Sunday, 1st March 2015
CLGP Race 2 – Burnden RR
Individual double silvers were snaffled by the Blue Vests today as the team continued to let the “Terrier out of Harrier” in this second round fixture of the Central Lancashire Grand Prix.
Karl stepped up to the plate to lead the Bolton team of 40 around the Trotters 5M course at Smithills and again demonstrated his 2014 improvement with a strong silver medal. It was a scintillating race as he hung on to the coattails of eventual winner Tom Carson up the opening, lung-burstingly steep climb of Smithills Deane Road, but settled into his own race pace after Carson quickened it as the gradient slackened at 0.75 miles; the lead became 300m at 3.5miles, which translated to a minute’s victory. As his Horwich teammate Gareth Booth, running in third place, looked to overtake also at 3.5miles, Darcy upped the speed himself, pulling out a 31s gap by the line – superb!
Junior Declan Toomey was running in fourth position for much of the race, but perhaps went off too quickly through inexperience and was caught after the fourth mile. Ultimately finishing in ninth, even this represents a superb achievement for the U20 category winner, in his first full season against senior opposition. Team captain Mark Swannell, still coming back from injury himself, was 11th, whilst fellow M40 Chris Povey was another two places back, having leapt over the ‘D Shaw’ battle that he was behind at the CL5K; round 2 went to the younger Danny again, but Dave (on St David’s Day) halved the difference to 4 seconds this time. Tony Warham bookended Team A (first 10 counters) for 195 points, which beat hosts Burnden Roadrunners’ 284 collection in this second CLGP fixture.
Nicola Cartridge made an assured CLGP debut, oozing class with a comfortable running style to make it a double Silver for the Blue Vests. F55 Cathy Flitcroft (13th), U20 Liv Kearney (20th) and Donna Cooper (21st) were counters for the CLGP team that now lie third, only three points behind Astley & Tyldesley but 28 in front of Leigh, whose Dionne Allen took individual victory untroubled. With strength in numbers and more good junior potential like Megan Robinson and Deb Flitcroft competing, there is excitement at the women’s team’s 2015 prospects, especially given the names that have yet to appear.
Chris Pickford (57th) led the Team B (next 8 counters) with a resurgent James Rideout (59th) featuring along the now-clockwise five(-ish!) mile route. They too extended their CLGP lead over BRR by 78 points. The results were not all rosy though – the Veterans’ CLGP lead was cut to 28 points by Burnden, with Horwich just 8 further back. Dave Morrison retired after the first lap due to a twisted ankle, whilst Stewart Brierley soldiered to the finish after suffering the same fate on lap two. Also of note among the 342 field were Matthew Pemrick’s competitive debut and Cecilia Woods’ first CLGP appearance – hopefully, after the tricky conditions of blustery crosswinds and demanding route profile, it will not be their last!
BUH&AC times: Karl Darcy 29:55; Declan Toomey 31:23; Mark Swannell 31:58; Chris Povey 32:55; Daniel Shaw 33:25; Dave Shaw 33:29; Andrew Doyle 34:24; Ben Scott 34:58; Daryl Bentley 36:07; Tony Warham 36:13; Christian Pickford 36:30; James Rideout 36:41; Pete Kearney 36:43; Nicola Cartridge 36:53; Nick Howarth 37:15; Ken Fowler 38:27; Stuart Parsonson 38:35; Ian Gregory 39:34; Pete Walker 40:02; Andy Barrow 40:13; Stewart Brierley 40:23; Cathy Flitcroft 40:29; Matthew Pemrick 42:04; Olivia Kearney 43:00; Donna Cooper 43:06; Shaun Lomax 43:28; Laura Crawley 44:10; Paul Rankin 44:24; Cecilia Woods 44:53; Megan Robinson 45:22; Adrienne Fisher 45:56; Hannah Edwards 46:22; Nick Corrigan 46:43; Deborah Flitcroft 47:50; Alex Donnelly 48:29; Sara Green 49:18; Gail Harrison 52:12; Ged Tucker 54:12; Jane Lim 56:03
Elsewhere, in the Haweswater Half Marathon, Cherry Collison clocked 1:44:39 (38th), whilst fellow F40 Julie Lomax recorded 1:55:16.