An Auld Lang Syne treble run

Nichola Jackson in new year action

Nichola Jackson in new year action

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The 22nd running of the popular Auld Lang Syne fell race of 9.6K and 300m of climbing from Penistone Hill above Haworth attracted over 400 runners and saw Preston Harriers’ athletes in the thick of things.

The much anticipated presence of GB triathletes Alastair and Jonny Brownlee did not happen – although they have competed in the race several times before – because of what they termed “common sense” with their pre-qualification for the Rio Olympics already obtained.

Conditions were blustery but clear, although it was boggy out on the moor.

Much of this race’s terrain is on faster trails, which can suit some who prefer less rugged fell terrain.

Preston’s Nichola Jackson was fourth lady in 51.31, just a few places ahead of Dave Parkington, who finished in 52.18 and was fourth vet 50 and 59th overall.

Returning from injury and pleased with his run, Steve Bamber completed the route in 60.14

The overall winner was Chris Farrell of Horwich in 41.19 and the ladies’ winner was Northern cross country champion of 2014, Katie Walshaw of Holmfirth in 49.04.