UKA FELL RELAYS
With top placing on the road and the track this year, the club continues to strive to become the best club in the country in all three disciplines. Fell running has not been synonymous with the club however with determination from the two Pauls (Barrett and Rowley) the tide is beginning to turn. This year, the club has already taken the Calderdale Way title, so there was optimism that we could improve on our highest provision of 30th in this event (set in Ennerdale-2009) in this year’s UKA fell relays in Llanberis, North Wales. 18 runners set off to a wet and windy Snowdonia which is billed as the toughest event on the race calendar.
The A team, consisting of James Bailey, Dave Marsh, Dave Howlett, Steve McCarron, Chris Donnelly and Paul Rowley finished 37th in the open category. The B team, consisting of Nigel Martin, Callum Rowlinson, Andy Walling, Elton Davies, Alan Pitman, and Kevin Foster came 49th and the C team, consisting of Jan Nicholls, Carl Barber, Oli Gaillemin, Dan Boulton, Aidan Raftery and Jerry Smith came 72nd.
Overall, it was a satisfactory result. On the plus side, the teams had a great day out and the event is always well presented, with excellent facilities, hot food and great logistics. Also, it is a great experience for a lot of our runners who have never been exposed to these types of races, which conversely does result in a lower placing than hoped. It didn’t help that most runners raced the day before in the Manchester league but this can’t be helped with a congested fixture list.
Next year the event moves to Kirby Longsdale, in the Dales. We’ll hope to get some more races under our belt in advance of the relays and hopefully begin to rise up the rankings.
Posted 22/10/2013 09:52