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IAN GALE WINS THE WALKER BROTHERS HILL LEAGUE BY 6 SECONDS

PICTURES BY STAN HALL

 

Ian Gale

Brian Osbourne – second.

RESULTS BY DOUG DROWN

Winter Hill League results Round 3
1 1an Gale 22.00 (1st veteran over40)
2 Brian Osborne 22.07  
3 Simon Skillicorn 22.52 1st Senior Man
4 David Young 24.22 (lstv/50)
5 Phil Mackie 24.48  
6 Cal Partington 26.16 (lst woman)
7 Juan Kinley 26.17  
8 Keith Lowe 26.24  
9 Peter Cooper 26.25  
10 Michael George 26.35  
11 Dave Corrin 26.38  
12 Phil Cain 26.40  
13 Andy Gosland 26.50  
14 Alan Corkill 26.56  
15 Mike Quine 27.00  
16 Alan  Bagley 27.03  
17 Paul Jackson 27.07  
18 lan Callister 27.13  
19 Rose Hooton 27.16  
20 Lee Butterworth 27.17 (lst junior)
21 Keith Callister 27.50  
22 Robbie Callister(Snr) 27.56 (lst v160)
23 Lawrence Dyer 28.05  
24 John Crellin 28.09  
25 Josh Masterson 28.54 (2nd junior)
26 Christine Barwell 29.00  
27 Kevin Martin 29.27  
28 Tony Conway 29.33  
29 Andrew Newton 29.39 (3rd junior)
30 Shirley Fowley 29.50  
31 lan Crawford 30.32  
32 Alan Pilling 30.44  
32 Allan Thompson 30.44  
34 Michelle Kewley 31.04  
35 John Watterson 31.10  
36 Ann Cain 35.06  
37 David Quine 39.16  
38 John Quine 39.19  

 REVISED WALKER BROTHERS LEAGUE RESULTS BY PAUL JACKSON

pos

Name

AGGREGATE TIME

 

1

Ian Gale

57.17

1st V40

2

Brian Osbourne

57.56

 

3

Simon Skillicorn

59.19

1st SM

4

Dave Young

63.40

1st V50

5

Phil Mackie

63.41

 

6

Phil Cain

65.49

 

7

Mike Quine

65.51

 

8

Keith Callister

66.55

 

9

Cal Partington

68.17

1st Lady

10

Dave Corrin

69.15

 

11

Keith Lowe

69.47

 

12

Paul Jackson

70.40

 

13

Peter Cooper

70.58

 

14

Allan Corkill

72.21

 

15

John Crellin

72.27

 

16

Rose Hooton

72.40

2nd Lady

17

Lawrence Dyer

73.45

 

18

Robbie Callister

75.41

1st V60

19

Ian Callister

76.47

 

20

Christine Barwell

77.44

3rd Lady

21

Allan Thompson

79.24

 

22

Shirley Fowley

80.15

 

23

Ian Crawford

80.59

 

24

Alan Pilling

83.10

 

25

Ann Cain

88.32

 

26

David Quine

107.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNIORS

 

 

1

Andrew Newton

55.14

U15B

2

Lee Butterworth

55.54

U15B

3

Josh Masterson

62.23

U17B

 

PAUL JACKSON REPORTS ON A GREAT SPRINT FINISH

 

Ian Gale’s debut win in the final round of the Walker Brothers Winter Hill League was enough to secure overall victory in the three race series which concluded over the testing 3 mile course at Glen Maye on Saturday in perfect weather conditions.

 

A field of 38 runners headed by Ian Gale bombed down the Glen Rushen Mines road along the initial ¾ mile gradual descent before clambering up into the plantation for the first of  the two tough climbs. It was ‘hands on knees’ through the trees before the leaders Ian Gale, ‘Ozzie’ Osbourne and Simon Skillicorn emerged from the plantation into the sunshine and out along the track before the second lung buster up to the top. Ian was soon forced to concede the lead to Ozzie on the final climb with Simon Skillicorn hanging on to the pace just behind. Resisting the temptation to take a breather on the track between climbs was the chasing pack including Doc Young, Juan Kinley, Phil Mackie, Dave Corrin, Phil Cain, Mike Quine and leading lady Cal Partington.

 

There was controversy to follow as the course flags for the race route muddled with the enduro bikes direction signs which were also in evidence around the plantation. This resulted in a number of the chasing group leading each other off course following a wrong turn.  Having to force their way back through the field (quite literally), the lower order runners were soon reeled back in. In the battle to regain lost time and race positions, the final slog back up the Glen Rushen Mines Road to the finish resembled the closing stages of a well handicapped race and made for some exciting finishing.

 

Meanwhile at the front of the race a ‘grandstand finish’ saw Ian Gale demonstrate superior finishing speed on the tarmac to overhaul Ozzie just 100m from the line and finishing with just 7 seconds to spare. Another solid performance from the improving  Simon Skillicorn completed a predictable top 3 result. Phil Mackie’s terrific run despite a calf strain on the descent through the trees earned him a well deserved 5th place behind Doc Young and clear of triathlete Juan Kinley in 7th.Peter Cooper also showed signs of returning to full fitness following his long spell of injury over the summer with a strong finish over the final road section for 9th place just a second behind Keith Lowe. John Crellin ran just 9 days after surgery and admits he will be hoping his surgeon doesn’t spot his name in the results.

 

Despite having to regain the lead from Rose Hooton after going walkabout in the plantation, 1st lady Cal Partington recovered brilliantly to regain 6th place overall. Christine Barwell continues to improve with a 3rd place finish in the ladies race and it was great to see emerging enthusiasm and competition over the hills from newcomers Michelle Kewley, Shirley Fowley  and the experienced Ann Cain.

 

Of course there was much more at stake on Saturday than the race itself as 25 competitors completed a full set of 3 finishes to qualify for the final league positions. Ozzie knew he would have to lose sight of Ian Gale in his rear view mirror to stand any chance of overhauling a 32 second deficit after the first two rounds. As it happened the 1-2-3 of Ian, Ozzie and Simon in the final league positions mirrored their relative positions in every race. Phil Mackie and David Young had to sweat it out for 4th and 5th with the Doc getting the nod by just 1 second in the revised aggregate results. 6th place Phil Cain had only 2 seconds to spare over Mike Quine after both going astray in the plantation descent on Saturday.

 

Cal Partington dominated the ladies competition with convincing wins in each of the three round. Rose Hooton normally prefers a longer run out over the fells, but her experience and great ability and confidence on descending ensured her a second place ahead of the emerging talent of Christine Barwell who completed her first Winter Hill League. It was also good to see another newcomer Shirley Fowley tackle the full league for the first time and compete well ahead of 5th placed Ann Cain.

 

In the Junior league Andrew Newton took the honours. The outstanding youngster mixed it well with the seniors with a brilliant  top 10 finish in round 1 followed by  victory in the Junior Fell Running Championships in Peel. Unfortunately Andrew twisted his ankle playing football a few days before round 3 and his determination to complete the league earned him much praise. Lee Butterworth  also looked confident competing amongst the seniors and took second place over the only U17 competitor Josh Masterson who also impressed on his debut on the hills.

 

Overall it was a great series of well organised races, all blessed with fine weather. I’m sure all competitors would like to thank Richie and the team at the MMMO especially Tony, Doug, Margaret, Walter and Steve and of course the event sponsors Walker Brothers Ltd.

 

 

Paul Jackson (above) has written the report of the hill race – quite how he could see what was going on running in this position I’ll never know! Picture by Stan Hall.

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