Simonside Cairns

“Clear blue skies, sunshine and no wind greeted the runners on the 24th running of the Simonside Cairns Fell Race. Course conditions were as good as they get and 109 runners started and finished the race.
Current course record holder Nick Swinburn ran an incredible time of 1.12.51, knocking almost 2 mins off the record he set in 2006.
Gemma Bradley of Saltwell ran well to win the ladies race followed By 8 times previous winner Karen Robertson of NFR. Good packing by the youngsters of Durham Uni in 3rd, 4th and 5th gave them the mens team prize with NFR picking up the ladies team prize.” – Paul


Dexter’s Christmas Roman Ramble

Dexter’s Christmas Roman Ramble, Sunday 16th December

I know many of you are not on Facebook, where this has been posted as an upcoming event, so attached are the details for anyone interested.

The Allen Banks social run went well with 22 people turning out so it would be nice to have another good one. Several people said they’d like the Christmas one to take place too, so here you are!

Dexter’s Christmas Roman Ramble

I hope many of you can make it.




From John Butters:

John and Katherine at Dunnerdale

John and Katherine at Dunnerdale

Two NFR’s journeyed over to the Dunnerdale fell race today. A cracking little route of 5m with 2k of ascent. There were around two hundred entrants.

Weather was kind and quite mild. The race was won by Ricky Lightfoot. JB 22nd overall (3rd v40). Katherine Davis 49th (1st v50). Choice of savoury pie at the end with a “pie guide” to identify the different flavours. Thanks to all who organised, volunteered and marshalled. Highly recommended.


British Fell Relay Championships

Report from John Tollitt:

British Fell Relay Championships 2018.

This year’s Relay Championship took place on Saturday 20th October at Grasmere and was hosted by Ambleside A.C. The event consists of 4 legs; a solo leg, a paired leg, a paired navigation leg and then a final solo leg. NFR fielded 2 teams. The A team consisting of John Butters (leg 1), Matt Hetherington and Roger Sillitoe (leg 2), Lee Bennett and Paul Appleby (leg 3) and Matthew Briggs (leg 4) and the B team made up by Phil Green (leg 1), Gary Mason and George Nicholson (leg 2), David Armstrong and Frank Shillitoe (leg 3) and John Tollitt (leg 4).

The event was a sell out with nearly 250 teams from throughout the UK taking part and was contested in dreich conditions with stubborn low cloud persisting throughout the day. The NFR A team finished in 62nd place whilst the B team finished in 132nd.
The winning men’s open team was Pudsey and Bradley and the women’s open team winners were Helm Hill.


The teams (minus Matt H and George) - John T

The teams (minus Matt H and George) – John T

Simonside navigation event

From Frank: Simonside navigation event, Sun 4th November

If you are interested in a run and getting some navigation practice in, Newcastle and Tyneside Orienteers are hosting an event at Simonside on Sunday 4th November. We are offering a special course for fell runners/adult beginners. The navigation is relatively straightforward and similar to what might be expected during the navigation leg of the British Fell Relay Championships. The course to enter is the “Long Orange” with a straight line distance between controls of 5.6km (more like an actual running distance of 8 – 9km) and 200m of climb. Much of the terrain will be familiar to those who have competed in the Simonside Cairns Fell Race, Thropton Show Fell Race and Beacon Hill Fell Race. In terms of kit, be prepared to carry your normal fell running kit. Full leg cover is also mandatory, the course will go through the forest and up onto the fell. A map is supplied with the course pre-marked. It is advisable to reserve a map in advance. Further details are here:

Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Frank Shillitoe (course planner)