On a sunny but cold Lancashire day, Math Roberts won the 30th Tour of Pendle (17 miles, 4500 ft of climbing) in a very impressive time of 2:17:22.
Good running conditions made for fast times and Math was pushed all the way by Yorkshire fell running legend Ian Holmes (Bingley) and Calder Valley’s emerging talent Tim Ellis. Math’s excellent vein of form saw him edge ahead of Holmes on the fast run in to the finish and his winning time is the 14th fastest on record.
Since his summer sojourn to the Pyrenees, Math has achieved several notable finishes, including 7th at Pedol Peris and 4th at Langdale Horseshoe. However this victory is probably the best of his fell running career.
Further down the field, Johnny Moore finished 37th (2:40:48), just ahead of the ladies race winner Jasmine Paris (Carnethy). A total of 421 finished the race.