Dave Woodhead’s tremendously popular Auld Lang Syne fell race run from Penistone Hill near Howarth was again graced by the fabulous Brownlee Brothers. Joining Alistair and Jonny were nearly four hundred other Olympic hopefuls, many dressed in a wide array of fancy dress costumes and most still full of festive cheer, despite the snow covered moorland.
The sharp turn in the weather meant the course had to re-routed slightly to avoid some treacherous ice and snow patches, but the terrain held no fear for the brilliant Alistair Brownlee who won in an excellent time of 38:28. Surprise of the day was that his brother Jonny came in third, beaten into second place by Holmfirth’s Mark Buckingham, who will no doubt treasure his illustrious scalp for a long time to come. I wonder at what other sport can Joe Smoke tip up, pay his four quid and then race toe to toe with Olympic medallists. Even better, you can then have a pint with them after in The Old Sun.
First lady home was Homfirth’s Helen Berry in a super 44:57 and she claimed the coveted Daleside Brewery trophy – won last year by Calder’s Holly Page, unfortunately absent this year.
Calder Valley were well placed with Tod’ postman Alex Whittem coming tenth, Steve Smithies looking good in 35th, then Ian Symington on a rare short outing, and Iain Powell, Mark Wharton and Chris Sylge all showing well.
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