Simonside Fell Race (Thropton Show)

An excellent turn out for this multi championship race, 117 is a record under my stewardship. Ian and Ann Webb were about on the day to give support. Nick Swinburn still has the Mark Webb trophy and would be good to get it back for next year. The Ladies trophy is AWOL and it would be good to have it back. Any one ask at Tynedale if its knocking about?

The race had a flurry of late entries due to a serious crash on the A1 at Morpeth but we got underway on time.

I will need a bit more support to organise this race in future is folk don’t mind. The loss of marshals in the immediate run up to the race made it more stressful than usual.

So Alan and myself marked the course in the morning after last year’s problem with disappearing tape.

Thomas organised registration with various Greens, Mrs Langford and Mrs Cameron.

Harry Ransome kindly ran up and marshalled the top. Richard Garland kindly sorted the Bridge marshalling on the way out. Rothbury Pipe band played out the race with Barren rocks of Aden/ Highland laddie. Next year may see a lap of the field on the way out….

Matthew manned the gate for those that came back the race route via the burn.

The finish team of Sharon G and Jules L on finish number and place recording, Alan L and Lesley Ransome on timing.

Nina and myself on results compiling seemed to work very well. However the pressure to sort results resulted in a couple of errors with Clare Bagness of Wooler being overlooked for the FV50 prize and Garry Owen being missed as well. I corrected these before the finish of prize giving.

The race will start at 1400 next year to give more backend time to sort results.

I tried marking the route with biodegradable flour this year and would be keen for direct feedback. I ran the route Monday night and the arrows were still clear to follow….

Thanks for all those who came and ran or supported



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