Cleveland Survival

Report from Old Cheviot:

Cleveland Survival 2015

photo: Paul Hainsworth

11 folk from NFR ventured down to the North Yorkshire Moors for the first race in the club championship.   The Cleveland Survival lived up to its name – with 26 miles of undulating running up and down dale.  With 2 hours of rain and a strong wind, most of the field were wearing waterproofs throughout.

The event was held at Ingleby Greenhow, which is south-east of Stokesley.  The route was roughly an anticlockwise circle, taking in Bransdale and Farndale.  One of the toughest sections was towards the end along the old railway line to Bloworth Crossing – straight into the teeth of the westerly wind.  Some folks obviously thought the event was not tough enough, as they opted for the odd extra mile or two due to overlooking checkpoints.  Old Cheviot was an early leader in the extra miles group, while others favoured the last checkpoint as a popular one to go back for.

But despite all this, a good time was most definitely had by all.  Mark Clarkson and Frank Shillitoe vied for the lead honours, with Frank narrowly winning the day.   Mark Smith and Paul Hainsworth both had solid runs.  Steph Scott, Peter Hayle, Allon Welsh, and Peter Reed ran round together as a cheery group.  Emma Bain paced Old Cheviot when he started to flag on the old railway line.  Paul Appleby was also there.

Afterwards in the village hall, tea and a hot meal were much appreciated.  This was a most enjoyable event and a worthy addition to the championship.  Many thanks are due to Cleveland Mountain Rescue for putting on this excellent event, and to Frank & Paul for selecting it as the first race in the championship.  Roll on the forthcoming championship races!


Old Cheviot

(Cleveland MRT website)

Brough Law

Race start – photo: John Butters (more photos)

Big turnout, with a win from NFR David Beech and NFR’s 2014 ‘Fellrunner’s Fellrunner’ Emma Bain is first lady!

Organiser’s Report from Will:

It was a clear but windy day which brought the ambient temperature down to the point where you’d quickly get cold if you weren’t moving. The wind meant course-setting took longer than planned and by the time we got back to the car park it was already busy. Stands from and H18 Off-Road Running provided a welcome distraction to a long queue of runners. With some improvised administration we managed to get all 116 registered and ready to go by 10am. A top-notch field in both the men’s and women’s races was assembled and there were just as many determined faces as there were relaxed ones. On the starter’s whistle the first steep bank was taken, some in what looked like a few strides, others at a more leisurely pace. A leading pack of five or so was quickly established and after some to-ing and fro-ing throughout most of the race it was Beech and Simpson who would prevail for the final dash to the line from the Brough Law hillfort. In the end Beech’y made good on his pre-race proclamations and his recent form by taking his first win here. Graham Simpson was close behind and thereafter followed a steady stream of runners all looking windswept and smiling. Emma Bain ensured an NFR-double by mixing it with the fellas at the front of the field and showing many younger runners how to do it, again continuing her excellent results of the past year or so. A large contingent from Durham FR and some good packing at the front meant that the team prize, had there been one, would have gone south. Times all round were fast but the wind kept the course records safe for another year at least. As the race was the first in the 2015 North East Championship it provided a good opportunity to present the 2014 medals, which was all the better given just how many champions and medal winners, past and present, were in attendance. A small surplus from race entries has been donated to the Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust which I felt was relevant given the annual spawn in Little Cleugh which the route crosses on the descent from Cochrane Pike. Many thanks to Austin & Casper who both helped mark the course, and of course to John Butters who is the new race organiser, also the farmer, Johnnie Wilson, and his son Ross Wilson (9th overall), who give us permission and helped out too. This race has now topped 100 entrants for two years running and I am pleased to hand it over in such good health. Thanks, Will.

The Billy Bland Challenge 13th June

Here is a message from NFR James Charlton who is organising an NFR attempt at The Billy Bland Challenge:

Billy Bland Challenge 13th June 2015 

Hi all,

Some of you may have already seen on Facebook, following Phil Green bringing the Billy Bland challenge to my awareness, I fancy a bash!

I’ve now spoken with the NFR officials and we have the full support of the club to have an attempt on behalf of NFR. Clearly there are no limits in the number of teams, but I’ll be concentrating on getting one team round, in one piece, with smiles!  Continue reading

NFR Championships 2014

Here are the long awaited 2014 Championship results. Only paid up members are included in the final results. If you spot any mistakes please let Paul or Frank know as soon as possible and before tankards are engraved! First, second and third places are highlighted for those completing the minimum of one short, one medium and one long race, with a maximum of six counters.

At present we do not formally have a Junior category so although congratulations go to James Green for completing three races (short and long), his name has had to be omitted from the final results (this year at least!).

Finally, if you have any comments about the selection and format for the past year, please pass these on to either of us.

So good luck for 2015 and happy running in the forthcoming year’s Championships – still a closely guarded and undecided secret!” 

Paul Hainsworth and Frank Shillitoe”

NFR Championship final results ( * amended 15/02)

Wadsworth Trog

Many congratulations to NFRs Emma Bain first lady (and 32nd overall) at today’s 20 mile Wadsworth Trog in very challenging conditions with most of the course either snow or ice bound. A great result.

Meanwhile The Secretary enjoyed taking in the views to finish 95th out of a field of nearly 160. However, he ran out a clear winner in the Hebden Bridge Friday night liquid refreshment stakes.” – John Telfer