A Winter’s Trail Race

race_tape-e1371633698511A Winter’s Trail Race, 16th December

Hethpool to Wooler.  8 miles
The race follows part of the St Cuthbert’s Way.
Start: Wooler Bus Station 10.15. Runners will then be transported by coach to the start, Hethpool, College Valley. From there they will return to Wooler.
Pre entries only via SI ENTRIES £12.
Further details on Facebook.
Or contact Glen McWilliams on 07748864424

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



La Sportiva Lake District Mountain Trial

race_tape-e1371633698511La Sportiva Lake District Mountain Trial 2018

Classic mountain navigation event over challenging terrain in the Lake District. Interval starts with course disclosure beyond start line. The Trial is excellent preparation for the OMM.

Entries are now open for this year’s trial to be held on September 9th, starting and finishing at Grasmere. Entries close on 27th August.

Entry is via: http://www.ldmta.org.uk/entry.html

Or via: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?beid=Y&event_id=4568

Classic Trial: around 18 miles and 7500ft climb (29 km and 2300m). Estimated winning time = 4.5hrs. Minimum age for entry: 18yrs

Medium Trial: around 13 miles and 5000ft climb (21 km and 1500m). Estimated winning time = 3.5hrs. Minimum age for entry: 18yrs

Short Trial: around 9 miles and 3500ft climb (15 km and 1100m). Estimated winning time = 3hrs. Minimum age for entry for single runners: 18yrs.

The distances shown above are as the crow flies. Actual distances covered may be up to 50% further.

There is a Pairs category in the Short Trial. This presents a good opportunity to hone navigational skills with a partner. Over 14’s may compete as part of a pair if the other runner is their parent or legal guardian.

More Information about the Trial is available at: http://www.ldmta.org.uk/info.html