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Addison triumphs in Tom-Tom battle for Stanbury Splash title
The six-mile Woodentops fell race, featuring 900 feet of climb, was a changed route due to Ponden Kirk being too exposed to snow and ice.
Helm Hill runner Addison completed what was the 2003 Auld Lang Syne course in 39min 01sec after a titanic struggle with Ilkley Harriers rival Adams.
The England under-23 fell race champion made his move on Adams inside the final mile, revealing that some new running shoes with metal studs bought the day before had helped make a difference.
He said: “On the icy path (near the end), I felt I was able to really attack the climb and push off hard with every stride. I think the shoes helped me grip the icy underfoot conditions better.
“The last 100 metres came and I just had enough on Tom to hold him off, though he pushed me all the way to the line. It was a cracking race.”
Addison’s cousin Mark was pleased with third place, just over a minute and a half behind the leading pair, while orienteer Chris Smithard finished fourth.
The changed route meant under-18 athletes were allowed to compete, with Calder’s Max Wharton relishing the conditions to finish seventh and Wharfedale Harriers teenager James Hall not far behind in 11th.
One of the greats of fell running, the Lake District’s Gavin Bland, won the V40 category in ninth overall.
The 41-year-old is no stranger to the area, having finished second in the Soreen race in 1998 and 1999 – both times to Keighley’s multiple winner Ian Holmes, who was unavailable for Sunday’s race.
Wharfedale’s Christian Holmes once again got his hands on the first locals trophy, finishing eighth.
Ilkley Harriers, with Adams, Jack Wood (fifth) and Whinberry Naze winner Lee Morley (12th), clinched the men’s team prize.
The ladies event was won by two-time Stoop race winner Helen Fines (Calder). She was always ahead of three-time Soreen champion Helen Glover (Keighley & Craven), who was second and won the first local lady honour.
Pauline Munro (Wetherby Harriers) returned to her old stomping ground, finishing third and first FV40. She won the Soreen race back in 2001 and 2002, and the Auld Lang Syne Race in 2000.
The FV50 section was won by Gill Myers, who helped Wharfedale to the ladies’ team prizes, with Myers seventh, Louise Pickles eighth and 23-year-old Sarah Tipler leading them home in fourth.
Yorkshire under-14 champion James Lund (Keighley & Craven) won yet another Quarry race, this time ahead of county under-12 champion Thomas Nelson.
The local club also supplied the first under-12 in Elliot Brett, first under-ten Will Atkinson and first girl under-ten Lucy Fryers.
There was a record turnout in the under-16 race, with Holmfirth’s Lewis Byram winning in 10:57 and the first girl being Eleanor Robinson (Keighley & Craven) in fourth overall.
Top ten: 1 Tom Addison (Helm Hill) 39min 01sec, 2 Tom Adams (Ilkley) 39.02, 3 Mark Addison (Helm Hill) 40.33, 4 Chris Smithard (UA) 41.12, 5 Jack Wood (Ilkley) 41.45, 6 Ian Nixon (Pudsey & Bramley) 41.59, 7 Max Wharton (Calder – first U18) 42.00, 8 Christian Holmes (Wharfedale – first local) 42.25, 9 Gavin Bland (Borrowdale – first V40) 42.30, 10 Gareth Hird (Wharfedale) 42.46.
First female: 43 Helen Fines (Calder) 46.17; first V50: 46 Andy Shaw (Holmfirth) 46.49; first V60: 65 Jack Holt (Clayton) 48.04; first female V40: 69 Pauline Munro (Wetherby) 48.25; first female V50: 98 Gill Myers (Wharfedale) 50.30; first female V60: 224 Aileen Baldwin (Stainland) 59.08; first V70: 225 Malcolm Coles (V Striders) 59.10.
Men’s team winners: Ilkley; ladies team winners: Wharfedale.
Juniors – U8 (0.5 miles/100ft), boys: 1 Joseph Hobbs (Todmorden) 2.49; girls: 4 Alayna Irvine (Blackburn); U10, U12 & U14 (one mile/150ft), boys: 1 James Lund U14 (Keighley & Craven) 6.29; 7 Victoria Merrick U14 (Bingley) 7.04; 9 Elliot Brett U12 (Keighley & Craven) 7.18; 10 Natalya Irvine U12 (Blackburn) 7.21; 16 Joe Bramham Butts U10 (Ilkley) 7.37; 36 Lucy Fryers U10 (Keighley & Craven) 8.21; U16 (two miles/300ft): boys: 1 Lewis Byram (Holmfirth) 10.57; girls: 4 Eleanor Robinson (Keighley & Craven) 13.32.