Saturday was a very busy day for fell running success! Ellen Quane raced in the Peak District Intro Ultra, 30 miles with 1388 meters of climb.
Ellen was 5th lady and 31st over all in her first ever ultra race in a time of 6 hours!! Ellen also raised £280 for Stannington Brass Band's trip to the nationals, if you would also like to donate follow this link : https://localgiving.org/appeal/StanningtonBandNationalFinals/
Huge well done Ellen!
5 ShUOC members braved the elements on Saturday 20th August to race in the penultimate race in the English Fell Running Championship series; Pendle 3 Peaks.
The 9.8 mile/15.88km race incorporates 2800ft/870m of climb as the course works its was around Pendle Hill.
Matt Elkington and Tom Saville were 1st and 2nd male U23 finishers respectively.
Nic Barber was 31st male finisher and SPOOK members Rhys Findlay Robinson and Rob Little were 5th and 24th respectively.
In the women's race, Anna Hoogkamer was 1st U23 and Hannah Bradley was 2nd U23.
More results can be found here
On Saturday 6th August the first long distance race of the English Fell Running Championships.
The 27km race climbs Bessy Boot and then Scafell Pike via the shelter at Esk Hause. Following a technical descent to styhead pass before climbing Great Gable, the final climb is from Honister pass to Dale Head Summit, leading to a total 6562 ft of climb. The high fells are often covered in clagg which added an extra navigational challenge, as Dane Blomquist and EUOC's Will Rigg found out. The two orienteers, who both competed at JWOC, tried to run the route a few days before and ended up in the wrong valley resulting in some rather large taxi fares.
The demanding race was won in a time of 2 hours 24 minutes by Ricky Lightfoot and the women's race was won by Lou Roberts in a very impressive 3 hours 26 minutes.
SPOOK's Rhys Findlay-Robinson was 5th in a time of 2 hours 54 minutes and was-SPOOK-now-ShUOC again grandad Nic Barber finished in a time of 3 hours 19 minutes placing him 29th overall. Very good results!
The fun definitely does not stop for ShUOC over summer! The Great Britain team travelled over to Hungary for the World Uni Championships, the team included ShUOC's William Gardner and Charlotte Ward and SPOOK members Jonny Crickmore and Kris Jones.
The first race was the sprint race, on the 31st of July. In the men's race Kris Jones had an absolutely amazing run, gaining a gold medal for GBR! Kris was 33 seconds clear of 2nd place over the 3.6km course. Willy Gardner came in 6th only 1 minute 13 seconds behind Kris and closely followed by Jonny Crickmore, who finished 12th, 17 seconds behind Will.
Charlotte Ward finished 7th overall and was 1st finisher for GBR in the 3.3km women's race, only 44 seconds behind the leader in the highly competitive race.
The mixed sprint relays occurred on the 2nd of August, following the long distance race the day before. The GBR team, consisting of Charlotte Ward, Megan Carter-Davies, Kris Jones and Peter Hodkinson won with a very impressive race and were almost 1 minute clear of Czech Republic team in 2nd. Charlotte Ward ran the first leg, finishing 3rd in a time of 14:21, handing over to Peter Hodkinson, who managed to gain 2 places, bringing the team into 1st. Kris Jones maintained the lead, finishing in a time of 12:46, before handing over to Megan Carter-Davies who brought home the gold for GBR.
Finally, the 5.6km middle race with 205 meters of climb was raced on the 3rd of August. ShUOC's Willy Gardner finished 12th and was first Brit in the men's race in a time of 36:58.
Some absolutely fantastic results from all the athletes in the British team, especially those in ShUOC and SPOOK, so much fan girling is going on right now!
A massive congratulations to our resident track fairy, Tom Horton, who has managed to win the EA championship 3000m steeple chase on Thursday. Tom, who has only been competing on the track for a year, missed his PB by a hairs breadth finishing in a time of 8:58.81 (0.24 of a second off his PB).
Very well done Tom!