Bronte country suits Jackson

Nichola Jackson at the Withins Skyline race

Nichola Jackson at the Withins Skyline race

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Preston Hariers athletes were in action at the Withins Skyline, one of a series of fell races held from Penistone Country Park, near Haworth.

The races have been organised for many years by Dave and Eileen Woodhead of Keighley and they were awarded a BEM for services to fell running earlier this year.

The Withins Skyline race is seven miles in length with 1,000 feet of ascent and has a good out and back return, which allows the runners to stretch out.

The top ridge is invariably boggy, although this year runners did not return to the start coated in the usual peat.

One of the original courses was set as the route, because of erosion on the climb to the Bronte waterfalls and the over-grown path beyond.

The course set last week will now become the permanent race route.

Despite breaking the old course record, Nichola Jackson had to settle for second place in the ladies’ race behind senior England international Lindsey Brindle of Horwich.

It was a close race, with Jackson gaining but running out of time to catch up.

Brindle posted 47.05 and Jackson 47.37 for 33rd overall out of 313 finishers.

Harriers’ Alan Martin had a solid run, finishing 122nd in 56.09. Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers won in 38.49.

Before the seniors ran, more than 180 juniors ran in the short Quarry Runs, receiving a fun introduction to the sport.

Elsewhere, Alan Appleby took on the Richmond Castle 10K, finishing first Vet 65 in a fantastic time of 44.48. His brother, David, was fifth vet 60 in 49.39.