Record num­bers of run­ners and visi­tors turn out at fell race

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

A RECORD num­ber of run­ners and spec­ta­tors at­tended this year’s Bolling­ton Three Peaks Fell Race.

Or­gan­ised by race di­rec­tor, Andy Skel­horn, in con­junc­tion with The Bolling­ton Brew­ing Co, the chal­leng­ing 9km race at­tracted 257 run­ners who scaled Ker­ridge Hill, White Nancy and Nab Head be­fore a de­scent back to the vil­lage in glo­ri­ous sun­shine.

2011 win­ner, Jack Ross of Stafford­shire Moor­lands, was first over the fin­ish line, with an im­pres­sive time of 38 min­utes and 43 sec­onds. Alis­tair Thorn­ton and Tom Fell­baum, both from Manch­ester and Dis­trict Ori­en­teer­ing Club, came in sec­ond and third.

Steph Curtis of Pen­nine took the ladies’ ti­tle, com­plet­ing the course in 47 min­utes and 17 sec­onds, with lo­cal run­ner, So­phie Kirk of Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers claim­ing third place for women.

Spec­ta­tors came out in force in the af­ter­noon sun­shine to watch the run­ners com­pete in the heat over hilly ter­rain. Run­ners were wel­comed with a com­pli­men­tary 3 Peaks Ale – a lim­ited edi­tion brew cre­ated by Bolling­ton Brew­ery, with art­work de­signed by lo­cal tal­ent, Jon Tatham.

The fastest lo­cals were ex­actly the same as last year, so they re­tained the Frank Dawson shields, with Paul Row­ley for Pen­nine in ninth place over­all and Kris­ten Hol­lands in 96th place.

Run­ners came from far and wide to com­pete in the race, which is now in its eighth year, and en­joyed goody bags and help­ings of tasty chilli, cour­tesy of the team at The Vale Inn – one of the three pubs in The Bolling­ton Brew­ing Co’s Cheshire-based es­tate.

Andy Skel­horn said: “It’s great to see the race is grow­ing in aware­ness among the fell run­ning net­work, with com­peti­tors trav­el­ling some dis­tance to take part. This is a race at­tract­ing plenty of peo­ple who are new to fell run­ning, as well as a strong con­tin­gent of veter­ans too. Mas­sive thanks to all the vol­un­teers and the in­cred­i­ble team at The Bolling­ton Brew­ing Co. for help­ing to make it hap­pen. It’s great to see we also raised £750 for Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue on the day.”

Lee Wain­wright, owner of The Bolling­ton Brew­ing Co, added: “This year cer­tainly smashed all records in terms of turnout – the vil­lage was buzzing with at­mos­phere.

“We’re thrilled so many peo­ple en­joyed our award win­ning brews, es­pe­cially the 3 Peaks Ales – a trio of beers de­vel­oped to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion, which have also gone down re­ally well at our pubs; The Vale Inn, The Cask Tav­ern and The Park Tav­ern. We’re look­ing for­ward to next year’s event al­ready.”

For de­tails go to bolling­ton­brew­ing.co.uk.

●● Bolling­ton played host to the an­nual 3 Peaks Fell Race, with a record num­ber of run­ners and at­ten­dees

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