Not the Stanbury Splash

18 January 2015 – Stanbury Splash (Changed to Stoop route due to ice) – 5 miles / 820 ft

The last of the woodentops winter series before handing over to the bunny runs in the spring. The previous day’s snow and ongoing cold temperatures meant the route was changed to that of the Stoop race.

Stanbury Splash

The frontrunners legging it out the quarry. (Photo c/o Woodentops)


The crisp clear day allowed the usual sprint out of the quarry followed by the dash up the track and then the stumble and stagger through the bogs and tussocks.

The terrain proved particularly challenging coming back down off the tops, the desire for speed being somewhat tempered by acrobatic falls.

that was so much fun, on the decent I was just laughing all the time, runners around me were going down like nine pins in to the snow, including myself.” – Graham Pearce

Graham Pearce on his way to 6th place. (Photo c/o Woodentops)



Neil Armitage with Graham Pilling not far behind. (Photo c/o Woodentops)


Plenty of maroon and gold to be seen in the seniors race and with Graham Pearce back in the fold and new re-recruit Neil Crampton in attendance, alongside Colin Walker, the men’s team prize was secured against a strong trio from Wharfedale.

For the ladies Rachel Pilling as newly crowned P&B female champ, continued her strong vein of form with a podium place in third.


Rachel Pilling, 3rd lady, with comparatively plain leggings this time. (Photo c/o Woodentops)


We also had a few juniors out enjoying the snowy Quarry Runs: Luke Storr, Macsen Tiffany, and Douglas Tiffany. Good effort all!


Graham Pearce 6th 38:02. Neal Crampton 7th 38:11. Colin Walker 11th 38:37. Charlie McIntosh 16th 39:18. Neil Armitage 38th 41:08. Graham Pilling 40th 41:27. Rachel Pilling 54th (3rd Lady) 42:25. Niall Bourke 65th 43:02.  — First Men’s Team

Juniors (1 mile): Luke Storr (U12) 21st 7:41. Macsen Tiffany (U14) 29th  7:57. Douglas Tiffany (U10) 63rd 9:07.

(Full Results)

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