A Holmfirth runner raced to success in the Auld Lang Syne fell race and beat a Brownlee brother.

Harriers’ member Mark Buckingham gained second place in the renowned event on the Haworth moors, finishing in front of Jonny Brownlee.

He came only seven seconds behind the overall winner, Alistair Brownlee, who completed the course in 38min 28sec.

The club also celebrated other excellent results, which included Helen Berry being crowned female winner in 31st place (in a brilliant 44-57) and Jonny McLean finishing a superb 28th in 44-29.

The Woodentops’ hilly 9.2km route provided in slippery conditions.

These included traversing through knee deep bogs and iced-over tracks, with runners facing bitter winds.

A total of 397 competitors took part in the race, which began in a quarry at Penistone Country Park, before climbing up the Bronte Moors, taking in Oxenhope Stoop and Top O’Stairs.

There was a change to the initial route, due to bad weather from previous days.

The Holmfirth line-up included a number of experienced athletes like club captain John Ewart, lady captain Berry, Fell Secretary Phil Hobbs and a group of triathletes and ironmen who seem to relish the challenging conditions – McLean, Gareth Humphries, Jason Haigh, Jeremy Hoyle and Buckingham.

The leaders set off at a brisk pace, but after the initial charge the Brownlee brothers, former winners of the race, and a group of International triathletes, including Richard Varga of Slovakia (the best swimmer in triathlon) moved into the lead.

2014 Auld Lang Syne fell race winners Alistair Brownlee and Helen Berry of Holmfirth Harriers
 

Most of the leaders fell at some point on the course as they tried to forge a lead in the slippery conditions.

As they returned back towards the finish, 49-year-old Ian Holmes, a local runner and former fell International, demonstrated his technical skills and local knowledge, having won the race 11 times.

He moved into the lead, chased by the Brownlees, Gordon Benson and Sharky (Buckingham).

As the running conditions improved, the amber vest of Buckingham started to close on the leaders and he moved into second, but it was the Olympic Triathlon Champion Alistair Brownlee who won the race in 38.28.

Buckingham clocked 38.35 with Jonny Brownlee third in 38.44, Ian Holmes fourth (38.52) and Gordon Benson fifth (40.36).

A little further back in a star-studded field was McLean, who finished in an excellent 28th in 44-29, closely followed by Berry, who put in a brilliant performance.

The Holmfirth athletes had some terrific results with Gareth Humphries 80th (48-56), John Ewart 87th (49-35), Phil Hobbs 89th (49-44), Jason Haigh 279th (63-39) and Jeremy Hoyle 304th (65-59).

The 2000 Olympic Triathlon Champion, Canadian Simon Whitfield, was present at the race but decided not to run after seeing the conditions.

Richard Varga, renowned for his swimming and now living in Leeds and training with the Brownlees and Buckingham, had a super run to finish eighth in 41-15.

After the race most of the athletes and many of the spectators crammed into the Old Sun Inn pub for the Woodentops prize-giving.

Other runners included members of Stainland, Calder Valley Fell Racers and Stadium Runners.