Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay

Good luck to the NFR Dream Team competing in the Lake District tomorrow. Leg 1 kicks off from Patterdale at 9.15 am with George Nicholson & John Tollitt in THE purple and green! They are handing over to Dexter & Scott on leg 2, starting at Hartsop. The Dream Team of John Duff & Steph Scott will be hoping for a bit less clag than last year as they head out from Kirkstone on leg 3, aiming to give Andy Higgins & Mark Clarkson plenty of ground to make up on their favourite leg – the anchor leg, back to Patterdale, hopefully before we have eaten all of the bacon sandwiches!

I’m not sure if Borrowdale will sleep tonight…….!! I believe that Jim Davis is on for his 20th win with them this year. That will be some achievement if they pull it off.


Thropton Show

A splendid day at the 100th Thropton show.  114 runners negotiated the sides of Simonside on a glorious  autumn day.  Many thanks to the marshals and timekeepers who ably assisted in organising the race. Also thanks to those who were kind enough to set the course and clear it.” – Phil


Grisedale Horseshoe race

A report from Old Cheviot:

Grisedale Horseshoe Race 2015

Old Cheviot headed over to The Lakes on Saturday for the Grisedale Horseshoe Fell Race. This medium race packs 5,000 ft of climbing into 10 tough miles. The race starts at Glenridding, and goes over Catstye Cam, Hellvellyn, St Sunday Crag, before a final sting in the tail climb back over to Glenridding.

The weather was superb: high clouds, a cooling breeze on the tops, and crystal-clear visibility. As the leaders whizzed up the first climb, OC settled for a steady plod. The airy scramble along Swirral Edge was fun, before a fantastic run along the ridge to Dollywagon Pike. An Ambleside runner took an excellent line down to Grisedale Tarn, which OC was pleased to follow. Continue reading

Bellingham Show Fell Race

Results and report from Bill Burlton:

Despite early heavy rain the day brightened up so that by the time the runners set off at 2.30pm it was bright and clear with fresh breeze making ideal running conditions. The 39 runners were given a good send off by the show crowd of some 2500 people.
Conditions underfoot were fairly dry but as last year the vegetation on the main hill was quite lush making it a bit heavy going in places.
The course had been re-routed a little to follow a more runnable track at about the half-way point but this information had not been passed on to Northumberland Fell Runners who had the original course on their website. This caused a little confusion for the front runners.
First home in a time of 34.61 was David Beech of NFR, closely followed by Andy Green of Tynedale and Andy Blackett of Durham Fell Runners. First Lady home in a time of 41.28 was Rachael Vincent of Tynedale.