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Ilkley's Tom Adams breaks Alistair Brownlee record on Haworth Moor
Ilkley Harrier Tom Adams smashed a five-year record held by Alistair Brownlee to win the Withins Skyline race on Haworth Moor in stunning fashion.
The 31-year-old completed the seven-mile course, featuring 1,000 feet of climb, in 39 minutes 27 seconds, knocking two minutes off the previous best set by the Olympic triathlon gold medalist in 2008.
Brownlee was 18 at the time, having just returned from competing in the Beijing Olympics, and was the World Triathlon & European Duathlon champion.
Adams, who had finished ninth in a WMRA Grand Prix in Slovenia the previous week, ran away from the rest of the 264-strong field, with only 2005 winner Simon Bailey (Murcia) holding his own until the skyline run to Top Withins Ruin.
From here, Adams was alone and flying, leaving Bailey to claim runner-up spot in 41:32 as Chris Farrell (Horwich RMI) took third in 42.57 Nick Charlesworth, of Silsden-based Wharfedale Harriers, took the V40 title in seventh, running 1min 35sec faster than last year but ending two places down.
He led his club to the men’s team prize, while Brian Stevenson (Pudsey & Bramley) took the V50 award, Bryan Parkinson (Bingley Harriers) the V60 and Malcolm Coles (Valley Striders) the V70.
A newcomer to Haworth Moor, Rachel Chambers from Sale Harriers, led the ladies race all the way to finish in 50.49, only two minutes outside Jo Waites’ record.
Lindsey Brindle finished second and Rachel Pilling third.
Evergreen Gill Myers, the 2013 FV50 English and British fell champion, became a record breaker again by beating Vanessa Peacock’s 2005 record by 23 seconds. She also led Wharfedale ladies to the team title.
The junior Rat Runs keep going from strength to strength, with a record 202 entry. King Rat and sponsor, Mike Ayers of Precision Pest Management, led proceedings in his scary costume and was astounded by the amount of juniors who took up the challenge to run in fancy dress.
Among the juniors who shone were Christopher Brown, of Clayton Le Moors, who broke the u-8 record by nine seconds, and u-14 girl Victoria Merrick, who took a second off fellow Bingley Harrier Carly Robertson’s 2007 record.
Other junior winners included: Matthew Merrick (Bingley) u-14, Elliot Brett (Keighley & Craven) u-12, Joseph Carnelley u-10 (record) (Bingley), Katie Atkinson (K&C) u-12 girls, Charlotte Barrett (Wharfedale) u-10 girls, Robert Thompson (K&C) u-16, Ellie Lambert (Wharfedale) u-16 girls.
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