English Championship Fell Running – Paddy´s Pole

The second race in the English Fell Running Championship, Paddy´s Pole, took place on Sunday 22nd April. The race involved running a short loop of the southern hills of the Forest of Bowland starting and finishing at fell foot, Chipping, and taking in the summits of Parlick and Fairsnape. Although the weather was wet and overcast, conditions underfoot were dry and fast, reflecting the recent fine weather.As a short championship race the womens and mens races were run separately, with the women setting off first at midday and the men at 1pm. The Womens race was won by defending champion, Bingley´s Natalie White, in a new record time of 34.09. Natalie was followed home by relative unknown Sarah Tunstall of York Acorn in 34.22, with Dark Peak´s Janet McIver taking third in 34.30. The Mens race was won, also in a new record time, by Joe Symmonds (son of the legendary Hugh) of Kendal in 27.27. Joe was followed home by Simon Bailey of Mercia in a time of 27.43. Third place was filled by Pudsey and Bramley runner Rob Hope in 27.53. Full results and some race photos can be found on the Preson Harriers website. The next race in the English Championship is the Fairfield Horseshoe on Saturday 19th May. The race is already full and race details and the list of entrants can be found on the Ambleside A.C. website.