Pair finish together after 105 miles

Todmorden's John Lloyd and Calder's Nick Barber in the Lakeland 50
Todmorden's John Lloyd and Calder's Nick Barber in the Lakeland 50

Members of Calder Valley Fell Runners and Todmorden Harriers took on the immense challenge of the Lakeland 100 and 50 races.

Calder Valley’s Ian Symi ngton, Simon Bourne and Kevin Hoult tackled the ‘100’ which was actually 105 miles.

The ultra-marathon endurance specialists set off at 6pm on Friday evening in very hot conditions.

Symington was going well in the top five until having to withdraw due to sickness in the early hours of the morning after 50 miles.

Bourne and Holt ran the first five miles together before Bourne pulled away on the first big descent.

The next time Holt saw his clubmate was 95miles later and they covered the last five miles together for joint 14th place out of 304 entrants in 26hours and 8mins.

Only 190 finished and the winner was cottish elite mountain runner Marco Consani in 21:14:52.

In the ‘softer option’, the 50-miler, Steve Pullen of Todmorden made steady progress all day to finish 21st in 9.46.48.

Tod Harriers’ men’s captain Nick Barber teamed up with John Lloyd of Calder Valley to form Team Cannonball.

They suffered in the heat but didn’t consider giving up and finished winners, having targeted this race following a close second at the Howarth Hobble earlier in the year.

Barber’s time was 10.14.00 and Lloyd was only three second behind him.