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”

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