A rainbow greeted the start of the 2017 renewal of the historic Hallam Chase, which was first run in 1862, on Tuesday.
The Chase is the oldest continuously-run fell race in the world and a part of Sheffield’s sporting history, being open to South Yorkshire road and fell-running clubs only.
Den Bank was wet and greasy, so times on the 3.25-mile course with 800ft of climb, were never going to be fast, but the field of 73 hardy runners all seemed to enjoy themselves.
First home was Barbara Haigh (Penistone FR), winning the Ladies Trophy in an aggregate time of 38.41 (actual time 37.01) shortly followed by Stuart Maycock (Hallamshire) 39.26 (actual time 25.06), winning the Men’s Trophy.
A handicap is set so the slower runners go off first and the quicker runners last- the idea being that all the runners return together.
Paul Horsfall (Handsworth) was the first runner to the half way turn around at Stannington Church, and Jack Crownshaw, host Hallamshire Harriers’ youngest runner at 18 years 2 months, just over the event age limit and able to walk off with his prize of beer and his trophy.
The race always attracts some great veteran runners with our eldest runner, Ray Brown (Penistone FR), being over 75 years old, finishing 10th overall.
Fastest runners in real time were Nathan Lawson (Hallam University) in 22.30 and Ellie Crownshaw (Hallamshire), 29.10.
Next year’s event, on Tuesday, May 29, will mark the 50th anniversary of Trevor Wright setting the course record of 19:42 in 1968.
Thanks go to all the 25 marshals, 4 officials and the team at the venue, Hallam CC.
* For full results go to www.thehallamchase.org.uk