Angus Tait Memorial Hexhamshire Hobble (updated)


photo: Andy


Well done Emma and the NFR men’s team!

Had a great time at todays’ hobble having managed to shave nearly 4 minutes off my best time for this race.  There was a good NFR turnout with folks getting some great times with good conditions underfoot and unseasonably mild weather!  Emma Bain won prizes for first female and also came first in her age class.  NFR men (John Butters, Mark Clarkson, Ben Rowley & Chris Winter) won the team championship.  The appropriately named Ricky Lightfoot of Ellenborough set a new course record by several minutes completing the race in 1:02:31.Many thanks to the organisers, marshalls and helpers at Allen Valley Striders for putting on such an well organised
and enjoyable race” – Andy Russell

Chris W, Dexter, Emma, John B, Nick, Francis and Andy – photo: Andy

Tour of Pendle

Report and photos from Andy Russell:

Tour of Pendle: Saturday 23rd November 2013

Having been off the fells for a month or two I decided it was time to get back out for a good leg stretch.  I decided to register for the Tour of Pendle in Lancashire, a 27km/16.8 mile AL race across Pendle Hill and its surrounding moors. Despite Pendle Hill being a modest 558m in elevation the ‘tour’ takes in an impressive 1473m / 4833ft of climb arranged in five progressively sharper climbs separated by easier gradient boggy tracks. Checking through the list of pre-entries it seems that I was only NFR in this race this year.


The weather on the day at the race start in Barley was ‘crisp’ and sunny, with little or no wind.  The overnight sub-zero temperatures were certainly welcome in freezing-up sections of otherwise very clarty terrain.  Continue reading

Clay Bank West

Dave Johnson writes: “4 club members took part, David Johnson, Steph Scott, Jason Taylor and Lisa Taylor. The first two managed top half finishes. Steph was 4th lady (2nd V40), which I think was enough to make a winner in the NorthEast championships.” Results here

Allen Banks Training Run

Stream Crossing. photo: Andy Russell

Andy Russell writes: ‘Greatly enjoyed Dexter’s training run this morning at Allen Banks.  A good turnout of NFRs and friends were led round the spectacular autumn colours of Allen Banks in unbroken sunshine.  We followed this-up with tea and cakes at the Garden Station. Many thanks to Dexter for a great morning

photos from Andy Russell
more photos from Marcus Byron


UKA British Fell & Hill Relays

For results, report and photos see

report from co-ordinator Will Horsley:

The 25th FRA British Fell Running Relay Championship, Llanberis, 20th Oct 2013.

We were six, including four veterans of the Hodgson relays just a fortnight earlier (Will, Dexter, Emma & Paul). Three of the team had never done the FRA relays before (Steve, Emma & John) and one had never even been to Wales (John). Well, what a welcome it was – rain and wind aplenty. Continue reading

Alwinton Show Fell Race

Mike Telfer writes: “‘Daft as a Brush’ are doing a good job of running it now. They have changed the finish so you no longer finish in the middle of the bog where it’s impossible for spectators to view the runners coming in!
The finish and start are now in the same place, pretty much where the old start was! I reckon it’s added 2-300m to the course length so maybe a minute or so on the time of an ‘average’ runner!! Anyway it was a good day and I’ve attached the results.”

Results: Adults | Under 16s | Under 13s

Langdale Horseshoe: report

report from Dave Johnson:

12.10.13 Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race

If it’s the second Saturday in October, it must be the Langdale Fell race, it has been thus since I started running in 2007 and I have to say it is my favourite race. This is despite the fact that my last three attempts had been marred by injury or daft route finding errors. This meant that time I was more than usually determined to avoid any pitfalls and have a good run and beat my previous best time which I managed back in 2009. Continue reading