Race Date: Sunday 25th September 2016
John Crossland and all the organising team would like to thank all the volunteers and everyone involved for making the day another successful one. I’m pretty sure all the runners would like to thank John and his team for putting on such a fantastic event – and what a thriller it turned out to be.
5 of us set off to do the Ultra at 6.30am and we were discussing when the first A team runners would pass us. It actually wasn’t until towards the end of leg 3 that Dark Peak A team flew past us with no sign of any others. As the Ultra runners were refuelling at the end of leg 3, the Striders A team shot past us, all of 6/7 minutes behind I would say. In my mind it was already a forgone conclusion so when I shuffled into the end of leg 5 and discussed victory spoils with John Crossland, I was amazed to hear that Striders A team had clawed the deficit back and managed to eke out an unassailable lead. Fantastic performance boys. I was also chuffed to bits to hear that the ladies A team had won as it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that they’d actually be able to put a team out due to bad luck of the health front. Thankfully all went well in the end with a couple of late call-ups.
Huge congratulations must go to Jennifer Rich and Sian Elizabeth from the Striders Ladies A team for a new course record on Leg 1, slashing over 3 minutes off the previous record. The men’s Striders A team also broke the course record taking almost 6 minutes off the previous best.
So a Striders clean sweep in both the ladies and mens races for 2016, a fantastic result. The Strider’s men’s B team also won the trophy for the fastest B team so success all around. The other Striders teams, the Men’s C, Women’s B and the Headtorch team are also worthy of a mention for their performances and enthusiasm.
A record entry of 18 teams entered this year’s race, including 6 Striders teams. I’m pretty sure there’ll be an equally if not more competitive event next year so let’s save the date, Sunday 24th September 2017, and see if we can beat an entry of 6 Striders teams and retain possession of the trophies.
It would also be fantastic to see a few more entries to the Ultra. It’s not easy but it’s an absolutely stunning route and the support at the end of leg 3 and leg 4 makes it all the more worthwhile.
All historical records can be found on the dedicated Sheffield Way Records page.
The ultra race report to follow!
|No||Team||Leg 1||Leg 2||Leg 3||Leg 4||Leg 5|
|1||Sheffield Running Club||Craige Spencer & Shaun Ashmore||Chris Ireland & Rob Jones||Grace Margo & Helen Pickford||Steven King & David Addenbrooke||Jed Turner & Gary Brooks|
|2||Totley AC Ladies A||Jenny Featerstone & Jenny Armstrong||Ali Iredale & Susan Hird||Louise Goodhill & Rachel Biggin||Pippa Weir & Sara Hamblin||Deborah Lodge & Louise Truelove|
|3||Smiley Paces A||Kate Scott & Ali Griffiths||Fiona Jeffries & Claire Haycock||Naomi Morrison & Maeve Largey||Andi Herrick & Rosie Lockwood||Nic Frow & Nicola Rafferty|
|4||Smiley Paces B||Clare Thompson & Clare Moody||Laura Egan & Julia Delaney||Bronwen Doyle & Cass Douthwaite||Jane Boden & Caroline Fuller||Isabelle Pound & Pamela Leon|
|6||Kimberworth Striders Ladies||Samantha Weatherall & Charlotte Pierson||Fiona Earl & Vicki Beckitt||Natalie Andrews & Lisa Gibson||Natalie Sheldon & Laura Evans||Liz Burley & Melissa Hunt|
|7||Kimberworth Striders A||Earl Lever & Richard Milns||Lee Weatherall & Steve Beckitt||Anna Hardman & Adelle Marsden||Tom Burns & Paul Greenwood||Martin Hunt & Sarah Milns|
|8||Kimberworth Striders B||Phil Martin & Colin Earl||Mark Bullock & Lee Rawson||Tom Hardman & Neil Grocutt||Claire Chapman & Elly Woodhead||Dan Burkinshaw & Chris Cotton|
|9||Totley AC Ladies B||Helen Foot & Catherine Robertson||Roz Massey & Jagoda Malendowiez||Hannah Taylor & Tasha Blackburn||Helen Young & Yvonne Twelvetree||Sally Nevitt & Susie Wall|
|10||Steel City Striders A||Andy Davies & Chris Boynton||Stuart Maycock & Mark Gray||Adam Taylor & Ben Jones||Alex Day & Phil Skelton||David Palmer & John Kilcoyne|
|11||Steel City Striders Ladies A||Sian Evans & Jennifer Rich||Caroline Brock & Amy Jane Earnshaw||Amy Housley & Alison Barrett||Nicola Ross & Ashleigh Barron||Charlotte Spencer & Lucy Broom|
|12||Head Torch Fun Runners||Andy Green & Claire Trevitt||Robert Davies & James Norton||Simon Wiles & Les Morton||Jill Davies & Matthew Zawadzki||Matt Surgeon & Kevin Rains|
|13||Steel City Striders B||Al Cook & Ed Startup||Ian Stinton & Adam Brown||Simon Hope & John Rawlinson||John Armitage & James Smith||Adam Mcauley & Sergei Skhul|
|14||Steel City Ladies Striders B||Jo Carnie & Carol Beattie||Gillian Burgon & Heather Wallis||Mir Jansen & Helen Cain||Jane Wright Saunders & Becky Chapman||Magda Boo & Zoe Dickinson|
|15||Steel City Striders C||Thomas Mccart & Richard Pegg||Michael Squires & Graham Hague||Ross Drayton & Trevor Burton||Colin Hardy & Stuart Jones||Roger Watson & Neil Schofield|
|16||Strideout Ladies A||Katie Alexander & Sarah Clough||Rachel Jones & Vicky Bridges||Gay Fletcher & Charlotte Shepherd||Siobhan Mcfeely & Samantha Patrick||Wendy Groom & Jodie Goulden|
|17||Strideout Ladies B||Charlotte Jackson & Stephanie Osman||Amanda Crossland & Sally Snowden||Liz Glover & Alison Cross||Louise Wolstenholme & Emily Baldwin||Rachel Von Stothard & Emily King|
|18||Dark Peak||Austin Groom & David Lund||Neil Northrop & Ralph Skrishire||Richard Guillaume & Jon Pemberton||Tim Tett & Dug Wilders||Kris Groom & Tim Rutter|
|19||Totley AC||Dave Milins & Rob Owen||Aidan Linskill & Ollie Hart||Matt Burden & Sam Mellor||Bryan Bradwell & Colin Osbourne||Ian Bradbury & Clive Waddington|
Leg Times and Result
|P||Team||Leg 1||Leg 2||Leg 3||Leg 4||Leg 5||Total||Race Time|
|1||Steel City Striders A*||01:10:19||01:10:01||01:04:06||01:04:04||01:02:28||05:30:58||06:00:58|
|3||Kimberworth Striders B**||01:15:45||01:20:36||01:09:53||01:23:44||01:12:02||06:22:00||06:37:00|
|5||Sheffield Running Club**||01:21:40||01:19:36||01:25:00||01:09:15||01:10:16||06:25:47||06:40:47|
|6||Steel City Striders Ladies A||01:15:23||01:24:03||01:28:56||01:22:42||01:15:54||06:46:58||06:46:58|
|7||Totley AC Ladies A||01:25:42||01:30:09||01:34:23||01:22:52||01:37:44||07:30:50||07:30:50|
|8||Kimberworth Striders A*||01:38:35||01:22:18||01:22:40||01:22:45||01:21:36||07:07:54||07:37:54|
|9||Steel City Striders B*||01:45:33||01:22:50||01:22:02||01:28:17||01:17:39||07:16:21||07:46:21|
|10||Head Torch Fun Runners**||01:36:44||01:28:30||01:23:59||01:36:37||01:37:47||07:43:37||07:58:37|
|11||Steel City Striders C*||01:51:13||01:26:54||01:34:16||01:23:50||01:19:33||07:35:46||08:05:46|
|12||Smiley Paces A||01:55:57||01:36:14||01:37:29||01:44:00||01:21:03||08:14:43||08:14:43|
|13||Totley AC Ladies B||01:41:59||01:39:02||01:46:50||01:31:45||01:40:23||08:19:59||08:19:59|
|14||Strideout Ladies A||02:02:36||01:41:06||01:30:29||01:53:36||01:38:57||08:46:44||08:46:44|
|15||Kimberworth Striders Ladies||01:41:50||01:50:57||01:43:49||01:38:41||01:54:20||08:49:37||08:49:37|
|16||Smiley Paces B||01:43:11||01:50:26||01:56:56||01:55:00||01:30:32||08:56:05||08:56:05|
|17||Steel City Striders Ladies B||01:39:14||01:53:40||01:36:49||02:00:23||02:02:22||09:12:28||09:12:28|
|18||Strideout Ladies B||02:07:31||02:04:03||01:48:54||01:54:33||01:31:05||09:26:06||09:26:06|
Note: All leg 1 times have been corrected to show actual leg time
* Open teams – 30 minutes has been added to sum of legs to show actual race time
** Mixed teams – 15 minutes has been added to sum of legs to show actual race time