The 31st Soreen Stanbury Splash. Sunday 19th Jan 2014. FRA Category BM race. Starts 11.30 a.m. From Penistone Hill Country Park, nr Haworth, Keighley, W.Yorks. (GR 025364). (Registration in the cricket club near the quarry.) £4 entry on the day only. Teams (3) free. PM. Over 18. Records: 41"53 Ian Holmes 2006; f. 49:01 Natalie White 2006.
The Soreen Stanbury Splash race is celebrating its 31st birthday on 19th January 2014 and it prides itself with being associated with Soreen. The 7 mile race is affectionately known as the Soreen Malt Loaf Run to runners young and old who just love the fruity taste of a Malt Loaf. Over the years the junior and senior races have introduced thousands of runners to the joys of fell running and seen superstars like Triathlon Olympians Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee; National and GB Internationals Ian Holmes, Robert Jebb, Tom Adams, Colin Donnelly, Jack Maitland, Mary Wilkinson, and Jo Buckley; and former World Champions Victoria Wilkinson and Carol Greenwood, make their mark in sport.
Course as in 2012 - Google Map.
A few race quotes:
"This week's lunch boxes have been great as l have had so much Malf Loaf, I love it. My mum feeds us on it anyway, as apparently her mum used to feed her on it. She approves of the Malt Loaf more than the sweets in the goody bag, but I love the sweets too, this all makes the races really fun' said Sunnivah Waterman the current GU12 English Champion
'I love it, honest I really do. Once I start a Soreen Malt Loaf I just have to finish it and the Splash race is one of my favourites' said 29 year old Tom Adams after winning the 29th race.
'I love Soreen Malt Loaf, 2 slices in the morning is a regular part of my diet, especially when racing and training hard.' Is this the secret why Ian Holmes has dominated not only this race with an incredible 15 wins, but he is the stuff of legends having won 5 English, 4 British senior fell titles and is the holder of numerous course records.
Finally, you can't argue with Olympic Triathlon Champion, Alistair Brownlee, who loves Soreen toasted with melted cheese on top!
Why not get yourself in the mood with a look at the 2013 results, videos, and photos on the 2013 race page
SOREEN JUNIOR QUARRY RUNS (R). CS. 10.30 a.m. from Penistone Hill Country Park, near Haworth, Keighley, W.Yorks. (GR 025364). £1. PM. U8 (over 6), 0.8k/30m; U10/U12/U14, 1.6km/50m; U16, 3.2km/100m. Records: see `Quarry Runs' page. All finishers receive a "Soreen Junior Goody Bag"! Prizes for best fancy dress. Free coffee and biscuits for parents.
Can any juniors follow in the footsteps of Rob Jebb, Tim & Andrew Davies, Annabel Mason, Tom & Mark Addison, Victoria Wilkinson, Jonny & Ali Brownlee who have all competed in the junior Quarry Runs?