Organisers were delighted to attract a 400 entry for the second running of the New Years Eve Bowstones Fell Race on Wednesday (31 December). The 11k contest was run over a stunning route taking in Lyme Park and saw both the male and female records lowered. Simon Bailey (Mercia Fell Runners) broke the male course record with a time of 40.49 and Sophie Horrocks (Rossendale) claimed the female record with 47.55.
Event organisers Bramhall Runners - a fast-growing South Manchester/Cheshire club founded in 2012 - were pleased to attract a big field of both experienced and novice fell runners for their festive event. The large turnout departed the Boars Head pub in Higher Poynton heading for the frosty scenic climbs of Bowstones and Lyme Park Cage. Participants had been invited to wear fancy dress in a nod to Yorkshire’s iconic Auld Land Syne New Years Eve fell race, and Santa and a Mario brother were amongst those spotted racing for the finish.
Event charity Friends of the Himalayan Children's Care Home that provides essential equipment and education to children from one of Nepal's poorest and isolated areas were delighted with funds raised at this year's race.
Steve Fairclough, race director and Bramhall Runners coach said: “We were over the moon to be inundated with hundreds of 'on the day' entries to this year's event. Big thanks to all who helped out and who made the day happen. Thanks also to Robinson's Brewery who provided finishers with a bottle of their excellent beer. A run and beer after – what is there not to like."
Find out more about Bramhall Runners at the club website.
Photo - Sophie Horrocks