SUNDAY saw the 29th running of the Trawden 7 Multi Terrain Race - the ninth stage of the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix.
An event which is able to boast Ron Hill as the veteran course record holder, when he ran the race in 1992, this year’s race saw the bad weather of the previous week replaced by a scorching hot morning, as 126 runners started out.
And all found the tough route and the heat a real test of their fitness.
The number of runners was up from last year, which reflected the popularity of this year’s Grand Prix series, and also as it was a points race for Accrington Road Runners.
There were no records broken but first male home was Andy Buttery of Rossendale in a time of 41.44 minutes, almost a minute ahead of fellow Rossendale runner Chris Fell in 42.41.
Clayton runner Gary Shaw, last year’s winner, was third in a time of 44.11.
The ladies provided a more competitive race with Candice Taylor of Clayton and Sara Ridehalgh of Accrington neck and neck throughout, but Taylor eventually triumphed by just 24 seconds to finish first lady and an excellent sixth place overall. Third lady was Gayle Whittaker of Clayton.
Prize vouchers from Complete Runner were sponsored by Trawden AC Runners, Matt Haworth, Managing Director of Inspire Health in Colne, and James Ellis of James Ellis Planning.
The Grand Prix now takes a rest for the summer with the next race being the Cliviger 6 on Sunday, July 31st.