Saturday, 10th May 2014
Bromley Cross, Bolton
The second Last Drop Loop Fell Race took place today under the constant threat of one very large black cloud wanting to turn on the sprinklers! Despite the Met Office’s predictions of thunder and lightning to accompany said monsoon, blue sky (briefly) and warm conditions were endured by the 126 waterproof-laden starters!
Burnden’s John Knowles (eventual fourth overall and M40 1st) led the field (literally) for the opening quarter race that included a new parade lap, which affected the times by approximately two minutes relative to last year. The rise to Cheetham Close’s trig point saw a breakaway trio headed by James Titmuss (Pudsey & Bramley) – cue a cat-and-mouse game develop. Crafty overtaking for the lead by Horwich’s Dave Jackson with a mile to go was nullified by Matthew Thompson (Southport & Waterloo), whose kick for home with half a mile remaining proved decisive. His winning time of 39:52 was just 7 seconds ahead of second-placed Titmuss, who held off Jackson by a stride.
Helsby’s Jayne Joy (45:15) had a stupendous run for the women’s title, having gradually pulled away along the back hump of Turton Heights. Nicola Cartridge (48:57) claimed silver, with Manchester Tri’s Jude Wall (51:17) outpacing Horwich’s Suzanne Budgett (1st F50) for bronze. Fear not, it wasn’t the pacing that meant race times were slower than the inaugural 2013 event, rather the parade lap being added.
Karl Darcy was first for Bolton for a successive year; clocking 42:07 (6th) ensured his mantelpiece will once again be resplendent with the Brian Mawdsley Trophy (for first BUH&AC finisher) for another 12 months. Behind Darcy, Phil Marsden (44:31), Howard Taylor (49:54), Marcus Chester (50:34), Shaun O’Dwyer (51:18), Julie Lomax (59:03) and Jane Lim (70:52) completed the small Blue Vest contingent. Burnden Roadrunners had the largest squad by far – an almost unbelievable 58 participants, with Andy Staveley (M50) and Kirsty Normanton (F40) alongside Knowles for category wins. Linda Coffey (Darwen Dashers) and Tony Hesketh (Horwich RMI) took the over-60 prizes, whilst there was good representation from Astley & Tyldesley (10) and Southport Waterloo (9).
Full ratified Last Drop Loop FR 2014 Results are now available. We apologise for the couple of errors that occurred at the presentation – these have now been corrected on the official results. If any amendments are still required, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The rain did eventually arrive during course dismantling, meaning that it was only the excellent marshals and volunteers that received a soaking!
The Race Co-ordinating Team of Jayne Dickinson, Keith Mallinder, Nick Howarth, Steve Houghton and Andrew Doyle would like to thank all volunteers and marshals (special shoutout to Pete Kearney for his daft o’clock start!), even those that unexpectedly joined in ‘on the spot’ (Burnden RR’s “Lawrence” and the running legend that is Steve Kenyon).
Held to coincide with the Bromley Cross Fayre at the Last Drop Village Hotel, feedback was extremely positive from the entrants that trebled 2013’s total. Many thanks for your comments! The LDL already looks to be a fixture on the racing calendar.