Wildtrak Powburn Show Hill Race

race_tape-e1371633698511The Wildtrak Powburn Show Hill Race
August 1st 11.am start (please note new start time).

£4 show entry,race free.
A traditional country show, with many attractions. As featured on Robson Green’s “Tale’s from Northumberland”

This year’s race sponsored by WILDTRAK of Newcastle.

Further details www.powburnshow.com

Or contact Glen 07748864424

Jura Fell Race

Jura Fell Race 2015

– a report by John Tollitt (with John’s photos)

In an attempt to avoid the Eurovision Song Contest and the finale of the most depressing football season ever, I decided to spend the weekend of the 24/25th May on a remote island with severely limited connections with the outside world. The Isle of Jura fitted the bill to a tee, and, as an added bonus, it hosted its annual Fell Race that weekend so a win-win situation! Continue reading

NFR Championships update

Interim results from Frank and Paul:

Neither the Cleveland Survival nor the Cheviot Horseshoe results had club names listed so there is a risk we might have missed you. Please let us know if this is the case. Also be aware that you needed to have paid your 2015 subs by 31 March or the start date of the race (which ever is later) in order to qualify to score in that race.

Old County Tops

Well-earned T-Shirts! – photo: John D

NFR was well represented at The Old County Tops Fell Race on Saturday 16th May.  This 37 mile epic packs in 10,000 feet of climbing, and takes in the highpoints of the old counties of Westmorland (Helvellyn), Cumberland (Scafell Pike) and Lancashire (Coniston Old Man).

It was a cold and breezy day for May, with a strong crosswind making it hard work on the Helvellyn and Coniston ridges.  But with high clouds, dry rocks and superb visibility, conditions were otherwise good for fellrunning.

This is a pairs event and I ran with Emma Bain.  I was in charge of navigation, while Emma led the way with the climbing and encouragement when I started to flag on some of the ascents.  We finished in 9 hours 22 minutes to claim our T-shirt.  Charlie Stead & partner were not far ahead; Paul Appleby and John Telfer came in after us.  The race was won by Martin Mikkelsen- Barron and Adam Perry.  Full results will appear on the Achille Ratti website.

At the finish, tea and soup went down a treat.  And when you’ve had your tea, there’s nothing like a beer or two to slake the raging fellrunner’s thirst.  The Appleby/Telfer team later reported that The Golden Rule in Ambleside provided the perfect venue for this.   I must give it a try myself some time….

This is a fantastic race, and was superbly organised as ever by The Achille Ratti Climbing Club to whom many thanks are due.  The event was run for a long time by Arthur Daniels who died early this year.  Arthur embodied the spirit of fellrunning and was honoured with a round of applause before the race.

John Duff

Coniston Fell Race (updated)

Gary Jones and I ran this on Saturday in testing conditions, horizontal snow and bad visibility from 600m upwards. Great race as usual, bit of everything. Back for more next year!” – Scott Gibson

60 Tops in 60 Miles

This news from Paul Appleby:

Peter Moralee has today successfully completed his latest long distance challenge, 60 tops in 60 miles.

He set off at 12 midnight on Friday from Pooley Bridge to Kirkstone to Grasmere to Styhead to Buttermere and finished on the top of Catbells at 04.30 today (Sunday) making it a staggering 28.5 hrs on his feet. The weather was appalling on the first 2 legs with driving rain and very poor visibility. Things improved from Leg 3 onwards with no rain but some patches of low cloud keeping the navigators on their toes.

Peter was assisted by NFR colleagues and friends, and his now extremely well practiced family support crew.

A celebration was enjoyed by all at The Horse & Farrier in Threlkeld this afternoon.

Peter has achieved this after overcoming a serious knee injury last year. A huge congratulations from everyone involved – an inspiration to us all.

Paul