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Third time lucky for Jonny Brownlee in Auld Lang Syne Race
Buy this photo » Jonny Brownlee was crowned at last in the Auld Lang Syne Race
Nearly 400 runners braved horrendous conditions as Jonny Brownlee won the 19th Daleside Auld Lang Syne Race for the first time on New Year’s Eve.
The world triathlon champion and Olympic bronze medallist had finished runner-up in the event on Penistone Hill, near Haworth, for the last two years.
But he went one better to win the six-mile run, featuring 900 feet of climb, in 43min 10sec, ahead of Helm Hill runner Tom Addison, who was 18 seconds back.
In third was his cousin Mark, also of Helm Hill, with Keighley’s 12-times winner Ian Holmes claiming the veterans’ prize for the seventh time.
Wakefield Harrier Annabel Mason, the 16-year-old European Mountain Running champion, was first female.
“This is the first Woodentops race I’ve won, which is very satisfying as I’ve competed in these races since I was ten, so this means a lot,” said 22-year-old Bingley Harrier Brownlee, whose brother Alistair did not run because of a knee niggle.
“I was always confident of winning, but the weather made it very interesting.
“The descent to the river crossing was standing water on a sloping hillside, which isn’t my forte. How Tom Addison managed to catch me there was astonishing.
"Once across the river the final climb was testing but I managed to get the gap but Tom never gave up chasing.”
Results – Men: 1 Jonny Brownlee (Bingley Harriers) 43min 10sec, 2 Tom Addison (Helm Hill) 43.28, 3 Mark Addison (Helm Hill) 44.27, 4 Ian Holmes (Bingley Harriers) (first V40) 45.21, 5Adam Peers (Liverpool Pembroke) 45.49, 6 Adam Osborne (Leeds City) 46.07, 7 William Neill (Mercia Fell Runners) 46.13, 8 Max Wharton (Calder Valley) (first under-18) 46.23, 9 Christopher Leigh (Trafford) (second V40) 46.43, 10 Colin Walker (Pudsey & Bramley) (third V40) 47-33. Women: 1 Annabel Mason (Wakefield Harriers) (first girl under-18) 47-58, 2 Olivia Walwyn-Bush (Durham University Old Boys & Girls) 48.09, 3 Victoria Wilkinson (Bingley Harriers) 49-12.