Six Shettleston Harriers made the journey down to the Yorkshire Dales to tackle The Three Peaks Fell Race “Marathon with Mountains” . The race goes over the fells of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and is one of the oldest, most famous fell races in Britain.  Unlike the previous weekend city marathon conditions were slightly more suited to running a long race. The dilemma was T-shirt or vest before the race rather than how much suncream you needed. Underfoot conditions were not quite as good with lots of mud and a very unwelcome deep muddy bog at the start of the climb up the second fell.

Tom Owens made amends for last years wrong route choice (whilst leading by 2 minutes) by winning the race in an impressive time of 2:49:08 over 3 minutes ahead of Murray Strain of HBT. The race was also qualification for GB team in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships so Tom ensured himself a place in the team, if he decides to run. Jethro Lennox (running 10 years after his win) managed to stay inside the top 20 and picked up a prize finishing 2nd M40. Peter Mackie managed an excellent time of 3:31 which brought him home in 52nd place, 11th M40. Bill Breckenridge (119th/8th M50), Ross Cruickshanks (179th) and Walter Henderson (285th) all completed their first ever Three Peaks race. The team finished a highly creditable 5th place out of 64 teams.

The TP team, with captain Malky and Christine who were providing vocal support on the course.   I missed it as Jethro decided he needed a massage more than a photo!

Full results here: Three Peaks  
Team results here Team results
Cover photo, courtesy of Dave and Eileen Woodhead and more can be found here: Woodentops photos
More photos from Stephen Wilson: Granddayout  and David & Laura Bradshaw: Sportsunday

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