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

NECAA / NEHRA Championships: final results and 2014 race selection

Well done to all competitors, I hope you enjoyed your racing. I would like to make a special mention to Denise Tunstall (DFR) and Chris Jamieson (Esk Valley) who completed all seven races. A brief report will hopefully appear in the Fellrunner magazine in due course. Medals will be presented after the Gisborough Moors race on 13th April.” – Will Horsley


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