In a week where the UK’s crisis of inactivity was in the news, the Lions were bucking the trend, getting out there in numbers to race up and down the fells and round our local roads. This week’s highlights were a fantastic win for the Lions’ ladies team at the Joe Percy 10K and another ultramarathon in the bag for Rebecca O’Neill.
Joe Percy Invitational 10K
The Joe Percy 10K is a very popular, inter-club road race around Thurstonland and Farnley Tyas in South Huddersfield. The Lions fielded a large team of around 70 runners. The Lions’ ladies team pipped Halifax Harriers to the win, with strong performances from winning team members Mags Beever, Tanya Blake, Suzanne Patterson, Stefanie Hopkins, Sally Caton, Lorraine Naylor, Gaby Ferris, Helen Armitage, Aileen Baldwin and Victoria Armstrong.
As well as the team win, there were individual prizewinners on the night:
1st F35 Mags Beever
1st F50 Helen Armitage
1st F65 Aileen Baldwin
2nd F45 Suzanne Patterson
2nd F50 Rachel Lumb
2nd M65 Jan King
3rd F60 Janet Carter
Jonny Cartwright wins Ginathlon
Jonny Cartwright won this year’s Ginathlon, a 6km mixed terrain (roads, tracks and trails) fun race with feed stations every 1.5km stocked with optional ice cold gin & tonic! Wife Nicki was 2nd Lady. Cheers Mr and Mrs C!
Results: Jonny Cartwright 28:37, Nicki Cartwright 36:47, Jude Faulkner 63:30
Dark Peak Trail Race
Seven Lions competed in the Dark Peak Trail Race, a 25K trail run with over 2,000 feet of ascent. The event is run on the footpaths, tracks and trails within the ‘grittier/higher level’ surroundings of the Northern/Dark Peak District starting and finishing from Hayfield and including The Sett Valley Trail, The Pennine Bridleway, Lantern Pike and Chinley Churn. This is a hilly, moorland trail run amongst stunning Northern Peak District scenery.
Results: Rachel Lumb 2:46:47, Moira Alderson 2:46:55, Laraine Penson 3:02:15, Steve Boyer 3:10:08, Angela Lee 3:14:10, Sharon Marlor-Gage 3:14:10, Rikki Hammond 3:14:13
Settle Hills Race 2018
Settle Harriers organise the Settle Hills race which promises a bit of everything – grassy paths, tarmac at the beginning and end, rocky paths, tussocky moorland and some very steep climbs and descents – altogether an enjoyable route. Jim Harris was the sole Lion taking part (as a Father’s Day treat), finishing in 1:11:44.
Settle Saunter 23 miles
Also in Settle, the Saunter is an annual race along footpaths and bridleways in the Yorkshire Dales through picturesque rural villages and hamlets and open countryside. The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Settle. There are various distance options, and Aileen Baldwin opted for the 23 mile version, finishing in equal 9th place in 5 hours 7 minutes.
London to Brighton bike ride
Andrew Mackrill completed the annual London to Brighton bike ride. The 54 mile route meanders through the Surrey and Sussex countryside, starting at Clapham Common and ending in Brighton.
The Canal Canter Summer Extravaganza
This is an out and back canter on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, starting and finishing at Kirkstall just outside the centre of Leeds. Various distance options are available. Rebecca O’Neill opted for the ultramarathon distance, her third marathon or longer in 10 weeks.
Results: James McNutt (half marathon 1:53:15), Andrew Falkingbridge (20 miles 3:50:54), Rebecca O’Neill (32.3 mile ultramarathon, 5:58:34)