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Fell Running: Wasdale Winner Gets Six Minutes Clear
BORROWDALE'S Andrew Schofield has hit a winning vein of form of late and his latest triumph was in the Wasdale Fell Race - one of the toughest events on the fell running calendar, writes Mike Addison.
Schofield was almost six minutes clear of his team mate Jim Davies after 21 miles and 9,000ft of climbing which took in checkpoints on Whin Rigg, Seatallen, Pillar, Great Gable, Esk Hause, Scafell Pike and Lingmell.
He was a recent winner of the Settle Hills race.
Cumberland Fell Runners' John Hunt ran Davies close while Mandale's Joe Blackett finished fourth after losing a lot of time after getting lost at Pillar with Ambleside's Jon Deegan who withdrew from the race.
Kendal long-distance specialist Allan Miller found the terrain very much to his liking and was a very creditable eighth and second veteran behind Horwich's N Wrigley who was fifth.
There were 65 starters and ten retirements.
First lady was Keswick's Angela Brand-Barker who clocked 5-02-57 and finished 19th and first lady veteran.
RESULTS: 1 A Schofield, Borrowdale, 3-59-29; 2 J Davies, Borrowdale, 4-05-23; 3 J Hunt, CFR, 4-05-50; 4 J Blackett, Mandale, 4-29-33; 5 N Wrigley, Horwich, 4-29-59; 6 C Davis, Bowland, 4-32-53; 7 W Sullivan, Clayton, 4-34-50; 8 A Miller, Kendal, 4-37-43; 9 J Whitaker, Eryri, 4-40-59; 10 M Robinson, Dark Peak, 4-41-41; 13 J Fleetwood, Kendal, 4-47-17; 17 R Blyth, Kendal, 4-58-48; 24 R Jerram, Kendal, 5-11-40; 53 C Speight, Kendal, 6-18-11.
STAVELEY'S Rob Jebb, who runs for Bingley, won the three mile Grisedale Grind race - the second and final event in the Lord of the Forest competition - from the Whinlatter Visitors Centre, near Keswick.
Jebb clocked 28 minutes dead and was nearly three-and-a-half minutes clear of Keswick's Dave Troman who held off Ambleside's Paul Singleton in the race for the line.
Cumberland Fell Runners' Brian Taylor - who won Lord's Seat two nights earlier - was crowned Lord of the Forest by finishing fourth.
Keswick's Dave Spedding was first veteran.
Kendal-based Keswick athlete Louise Sharp was first lady home in tenth place and Lady of the Forest was CFR's Lindsay Buck.
RESULTS: 1 R Jebb, Bingley, 28-00; 2 D Troman, Keswick, 31-26; 3 P Singleton, Ambleside, 31-32; 4 B Taylor, CFR, 32-14; 5 R Lightfoot, CFR, 32-50; 6 D Spedding, Keswick, 33-20; 7 J Winn, CFR, 33-57; 8 D Atkinson, CFR, 34-38; 9 I Howard, Fleet, 35-25; 10 L Sharp, Keswick, 35-49; 35 N Walker, Ambleside, 42-05; 46 R Hill, Eden, 50-15.
There were 50 starters.
THE lead swapped hands a number of times among the leading contenders in Sunday's five mile Black Combe Fell Race with Jonathan Bland hitting the front in the crucial stages of the event.
Martin Amor took over the lead from Dark Peak's Alan Ward just after the summit turn and held on to it until the final steep descent off the fell before Bland snatched victory from his grasp.
Bland held on over the final two fields to the finish line and won with 11 seconds to spare.
Best-placed South Lakeland athlete was Kendal's Mike Addison, who was a clear fourth for much of the race until overtaken by Glossop-dale's Dale Gartley on the long descent to lose out on the first veteran prize.
Kendal's Mike Walsh was first V50 in sixth place.
Junior races were held for the first time and Helm Hill's Tom Addison was second in the under 14 boys' race.
RESULTS: 1 J Bland, Borrowdale, 42-42; 2 M Amor, CFR, 42-53; 3 A Ward, Dark Peak, 44-02; 4 D Gartley, Glossopdale, 46-32; 5 M Addison, Kendal, 47-01; 6 M Walsh, Kendal, 47-23; 7 D Spedding, Keswick, 49-46; 8 J Ritson, Derwent, 50-19; 9 R Harrison, CFR, 51-14; 10 R Ansell, Tring, 51-54; 13 P Tuson, Kendal, 52-43; 14 C Valentine, Keswick, 52-56; 20 D Shinn, Kendal, 57-59; 21 P Dowker, Kendal, 58-28; 27 H Catlow, CFR, 66-37.