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World Mountain Running Challenge awarded to Three Peaks

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UK Athletics is delighted that the Three Peaks Race Committee have been awarded the honour of hosting the World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge in 2008.

 

The Council of The World Mountain Running Association chose the well established race in the Yorkshire Dales in the face of stiff competition from other high profile European destinations. The 2006 race was held in Colorado, U.S.A. and the 2007 event will be the Jungfrau race in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

 

For 2008, the annual Three Peaks Race on Sunday, 26 April 2008, based at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, will be run as the World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge.

 

The Three Peaks Race, which traverses the famous Yorkshire Dales mountains of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, has a great reputation as one of the oldest, most famous and best organised fell races in Britain. First run in 1954, it covers 24 miles of the most rugged and spectacular countryside in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, taking competitors to a height of 2,500 feet above sea level. The course records are held by English internationals Andy Peace at 2 hours 46 minutes 3 seconds and Sarah Rowell at 3:16:17.

 

Up to 100 overseas competitors are expected, including selected international elite long distance mountain runners for whom the organisers must provide free accommodation and generous subsidised travel.

 

Councillor Paul English, Chairman of Craven Council’s Community Services Committee, congratulated the Three Peaks Race Committee on their success in being awarded the honour of staging the World Challenge. He said that as well as recognising the special quality of a landscape loved by so many, this accolade would launch a traditional Dales event on to the international stage. The Council looked forward to welcoming all the competitors, including those from overseas, many of whom would be new to the area. He was confident that everybody involved would enjoy being part of this special event.

 

Dave Hodgson, President of the Three Peaks Race Committee, wishes to thank Craven District Council, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and UK Athletics for their help and support in winning the bid to stage this prestigious event in Yorkshire. The Committee is aware that a lot of work is still required to ensure that the 2008 Race is successful and organised to the highest standards expected for an international event.

 

You can follow the build-up on the Three Peaks Race Association website.

 

Meanwhile, fell runners are in the midst of the domestic championships season.

 

The British Junior Championships (5 Nations International) at Slieve Gallion on 8 October were highlighted by impressive Under 18 victories by Nick Swinburn, who made his Norwich Union GB debut at last winter’s IAAF World Cross Country Championships, and Emma Stuart, who has emerged from a difficult year of injuries and frustration.

 

On what England Team Manager Bashir Hussain described as “a belting course that had everything – rough heather, grassy terrain, steep climbs, gentle climbs and long fast descent”, results were:

 

Under 14 Male (2.3 miles, 235 metres climb): 1 Jamie Stevenson (Scotland) 17:10; 2 Lee Jones (England) 17:37; 3 Thomas Sessford (England) 17:56; 4 Adam Gatens (Scotland) 18:46; 5 John Harrington (Ireland) 19:38; 6 James Speight (Northern Ireland) 20:13; 7 Tom Budesha (Wales) 20:26; 8 Mark Rodgers (Ireland) 21:01; 9 Adam Balesan (England) 21:17; 10 Josh Ellwood (Scotland) 21:56; 11 Tiarnan Muldoon (Northern Ireland) 22:08; 12 Stuart Brooks (Scotland) 23:43; 13 Odhran McCloy (Mid Ulster) 23:48; 14 Cian Roch (Ireland) 25:28.

 

Under 14 Female (2.3 miles, 235 metres climb): 1 Laura Riches (England) 18:41; 2 April Stevenson (England) 19:45; 3 Nicola Lindsay (Scotland) 20:03; 4 Rachel Armitage (Scotland) 20:35; 5 Debarah Stoke (Scotland) 22:14; 6 Ciara Gracie (Scotland) 23:31; 7 Treasa Ni Shuilleabhan (Ireland) 23:39; 8 Siobhan McCarthy (Ireland) 23:59; 9 Aneura Phillips (Wales) 24:44; 10 Annie Riley (England) 24:44; 11 Sarah Livett (Wales) 26:40; 12 Caroline Glynn (Ireland) 29:15; 13 Jemma O'Connor (Ireland) 29:29; 14 Brennah McCloy (Northern Ireland) 29:56.

 

Under 16 Female (2.3 miles, 235 metres climb): 1 Laura Park (England) 19:02; 2 Hannah Bateson (England) 19:13; 3 Jessica Martin (Scotland) 19:37; 4 Laura McCord (Scotland) 19:42; 5 Leah Kay (England) 19:45; 6 Sarah Inglis (Scotland, Ind) 20:01; 7 Mhairri Inglis (Scotland) 20:08; 8 Rosie Stuart (England) 20:16; 9 Christina Rankin (Scotland) 20:38; 10 Bethan Woods (Wales) 20:48; 11 Holly Page Eng (Ind) 21:01; 12 Carys Davies (Wales) 22:07; 13 Kristian McCloy (Northern Ireland) 23:02; 14 Rebecca Hoare (Wales) 23:07; 15 Gina Paletta (Wales) 23:53; 16 Carol Huet (Ireland) 23:53; 17 Sarah Kay (England, Ind) 24:12; 18 Ashling Walsh (Ireland) 25:59; 19 Laura McTaggart (Scotland, Ind) 27:21; 20 Theresa Slattery (Ireland) 27:56; 21 Sarah Wilson (Ireland) 28:34.

 

Under 16 Male (3.5 miles, 330 metres climb): 1 Jon Brownlee (England) 24:25; 2 Ross Hastings (Scotland) 25:48; 3 Mathew Gillespie (Scotland) 26:07; 4 Robbie Cammack (Scotland) 26:16; 5 Josh Moody (England) 26:32; 6 Ciaran McKenna (Ireland) 26:38; 7 Luke Maude (England) 26:53; 8 Joe Kelly (England) 27:01; 9 Noel Collins (Northern Ireland) 27:04; 10 Nathaniel Hardee (Wales) 27:05; 11 Grant Cameron (Scotland) 27:17; 12 Ricky Challoner (Wales) 27:20; 13 Harry Croft (England, Ind) 27:33; 14 Emmet Jennings (Ireland) 27:34; 15 Philip Bolton (England, Ind) 28:14; 16 Adam Banks (Wales) 28:19; 17 John Dennis (Ireland) 29:16; 18 Kian Jennings (Ireland) 29:41; 19 Michael Kallenberg (Wales, Ind) 30:09; 20 Patrick Bogues (Northern Ireland) 30:34; 21 Conor Moore (Northern Ireland) 30:42; 22 William Haynes (Wales) 32:14; 23 Geffrey Kingston (IMRA) 34:57; 24 Andrew Fisher (Northern Ireland) 53:32.

 

Under 18 Female (3.5 miles, 330 metres climb): 1 Emma Stuart (England, Ind) 29:57; 2 Dionne Allen (England) 30:31; 3 Emma Clayton (England) 30:52; 4 Anna Anderson (England) 31:01; 5 Jenny Reed (England) 32:02; 6 Michelle Strum (Northern Ireland) 32:31; 7 Rosie Temple (Ireland) 32:43; 8 Maire Ni Amhlaibh (Ireland) 32:55; 9 Kerry Iveston (Northern Ireland) 34:11; 10 Michelle Finn (Ireland) 35:02; 11 Jennifer Kibble (Scotland) 35:36; 12 Hilary Armitage (Scotland) 35:51; 13 Angela Speight (Northern Ireland) 36:08; 14 Fiona Slattery (Ireland) ntt.

 

Under 18 Male (4.5 miles, 370 metres climb): 1 Nick Swinburn (England) 31:24; 2 Jonathon Hare (England) 32:31; 3 Stephen Mitchell (England) 32:42; 4 Tom Addison (England, Ind) 33:22; 5 Michael Gillespie (Scotland) 33:34; 6 Alex Jones (Scotland) 34:00; 7 Nicki Cornock (Wales) 34:17; 8 Adam Peers (England) 34:30; 9 Mathew Hurst (England, Ind) 34:58; 10 Eoin O'Ruadhain (Ireland) 35:39; 11 Eoin Pierce (Ireland) 37:04; 12 Dafydd Jenkins (Wales) 37:48; 13 Gethin Edwards (Wales) 38:00; 14 Paul Wathan (Wales) 38:12; 15 Ciaran Collins (Northern Ireland) 38:39; 16 Brendan O'Boyle (Northern Ireland) 39:08; 17 Alasdair Hardie (Scotland, Ind) 40:20; 18 Jason Wilson (Northern Ireland) 40:34; 19 Darell Bregan (Northern Ireland) 40:42; 20 Gary Grieve (Scotland, Ind) 40:47; 21 John O'Sullivan (Ireland) 42:19; 22 Darren Thomson (Scotland, Ind) 43:02.

 

The British Fell Relay Championships on Saturday 14 October are attracting 135 teams to Castle Carr Estate. It is a private estate not normally open to the public but the landowners, the Schofield family, are supportive of the local organising club, Calder Vallley Fellrunners.

 

The estate features one of the largest water fountains in Britain which is to be turned on for the day. The nearest settlement is Mytholmroyd in the Calder Valley, west of Halifax, which is where the presentations are to take place.

 

The event for teams of 6 consists of 4 legs over varying distances, 2 run solo and 2 in pairs, one of which is 'navigational'. Entries closed some time ago and are truly UK wide. Further info is available from the Fell Runners Association website.