Three Peaks Fell Race a huge success

The heat was on for Bollington Brewing Co’s 10th anniversary 3 Peaks Fell Race

291 runners scaled a 9km course of difficult terrain in glorious sunshine for the 10th anniversary Bollington Brewing Co. 3 Peaks Fell Race.

Organised by Andy Skelhorn, the race is the only one of its kind to start and finish at a brewery and saw seasoned fell racers compete alongside relative novices.

Crowds gathered in the afternoon sunshine as the fell runners braved intense conditions to traverse Kerridge Hill, White Nancy and Nab Head, before dropping back down to Bollington rec for the finish line.

Simon Harding of Macclesfield Harriers claimed his 4th victory, with a convincing lead to finish in 40 minutes and 32 seconds, while James Bowden of Eyri and Gareth Briggs of Dark Peak came in second and third respectively.

Gillian Lindsey of Macclesfield took the women’s title in 49 minutes and 41 seconds. Less than a minute behind was Catherine Wilson of Beeston AC and Charmaine Wood of Congleton came in third.

As a post-race reward, participants enjoyed a tasty chilli, as well as live music from The Wooden Robots. Runners also received a complimentary can of specially brewed 3 Peaks ale, which is available on cask at The Bollington Brewing Co’s three pubs –  The Park Tavern, The Vale Inn and the Cask Tavern.

Commenting on the event, Andy Skelhorn said: “The race continues to attract runners and spectators from far and wide and is a great introduction for those who are relatively new to fell running. It’s a really accessible race with over a third of the runners not attached to clubs and more than half were veterans over 40.”

Lee Wainwright, owner of The Bollington Brewing Co. added: “Our 10th anniversary event was a great success, thanks to the hard work from all volunteers involved. We were delighted to raise around £2000, which will be split equally between Buxton Mountain Rescue and next year’s Bollington Festival. ”

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