Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix is beginning to get into its stride

WINNER: Chris Fell
WINNER: Chris Fell

Sunday saw a typically English summer day of wind and heavy showers greet 125 runners who lined up for the start of Race 7 in the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix series.

Hosted and organised by Trawden AC, the Trawden Multi Terrain race is run over approximately seven miles and takes in the minor roads and bridleways around Boulsworth, Wycoller and Trawden.

Despite the weather, the ground underfoot remained solid and made for a fast race, with the winner Chris Fell, of Rossendale Harriers, knocking more than 30 seconds off the winning time of 2012 and finishing in 38mins 21sec.

He was more than two minutes in front of second place runner James Craig, of Wharfedale Harriers, with Michael Keedy, of Skipton AC, coming home in third.

In the ladies category Keighley & Craven runner Amy Green was first over the line in 44min 33secs, with Sarah Tipler, of Wharfedale, in second place and Molly Ralphson, of Trawden AC, in third.

Despite numerous club members volunteering to help by marshalling, host club Trawden still managed to field a team of 33 runners, with Dave Lord being first back and finishing in eight th place overall, from Darren Holland and Dave Potter.

Christina Singleton was second Trawden lady with Fiona Hall taking third spot.

Club chairman Chris Campbell said: “A huge thanks must go to Mick and Dawn Watson, of Trawden Forest Londis store, and also to Steve Heyworth of Colne Nisa Today, for kindly sponsoring the event. Their help in allowing us to provide the quantity of prizes we do is much appreciated.

“Thanks must also go to the various marshals and organisers for standing around in the cold weather, and to the local community for showing great support to the race and the club.”

For full race results and club information go to www.trawdenac.co.uk

Next race in the Grand Prix is the Towneley Park 6 mile road race on July 28th, starting from the Stables café in Towneley park at 11am.