Beacon Hill Fell Race

Once again John Butters and Karen Robertson are first man / woman back.

  • Race results
  • “Joe Garbarino fell and knocked himself out at the Beacon Race on thursday night. Paramedics attended and he was taken to hospital by the air ambulance. – The latest from Joe’s wife is that he is in good spirits in Cramlington hospital awaiting the fitting of a pacemaker, so hopefully he is going to be ok.”

British Relay Championships and Ian Hodgson Relays

I’ve picked up the baton to organise the Ian Hodgson and FRA relays [British Relay Championships] this year which will be held on Sunday 2 October and Saturday 15 October respectively.

The [Ian Hodgson] website still has last year’s details on it but is expected to be updated within the next week or so.  One “Open” team of eight runners is sought for the Ian Hodgson. If more than eight names are put forward the best team will be selected based on recent race results.

Information on the FRA relays is scant at present but is going to be somewhere near Loch Lomond.  This is a very sociable event and one to consider no matter what your ability. I’ll try and get as many teams as possible entered.

If you are interested in entering either race please could you let me know by the end of July.


Frank Shillitoe <>”

Chevy Chase

Well done to John Butters!

“There was a great turnout for the 60th running of The Chevy Chase. Over 200 runners lined up at the start. It was a hard plod out to Cheviot into a strong westerly wind and through boggy conditions. But the clouds stayed high and the forecast heavy showers never arrived. It was a quick run back from Hedgehope with the wind on our backs. The sting in the tail was Careyburn where the runners turned into the wind. After that the climb up Hellpath didn’t seem too bad, and the wind blew runners home over Wooler Common.
John Butters had a tremendous run, pulling away from the chasing runners from Hedgehope onwards. He won by 5 minutes in 3 hours 3 mins. Gemma Bradley (Saltwell) won the ladies’ race. Karen Robertson was second lady and first LV40. There was strong representation from NFR throughout the field. We were first team (John B, myself, and Matthew Pearce). Paul Appleby won the walk. NFR B would have been third team. Jamie Wilkinson (formerly NFR before he emigrated to Australia) was awarded the Spirit of The Chevy for travelling from The Antipodes to run the race.
The prize-giving took place under pleasant sunshine in the hostel garden. Runners tucked into the post-race tea and sandwiches, while sporting their fetching blue Chevy T-shirts. The race was superbly organised as ever by Wooler Running Club with Mary and Claire at the helm. Many thanks!
John Duff”

Bob Graham success for John Telfer

John and crew at the finish – photo: Steph

Congratulations to Club Secretary, John Telfer on his successful Bob Graham Round today. He’s pictured below with some of the motley crew that supported him, just after his return to Keswick Moot Hall approximately 23 hours and 20 minutes after leaving there on Friday night!
Another great NFR day on the fells! ” – Steph

Well done, John!