30th Allendale Challenge and Alwinton 3 Tops

News from Ian Holland at the North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team:

…entries are going well for the Allendale Challenge. We are up to 60 runners, entries before 31st January qualify for a free buff celebrating “30th Allendale Challenge”.

Entries have also opened on SI Entries for the 4th Alwinton 3 Tops race which is on the 15th June. I am also persevering with the 10k Kidlandlee short course which is open to under 18 runners and encouraging people to get into fell running.

Simonside Cairns

“Clear blue skies, sunshine and no wind greeted the runners on the 24th running of the Simonside Cairns Fell Race. Course conditions were as good as they get and 109 runners started and finished the race.
Current course record holder Nick Swinburn ran an incredible time of 1.12.51, knocking almost 2 mins off the record he set in 2006.
Gemma Bradley of Saltwell ran well to win the ladies race followed By 8 times previous winner Karen Robertson of NFR. Good packing by the youngsters of Durham Uni in 3rd, 4th and 5th gave them the mens team prize with NFR picking up the ladies team prize.” – Paul



From John Butters:

John and Katherine at Dunnerdale

John and Katherine at Dunnerdale

Two NFR’s journeyed over to the Dunnerdale fell race today. A cracking little route of 5m with 2k of ascent. There were around two hundred entrants.

Weather was kind and quite mild. The race was won by Ricky Lightfoot. JB 22nd overall (3rd v40). Katherine Davis 49th (1st v50). Choice of savoury pie at the end with a “pie guide” to identify the different flavours. Thanks to all who organised, volunteered and marshalled. Highly recommended.


British Fell Relay Championships

Report from John Tollitt:

British Fell Relay Championships 2018.

This year’s Relay Championship took place on Saturday 20th October at Grasmere and was hosted by Ambleside A.C. The event consists of 4 legs; a solo leg, a paired leg, a paired navigation leg and then a final solo leg. NFR fielded 2 teams. The A team consisting of John Butters (leg 1), Matt Hetherington and Roger Sillitoe (leg 2), Lee Bennett and Paul Appleby (leg 3) and Matthew Briggs (leg 4) and the B team made up by Phil Green (leg 1), Gary Mason and George Nicholson (leg 2), David Armstrong and Frank Shillitoe (leg 3) and John Tollitt (leg 4).

The event was a sell out with nearly 250 teams from throughout the UK taking part and was contested in dreich conditions with stubborn low cloud persisting throughout the day. The NFR A team finished in 62nd place whilst the B team finished in 132nd.
The winning men’s open team was Pudsey and Bradley and the women’s open team winners were Helm Hill.

Results: http://www.sportident.co.uk/results/2018/BritishFellRelay/

The teams (minus Matt H and George) - John T

The teams (minus Matt H and George) – John T

Simonside Fell Race (Thropton Show)

An excellent turn out for this multi championship race, 117 is a record under my stewardship. Ian and Ann Webb were about on the day to give support. Nick Swinburn still has the Mark Webb trophy and would be good to get it back for next year. The Ladies trophy is AWOL and it would be good to have it back. Any one ask at Tynedale if its knocking about?

The race had a flurry of late entries due to a serious crash on the A1 at Morpeth but we got underway on time.

I will need a bit more support to organise this race in future is folk don’t mind. The loss of marshals in the immediate run up to the race made it more stressful than usual.

So Alan and myself marked the course in the morning after last year’s problem with disappearing tape.

Thomas organised registration with various Greens, Mrs Langford and Mrs Cameron.

Harry Ransome kindly ran up and marshalled the top. Richard Garland kindly sorted the Bridge marshalling on the way out. Rothbury Pipe band played out the race with Barren rocks of Aden/ Highland laddie. Next year may see a lap of the field on the way out….

Matthew manned the gate for those that came back the race route via the burn.

The finish team of Sharon G and Jules L on finish number and place recording, Alan L and Lesley Ransome on timing.

Nina and myself on results compiling seemed to work very well. However the pressure to sort results resulted in a couple of errors with Clare Bagness of Wooler being overlooked for the FV50 prize and Garry Owen being missed as well. I corrected these before the finish of prize giving.

The race will start at 1400 next year to give more backend time to sort results.

I tried marking the route with biodegradable flour this year and would be keen for direct feedback. I ran the route Monday night and the arrows were still clear to follow….

Thanks for all those who came and ran or supported



Windy Gyle Fell Race

Many thanks for the support from the club with the turn out today. Many thanks to Thomas and Matthew Green, Jules and Alan Langford for registration / time keeping and John Tollitt for sweeping the race.

We made £210 quid for North of Tyne MRT today who were kindly present on the route.

Find attached provisional results, any corrections to me directly not via egroup.

Phil G