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.
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
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