The Hedgehope Hellraiser! (updated)

Well done to Bruce Crombie (Alnwick) and Nina Cameron (NFR) first man and woman home at this inaugural race.

  • Results from Glen and Jack
  • report from Glen:

“Come to Harthope Valley and enjoy the glorious views” he said, ” come and spectate  on a race which offers perhaps a  unique opportunity to view the runners for 80% of the race” he said,  (in the words of del boy “what a plonker”!) What I didn’t bargain for was the thick fog & dense low cloud which arrived dead on race day morning! However, 39 typical hardy fell running souls turned up. I decided to partially mark the course up to Housey Crags and from there it was a well defined track upto Hedgehope summit. After a quick safety brief the runners were off. They started on the road further down the valley. This was to allow the runners to string out and to try and prevent a bottle neck on the narrow bridge over the Hawsen Burn. From the bridge the runners were faced with the immediate climb, no gradual rise here! I am not sure who led upto the 1st climb, Housey Crags, then to the summit of Hedgehope but I know the lead changed many times between Andy Blackett, Bruce Crombie and Paul Rogan, (Forres Harriers).

Confirmation from the NNPMRT marshals on the summit informed us that the runners were now on the fast descent & racing to the finish. It was here that Bruce Crombie produced a superb display. He opened up a gap and was the clear winner by some 23 secounds. Bruce had raced himself previous on this route as a recce finishing in 50 mins. So his new time and course record of 43.17 will take some beating.

full results are on the NFR website.
Special mention to some other great performances from our younger runners must go to 6th place William Robson, NSP and to Conrad Wright, Wooler Running Club.

Thank you to all that came and to helpers and marshals. Over £143 pounds was raised for the Northumberland NPMRT thanks to the runners generosity.

Hope to see you all again soon (albeit with better conditions!)


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