Bradley was, as usual, blessed with glorious sunshine for its annual Family Day although the weather was rather too hot for the likes of the fell runners. In what was probably the best field entered in the last five years defending champion Richard Barratt expected a tough race. As it was Chris Doyle made a break on the steepest part of the course to gain the lead before coming home in 25:08 to take the Frank Hopkinson Memorial trophy. Chris from Ulverston is off to New Zealand on international duty in two weeks time.
Steve Oldfield came home in second place but more remarkable was the run of Skipton's Stuart Hunn who came third in his comeback race following a lengthy injury. Barratt had to be satisfied with fourth place on this occasion. Mike Walsh was the first Vet home finishing sixth overall (27:56).
Once again John Wootton was the first Bradley resident home (28:26) although an increasing numbers of local runners might put pressure on him next year. Mind you John had also competed in the mountain bike race! A late entry was that of Jonny Marchant, now of Manchester, a former winner of the Bob Marchant Trophy for the first Bradley resident home. Jonny presented John Wootton with the trophy.
Emma Barclay was the first female home (31:09) almost a minute ahead of her nearest rival Sally Malir, whilst Dave Cattanach came in last. It wasn't the years catching up on Dave but the Triathlon which he had completed in the morning
The under 17s only attracted five runners but the local rivals put on quite a show. Jonnie Pawson (23:36) beat his club colleague James Mountain with Bradley's Luke Maude and Skipton's James Kelly in hot pursuit. Becky Throup (36:39) was fifth overall but would have benefitted from more female competition
Tom Sessford (11:52) continued his winning ways in the Under 14's but he was pushed hard by Mathew Cardus of Settle (12:06) and Tom Doyle of Milnthorpe (12:09). Melanie Hyder was fourth overall (12:27)
Jacob Uren (7:29) sprinted ahead of James Hall (7:31) to take the under 12s title. Emily Throup (7:39) pipped Melanie Morphet in the girls section. Edward McParland (7th) was the first Bradley runner home.
Bradley's Philip Done won the under 9s from Marcus Preedy of Burnley and Harry McGowan. Joanna Kelly was half a minute ahead of Katy Simmons in the girls' section. The loudest cheer was for three year old Logan Hargreaves who is probably a bit too young for the 2012 Olympics!
Once again the spectators were entertained by the Yorkshire wit of Roger Ingham who mixes a superb knowledge of the local fell running scene with numerous anecdotes. Thanks Roger