Once again Bradley was bathed in sunshine for the annual fell runs. The senior event was won by Richard Barrett of Skipton A.C. in a time of 25.15. Richard led from start to finish and although the gap at the turn was slight he extended his lead on the descent to win by over a minute from second placed clubmate Stuart Hunn. Richard received the Frank Hopkinson trophy and also the prize for the first Vet 40+. Andrew Preedy of Rossendale came in third closely followed by Stefan Mancini of Pudsey, who had just won the gruelling Mountain Bike Race. John Wootton, in fifth place, was the first Bradley runner home and he retained the Bob Marchant Cup. Daniel Walmsley, last year's under 17s winner came in a creditable 10th. The first female was Jane Hodkinson of Preston in a time of 35.41. Ian Rowbotham of Harrogate was the first vet 45+. Pete Jepson (60+) of Rossendale came home in 35.33 and Basil Thompson (70+) in 57.30.
Jonathan Pawson was the winner of the under 17s in a time of 25.47 followed by Skipton A.C. teammate James Kelly. 25.47. Third was Grant Cunliffe of Burnley. Fourteen year old Helen Naylor of Cononley was the first girl home in 32.21.
The days closest finish came in the Under 14s where Bradley's Luke Maude (11.29) crossed the line only 4 seconds ahead of Harry Croft (Skipton A C). Richard Shuttle of Preston Harriers was only 3 seconds behind Croft. Maude retained the trophy for the first local runner and Sarah Wilson of Bradley was the first girl home.
Only 11 seconds separated the first three home in the Under 12s, Jonathan Bradshaw of Wharfedale Harriers leading from Jacob Uren (Keighley and Craven) and William Heseltine. Melanie Morphet of Ingleton led the girls home and Jessica Wootton retained the local Trophy.
The under 9s was won by James Hall of Bingley in a time of 3.51. He was followed by Ben Johnstone of Lothersdale and Marcus Preedy of Burley. Philip Done was the first Bradley runner home and Joanna Kelly the first girl.
Thanks once again go to the "Voice of Craven Sport" Roger Ingham for his witty and knowledgeable commentary.