Interclub Fell 2013
4th August 2013 Farleton Knott Fell Race
7th May 2013 Wray Caton Moor
On a glorious day, 15 Chorley runners descended with on a small village called Wary near Lancaster for the annual Fell Race and Scarecrow Festival. Yet again, junior Adam Sciacca showed his fell running credentials when he returned down the hill in 11th place from 211 runners, followed closely by Yewan Bennisson. Hassan Khattab had a great run for 35th place, followed not far behind by Paul Wareing and William Beckett. Dave Kershaw and Paul Jackson were next back, just beating Tash Fellowes who was the 3rd lady back and 1st in her category. Graham Schofield, Michael Hendry, Simon Townsend and Henry Minorczyk then finished within 6 places of each other half way down the field. Stephen Baker suffered a calf injury but still ran well into 140th place, followed by Peter Starkey, Phil McCullagh and Tom Hilton.
14th April 2013 Wardle Skyline
Super Adam shines at Wardle Skyline
Adam Sciacca led a strong Chorley team of 15 fell runners around the popular Wardle Skyline (7) race on the moors above Rochdale on Saturday 13th April.
Sciacca blitzed the U23 field to win his category with a superb eighth position overall (49:26).
Prolific fell-runner Darren Fishwick was the second Chorley athlete home, chalking up another impressive run to finish in 17th position (51:10). Mark Ellithorn was next (30, 52:52), ahead of Hassan Khattab (42, 54:54), Andrew Clough (60, 57:19) and Bill Beckett (64, 57:58) who continued to enjoy his newly found fell specialism.
Tash Fellowes was the first Chorley lady (99th, 8th lady, 1:02:03) ahead of Michael Hendry (108, 1:03:34) who just managed to hold off the challenge of Simon Townsend (112, 1:04:05) after switching positions a couple of times around the race summit.
Jacqueline Redmayne also won her category (119, 10th lady, 1:04:23) ahead of V60 Graham Schofield (130, 1:05:32) and Stephen Baker (148, 1:08:44). Next came fell running devotee Paul Jackson (191, 1:18:32), with a relatively tough race, ahead of Phil McCullagh (201, 1:22:05) and Rachael Clarke (209, 1:26:00).
Overall, this was a great local fell race. The initial slog was a calf-burning trudge up Brown Wardle Hill, followed by a pleasantly runnable section along the undulating ridge. The descent was twisty in places, and occasionally required some “impromptu” footwork – and, yes, windmill arms - to keep balance between the weaving paths and across the remaining patches of last month’s snow.
The final mile or so presented some ankle bone-shaking cobbles (oh, great!) before a final grind over a cheeky final hill between Shore and Wardle village.
Best of all though, the ladies at the scout/registration hut offers a fine selection of cakes and goodies to the weary fell runner – that, itself, is surely enough to warrant a return visit next year!
This year’s Wardle race counted as the first race in the 2013 interclub fell circuit, and should put Chorley in a decent position in the league of local running clubs. The next interclub fell race is at Wray Caton Moor race on Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May.
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