Saturday, 20th June 2015
The third Last Drop Loop fell race from Bromley Cross was always going to be a record-breaking affair as the leaders took just over 11 minutes to complete the first steep climb to Cheetham Close hill. Now sporting the colours of Calder Valley, former BUH&AC junior member Tim Ellis gradually pulled away from the chasing pack to smash the 9.2km course record by four minutes, crossing the line first in 35:55.
Current Bolton speedster Karl Darcy collected silver in 37:34, an incredible 4.5 minutes quicker in 12 months, and retained the Brian Mawdsley Trophy as first Blue Vest for the third year. Horwich’s Nick Leigh was just 30s behind for bronze, whilst the hosts’ Tommy Harrison edged teammate Phil Marsden by 3s to form the top 5 that all went quicker than the previous record of 39:52. Inaugural winner Simon O’Meara was sixth.
In taking the women’s gold, Bolton’s Nicola Cartridge clocked 46:19 – two and a half minutes quicker than 2014, underlining her improvement since joining the club exactly one year ago. With 20% of the 76 field, Burnden RR’s flying F55 Lesley Fisher and F40 Katy Thompson formed the podium positions.
There was some disappointment at the turnout, no doubt affected by the late cancellation of the Bromley Cross Fayre and inclement weather – fine, wet drizzle and low cloud that may otherwise have affected navigation but for the excellent route marking that offered reassurance to participants. A scheduling clash with the Great Hill FR at Brinscall was also unfortunate, though Daryl Bentley clocked 43:49 (22/98) there.
BUH&AC times: Karl Darcy 37:34; Tommy Harrison 39:37; Phil Marsden 39:40; Chris Povey 43:56; Nicola Cartridge 46:19; Andrew Gallacher 52:32; Phil Boardman 62:32; Hannah Edwards 63:03; Adrienne Fisher 63:06; David Morrison 64:16
Many thanks to all the marshals and helpers for braving the drizzle and fog to ensure another safe and slick event – Steve.
Full results are available in PDF format from the LDL page.