The 2016 race saw 32 runners turnout on a fantastic night for a race yet again on August Bank Holiday Monday and whilst the sunset cannot be guaranteed, we did manage to make it two memorable ones in two runnings of the event.
The Mens winner was Blackburn Harrier Jack Hindle. Jack has been a junior England International and his skills in the more technical sections paid dividends as he gradually opened the gap to club-mate and runner up Tim Raynes, with fellow Blackburn Harrier Christopher Davies in 3rd place and the first VET home. Darren Fishwick of Chorley Athletic and Tri Club was next closely followed by Paul Walsh Jnr of Bowland.
The ladies winner was Beckie Taylor, in her first event back for Blackburn Harriers after over a year down in Anglesey running for Eryri. Carly Edwards, also of Blackburn made it a double 1-2 and Paula Cullen of Barlick came home in 3rd. Kath Hoyer of Wesham was 4th lady and first FV home.
There is a team award to the club with the best 2 Male and 2 Female athletes and only Blackburn had two female athletes and so took it.
I have a few to thank.
Firstly to my team of marshalls and officials. The majority are from my own club at BBH but I also had assistance again from further afield and without their support the race would not be able to go ahead.
Secondly to the Royal Arms. It is certainly one of their busier days and the Pub normally closes early evening after serving all the walkers that have spent their day in Roddlesworth and around Darwen Moor. It is greatly appreciated that they stay open for a few extra hours to allow the race to use their facilities.
Finally to Bolton Mountain Rescue. They had around 16 support crew around the race route which is far greater than the number required. The race and fell running generally greatly appreciate that they are volunteers who give up their time to make sure we can all safely take part in our pastime.
Whilst a small event on a low budget, it still managed to make a small surplus and £75 will be sent to Bolton MRT as a small gesture of our thanks for their support.
The event, route and team received great feedback on the night yet again, with a some of the clubs that attended advising they would add it to their club Championships next year and so we look forward to them coming back again next year on 28th August 2017.