Thursday, 2 July 2015

England runner wins Silsden's Murder Mile

Above: England fell runner Tom Adams, of Ilkley Harriers, won this year's Murder Mile at Silsden, in a time of 6 minutes 43.98 seconds -- narrowly outside the record of 6.24 set last year by James Hall, of Wharfedale Harriers. 
Above: second in 7.09 was Silsden's Craig Shearer, who runs for Keighley and Craven. 
Above: Wharfedale Harrier Logan Hargreaves-Madhas (7.54) was third. He was also the first under-14 boy to finish.
Above: Chris Barnes (Blackburn) won a three-way battle for fourth place in 8.02 followed by Chris Loftus (Keighley and Craven) in 8.03, the first veteran 40 to finish, and Sam Smith (Wharfedale Harriers), 8.04, who was the first under-12 boy home. 
The race starts at Silsden Golf Club, Brunthwaite, and provides a challenging ascent of 162 metres (485 ft.) up winding Brunthwaite Lane. 
Just under 200 runners were in the July 2 starting line-up. Conditions were cool and wet and in sharp contrast to the week's heatwave. The night before, Silsden had been hit by a frightening thunder and hail storm.     
Above: the first under-17 girl to finish was Jemima Elgood, of Ilkley Harriers, in 8.36. She was also the first female to cross the line.
The race is a single event that has young and older runners competing alongside each other.
Above: the first senior lady home was Sophie Martin, of Wharfedale Harriers, who clocked 9.05. Alice Jones (9.06), of the same club, was the first under-12 girl home. 
Above: Many of the children competing in the race attend local primary schools.