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Rob breaks Hill record

YORKSHIREMAN Rob Hope romped home to his second successive victory in the Observer-backed Great Hameldon Hill Silver jubilee race.
THE Great Hameldon Hill Silver jubilee race gets underway.

YORKSHIREMAN Rob Hope romped home to his second successive victory in the Observer-backed Great Hameldon Hill Silver jubilee race.

A total of 147 runners tackled the gruelling six mile course on Sunday and Rob set a new course record of 36.12mins beating his 37.53min finishing time last year.

Rob, left, who runs for Pudsey and Bramley AC, received £100 as first prize. The ladies race was won by Anna Kelly, from Burnley, who runs for Clayton Harriers, who scooped £50.

She finished in 50.27 mins and it was third time lucky for the primary school teacher as she has finished in second place for the past two years.

Organiser Paul Healy was delighted with the turnout from both spectators and the runners, some who had travelled from as far afield as Sheffield to take part.

He said: "One of the runners Geoff Parkinson hasn't run for 15 years but he turned up half an hour before the race and took part, which is tremendous."

"We had 125 took part last year so this is a good jump. It is an encouraging sign and hopefully we can build on that and get more people involved."

A presentation ceremony was held at the nearby Peel Park Hotel in Turkey Street following the race. A raffle organised by pub bosses Dave and Sue Johnson, also raised £144, which will be added to the money raised from the day which is to go to Maundy Relief and the Foundation for Young Athletes. Prizes were also donated by Sportlife, based at the Globe Centre in Accrington.

One of the race founders Bob Mitchell also took part in the race and his co-founder Mick Raine got them under way.

The first 50 men and 20 women home each received a commemorative T-shirt.

One of the oldest runners was Derek Clutterbuck, from Todmorden, who is over 70. Clayton Harriers' Ross Jaques, who is 66, also enjoyed stretching his legs on the day.

Oswaldtwistle firefighter Andy Barnes, who has performed international rescue missions to disaster zones, also laced up his trainers for the race. He said: "I did the race 25 years ago and decided to do it again as it was the anniversary." He finished in a creditable 59 mins.