NFR Navigation Day


Briefing at the start from Joe (photo: John)

“10 folk from NFR enjoyed a great day on Saturday, exploring the Blencathra fells under the expert guidance of Joe Faulkner.  The aim of the day was to improve our navigation.  Joe covered the basics of map reading and compass bearings, and also provided plenty of helpful tips for more experienced navigators.

The forecast torrential rain never arrived, and it even cleared for us as we topped out on Blencathra with fantastic views over Sharp Edge and Scales Tarn.  Tea and beer in the pub afterwards rounded off a good day.

Our thanks are due to Joe.  You can find more details of his courses at:

John Duff

more photos from John

More BGR success

Many congratulations to Ben Rowley on his successful BGR in a very speedy 20:45 (I think that’s correct) .
Ben set off last night from the Moot Hall returning with plenty of time to spare this afternoon. ” – Steph

Saltwell Harriers Fell Race

Had a great evening in Weardale at the Saltwell Harriers Fell Race. Clear blue skies made for an excellent run across the moors. The paddle in the stream provided very welcome relief from the heat.  Thanks to Saltwell Harriers for putting on such a well organised and enjoyable race. A good NFR turn out amongst the 100+ runners.” – Andy Russell

photo: Andy

Cronkley Fell Race

Six NFRs turned out for DFR 10th Anniversary Cronkley Fell Race this year with Will Horsley storming along to win first place. Lee Bennett got third prize for Elswick.  Running conditions were cool and the conditions were exceptionally dry underfoot – apart from the paddle across the river to reach the turnaround point! Thanks to the DFR organisers for a very enjoyable and well organised race and for providing each runner with a bottle of their Durham Brewery Anniversary Ale!” – Andy Russell

photo: Andy

80km du Mont Blanc

Yet more success for John Telfer (aka Keswick John), who has just completed his fourth Ultra of the year – The 80km du Mont Blanc in the Chamonix Valley.

John describes this as his toughest ever day with three 4000 plus ft climbs and descents through snowfields and boulder strewn paths.  John had to dig really deep to complete and finished in
19h 48m  275th out of 1,118 starters.  Over half of the field did not complete the course making this a great achievement.” – Paul Appleby