Some good racing on the hills this weekend – with the likes of 2011 English Fell Champ Lloyd Taggart stretching his legs, the Kinder Trial going off in beautiful wintery conditions and Ricky Lightfoot dishing it out at Blakes Heaven...
At the Kinder Trial conditions made for some of the best fell images of the winter so far, with many inches of snow having fallen on Kinder Scout at the back end of last week. Racing was won by Tom Brunt in a swift 1:44:11, with Dark Peak’s Kirsty Bryan-Jones winning the womens event in 2:27:23.
Lloyd Taggart and Jackie Lee turned up for their ‘local’ fell race on Saturday at the Greeba Fell race on the Isle of Man. Suffice to say the two of them walked away with the prizes, with Lloyd winning by bang on 5 mins from Tom Cringle. In the women’s race Jackie won by over 7 mins and finished in 6th overall. Full results on the MFR site here, with images here and some descent video footage here.
At the Blakes Heaven race there was a quality field for the 5 mile race in West Cumbria. Ricky Lightfoot and Carl Bell battled it out, with Ricky taking a narrow win from Carl. Ian Collison was not too far of the pair in third.
In the women’s race Nina Walkinshaw from CFR took the win ahead of Jenn Mattinson from Howgill.
Finally, the Tigger Tor race in the Peak District produced a large field.
Martin Cliffe reports:
The Tigger Tor race got under way on Sunday with the temperature just climbing above freezing. Conditions underfoot were a great mix of tarmac, wide gravel paths, very narrow heather lined tracks, ice and black muddy wet ditches/holes.
At the start line in front of Sheffield Tigers RUFC, 377 runners eagerly awaited the energetic start whistle and with early season groans the gaggle got under way. The race was won by Fred Slemeck (Pudsey & Bramley) in 1.08.21 and raced into the finish by Mark Tuckett (Dark Peak) 1.08.23 in second, coming in an excellent third was Jack Ross (Staff Moorlands) – this young man is going to be one to watch in the senior results this year. Darren King was 4th and 1stv40.
1st lady was Laura Gibson (Totley) in 1.24.18 , 2nd Lisa Grantham (Pensbury) and 3rd Claire Oliffe (Dark Peak) 1.29.09.
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