Hillforts and Headaches

Hillforts & Headaches Fell Race  Sunday 1st January 2017. (partially amended results 04/01/17)

This was to be a testing day for all concerned. My job as race organiser is to provide as safe a race that can reasonably be achieved.  There is always a risk of injury due to the nature of the sport which is why runners sign and agree to the conditions on the entry form.

Registration went well, there were one or two late entries but this can be expected. Myself and a fellow marshal had to leave 30mins before race start time to get to our position with stopwatch on top of Beacon Hill. As usual I had race route maps and notices of kit requirements spread about at registration so everyone should have seen these.

Although conditions were good in the centre of Rothbury, I knew things would be different on Beacon Hill. Continue reading

Simonside Cairns Fell Race

Another good turnout for the 21st Simonside Cairns Fell Race. Apart from a stiff breeze on the tops conditions were pretty good being dry, clear and much better underfoot than in recent years. Jim Mann, Sam Steele and William Robson had a great tussle at the front before Jim eased away in the final run in to finish first. Karen Robertson once again headed the ladies with the ever improving Katherine Davis not too far behind and Liz Barker in third. Karen has dominated this race in recent years and this was her 8th win in 12 years.

Apologies to DFR who should have won the men’s team prize ahead of NSP by one point. NFR won the ladies team prize. Many thanks to Garry and Stuart from Hangar 18 ORR for donation of prizes.

Paul Appleby”  results (amended 14/12/16)