The first of nine English Championship fell races was held last Saturday over a 4.5mile course which climbed 1,500ft up Pendle Hill from Barley in an almost circular route.
The cream of the fell running fraternity gathered for the event hosted by local club Clayton le Moors Harriers, and in the womens’ race, international Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley Harriers was a clear winner in 38m54s, almost two minutes in front of her nearest rival.
Victoria, defending the Womens’ English fell running trophy, works for Denise Park Practice in Clitheroe as a sports therapist and masseur.
Other local successes were Deborah Gowans of Sabden, 22nd place in a class field of 138, Jean Brown of Grindleton (34th), Linda Lord (105th) and Karin Goss (133rd), both of Sabden.
Linda is defending the womens’ over 65 trophy, and won her age category.
The race also incorporated the Lancashire Fell Championships, as Deborah won the gold medal in the over 40’s category, with Jean taking silver, and Linda and Karin took gold and bronze respectively in the over 60’s category.
The men were led home by Tom Addison of Helm Hill runners in a time of 32m55s.