Sunday, 22 August 2010

BURNSALL FEAST SPORTS 10 MILE 2010 pictures and report

Fresh from his victory at Arncliffe Fete 4 the previous weekend,  ALAN BUCKLEY, Leeds City,  made his intentions clear at BURNSALL opening up a gap by the first corner on the back road to Hebden.  He had company from Ian Fisher
of Otley at points during the race, as he had last year,   except this year Ian was on his bike!  Ian will race next week following his "rest" from competition over the winter months, in the Chesterfieldl Spire 10 miler.
  With the race won won Alan no doubt relaxed to save energy for more work on his extension and feeding his new born during the night.
  He won in 55:09

Second was prolific racer, Bingley Harrier, TIM MIDGELEY, (55:57)seen here pulling up out of Grassington with 3rd place STUART BROWN of Keighley (56:48)and 4th placed GRAHAM ROBINSON (57:19)of Sandhurst Joggers in tow.

A gap then to the 5th and 6th placed runners. DARREN BURNLEY (Pudsey Pacers) eventually pulling away from SEAN COTTER of L eeds City.

Otley AC new boy THOMAS MIDGLEY just had the better of club veteran ANDREW ROBERTSHAW pictured here. Andrew still recovering no doubt from having run both road and fell races at Arncliffe last week.  They were just out side the hour in 60:10 and 60: 14 respectively.
Marc Teasey of  Bingley Harriers made the top 10 after a fairly isolated race clocking 61:37.  An improvement of over 6 minutes on his time of 2007 (67.51) testimony to the tremendous improvement he has made through great consistency over the last few years.   His time of 61:37  good enough for 4th  M40.
This week 20 years ago my records show me that Clayton's ROGER BREWSTER beat me by nearly 7 minutes in a half marathon in Chorley running 2nd in 67:46  to my 74:25.   An everpresent until recently at races throughout the north he is "coming back" very well placing 10th, 1st M50 in 61:56
Another frequent racer over many years has been ANDREW MESKIMMON of Dewsbury.  Here the M40 looks to making things hard for Ilkley's Harrier JUSTIN PHILLIPS as they exit Linton village after nearly 7 miles.  Andrew went on to finish 14th in 62:38 with "young" Justin 16th in 63:05 
Slipping between them was Otley's ROGAN ASHTON in 63:03.  3rd counter for the Otley team who finished 2nd to Keighley team of Brown, Shaun Wilkinson and Mark Knowles.

 One person certainly enjoying the day was ladies winner SARAH CUMBER of Halifax clocking 64:50.   Having run away from hubby Geoff her "darling" for the day was MARCEL DARLING of Shelton Striders.   Several dozen Shelton runners competed in the two Burnsall events all with white roses pinned to their vests; no doubt celebrating weekend's nuptials.  Sarah finished 19th; Marcel dropping back to 22nd; perhaps celebrations took a toll over the last 3 miles.

Husband GEOFF CUMBER ran 69:14 but for once had to be content with 2nd M60 behind Roger Booth of Shelton.   This shot shows him "dragging" Otley's LLOYD BEST up the Grassington hill towards Threshfield.

CARL HERON of Queensbury 10th M40, 24th in 66:16


Not far behind came KAREN BEST
2ND LADY 1ST f40 IN 69:42

Another young lady enjoying the run in the countryside  was visiting JENNY GRAY of Sandhurst Joggers,  4th
lady in 72:45.   TIM TOWLER  of Valley Striders  seen below, was hanging onto Ms Gray on the hill out of Grassington, before eventually finishing 47th., 10th M40 in 73:46

A familiar face in an unfamiliar vest was ex Clayton Harrier GRAHAM CUNLIFFE now with Wesham Roadrunners.  11th M50, 48th in 73:59

and meanwhile back on the village green , the band played on........................


  1. Thanks for the encouragement during the race and some excellent photographs.

    In your view why are standards so much lower; see your earlier posting re times from the late seventies; I have a few ideas of my own but I would be interested to read your thoughts.

    Rogan Ashton

  2. Terry

    What a fantastic event, great to get mentioned on your site, and for information, we as Shelton Striders had 28 entrants across the 2 events, with 12 doing both the 10 mile and the fell, sorry Geoff that Roger pipped you to the the V60 prize, his celebration didn't effect him too much on the Friday, Roger Booth went on to do the Fell as well. And yes we were celebrating our wedding on the Friday, we thought what a great way to celebrate the start of married life (for runners anyway), and what great support from everybody, so many people wished us well. See you all next year.

    Chris and Carolyn Hopkinson Shelton S