Simonside Cairns

photo: Andy

Another great turnout with a record 120 runners taking part. Conditions were mainly good being mild, a little blustery on the ridge and a bit soft underfoot over the back of Simonside. Great soup and atmosphere in a packed Newcastle House afterwards proved to be a fine end to the race.” – Paul

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

NECAA / NEHRA update

“Only one winner declared with one race to go (Lee Bennett has won the MV40 NEHRA title, well done Lee). All other categories are still open and it looks like the Men’s open title in particular could be a tasty contest with just one point separating 1st & 2nd place runners, with them also being 2-all on head-to-head contest, and the ever improving Bruce Crombie could still help decide standings. Last race of the 2013 NECAA & NEHRA championship is this Sunday at Clay Bank West. 

scores after six races

Thanks, Will”

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