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Burnsall Feast Sports to be held
8:00am Monday 20th August 2012 in News
Burnsall Feast Sports take place on Saturday.
The day incorporates various events, including the ten- mile road race and the classic fell race. The fell race - first run in the 19th century - has witnessed some memorable performances, including one from Ernest Dalzell from Keswick 102 years ago.
Known for his fearless descents, he set a record time of 12 minutes 59.8 seconds, which stood until 1977 when a jubilee challenge race for professionals saw Fred Reeves, of Barrow, cross the line in 12 minutes 47.2 seconds.
This year, the race is to be started by four of the Calendar Girls led by Angela Baker (now Knowles) whose husband, John, died of leukaemia and triggered the extraordinary story of the Rylstone Women’s Institute and their alternative calendar.
They have been chosen because the world amateur premiere of the Calendar Girls play, written by Tim Firth, is to take place at Grassington Town Hall on Friday, August 31, with repeat performances on September 1, 6, 7 and 8.
Burnsall Village Hall, now refurbished, was the inspiration for various episodes in the play and film and Burnsall people are heavily involved in the production.