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

Three Shires Race

Report from Mark Clarkson:

2013 Three Shires Race

21st September. AL 20km/1220m (12.4m/4003ft)

There were three representatives from NFR at this Lakeland race – Myself, Dexter, and Paul Appleby. I ran this race last year on a clear day with blue skies and thoroughly enjoyed it (despite the sting in the tail). This year’s race was much more of a claggy affair. Drizzle and low cloud meant visibility was limited. 211 runners or so set off from the Three Shire Inn. The main navigational stumbling block seemed to be in coming off ‘Wet Side Edge’ after Great and Little Carrs down to the Three Shire stone CP. I came off the top too early and had a 300m run uphill on the road to the check point. Many others went too far the other side and came back up the road from that side. Most seemed to lose time here. The line up Blisco was sketchy but as direct as possible. I had just turned to head down when I passed Dexter on the way to the check point close behind. About 5 mins later I found myself catching him up after a slight detour coming off Blisco. We then ran the remainder of the course pretty much together, it certainly helped on the push up Lingmoor (the sting in the tail), before Dexter bolted on the way down and charged past a few runners in front. I promptly followed and we raced a few fellow competitors on the decent. We finished in 34th and 36th in 2hrs 29. A decent effort and good day out. A cheese pasty and a cake helped top the run off, before the long walk back to the car!

results here

 Mark Clarkson

Scafell Pike Fell Race

Well done to John Tollitt who completes his ‘Big Five’ series of races to mark his 50th birthday. Here’s the final report of the series:

Chapter 5 Scafell Pike Fell Race.

photo: Vicki Deritis

As I’m sure you’re all aware, as I’ve been boring you over the last few months, I have been marking my 50th year by doing fell races on the highest peaks in the British Isles. Having already done Slieve Donard, Carantouhil, Snowdon and Ben Nevis (highest mountains in Northern Ireland, Irish Republic, Wales and Scotland respectively) Saturday was the turn of the Scafell Pike race. It was also my 50th birthday. Continue reading

Ben Nevis Race

Report from John Tollitt. 7th September (re-done)

Chapter 4  Ben Nevis Race

photo: Vicki Deritis

Just to recap, as I am turning 50 this year, I decided to mark the occasion by doing races up the highest hills in the component parts of the British Isles. Having already completed the Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland), Carrauntoohil  (Irish Republic) and Snowdon (Wales) races, this weekend was the turn of the big yin, Ben Nevis; the highest point in Scotland and, indeed, the British Isles. Continue reading

Whitfield Village Fair Fell Race


photo: Andy

I enjoyed another very enjoyable run across the hills of West Allendale at the Whitfield Village Fair Fell Race. Early morning sunshine brought out seven runners for the Whitfield Village Fair Fell Race. This year’s route of 4.7 miles & 650ft involved less running on roads than in previous years and included some nice woodland sections. James Carradice won the race followed by Phil Johnston in second place and Jim Clapp (DFR) in 3rd place.  Barbara Ingman (NSP) & Laura Owens jointly won the prize for first lady. Thanks to the race organiser Katherine Halliday and her army of helpers and marshals for putting on another great race.

1. James Carradice 39:50 (Winner & 1st M Senior)
2. Phil Johnston 40:24 (2nd  M Senior)
3. Jim Clapp 40:55 (1st MV)
4. Paul Jordan 44:24 (2nd MV)
5. Andrew Russell 45:32 (3rd MV)
6. Barbara Ingman 51:07 (1st FV)
6. Laura Owens 51:07 (1st Female Senior)

Some pictures of the race here

Andy Russell

TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie)

More NFR success abroad:

John Telfer has completed the TDS in the Alps in 26hrs 46mins.  The route covers 75 mile and 24000ft ascent.  Conditions were near perfect and a complete contrast to last year.

John finished 374th out of approx. 1500.  Chris Eggert was also nearing completion of this event.

A pretty good week for NFR and more inspiration for others to step up to the mark.” –

Paul Appleby

Grand Raid Des Pyrenees

Congratulations to Peter Moralee!

Paul Appleby writes: “Just heard the amazing news that Peter Moralee has completed the Grand Raid des Pyrenees in about 42.5 hrs.  This is a 100 mile route with brutal ascents and descents totalling 32000ft.  YES THAT IS 32000FT. Continue reading

Sedbergh Hills: report

Sedbergh Hills: report from Dave Johnson

14 miles 6000 feet

L-R Andy Russell, Peter Reed, Allon Welsh, Francis Shillitoe, Paul Appleby, Dave Johnson, Graham Wilkinson and John Tollitt (Steven Minnikin was also there). Photo: Andy

I travelled over with John Tollitt along with Trevor Wakenshaw of NS Poly who slept all the way there and all the way back! The weather was fine on Tyneside but some heavy rain and low cloud on the Pennines seemed to confound the good forecast for the race. Fortunately the forecasters were proven right and by the time we reached Sedbergh the sun was shining and it was to stay dry but cloudy for the duration of the race. Continue reading