This was a pretty tough race going by the comments of the Harriers who contested the event and hoping to secure a GB Vest for the World Championships with the Up and Down Race being held on September 8th and the Up Hill only Race on September 29th in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland.
Senior Men’ & U23 Men’s Results HERE
Senior Women’s & U23 Women’s Results HERE
Gary Priestley (2nd Claim for Blackburn on the Track) and running at the Trials for Salford Harriers finished in 8th place (62.04) and said after the Race that “I have mixed emotions about my performance, gutted that I missed a place on the GB team by 2 places but also pleased with another fairly consistent run. The course was tough with a long climbs and long descents on each lap making the 9 mile+ race a real challenge”.
Karl Billington 20th (71.27) and 7th in the U23 Age Category had no doubts as to the severity of the Race for him saying “the race was the toughest and furthest I have ever done, it was even harder then the 10000metre Track Race I did at the European Junior Championships in Talinin (July 2011) which was run in thirty five degrees of heat”.
Beckie Taylor finished 12th (54.17) in the Senior Women’s Race overall and 5th in the U23 Age Category was impressed with “the good course, being good underfoot and run in a friendly atmosphere, but then said it was one of the hardest Races she had ever competed in”.