Hot Holme Moss victory for Gray

One happy looking runner - photo courtesy of  Woodheads

One happy looking runner – photo courtesy of Woodheads

Another red hot day saw Karl Gray destroy the field in the Holme Moss race in just over 2 and half hours. Three years ago Karl won this race when it was in the English Championship against the best fell runners in the country, so without disrespect to this years’ field it was an expected win, but to win by over 11 minutes from Richard Pattinson of Pudsey & Bramley (2 hours 44 minutes), no slouch himself, was an incredible achievement. Richard was over 15 minutes clear of third place runner Ian Mills further emphasising Karl’s fantastic run on such a hot day. This was a test of Gray fitness over the longer distance before he heads out to Poland to represent his country in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Poland in early August. He’s accompanied by team mates Helen Fines and Jo Buckley.

Gray with team mates Paul Biddulph and Dave Culpan claimed the 2nd team prize on the day.