Weekend racing...

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 02 Jul '12

© BFJ / flickr

Olivia's splash-down at the Whaley Waltz

Despite the weather, some great racing out on the hills and fells this weekend. Wins for Carl Bell (Skiddaw), Olivia Walwyn-Bush and Simon Bailey (Whaley Waltz), Matt Fortes (Foel Fras) and Iain Ridgway (Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race)…

Howgill Harrier Carl Bell added the classic Skiddaw race to his growing list of wins over the last 12 or so months. After racing closely with Helm Hill’s Tom Addison, Bell pulled away to win in 1.08.47, ahead of Addison (1.10.28) and Otley’s Matthew John (1.13.53). Clare Pearson (Skipton AC) was a clear winner of the ladies race in 1.27.55.

Some great images by Stu Stoddart here with full results via the Keswick AC site, click on results and then the 2012 drop-down.

© Stuart Stoddart

Tom Addison leads Carl Bell at Skiddaw 2012

At the Dollar Hill Race in Scotland there was success for Kenny Richmond (1.21.32), as the Shettleston Harrier overcame Brian Marshall (1.23.05), with Graeme Campbell (1.23.20) in third. HBT’s Sarah O’Neil continued her great 2012 as she won the women’s race in 1.29.44, finishing an excellent 13th overall. Charlotte Morgan (Carnethy) was second with Rowena Bell-Scott in third.

Full results via the Ochil site here.

The Whaley Waltz race looked a huge amount of fun, especially the water jump. 6th placer Martin Cliffe picks up the story:

Simon Bailey and Lloyd Taggert slugged it out at Whaley Bridge this Saturday afternoon at the Whaley Waltz fell race, the second race of the summer Goyt Valley series. The wet race was won by Bailey, all runners were drenched at the beginning by heavy summer rain (again) which stayed with them for the duration of the race unfortunately the swollen river crossing at the tail end had little cooling effect than previous years.

Olivier Walwyn had a great run to take the ladies honours. Eryri’s Martin Cliffe finished 6th to take the v40 prize

Some images here with results to follow.

© BFJ / flickr

Martin Cliffe at Whaley Waltz

Over in Wales for the Foel Fras race it was sunshine and showers, with a strong wind on the ridges, conditions which obviously suited Eryri’s Matt Fortes. After V50 Russell Owen led for much of the race, Fortes took over in the last quarter of the race to win. Andrea Rowlands continued her comeback from injury to win the women’s race.

Images by Al Tye here and Gwynfor James here.

© Gwynfor James / sportpicturescymru.co.uk

Matt Fortes at Foel Fras

Staying in Wales, it was the 6th running of the Fairy Freckled Cow Trail Race, a hilly 11k trail race on the Denbigh Moors. Martin Cortvriend reports:

Iain Ridgway (39.58) of Eryri Harriers had a strong run to win comfortably over Jez Brown (Buckley), who’s been going well lately. Dave Alexander of West Cheshire was third and fourth was Neil Parry of Clwydian Range Runners coming back to fitness. Issy Redfern of Colwyn Bay won the ladies race in 46.54.

Some great images from Sunday’s Callow race via Al Tye, results as yet unavailable, but we think Roly Stafford and Mel Price could well have been the winners looking at the shots.

Finally, at the Wharfedale Harriers promoted Hawkswick race there was a win for Calder Valley youngster Brad Traviss in 30.48. Holmfirth’s Helen Berry was first lady in 36.22. Full results are here.

More race news to follow as and when it arrives…

© Al Tye / fellrunningpictures.co.uk

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  1. Gwynfor James Jul 2, 07:21 AM

    Pictures of the Whaley Waltz are great. There should be a river crossing at the Moel Siabod race on Saturday!! But there won’t be……booooo!!!!

  2. Dave Taylor Jul 6, 02:05 PM

    Fantastic photo of Martin Cliffe looking a bit surprised!

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