Despite freezing conditions over the weekend, a number of Lions were in action both on the roads and on the fells.
The Wadsworth Trog Fell Race
David Culpan was the sole Lion to race “The Beast”, as the annual Wadsworth Trog is affectionately known. The circular 20 mile route started in Hebden Bridge and included a challenging 3,800 feet of ascent. Conditions on the day were bitterly cold, with temperatures barely getting above freezing and a sub-zero wind chill factor. The ground on the moors above Haworth was covered in hard packed snow and ice, making heavy going for the runners. Despite this, David somehow improved on his 2018 time by over 15 minutes, crossing the line in 4:05:43.
Pateley Pie n Pint Ultra
James Penson finished in 8th place at the Pateley Pie n Pint Ultra on Saturday. James completed the 48K route in 4:55:52. A number of distance options were available for this race, and for his ultra distance, James had to run the very icy 8K course six times.
Fifteen Lions took part in Sunday’s Dewsbury 10K in freezing cold conditions. Starting and finishing in Dewsbury town centre, the straightforward out and back route on flat roads attracted a field of over 1,700 runners. Darren Young was first Lion home and 3rd M50 in a new personal best time, while Jan King was 3rd M65. Paul Corns improved on his 2018 time by over a minute. Catherine McHugh ran well to finish in under 50 minutes, Helen Shenton posted sub 60 minutes for the first time, and a number of the other Lions were pleased to record pbs.
Darren Young 3rd M50 36:46, Suzanne Patterson 41:44, Richard Crombie 42:46, James McNutt 42:51, Stefanie Hopkins 43:02, Paul Corns 45:36, Jan King 3rd M65 46:51, David Collins 47:41, Catherine McHugh 49:55, Bill Lee 55:15, Dawn Medlock 56:44, Diane Thornley 57:52, Helen Shenton 59:37, Wendy Paulson 65:54, Justin Scargill 67:46
Southport Mad Dog 10K
Victoria Armstrong was first Lion in the popular Southport Mad Dog 10K, finishing in a new personal best time. Over 3,000 runners took part, including three Lions.
Results: Victoria Armstrong 47:00, Gary Clay 57:38, Jeanette Campbell 73:10
London Winter Run 10K
Darren Reece had a fantastic race at the London Winter Run 10K, finishing 29th out of approximately 20,000 runners. His time of 35:34 was a pb despite a congested start.
Results: Darren Reece 35:34, Melissa Vincent 61:11