Peter Whewell

Just to let you know that Peter has passed away after a two year battle with cancer. I will forward any details of the funeral as I find out.” – Phil


Although I didn’t know Peter well, I had a few very pleasant conversations with him at races and also via email. He struck me as a thoroughly likeable guy; intelligent, thoughtful and a real pleasure to talk with.
As editor of the website, I’ve found that you get to know a lot about someone from their writings.
Peter kindly sent in a host of old Chevy Chase results from 1975 to 1986 along with his reminiscences, here’s that article.
And I thought folk might like to be reminded of Peter’s thoughtful condolence for Ruth Fletcher:

It was a great shock to learn of the sudden death of Ruth. She was so full of life, so full of unself-conscious and infectious enthusiasm and so full of running that it is difficult to take in that we will no longer hear her familiar, reassuring voice ringing across the fells.

Over the last few years we had in common a habit of starting fell races from the very back (this because of her medical problem, as she told me later, mine because of laziness). Until I joined NFR this year I was running for NYMAC, but it was characteristic of Ruth to make friends with all-comers. We would frequently pass and re-pass each other, her presence behind being loudly announced by a humorous quip; she would then slow for fell banter before pressing ahead. If you caught her up, there was more banter and generous encouragement. On the Windy Gyle Race this June she was counting out loud as she passed me. I enquired why she was doing this “twenty walking, twenty running.. it gets me there”. It certainly did. On the Chevy this year we were once again both at the very back at the start. Later on the approach to Cheviot heel I was running with Keith Cooper when a voice from behind preceded Ruth storming up at speed. As usual she slackened off to discuss our relative progress. My last memories of her are of her disappearing up Cheviot at a rapid pace and thinking “how does she do that”. When I focussed up ahead I could see she was running twenty and walking twenty and it not only got her there but also to a good time and the v60 prize.

We will all be much the poorer for the loss of Ruth but at the back of the field we will especially miss the camaraderie and humour she brought to our fell-running lives. – Peter Whewell

And we will be poorer for the loss of you too, Peter.



Alwinton Show Fell Race

race_tape-e1371633698511Alwinton Show Fell race, 8th October

The organiser of the Alwinton Show fell race is looking for a couple of
volunteers to help marshall the race on Saturday 8th October.

Anyone interested please contact me direct on the email address above <paul[at]>
and I will pass on your details.

This is a great way to put something back into the sport and lets you
see the race from a different perspective.

Paul (Appleby)”

NE Champs update

I just wanted to let you all know that the final race in the NE Champs for 2016 will be Simonside Cairns on 11 Dec. ( details on NFR ‘What’s On’ page or in FRA handbook)

Medals for 2015 & 2016 seasons will be presented as soon as possible after the results for this season are finalised. ( probably at the first race of 2017).
Many thanks to Stu Ferguson of Hangar 18 for sponsoring the vets medals for the NE Champs – without him, we wouldn’t have a vets champs!!

Please share this information with your Clubs and running friends.

Thank you,


Simonside Fell Race

Dear all,

Many thanks to those kind enough to marshal today. It certainly made the whole day very much less stressful. Especial thanks to Lawrence and Blue for sweeping the course as tail runner.

We had 108 runners today and full results will be out soon.

Curt Heron UA was first home, with John Butters literally on his shoulder till the last 20 yards, followed closely by Will Robson NSP. The weather was gorgeous as normal.

Karen was first home for the ladies , closely followed by Joanne Amisford from Newcastle Uni in second and Nicola Roper, Heaton was third women home.

Kind regards


Lake District Mountain Trial

report from Mark Clarkson:

Sunday 11th September 2016

Lake District Mountain Trial

This year’s event was held at Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley. This great event is split into three courses – Classic, Medium, Short, each involving collecting a map around 1k after the start and navigating through a linear course. Following last year’s impressive 2nd placed team, this year NFR was somewhat less represented with only myself and Frank Shillitoe competing in the classic. The classic course distance ‘as the crow flies’ was 17 miles, though actual distance covered was a few miles more. Of the 51 starters, the winner was Neil Talbott in an impressive 4hrs 59mins. I rolled in after 6hrs 25mins in 23rd. Unfortunately Mr Shillitoe retired following a ‘misplaced dibber’, though he did continue on to complete most of the route. This is a fantastic event and I would encourage others to give it a try next year.

Results and route mapping link:

Mark Clarkson