|Rob Hope making an entrance - pic by Nick Charlesworth|
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On hitting the fell and the long runnable climb towards the top of Pendle, Jebb pulled away showing what great climbing form he is in at the moment. Jebb appeared to keep looking behind, perhaps gauging how much damage he was inflicting on the chasing group, or maybe checking on his old rival Rob Hope's form. Hope grabbed the guantlet and led the charge after Jebb.
|Rob Hope leading the chase up the steep climb up Pendle Hill - Pic by Pete Thompson|
Jebb however looked like he had given himself enough of a lead to enjoy the run back to Barley without threat, while the chasing group fought out the places between themselves, demonstrating their strengths (and weaknesses) to their competitors who they may meet again next week at Coledale.
Rob Hope held on to second despite nearly going the wrong way coming off the fell, Mark Addison had a storming descent to overtake Peace and nearly catch Hope (which we know sounds more like something from a Greek myth than a fell race).
Here is a link to the results which unfortunately do not include the under 18s, some of whom finished in the top 20.
1 Rob Jebb - Bingley Harriers & AC - 31:20
2 Rob Hope - Pudsey & Bramley AC - 31:50
3 Mark Addison - Helm Hill Runners - 31:53
4 Andrew Peace - Bingley Harriers & AC - 32:20
5 Darren Kay - Pudsey & Bramley AC - 32:34
6 Tom Addison - Helm Hill Runners - 32:47
7 Mike Fanning - Borrowdale Fell Runners - 32:57
8 Brendon Taylor - Rossendale Harriers - 33:20
9 Dominic Raby - Chorley Harriers & Tri - 34:21
10 Dave Kirkham - Wharfedale Harriers - 34:47
11 Sam Watson - Wharfedale Harriers - 35:19
12 John Mason - Wakefield & Dist. Harrs - 35:21
13 Mark McGoldrick - Wharfedale Harriers - 35:27
14 Mark Shakeshaft - Bury AC - 35:30
15 Ashley Holt - Rossendale Harriers - 35:33
16 Katie Walshaw - Holmfirth Harriers - 35:37 FIRST LADY
17 James Craig - Wharfedale Harriers - 35:49
18 Chris Reade - Bowland Fell Runners - 35:51
19 Jos Addison - Helm Hill Runners - 35:53
20 Paul Guinan - Blackburn Harriers - 36:28
|Katie Walshaw at the fell gate|
1 Katie Walshaw - Holmfirth - 35:37
2 Victoria Wilkinson - Bingley - 36:51
3 Mel Hyder - Helm Hill - 37:14
4 Sharon Taylor - Bingley - 38:20
Despite the strong performances at the sharp end by Bingley in both the men's and the ladies races, the team prizes went to Wharfedale for the men and Bowland for the ladies.
|Rob Jebb and Katie Walshaw with their trophies (and Rob's little girl!)|