Stewart Beaty

Apologies for late announcement:

Stewart Beaty died on Wednesday [11th Sept], aged 71, after a lengthy illness.

Stewart was a pivotal influence in the formation of NFR, being one of the founding members at the infamous inaugural meeting at the Dipton Mill Inn back in 1997.

He was the Club’s first Treasurer, a position he held for around 5 years before passing on the baton to yours truly.

Stewart was an old-school fell runner, steeped in knowledge. He was born and brought up in the North Pennine areas of south west Northumberland and loved being out on the rough and challenging fells, participating in most of the big races across the north. One of his favourite races was the Lakeland Four Passes event, which he completed many times.

Together with Angus Tait, Stewart created the Hexhamshire Hobble fell face, and was its joint-organiser for its first 15 years or so, before handing it over to Allen Valley Striders. As a surveyor by profession, it was down to Stewart, that even back in the non-technical days of the early-1990’s, when the Hobble was conceived, it’s statistics were a very precise 1,220 feet of ascent! Something that always made me smile when I saw it, and will always remind me of Stewart.

He stepped back from active fell racing in his mid-60’s and has enjoyed road cycling since, as an active member of Allen Valley Velo until very recently.

Stewart was a thoroughly decent bloke, and with his big smile and welcoming manner, he was liked by everyone he knew. His memory will live long with those of us that had the pleasure of knowing him.

RIP Stewart.

I don’t have any funeral details, but if anyone would be interested, please contact me directly and I’ll see what I can find out.

[Thursday 26th, see Hexham Courant]


Stewart at the Hexhamshire Hobble 2008

La Sportiva Lake District Mountain Trial

La Sportiva Lake District Mountain Trial 2019

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 15th, starting and finishing at Stool End Farm, Great Langdale. Entries close on 26th August.

Entry is via:

Or via:

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:

North Shields Poly Ingram Hills Race

North Shields Poly Ingram Hills Race, 15th September.

“This is our Club’s very first fell race. We express our thanks to the local farming community for their co-operation in permitting access. We are also grateful to the village hall at Ingram which will be race HQ. Some after race refreshments will be supplied by the local cafe in the hall. I hope that your members may be able to make it.
Let me know if you have any specific queries and I’ll try to deal with them.
Any final details will be posted nearer the time on the NSP web site and a dedicated facebook page. Thank you for your support.
Brgds  Barry Young

Full details, including map, on the NSP website: also facebook page here

Chevy Chase: report

Report from race winner Lee Roe:

Chevy Chase 2019

6th July marked the 63rd Chevy Chase and my second attempt at this iconic event. My earliest memory of the Chevy goes back just over a decade when, during a Heaton Harrier’s Rising Sun hill session, Phil Green mentioned the event to me as something that I might do well at. It would take a long time for his prophecy to come to fruition. Continue reading

Great Lakes Fell Race: report

Another report from Gary Mason:

Great Lakes Fell Race 15th June 2019

Another early start for a trip across to the Lakes and a return to Langdale for the Great Lakes Race beckoned. Having signed up for this one a while ago on a bit of a whim without reading much about it other than it was thirteen mile and a lot of climbing I hadn’t given it any further thought due to focusing on the Ennerdale race the weekend before. As it was fast approaching I thought I had better check out the Ambleside website and find some further details. A description that included what a monster, a rough tough classic and a record time longer than Borrowdale set the alarm bells ringing. The fact it was at Langdale the scene of my only ever DNF due to timing out last year at the Langdale Fell Race in the torrential rain and getting pushed out of the flooded field afterwards didn’t instil much confidence. Continue reading