Alwinton Fell Race

race_tape-e1371633698511Please note this from Ian Holland from North of Tyne MRT:

As you are probably aware Keith Cooper is no longer going to organise the Alwinton fell race. Having been involved with Alwinton since it’s inception 30 years ago I couldn’t just let it end. The Rescue team organise a fund raising walk at Alwinton so the checkpoints and personnel will already be in place on Saturday 11th June. Myself and the team are therefore going to takeover the overall organization of the fell race. This also gives us an opportunity to re-route the race, take out forest tracks and insert more fell. We are awaiting permission from a couple of landowners but are fairly confident that the new course will include Wether cairn, Cushat law & Bloodybush edge and return to Alwinton via Clennell St.(I couldn’t get rid of all the tracks!)The new route will be about 15 miles a Bl course and the race will obviously be run under FRA rules.

… sounds interesting!

Photo Competition: result

Well done to everybody who identified Roseberry Topping as the hill in question.  Most folk also named Little Roseberry, no doubt having slogged up it on the Gisborough Moors race (which also goes down the descent in question).  The second race proved more taxing.  David Armstrong correctly guessed the answer I was expecting – The Guisborough Three Tops race.  John Telfer came from left field by pointing out that the Hardmoors 55 also went down the route – an unexpected guess but one on checking that was correct.  So the prize came down to a choice between our treasurer and our secretary.  Having flipped a coin, I can reveal that a glass of the necessary can be claimed at the annual dinner by: John Telfer.”  – John

Photo Competition

Here’s a photo competition from John:

As seen on a training run on Wednesday 20th January.

Name the hill in the background, its little namesake on the right, and the 2 fell races that descend the path in the foreground. A pint of beer (or drink of your choice) awaits the winner drawn out of a hat in a week’s time. To be eligible for this prize, you must be a member of NFR. The prize can only be claimed at the annual dinner. Entries to john@johnduff.co.uk .

NE Champs 2016

Happy New Year everyone!

For those of you interested in the NE Fell Running Championships, here are the race selections:

Sun 20 March Blakey Blitz (AM) – organised by Esk Valley
Sat 9 April Allendale Challenge (L) – entries open on SiEntries
Sat 4 June Allendale Fair (CM) – new race to replace Allendale 8 road race
Tues 5 July Saltwell (BS) – may be the NEMAA Champs race too (tbc)
Wed 31 Aug Roseberry Topping (AS) – organised by National Trust
Sun 4 Dec Eskdale Eureka (BM) – see Esk Valley website for details Continue reading

Guisborough Woods

This was the last race in the championship and despite not having done a long race, it seemed like a good excuse to burn some turkey off. The travelling purple people were Geoff and Susan, Gary Mason, Dave Beech and Nina Cameron.

The traditional three lap course was being used and it was very clarty in places. Three times up the quarry bank made it a good leg tester. Dave Beech finished second behind a very fast U21 lad, i was back next mid field , followed by Geoff and then Gary. Nina was first home for NFR followed by Susan. Continue reading

Simonside Cairns

John Butters up front – photo: Ken Dickson

Karen leads the ladies – photo: Ken Dickson

The 20th time for this race proved as competitive as ever with only one minute separating the first five runners.
John Butters crossing the line first in a very good time. Karen Robertson was the first lady home making it her 7th win in 11 years.The bad weather route was used due to the icy conditions on the stone paving and steps on Simonside.
A huge round of applause was made for Darren Fishwich of Chorley in Lancashire for running his 520th fell race in 5 years. Paul Appleby.

Results (amended 22/12) from Paul

** More photos from Ken Dickson