Steve And Jerry Claim Top Spots
The final race of the 2011 Fell Championship was gripped with more anticipation than a Euro Summit meeting between David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy. Major titles and more prominently, bragging rights, were up for grabs as eight hardy harriers lined up for the Mytholmroyd Fell Race, a gruelling seven mile race across the sodden moors of Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Although the ladies fell championship was already sewn up, with Lauren Davies crowned winner, both the Senior Men's and the Veterans' Men's races were all to play for. Going into the race, two combinations were possible in the Senior Men's, with either Paul Barrett or Steve McCarron looking to secure the title. In the Veteran Men's, one of three (Tim Rainey/Jerry Smith/Frank Cordingley) could scoop the prize depending on who came in first and, more importantly, turned up.
The pre race tension going into the race was exceptional with banter flying around on Facebook and individual runners mysteriously "missing" races leading up to this event. Even in the Rainey bus, or as it's now known, the harrier bus, there was an element of nervousness as the bus sped towards the land of the white rose.
The race, a tough, gruelling affair taking in two long climbs and plenty of mud, was enjoyed in typical Yorkshire weather of low cloud, driving rain and an easterly wind. First home for the club and in forth position was 118, running with a new calf in his left leg, seemed to enjoy his first race back following his operation. Second and in sixth was the dogged Peter Crawford with Steve McCarron then Paul Barrett making up the positions for the senior men. Frank Cordingley was first in the vets, followed by Jerry Smith and then Tim Rainey. Katie Reece was the only female finisher from the club.
Although the Men took the team prize (4 cans of tetleys each!), the main focus was on the Championship. As Steve beat Paul, Steve was crowned Senior Men's Champ and although Frank beat both Tim and Jerry, as the latter has participated in more races, Jerry took the title by the smallest of margins (1point)! See league table. Trophies will be presented at the winter party in January and rumours are that Jerry is already preparing an acceptance speech.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:56