New Year’s Day races

Happy New Year!

NFRs were at two New Year’s Day races: Captain Cooks Race in the North York Moors and Nine Standards Fell Race nr. Kirkby Stephen.

Captain Cooks Race:

” … All four NFRs succesfully navigated the muddy route with Jason and Lisa Taylor coming home first followed by myself and Flip Owen.” Andy Russell  – here’s Andy’s photos

Nine Standards Fell Race:

5 NFRs ventured down for this New Year’s Day race. Conditions were a tad bleak – with persistent rain and a strong south westerly wind. A couple of hardy souls ran in shorts and vest only, but most of the field opted for longs/thermals/jackets etc and were grateful for them. Visibility was good – with the Nine Standards [large cairns] visible from the start in Kirkby Stephen.

It is a long steady plod up road, track, then open fell to the top. Crossing Faraday Gill near the top was interesting – the bridge was underwater and the approach 3 ft deep in places. After looping around one of the Standards, we retraced our steps, passing runners still battling their way to the top. The strength of the wind became apparent on the return leg – with considerable buffeting and gusts. But ere long we were heading down the road and back to the Market Square to finish.

Emma Bain had a great run – first back for NFR and second lady overall. Geoff and Susan Davis are proof that retirement is good for the fitness – both had strong runs. I came in just behind Geoff, with Bernard Kivlehan finishing not far behind. The race was won by Kim Collinson (Borrowdale).

Afterwards tea, soup, and chat in the Social Club helped to lift the spirits. Many thanks to Paul Brittleton and his team for this enjoyable way to start the New Year.

John Duff

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