Utterly Butterley Fell Race, 23 Sep
Report by Paul Alexander
Just in case the first 2 of Richard Butterwick’s weekend races weren’t enough, he took on the Utterly Butterley fell race which was his 2nd race of the day. This 5 mile race with 850ft of climb sets off from Marsden Cricket club and follows a route over the moors of Marsden, taking in the Butterley reservoir dam, the Wessenden Valley Track, Swellends Reservoir and Redbrook Clough, to name a few of the local landmarks. Nick Barber, Andrew Bibby and Helen Hodgkinson joined Richard for this race which featured 139 runners in total. Nick finished in a fantastic 4th place in 33.30 and 1st v40. Richard finished in 38.44 for 25th place whilst Andrew Bibby finished 3rd v60 in 44.30 and Helen Hodgkinson in 49.43. The racer winner was Rob James of Royton Road Runners in a course record of 29.54 whilst the ladies’ race winner was Bridget Lancashire of Saddleworth Runners in 39.00.