With the Jack Bloor race being part of Captain Nixon’s Fell Championship, the Tuesday Training regulars decided to forgo the scheduled training and instead enjoy a jaunt over Ilkley moor.
We had a great turnout, with a 12-strong pack of P&B tackling the 5.2 miles and 1148ft route of the senior race. Though the weather was almost perfect for running, with just a slight breeze over the tops, the low setting sun did affect visibility causing some navigational errors, whereby people followed wayward (and possibly phantom) runners completely off the race route and away into the heather… Once back on track for the final descent, I think most people agreed it was a beautiful evening’s racing.
If the vast turnout (by our humble standards) wasn’t enough cause for celebration, we also made a memorable impact on the prize giving, with us taking 5 category prizes.
Ian Nixon had an outstanding run to win overall, with Neil Armitage also winning 1st V40, Jonny Holah 1st V50, and Rachel Pilling 3rd Lady. A strong finish from Charlie Mcintosh also helped us snag the Men’s Team prize.
A thoroughly enjoyable race with a delectable Ilkley Brewery Ale to all finishers – well done to all P&B taking part, and thanks to organisers, the Jack Bloor Trust, as well as volunteers and sponsors.
Ian Nixon 1st 41:25. Neil Armitage 7th (1st M40) 43:50. Charlie Mcintosh 14th 44:49. David Alcock 15th 44:53. Alex Jones 22nd 46:04. Niall Bourke 23rd 46:06. Jon Holah 26th (1st M50) 47:28. Shane Green 40th 50:25. Graham Pilling 60th 52:48. Rachel Pilling 63rd (3rd L) 53:20. Andrew Birkenshaw 95th 56:53. Steve Woods 159th 65:00. (Full Results)