Running Log

A strong, biting wind greeted competitors for the 16th Baildon BOUNDARY WAY off-road half marathon, to go with having lost an hour’s sleep as the clocks went forward.

In-form Thomas Adams of Ilkley Harriers (79min 07sec) took it all in his stride, including the mud from the recent heavy rains, to win convincingly by three minutes from first over-40 Richard Pattinson (Pudsey & Bramley).

The capacity 349 finishers included athletes from as far afield as Edinburgh, Surrey and Leamington.

Among them was Neil Lloyd of St Bede’s AC as he completed his 16th Boundary Way, the only person to have done so.

First male over-50 was Marc Springer of Horsforth Harriers (91:41) and first over-60 was Peter Bramham of Keighley & Craven (1hr 40:25).

The first ladies home were Pauline Munro of Bingley Harriers, finishing 27th overall (1:33:41) and beating former clubmate Lisa Mawer, now competing for Wetherby Runners, by three minutes.

The first lady under-35 was Holly Williams of Valley Striders in 1:39:25, with unattached runner Liz Noakes first over-45 in 92nd overall (1:48:58).

Another 45 entrants enjoyed the clear, blue skies to take part in the parallel walking race, including many representatives from the Long-Distance Walkers Association.

Organisers Baildon Runners will have raised substantially more than £1,000 for Martin House Hospice, the nominated charity.

Meanwhile, other local runners were at far-flung events and pride of place among a group from Bradford and Leeds goes to Mick Brearley (St Bede’s) for beating strong winds in the PRAGUE HALF MARATHON in under 83 minutes.

Other runners seeking long races prior to the London Marathon included a Pudsey Pacers duo in the EAST HULL 20, with Richard Gibson finishing in 2:20:02 and Alistair Chapman in 2:28:30.

Team-mate David Shipley completed what is billed as the most beautiful road race in Britain as he finished the CONISTON 14 in 2:41:00.