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Auld Lang Syne Fell Race

Mon 31 Dec 2018, Haworth

One of final events of the fell running year was the Auld Lang Syne race from a windy Penistone Park above Haworth. The race has a reputation for being fast, as long as there’s no ice or snow. For the unwary, there are some tough short but steep climbs. Fancy dress is traditionally worn by a number of the runners and some of the highlights this year were a Mad Hatter, a group of Teletubbies, and a road construction worker in full reflective gear with a large stop/go sign; not an easy thing to carry on a 6.7 mile run with 1000 ft of climbing. David Parkington was the first Harrier to finish, in 54.54 and 81st place. Steven Bamber finished in 56.14 and not far behind was Roger Taylor in 57.18. Robyn Anderson crossed the line at the cricket club in 68.14, with Michael McLoughlin completing the club turnout by finishing in 69.30. There were 327 finishers and the men’s and ladies’ winners were both from Ribble Valley Harriers. Chris Holdsworth was first in 41.06, and Nichola Jackson was 18th overall in 47.28.

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