Auld Lang Syne Fell Race

The last race of the year on the FRA calendar saw the return of an old course due to the snowy conditions. Run over the Haworth moors around Penistone country park the Auld Lang Syne fell race attracted 380 runners to compete through deep, cold snow and porridge-like bog for 5.6 miles and 900 feet of ascent!

Temperatures hovered at -1 for the race on a bright and still morning. For most of the race passing opportunities were limited as running was single file on boggy and icy tracks and deep snow drifts on the summit plateau. A sapping little climb to the finish and hot drinks and biscuits saw Dicky Wilkinson finish in 85th in 50:07 in his 115th race of the year, Amorri Vhis consolidating a years dancing with a fine 163rd and 54:59 and Colin Bostock completing in 274th and 62:28 in what was his 138th race of 2009 - an incredible achievement and a worthy club record.

Olympian and World Triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee won in an impressive 39:35 overcoming former British Fell Champion Ian Holmes - how many other mass events are graced by such sporting giants that race for bottles of beer and tins of chocolates? Halcyon days.


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