THE sudden and unexpected sunburst did not hinder Mercia’s Simon Bailey as he seemed to bound over the rocks and rough ground to win Burnsall Fell Race.

He clocked 13min 42sec to finish ahead of Wharfedale Harriers’ Ted Mason (13.48) and Calder Valley’s Ben Mounsey (15.15).

Another local legend, in the form of Ribble Valley Harriers’ Kirsty Hall won the ladies race (19.06) from Pennine Fell Runners’ Steph Curtis (19:19) and Mercia’s Kirstin Bailey, 3rd, (21:46).

Wharfedale’s Sam Smith won the under-17 boys race with a time of 11:05 from Keighley & Craven’s Eric Beaumont (11:13) and Clayton-le-Moors’ Jackson MacKay (11:50) who were second and third.

The first and only girl was Ilkley Harriers’ Poppy Anderson (16:14).

Keighley’s Sam Headley romped home to win the under-14 race in 7:20 from second-placed Henry Hunter (Helm Hill), (7:29) and Settle Harriers’ Ben Greenep (7:32).

Leven Valley’s Olesia Winder (7:54) won the girls’ race with Wharfedale’s Amelie Lane coming second in 8:10 and Rossendale Harriers’ Evie Taylor taking third place in 8:28.

Chorley’s Jack Lamb (5:45) led the under-12s home ahead of Keighley’s Archie Peaker (5:53) and Lancaster and Morecambe’s James Brassington (5:58).

Leven Valley’s Georgia Bell won the girls race (6:06) after finishing fourth overall.

Barlick’s Lucille Pickles was second with a time of 6:14 and Clayton’s Helana White was third in (6:20).

Helm Hill’s Joseff Tancrel sprinted all the way to win the ever-competitive under-nine race in 3:47 from Wharfedale’s Hugo Bishop (3:52) and Bingley Harriers’ William Johnson (3.55). The first girl was newcomer Madison Vaughan from Chorley (3:53) ahead of Leven Valley’s Lucy Bell, (4:09) and Wharfedale’s Isabel Patefield (4.11).