Website problems

Apologies for the NFR website being down for the last few days. For some reason – which is not yet clear – access to the database on the server was lost. Anyhow, after much anguish, I’ve created a new database, re-installed WordPress and reconstructed the site to more or less how it was before with the help of backups (and a failing memory!). Everything should still be there; all reports, results etc should be intact.

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