Last weekend saw a rain soaked Yorkshire Dales host the Three Peaks Fell Race in the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale. But the inclement weather didn't dampen the spirits of the 750 runners who took part in the event. Among those runners was Scots pair, Joe Symonds and Sarah O'Neil, who took home the top prizes. Both runners were from the fittingly-titled Hunter's Bog Trotters.
Scottish international Symonds won the event for the first time in his already successful career with a time of 2:55:58. Due to the high winds and rain, he was never going to threaten the record of 2:46:03 currently held by Bingley's Andy Peace.
The Edinburgh native isn't the first member of his family to complete the 23 mile course. His father, Hugh Symonds, won the event in 1984, 1985 and 1987. Upon completing the course, Joe said: "Three Peaks has a reputation for toughness, but in some ways you have to be fortunate to win it. If you have anything wrong with you on the day, you will get found out on this course."
In the female field, Sarah O'Neil finished in an impressive 3:28:43 - 15 minutes ahead of the second-placed Emelie Fosberg of Team Salomon International (3:43:52). In third place was Welsh international Sarah Ridgeway (3: 45:51).
Rob Baker of Dark Peak Fell Runners claimed the Yorkshire Fell Championships trophy in third place overall (2hr 58min 01sec). A feat made all the more impressive with it being his first attempt at the race.
Scots runners Joe Symonds and Sarah O'Neil took first places in the 2012 Three Peaks Fell Race.
Image: Joe Symonds (courtesy scottishhillracing.co.uk)