Brough Law: Organiser’s report

Brough Law Fell Race, 9th March 2014

Was it the value entry fee, slick organisation, beautiful scenery, early start, or just a feature of the increasing popularity of all types of running? Whatever it was it conspired to boost the entries of the Brough Law Fell Race to a record 121, ranging in age from 16 to 77 years. Conditions were good, being cloudy and breezy but dry with good visibility. By 10am the marshals were in place, the course was marked and the runners were ready to go. Continue reading

Carnethy 5 Hill Race

Carnethy 5: report from Dave Johnson

Seven NFRs took part in this year’s Carnethy 5 Hill Race. The weather was uniformly miserable that morning but the forecast was spot on and shortly before the start the rain stopped and we even had a bit of sunshine. From the comfort of the bus the snow sprinkled hills looked lovely, but once outside a cold brisk wind served as a reminder that snow on the ground does not necessarily equate to tropical temperatures. I for one, was soon wishing they would bring forward the starting time. Continue reading

Photo Competition: update

Well done to Peter Reed and Geoff Davis who identified that the waterfall is Taylorgill Force in Borrowdale.  They can claim a free drink at the annual dinner.  As they are both staunch tee-totallers, I will have the lemonades set up for them on arrival.” – John Duff 

(see below for photo)

Blake’s Heaven

A report from Dexter with a salutary lesson for all! (with addendum from Melanie Williams):

Blake’s Heaven               5 miles; 1,650ft               25th January 2014

“Blake’s Heaven”? That sounds enjoyable. Let’s give it a go, I thought. After all, there aren’t many races to choose from in January.

It seems I wasn’t the only one from the club with a similar thought, as Melanie Curtis-Williams unexpectedly appeared on the start line too.

The race starts from Lamplugh in the western Lakes, around the Loweswater area. It wasn’t an unduly cold day, around 7 degrees on the car thermometer, but the wind was very blustery, so the clothing choice was a bit tricky. There was a horrendous shower on arrival, but that passed. I opted for a short-sleeved Helly under my vest, and my usual race attire of shorts.  Continue reading

Photo Competition

Photo Competition from John Duff: “Here is a photo of John Telfer on one of the rare occasions when it was not raining at the weekend.  Can any member of NFR name the waterfall in the background?  A free drink, which can only be claimed at the annual dinner, awaits the first three correct answers.  Please send your answers to

Photo: John D

Clay Bank East

Dave Johnson writes: “ … it was a good day for NFR at Clay Bank East today. David Beech was 2nd, despite having done a 30 mile run the day before! Both Emma Bain and Nina Cameron were first in their age categories and Dexter first MV50!”

Captain Cook’s race

Three NFRs made the trip down to Great Ayton on New Year’s Day to run the Captain Cooks race. First home, placed 66th and first FV45 in a field of 263 was Emma Bain. Yours truly was next in followed by Jason Taylor.  Photos here” – Dave Johnson