The Tour of Pendle Fell Race 2012
The tour of Pendle Fell Race took place on November 17th from Barley Village in the borough of Pendle in Lancashire. This race has been run for the last 30 years and is regarded as one of the best on the fell running calendar.
Two Ellenborough runners and one Howgill runner (Carl Bell) were transported to Barley Village by club member Peter Kemp, who had his dad along to look after him. (it’s a long way from Cockermouth)!
The race is just under 17 miles and has 4800 ft of ascent to cope with. As its name implies, it takes in Pendle Hill, the highest point in Lancashire I believe. Being a rather convoluted rout it takes in the hill two and a bit times plus a couple more hills to make it more interesting. The weather forecast was for cold, clag and a bit of rain. Fortunately the weather man was up to scratch and got it wrong. There was some clag, some rain and it was a bit cold at times but not as bad as forecast. Not bad running conditions ‘atmospherically ‘; under foot was a different matter! As is everywhere else in the country at this time, it was very wet and muddy under foot. Well the race was run and the scores were on the doors, eventually. They took their time coming due to three runners being DQed for not going to the last checkpoint. The race was won by Carl Bell in 2:27:01, Peter finished 63rd in 2:58:03, Barry Hodgson finished 137th in 3:13:38. Jackie Winn won the V60 category in 2:48:28, a new V60 record time for this race. Peter’s dad got to go over the top of Pendle, for the first time, in the company of club member Andrew Turner, who turned out to lend support with much appreciated water and jelly babies. So, thanks are owed to Peter for transporting a very happy company and to Andrew for his support.