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

Forestburn Fell Race

photo: Andy

Well done to Bruce Crombie (Alnwick) and Hannah Shillitoe (Heaton) who win the men’s and women’s. A few photos from Andy Russell. Here are the full results from and report from Will:

“A new show field brought yet another course change so it is likely that the rescheduled 2011 Boxing Day fixture will be the last over the original 1995 course. The new course has about as much ascent but is about 800 m (1/2 mile) shorter, so perhaps 4.5km. Continue reading