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Uphill toil for runners in Hameldon Hill race

The start line of the Great Hameldon Hill Fell Race saw 175 runners setting off – slightly fewer than last year. 

The start line of the Great Hameldon Hill Fell Race saw 175 runners setting off – slightly fewer than last year. 

The race has always attracted a good number of competitors who are not members of a running club, but who run for ‘a challenge’. 

Around a quarter of the field came into this category – but only 16 were Hyndburn residents, which was a little disappointing. 

A quarter of the field were members of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers, the organising club. 

Despite these numbers Rossendale Harriers took the men’s team prize.

The race was won by Brendan Taylor, as an unattached runner, although he won the race last year as a member of Rossendale. 

However, on this occasion Brendan was 28 seconds down, despite very dry conditions, and also around two-and-half minutes outside the record set by Rob Hope in 2004. 

In the ladies category, there were 30 finishers and Trawden Athletic Club took the team award. 

Amy Green, of Keighley & Craven Athletic Club, was first home in 44 minutes 25 seconds, 11 seconds slower than her time last year and 44 seconds outside the record set by her in 2007.

In the Under 20s category,  Jacob Boyle, a 16-year-old from Hyndburn Athletic Club, took the honours, finishing in 15th place overall in 43 minutes 48 seconds. 

Calum Grant, of the Trawden club, came next in 65th place overall having turned 16 years  the day before and achieving a time of 51 minutes and two seconds. 

Next was Harry Kaye, also from Trawden, who finished 103rd in a time of 54 minutes and 26 seconds.

In 145th was Adam Haslam, a non-club member, in a time of 62 minutes 36 seconds.

Ellen Sagar-Hesketh, of the Hyndburn club, finished 130th overall in a time of 58 minutes and 31 seconds.

In the junior races, 30 youngsters took part covering age groups from six to 15. 

Of these runners, 19 were members of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers.

Next year’s race will celebrate the event’s 35th anniversary.