37th running of the race.
On an undulating course five ran the Wray Scarecrow 10k in the Lune Valley on Saturday, part of the village’s Scarecrow Festival and Fair Week. Dave Rushton (V50) was first home for the club in 45mins 25secs. Paula Abernethy (V50) ran 46mins 59secs: Ken Smith (V60) 48mins 13secs: Wayne Holden 1hr 03mins 49secs and Sarah Rushton (V40) 1hr 04mins 53secs.
Mark Garner travelled to Derbyshire on Sunday to run Chatsworth 10k in the grounds of Chatsworth Estate. He clocked 49mins 42secs on some challenging mixed terrain.
Vince Ashton did the double when he ran the Lancaster parkrun in 29mins 02secs and then went on to run the Bay Gateway 10k at Lancaster in 56mins 09secs.
Sheila Jones travelled to the Isle of Man for her parkrun clocking 24mins 52secs and coming 20th. Sister Eileen ran 30mins 37secs.
At Heaton Park Chris Fletcher ran 24mins 43secs and Iain Harris (V65) 32mins 57secs and at Bolton Kath Davies (V55) was getting back into her running with 27mins 47secs: Deborha Barrington and husband Paul ran together in 28mins 58secs: Mark Murphy 29mins 07secs: David Schofield (V40) 30mins 47secs: Lucy Dewhurst and Sarah Oxley 38mins 58secs and Natalie Hitchen (V40) 1hr 06mins 14secs. And junior member Noah Barrington was seventh at Burrs Country Park on Sunday when he ran the 2k event in 9mins 10secs.