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Pillar to post victory for Wharfedale Harriers
6:36pm Tuesday 1st July 2014 in Sport
WHARFEDALE Harriers won Sunday's BRADFORD MILLENNIUM WAY RELAY, completing the 47 miles in 5hr 34min 17sec – just five minutes off Bingley's 2011 record.
The Dales club took the lead from Airedale's Will Kerr and Matt Nowell near the end of the first leg and were never challenged. Chris Ward and Steve Tilford handed over at Penistone Country Park – the new changeover point – with a 16-second lead.
Sam Watson and Ted Mason opened up a 12-minute gap for Wharfedale by Laycock, with new team member Marcin Soszka and James Goodall keeping Airedale in second.
Host club Saltaire Striders' experienced duo of Jack Verity and Mick Brearley were seventh on the leg, just ahead of their Dutch guests Martin Lohoff and Harmannus Hovinga.
Fell specialists Andy Brown and Ian Holmes ran 61min 4sec, a record on this shortened leg, as Bingley moved from 16th to sixth. The fifth-fastest leg time was by Pudsey Pacers duo Karen Pickles and Michelle Tenwick in 74:14.
Four teams moved clear on the leg to Silsden as Harry Muir and John Lockwood increased Wharfedale's lead.
Bingley moved into third with Sean Thompson and James Senior, while Pete Hopson and Martin Fillingham held Airedale in second. Stuart Walton and Scott Bairstow helped Keighley & Craven jump from seventh into fourth.
The run of the day happened on leg four as Rebecca Cesar de Sa and Dave Stoneman brought Skyrac's mixed team into 18th of 43. Just outside the course record for a mixed team, their 70:15 was third quickest to Ilkley.
Meanwhile, Dave Kirkham and Jonny Bradshaw were extending Wharfedale's lead to 23 minutes at this final baton change.
Graham Watson and Tom Gomersall brought Bingley into second, which Jamie Robinson and Tom Hooper held to Wagon Lane in Bingley.
Christian Holmes and Nick Charlesworth took the finishing tape in first, with Adie Thomas and Jorge Thomas taking Keighley & Craven past Airedale into bronze.
Accrington Vets won the over-35s prize in fifth overall and retained their mixed title in 12th. Skyrac pair Chris Dove and Nicola Squires ran the last leg in 81:33, the third-fastest mixed time ever.
Bingley Ladies held off Horsforth and Wakefield for the women's prize.
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