The sun shone down for a record breaking fell race at the Bradley Family day on Sunday. For the first time in 3 years, it was possible to hold the show on the playing fields and the many visitors were given a great spectacle with record numbers competing in the senior fell race. Indeed, conditions were so good that the race winner Tom Adams from Ilkley Harriers was within 3 seconds of breaking the course record set by Alfie Atkinson in 1996. Second place went to Billy Pinder of Skipton AC, who was competing in the race for the first time as a senior, having set the under 17's record the previous year. Lee Athersmith from Bingley Harriers was third, with Richard Barrett in fourth place and first veteran. First Bradley local was Tim Done from Wharfedale Harriers.
The Ladies Race was won by Skipton athlete Clare Pearson, who took advantage of the fast course to make her transition from road to fell. Diane Haggar of Ilkley was second lady and first lady veteran, ahead of Wharfedale's Catherine White who having recently got married was competing in her first race in her new name. First Local Lady was Wharfedale clubmate, Val Done.
Wharfedale Harriers have an outstanding team of junior runners who have been prominent in all of the shows this summer and Bradley was no exception. First place in every race went to the club with new records in the under 9 and under 12 races.
Logan-Hargreaves Madhas; fresh from a number of recent victories including Malham Show and Grasmere Sports, set the scene, winning the under 9's race with a new record ahead of club mate Jack Muir. Jack Walton from Keighley & Craven was third. Richard Done, also from Wharfedale Harriers was 5th place and first local boy, finishing just behind first girl, Alex Baker of Pendle AC, who set the girls' record in the process. Emily Carpenter of Settle Harriers was 2nd ahead of Keighley runner Katie Cox in third. First local girl was Bradley Brownie; Kitty Blake.
The under 12's race was set for a real showdown, with last year's winner and record holder Alistair Harvey from Carleton taking on Wharfedale Harriers Charlie Lowrie and Josh Newbold. Following recent victories including Kilnsey Show and Grasmere sports, Charlie was in outstanding form and claimed his victory, knocking 21 seconds off the record in the process. In fact all three beat the existing record, with Josh Newbold easing into second place ahead of Alistair. In 7th place was Josh Swift to claim the first local trophy. First girl was Sarah Pickering of Ilkley Harriers who was convincing winner in the girls' race, beating the existing record by 16 seconds and finishing in 5th place in a field of 31 runners. Second place went to Cononley girl Hannah Thom of Keighley & Craven, ahead of Abigail White of Bingley Harriers. In a frantic battle for the line, Local girl Lucy Hutchinson narrowly beat fellow Brownie Kiera Zeibol to claim the first local girl prize.
The under 14's race saw Wharfedale Harrier, Phil Done stride home on the back of victories at Malham, Kilnsey and Grasmere to add his home race to his recent wins. Second place was Oliver Keating from Keighley & Craven, with another Wharfedaler Harry Muir from Silsden in third. Keighley Girl, Ellie Child has had some great performances this year and she gained a well deserved win in the girl's race, with Sally Handford from Keighley & Craven in second, ahead of Katie Boden of Bingley Harriers in third.
The under 17's race promised an interesting challenge as Wharfedale Harriers' James Hall and Ben Johnstone went head to head once again. This pair have been outstanding all summer, winning all of the local shows between them. Setting out with the seniors, the two ran in formation for the whole race finishing almost side by side in a show of mutual respect. On this occasion James claimed victory and the under 17 trophy to add to his English championship Silver medal. Third place went to Helm Hill's Alex Brown who despite this stiff competition has been up competing for the medals all summer. First Local was George Herbert, flying the flag for Keighley & Craven, whilst club mate; Pippa Barrett was first girl. Second girl was Holly Crabtree, competing in her first race for her new club; Wharfedale Harriers.
As the races drew to a close there was just enough time for runners to enjoy the sunshine for the remainder of this ever popular village show. Thanks to everyone who gave up their time to make it all a success.
Thanks to Graham Wadsworth at the summit, we now have split times / positions and net gain / loss on the descent.