Interested to see how you do this time mate
Sadly, there was no sign of Alistair Brownlee, but Rob Jebb showed up and rode - setting a new course record too, apparantly!
I was hoping for a '45 minute' race, all being well (48:12 on foot last year), but ended up at about 47:15
(I think, but didn't stop my watch on crossing line, so it's a guess)
It was a tough one (when isn't this one?), as that first hill doesn't get any shallower.
I'm sure (& others that I spoke to afterwards thought so too) that the start/finish fields were wetter/boggier than last year - to the point of sucking runners shoes off!
My 'nemesis' from last year (Paul Milsom; 'Calder Clarion') was lagging behind, & I was worrying that he'd come storming past on the section at the top of the Glen, but no, on the last 2 fields I saw him coming along the concrete (sleeper!!) farm-track a good 300 yards back
I finished a good minute, or more, in front of him
What did surprise me was, leaving Richard Thackray (the Bradford Olympic/ex-Pace Research team rider/ex GB Cyclo-Cross squad) behind me for a longtime, he's usually well off in front of me.
If you look at the attached map, I caught him at the rocky-track that turns sharp right to go towards 'Glen Road' & left him on the climb to the summit at Baildon Hill (he was on his cross-bike)
He only re-passed me on the descent back to 'Glen Road', from the caravan park.
That said, Jebby passed me on his way back as I got to the farm where the course diverges to circumnavigate Hope Hill!!!! (clockwise around the hill)
But... I also passed the last competitors (both runners & riders) on the descent, a couple hundred yards before, 'Glen Road', on my return!!!!!!
Quite a few were taking photos, whether it was because they expected the 'Brownlee - Jebb' head-to-head is anyones guess, but as soon as I find any, I'll add them
One of the 'FRA' mob has already posted a link to his contribution
http://picasaweb.google.com/emenetwebde ... s2010?feat
Phil, who is Rob & Richs' dad
Richard A Thackeray
Featherstone Road Club
"Stop The Press!! Web-Site Up-Dated"!; 11th June 2009