Last weekend saw a swathe of achievements from Keswick AC members, excelling across a range of distance and disciplines. On Saturday evening, Victoria Haworth became Keswick AC’s newest member of the Bob Graham Club, defeating thick clag in the early stages to cruise round the 66-mile route in 21 hours and 41 minutes, ably supported by many of the Keswick AC ladies team. She joins Jim Scott as Keswick AC members to complete the challenge this year; Jim completed in 22 hours 38 minutes a few weeks ago.
The following day, her brother Dan Haworth held off stiff competition to come 6th at the English Athletics Mountain Running Trials on Skiddaw; this also meant that he claimed the bronze medal in the English Athletics Mountain Running challenge as the third English athlete.
Saturday also saw the running of the locally infamous Borrowdale fell race, with a strong turnout from the club. Carl Bell faced a tough race throughout but was finally pushed into second place by Ellenborough AC’s Ricky Lightfoot, with only six seconds separating the two after almost three hours of racing. Helm Hill’s Josh Jardine was close behind in third, with Rhys Findlay-Robinson of Dark Peak in fourth. Keswick men also took the team prize, with Mark Lamb and Calum Tinnion finishing 5th and 7th respectively. In the ladies’ race, Carnethy’s Jasmin Paris showed her usual dominance to take the win by over twenty minutes from HBT’s Tessa Strain, who was in turn four minutes clear of third-placed Claire Nance of Lonsdale. New Keswick AC club member Kate Marriott continued to show her form by placing fifth, followed by clubmates Lesley Malarkey in 29th (2nd V65) and Sarah Roscoe in 33rd. Other club members completing this race included George Foster (23rd), Rob Brown (25th), Tobias Barthelmes (47th), Jacob Tonkin (54th), Craig Smith (61st), Dave Prosser (69th), Martin Lyne (86th), Lee Newton (87th), Steve Angus (joint 103rd), Rob Jones (111th), Paul Cornock (134th) and Rob Allen (164th).
On the roads, Debbie Charlton was the only club member to travel south for the Lancaster Riverside 10 mile race, where she battled the warm conditions to come 6th woman.Victoria’s BG