Talented Whartons take under 23 titles @Ilkley Moor

photo courtesy of www.woodentops.org.k

photo courtesy of www.woodentops.org.k

Calder Valley’s talented Wharton family made a bold showing in Sunday’s Ilkley Moor Fell Race with both Max and Issy claiming the under 23 prizes. Max finished 4th, only 55 seconds behind team mate Alex Whittem who clocked 39 minutes 51 seconds to take 3rd place overall behind the useful pair Tom Adams from the host club (36:41) and Simon Bailey, current English Champion, from Mercia Fell Runners (37:27). Max’s sister Issy had a storming run to finish 111th in 55:01 and to keep it in the family dad Mark also had a great run to place 29th overall in 46:59. Two other Valley runners took part in the senior race – Lee Shimwell in 40th (47 :05) and Philip Jones in 195th (67.18). The 8km race is over a very difficult course with brutal climbs and long, fast descents. It is regarded as one the best short race routes in the region, starting on a good track adjacent to houses in Wells Road and rising steadily to pass the tarn. Backstone Beck, the famous rock of the Cow and Calf, the Pancake Stone, Barmishaw Hole, Badger Stone, Weary Hill and Spicey Gill are other features before a final giddy plunge down to the finish.