'Mr. Borrowdale' wins at a canter...
Simon Booth took his 12th Borrowdale Fell Race win this weekend, beating a quality field of seasoned fell runners. Rob Jebb upset Booth’s decade run in 2009 by beating him into 4th, after 8 straight wins for the Borrowdale runner…
Borrowdale is another one of those races that commands a Billy Bland course record that may never be beaten (an incredible 2hrs 34 mins!), and Saturday’s damp conditions were never going to produce fast times. Still, Booth’s dominance was underlined by his margin of victory – an impressive 11 minutes! He was chased home by fellow Borrowdale stalwart Ben Bardsley, with Holmesey completing the 1-2-3.
Keswick’s Pippa Maddams is currently dominant in women’s British fell running, and underlined this by storming round in 3:19, just 5 mins off the longstanding record – a superb performance. Karen Davison was second, with Christine Howard in third. There were a tremendous 387 finishers in this tough ‘long’ 17 mile race that takes in 6500ft of climbing.
1 2:52:42 Simon Booth Borrowdale
2 3:03:47 Ben Bardsley Borrowdale
3 3:06:48 Ian Holmes Bingley Harriers M40
4 3:08:54 Steve Hebblethwaite Keswick AC
5 3:09:17 Ben Abdelnoor Ambleside AC
6 3:11:29 Scott Collett Unattached
7 3:13:20 Pete Vale Mercia
8 3:14:16 Richard Pattinson Pudsey & Bramley AC M45
9 3:14:35 Paul Thompson Clayton-le-Moors Harriers
10 3:15:16 Paul Cornforth Borrowdale M45
1 3:19:42 Phillipa Maddams Keswick AC
2 3:45:37 Karen Davison Dark Peak FR
3 3:50:28 Christine Howard Matlock AC