Embsay Fell Race Results
Sunday 16 September 2007
Sunday's event at Embsay starts from the fields behind the Elm Tree Pub and winds up through the fields towards the fell gate, where you negotiate a sharp climb up through the bracken to reach the summit.. From here a short run across the top takes you to a fast descent before coming off the fell back into the fields where, except for the last section, it's mostly downhill and runable. Conditions this year were ideal and dry underfoot plus it was not too warm.
The Senior race had a whopping 71 runners lining up and they were led out by the winner Tom Anderson, who was the only senior to run under 20 minutes. Mark Horrocks put in another fine performance to get 2nd place and 1st vet 40. Graham Pearce was back in 3rd with a rejuvenated Mark McGoldrick in 4th, closely followed by Jeff Chadwick. First over 45 was Adrian Pickles in 8th spot and Jack Holt carried on his winning form in the over 50's coming home in 12th place. In the ladies Tamara Hird a previous BOFRA champ came home first lady with Alison Bennett and Kate Rogan in 2nd and 3rd. Lynn Whittaker came home in 4th and first lady vet.
In the under 17's Duncan Birtwistle had a 3 second gap up on second placed Alex Till with Tom Sessford breathing down their necks in 3rd place. Jack Thompson, Johnny Bradshaw and Scott Thwaites were in close contention in the next three places. In the girls Jenny Dybeck had a comfortable win, Amy Fretwell and Emma Thompson finished 2nd and 3rd in a very competitive age group.
The under 14's has been well supported at all our races and race winner Sam Till once again put in a superb performance with Marc Scott in hot pursuit in second place. Dale Sutton managed to hold off the very classy Melanie Hyder who has dominated the under 14 girls this year. Sam Westcott ran a credible 5th, followed by Emma Spencer and Pippa Barrett who were 2nd and 3rd girls. Rebecca Swindells and Faith Biddle were 4th and 5th girls home.
The under 12's saw James Knox come home a comfortable winner from Ben Johnstone and Ben Till in 2nd and 3rd. Phil Done and Joe Stapleton ran well to claim 4th and 5th placings. In the under 12's girls Lorna Jo Nunwick was put out of her normal first place by newcomer Anna McKinney, who put in a fine performance to take victory with just 6 seconds between them. Nicole Narey took 3rd place with Charlotte Cox, Martha Pickles and Chelsey Holder taking the next placings in a well supported race.
The under 9's have run their hearts out all season and most look as though they have really enjoyed it. Oliver Spencer would have easily won this age group if we had had a under 9's championship and this was another win for him. Thomas Kerr and Jack Garside were 2nd and 3rd. Charles Smith and Ellamae Gibson were 4th and 5th with 1 second separating them, closely followed by Robbie Johnstone. Molly Holder and Esme Pearce finished 2nd and 3rd girls. This age group has been great to watch and support. As the season has gone on the runners who have stuck with it have grown in stature and the future of fell funning looks secure. Well done to all our juniors at whatever level - you make everything worthwhile.
Once again I would like to thank our ground crew who work hard to make sure that everything runs smoothly. A big thank you also to the Landowners who let us run over their land.