Tremendous performances from John Butters and Emma Bain and quite a few others …
- report from John Duff below …
- blog report from John Butters (includes Cheviot Horseshoe)
- photos from Andy Russell | John Duff
Report from John Duff:
There was a good turnout from NFR for the Waltz races in the Lake District on Saturday. The weather was first class – with wall to wall sunshine, but a cooling breeze on the summits.
In the classic Anniversary Waltz race, John Butters had a tremendous run to finish third overall. Behind him Mark Clarkson ran well. After that, NFR had a good number of finishers mid-pack, with myself, Mark Smith, Gary Clarkson, Billy Lawrence, James Charlton and Jason Taylor. Andy Russell was our official photographer and [Trevor Wakenshaw was] anchor man. Support en-route came from Rob Salter and Lisa Taylor.
In the longer Teenager with Altitude race, Emma Bain was 18th overall and first lady – notching up her first Lakeland win. Scott Gibson finished 10th overall. Paul Appleby also had a solid run, continuing his recent good form.
A hot meal and free beer (really!) at the end rounded off a good day. Many thanks to the organisers Steve & Wynn for these excellent races.
Full results and more details are available at: http://www.anniversarywaltz.co.uk/
Allendale Challenge results on NoTMRT website – well done to all NFRs
Jonny Malley and Emma Bain take the honours for first man and woman back at this inaugural race.
- Results from Jack and Glen
“We thank you all for participating and helping to raise almost £300 for the Northumberland Mountain Rescue Team. Feedback up to now has been fantastic so we hope to continue with this race and let it grow into a great event. We hope to see you at further events in Northumberland this year.
Many thanks, Jack and Glen McWilliams”
A snow storm greets the runners along the tops …
NFR successes: the next generation! This from NFR Ed Watson:
“We are amazed and delighted to let you know that Anna-Marie, our daughter, recently finished second female and 47th overall in this epic endurance event.
There are five stages, with the first three of about 35 km, a monster stage of 92km, and finally a marathon of 42 km. She was second finisher in the long stage and marathon, and second overall.
She blames her success upon her genes and upbringing – she spent many weekends in the Lakes when I was running in fell races.
I think we are the only family that has had three finishers in the Jura Fell Race.“
Report from Andy Russell:
Birnam Hill and Deuchary Hill Canter : Andy Russell
Report from Old Cheviot:
Cleveland Survival 2015
11 folk from NFR ventured down to the North Yorkshire Moors for the first race in the club championship. The Cleveland Survival lived up to its name – with 26 miles of undulating running up and down dale. With 2 hours of rain and a strong wind, most of the field were wearing waterproofs throughout.
The event was held at Ingleby Greenhow, which is south-east of Stokesley. The route was roughly an anticlockwise circle, taking in Bransdale and Farndale. One of the toughest sections was towards the end along the old railway line to Bloworth Crossing – straight into the teeth of the westerly wind. Some folks obviously thought the event was not tough enough, as they opted for the odd extra mile or two due to overlooking checkpoints. Old Cheviot was an early leader in the extra miles group, while others favoured the last checkpoint as a popular one to go back for.
But despite all this, a good time was most definitely had by all. Mark Clarkson and Frank Shillitoe vied for the lead honours, with Frank narrowly winning the day. Mark Smith and Paul Hainsworth both had solid runs. Steph Scott, Peter Hayle, Allon Welsh, and Peter Reed ran round together as a cheery group. Emma Bain paced Old Cheviot when he started to flag on the old railway line. Paul Appleby was also there.
Afterwards in the village hall, tea and a hot meal were much appreciated. This was a most enjoyable event and a worthy addition to the championship. Many thanks are due to Cleveland Mountain Rescue for putting on this excellent event, and to Frank & Paul for selecting it as the first race in the championship. Roll on the forthcoming championship races!
- blog report from Phil G
“Entries are open for the Natural Ability Fell Race:
This is in the NFR and NECCA/NEHRA champs.
Entry on the day will be possible according to the race organiser, although they would prefer pre-entry.