Belmont Winter Hill Fell Race 8th May

A large field of 118 started this race which was also the Greater Manchester Fell Championships. The weather was cool and dry with good conditions underfoot. Within half a mile of the start six had broken away with Alastair Murray just clear of a group contain Simon Parkinson and Dionne Allen. After the first tough climb Alastair had extended the lead which he held on to the finish and was well clear of second to achieve a well deserved victory, Simon Parkinson ran strongly for third place. Albert Sunter had a superb run just holding off Dionne for first over fifty with Dionne an excellent second lady. With Ian Hamer 10th we easily won the Team award. With the Ladies also winning with Michelle Devine and Rachel Metcalfe both well placed and backing up Dionne. Tony Hesketh was first o/60 with Tony Varley second. With 17 runners from Horwich we were the largest club represented a superb turnout.

1 A Murray 35.22
3 S Parkinson 37.58
8 A Sunter o/50 39.16
9 D Allen F/23 39.20
10 I Hamer o/40 39.29
14 A Porter o/40 40.38
15 D Fleming o/50 40.39
17 B Walton o/50 40.41
21 T Hesketh o/60 41.30
32 M Kay 42.57
37 M Devine F 43.11
38 P Ramsdale o/50 43.20
54 P Leighton o/40 45.42
64 T Varley o/60 47.03
77 M Birbeck o/40 48.31
78 R Metcalfe F 48.58
88 G Stone o/50 50.58

Horwich also won the Greater Manchester Champs Team Gold with the team of Alastair, Andy Porter and Doug Fleming. (Albert didn’t tick the box)

Link to results at ukresults.

Link to photos at SportSunday.