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Open 5 series finale - a connoisseurs' race

by Press Release
Thursday 10th April 2014
Tags  Haglofs Open5 Coniston   |   Haglofs   |   Open5   |   Coniston   |   Open Adventure
 
 

Race report: Haglöfs Open5 Coniston - Sunday, April 6, 2014

Race report: Haglöfs Open5 Coniston - Sunday, April 6, 2014

The finale in a stunning Open 5 series had a lot to live up to, with veteran planner Ant Cooper at the helm, and on Open Adventure's home ground - & it delivered. "A connoisseurs Open5 with weather to match" was how Team Mountain Hardwear's Alex Pilkington described it.

The rain & mist kicked in 24 hours before, and by the time the racers arrived Coniston was gleaming with rain. Spirits were not dampened however, and the event saw the longest entry list of the series too, with over 200 racers. The start & transition was at John Ruskin School, and they headed out on foot to the slopes of the Old Man, and by bike onto Broughton Moor & Blawith Fells, clocking up a fair mileage and finding not a little mud.

As ever the Lake District delivered challenging & varied terrain, from recently upgraded bike routes on the lake shore providing fast returns to the finish, to craggy and slippery slate on the fellside. The checkpoints on offer took competitors past the old quarries on Walna Scar, and navigating their way to the summit and through the slopes of the Old Man. On this occasion they were not rewarded with views, but with the joy of conquering the elements.

It was a good day out for Team Mountain Hardwear, who were rewarded with a 1-2-3 in the male solos. It was also a good day to prove that age is no barrier, with veteran racers on three podiums, and a very creditable 6th place in the female pairs for Helena Burrows, in her second race, and Carol McNeill, in her first - both 60+. Perhaps daughter Heather Burrows (2nd in the female pairs, with Rosemary Byde), should watch out! 

Series places were also finalised in this race, where there was reward for consistency. Established pair Rosemary Byde & Lucy Harris won the female pairs, although Rosemary featured four times in that category in different pairings. Interestingly the three podium places in this category went to the only pairs who had raced three races, so perhaps a category to target for next season for the ladies. There was a win for Heather Burrows in the female solos, returning from "maternity leave" and great consistency with perfect (300) scores for Rosemary & Lucy, Chris Hope & Chris Steele in the Male Pairs, and Ian Furlong & Renee Saxton in the Mixed Pairs.

A hint of sadness perhaps as the season closes, with a fantastic race.... Open Adventure and Haglöfs will be back in November with a new series, and in the meantime visit our website for details of other events.

Race report: Haglöfs Open5 Coniston - Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Coniston results:

Female Pairs' results

1 Sue Booth/Louise Hanley 415
2 Heather Burrows/Rosemary Byde 405
3 Lisa Whetter/Sue Woods  375

 

Female Solo results

1 Outi Kamarainen    405 
2 Sharon McDonald Nav 4 Adventure 391
3 Joanna Boyd    390

   

Male Pairs' results

1 Alistair Morris/Simon Enderby For Goodness Shakes 505
2 Jonathan Emberton/Joshua Hartland craggvelo 465
3 Gavin Chatterton/John Houlihan Clipped In Clapped Out 437

 

Male Solo results

1 Alex Pilkington Team Mountain Hardwear  525 
2 Anthony Emmet Team Mountain Hardwear 520
3 Kim Collison Team Mountain Hardwear  495

                              

Mixed Pairs' results

1 Barbara Lonsdale/James Williams For Goodness Shakes 485
2 Ian Furlong/Renee Saxton   468
3 Phil Scarf/Jackie Scarf Calder Valley AR 415

 

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Series results:

Female Pairs' results

1 Rosemary Byde/Lucy Harris 300.00
2 Lisa Whetter/Sue Woods 273.17
3 Jo Anderson/Jemima Parker 225.63

 

Female Solo results

1 Heather Burrows   297.76
2 Jenny Allen    288.15
3 Sally Ozanne Team Mountain Hardwear 281.48

                            

Male Pairs' results

1 Chris Hope/Chris Steele Keswick Bikes / X Bionic 300.00
2 Stephen Jobson/Jim Swanson SJS   261.64
3 Graham Coull/Keith Wilkinson Team TriActive 250.58

 

Male Solo results

1 Anthony Emmet  Team Mountain Hardwear 296.47
2 Campbell Walsh   293.28
3 Kim Collison Team Mountain Hardwear 286.91

        

Mixed Pairs' results

1 Ian Furlong/Renee Saxton Adidas TERREX  300.00
2 James Williams/Barbara Lonsdale 287.84
3 Ben Turner/Sabrina Verjee Endurancelife 259.12

 

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