May Bank Holiday Weekend Long(er) Distance Round-up

With details of some great running from Mercia athletes over this last weekend at Three Peaks, the Fellsman, and Great Lakeland 3 Day...

Don’t forget the brilliant Sheinton Steeplechase TONIGHT!!!

Saturday saw the 63rd running of the Three Peaks Race, with very quick times recorded on firm ground and in decent (but not too hot) weather. Most notably Vic Wilkinson smashed the long standing ladies record. Former Mercian Tom Owens was second overall. Of our current athletes:
• Simon Adney - 86th in 3:41:07;
• Anna Bartlett - 112th and 3rd WV40 in 3:46:21 had a new PB;
• Mel Price was 159th in 3:55:40;
• John Bristow (new member – welcome!) - 273rd in 4:12:52;
• Ben Beaumont was 29th in 4:15:27
There were 699 finishers from a field of 760 starters.

The 55th Fellsman was also held on Sunday. A somewhat smaller Mercia contingent than in many recent years, but the quality was certainly there:
• Stewart Bellamy; 2nd overall in 11:56
• David Chetta; 14th in 13:24
There were 373 starters and 291 finished.

Great Lakeland 3 Day is a mountain marathon with a difference – there’s an extra day, and to make up for that the organisers move your camping kit about so you can run with just a small day sack. The event was originated by long time Mercia navigation and endurance guru Joe Faulkner around 20 years ago, so it’s always good to see a few of our runners trying their hands. This year all our athletes were on the “Wainwright” course which covered the following route:
• Day 1: Coniston – Wetherlam – Grey Friar – Lingmoor Fell – Silver How – Sergeant Man – Pike of Stickle – Loft Crag – Camp in Langdale
• Day 2: Langdale – Cold Pike – Three Tarns – Great End – Scafell via Foxes Tarn – Harter Fell – Camp in Duddon Valley
• Day 3: Duddon Valley – Caw – Brown Pike – Brim Fell – Coniston Old Man – Levers Bridge – Miners Bridge – Coniston
Checkpoints are generally mountain tops or other very easy to find features so the emphasis is on a quality mountain journey. This year’s Mercians were:
• Jim and Zoe Tinnion– 10th and Zoe was 1st senior lady (day 1); 37th (day 2); 18th (day 3); 22nd overall in 18:50
• Kim Braznell and Naomi Watson – 91st (day 1); 61st (day 2); 46th (day 3); 54th overall in 22:26
In the Wainwright class there were 130 runners on day 1, 114 on day 2, and 101 on day 3. 83 runners completed all three days.

Mercia runners were also out on reccies of both Old County Tops and the Leventon Line... watch this space.