BARLICK Fell Runners ace Jimmy Craig made it back-to-back wins in the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix series when he powered to victory in Saturday’s Weets Fell Race in Barnoldswick.

Craig, who had claimed top spot in the Kelbrook Fell Race seven days earlier, came home in 39 minutes and 27 seconds.

That was more than a minute faster than Christopher Holdsworth of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers in second (40mins 45secs) and Chris Miller of Harrogate Harriers in third (40mins 51secs).

The rest of the top 10 was made up of runners from East Lancashire clubs with Barlick Fell Runners’ Nick Treitl fourth (42mins 16secs), Blackburn Harriers’ Andy Buttery fifth and the fastest M40 (42mins 40secs), Accrington Road Runners’ Martin Wilcock sixth and the fastest M45 (42mins 53secs), Clayton-le-Moors Harriers’ Tom Brewster seventh (43mins 15secs), Trawden AC’s Nick Gaskell eighth (43mins 33secs), Barlick Fell Runners’ Andy Berry ninth (44mins 3secs) and Clayton-le-Moors Harriers’ Dave Motley 10th (44mins 11secs).

Sean Molloy led Rossendale Harriers’ charge, finishing 11th (44mins 25secs), and he was followed by the unattached Kieran Horrigan, whose time of 44mins 29secs ensured he passed the post in 13th as the fastest M50.

The other men’s age group prizes went to Rossendale Harriers’ Thornton Taylor, who was the fastest M55 and 23rd overall (46mins 56secs), Clayton-le-Moors Harriers’ Jeffrey Pickup, who was the fastest M60 and 55th overall (53mins 10secs), Wharfedale Harriers’ Graham Breeze, who was the fastest M65 and 100th overall (one hour, 6mins 43secs), and Valley Striders’ Malcolm Coles, who was the fastest M70 and 88th overall (59mins 40secs).

Sarah Tipler made it a dream double for Barlick Fell Runners as she was the first woman over the line in 45mins 6secs, meaning she finished 16th overall.

Deborah Gowans, of Accrington Road Runners, was the second woman home and the fastest W50 in 27th overall (48mins 39secs).

The other women’s age group prizes went to Accrington Road Runners’ Lisa Parker, who was fastest W35 in 60th (53mins 52secs), Barlick Fell Runners’ Lorraine Slater, who was the fastest W40 in 59th (53mins 44secs), Barlick Fell Runners’ Alison Sugden, who was the fastest W45 in 106th (1hour, 13mins 7secs), Clayton-le-Moors Harriers’ Irene Roche, who was the fastest W55 in 85th (59mins 14secs), and Barlick Fell Runners’ Jean Rawlinson, who was the fastest W60 in 89th (59mins 46secs).