The Penistone Hill Race is a multi-terrain race: approximately 6½ miles (10½km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent, run in support of Sporting Penistone, the charity that runs Penistone Leisure Centre. It is a tough race on tarmac, trails and paths, with hills and stunning views of the Penistone area, run under UK Athletics rules (cross country permit 2017062).
2017 Race report
As always the weather was beautiful, the ground was soft in places, the cows were out in force, the shoot was on and the race was ready to go.
The number of pre-entries was low, with lots of other races on and I was a little worried. Our target was 70 runners, which would raise all in all around £800 for the leisure centre. Annie had done a fantastic job on the prizes: we had around 80 donated prizes and trophies.
The race itself saw two-time former winner Andy Swift and Penistone’s new kid on the block Scott Hinchcliffe battle out a great race – the fell runner against the road runner. Andy won the battle this time round with a fantastic display of off road running, breaking the course record by over a minute and winning £50 in the process. The men’s team prize was won by Penistone: Scott, Damian Kilpin and Lee Storey.
The women’s race had just as much quality in the line up: it’s not much fun for the other ladies but it’s a pleasure to have one of the country’s top female fell runners turn up for your event every year. And Caitlin Rice didn’t disappoint, winning the race and breaking her own course record, bagging her £50. Penistone ladies won the team with Lesley Parker, Julia Cobham and Jill Carlton – well done ladies.
Everyone than run today and helped deserves a bit pat on the back. Next year the race will be a bigger event I assure you – it deserves to be – but all in all we had 82 entries, which we are all happy with.
Thanks to everyone that helped.
Male: Andy Swift, 2017 – 42:14
Female: Caitlin Rice, 2017 – 48:57
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