Esk Valley Fell Club Summer Series

Please note that the rest of Esk Valley’s summer races except the Castleton Show race and the English Champs Guisborough 3 Tops race have been cancelled.

Amongst the cancelled races is NFR Champs counter Carlton Midsummer Meander.

Mark Smith’s BGRs

Links to Mark Smith’s Summer (2007) and Winter (2009) Bob Graham Rounds have been added to the BGR page. Mark was running for Tattenhall Runners at the time and his Winter round was unfortunately over the time limit, but they are awesome achievements and great write-ups.

Saltwell Harriers Fell Race / Beacon Hill results

  • Saltwell Harriers Fell Race results from Marcus Byron
  • Beacon Hill Fell Race:  results and report from Paul – well done Mark Clarkson and Karen Robertson for their wins.
    Marcus adds: “Update from last night (Beacon Hill). Karen had a great run, beating her nemesis Emma Holt of Morpeth. Karen’s fearlessness over the rough stuff gave her the edge! Forestry works had transformed the central woodland section from a grassy trod to a 20ft wide muddy track which was tough going.

Presentation to Keith Cooper

The organisers of the Chevy Chase made a special presentation on
Saturday. It is a book “Moods of Northumberland National Park” by Tony
Hopkins, which features photos of Northumberland including routes on
fittingly the Brough Law race and Alwinton Fell Race.

The book is inscribed: “Presented to Keith Cooper at the Chevy Chase on
4th July 2015. For all your years of hard work and enthusiasm in
organising fell-races in Northumberland. Many thanks and best wishes
from all your fell-running friends.” There is a photo of Keith running
in his NFR vest on the back page.

To which I think we can all add: hear hear!” – John Duff

Chevy Chase

Conditions were mixed for the Chevy Chase. Heavy rain at the start gave way to drizzle and mist on the higher sections of the course. This allowed competitors to take a variety of routes between Cheviot and Hedgehope (not all entirely favourable – with some reporting an excursion to the boggy delights of Comb Fell). Towards the end, the mist cleared and the sun did come out, which meant it was a tad warm for the later finishers.

The race was won by Iain Twaddle (North Shields Poly) who vied for the lead with Phil Sanderson throughout the race. The lead changed hands several times, before Iain made a decisive break on the climb up Hell Path. Cameron Murray (Carnethy) was next in. Continue reading

Back online!

Apologies for the lack of a website for the last week or so. There has been a technical problem between WordPress and the webhosts which has eventually been resolved. There was no damage to the website and nothing has been lost.

Here is some of the news from the past week:

  • Scott Gibson successfully completed the Bob Graham Round in a very fast time of 19hrs 25 (tbc) – well done Scott! Here’s John Duff’s blog report
  • the incredible Joe Faulkner completes his third Dragon’s Back Race
  • John Telfer completes the Lakes 10 Peaks Challenge
  • Windy Gyle: results and report from Keith who steps down from race organising after 20+ years.
  • Karen Robertson, first woman at Cronkley Fell Race and David Beech doesn’t do too badly either!
  • Great Lakes Race (NFR Champs counter) results from Frank
  • Glendale Festival Run July 19th >details