“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.
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‘
For results, report and photos see http://www.britishfellrelay.org.uk/
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
Mike Telfer writes: “‘Daft as a Brush’ are doing a good job of running it now. They have changed the finish so you no longer finish in the middle of the bog where it’s impossible for spectators to view the runners coming in!
The finish and start are now in the same place, pretty much where the old start was! I reckon it’s added 2-300m to the course length so maybe a minute or so on the time of an ‘average’ runner!! Anyway it was a good day and I’ve attached the results.”
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
Well done to the NFR team. Here’s Dexter’s report
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!
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.
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
Report from John Tollitt. 7th September (re-done)
Chapter 4 Ben Nevis Race
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