Allenheads Natural Ability Fell/Trail Race

race_tape-e1371633698511Allenheads Natural Ability Fell/Trail Race

Sunday 15 October 2017 at 11am
Entry Fee £10 (£11 online) – Entries limited to 200

Starting and finishing at Allenheads, the 5.5 mile course over footpaths, bridleways and open moorland climbs high into the Northumberland North Pennines – an area of outstanding natural beauty, affording runners and spectators stunning views.  Excellent refreshments available at the Hemmel Cafe and the Allenheads Inn.

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Beacon Hill Fell Race

Ideal conditions welcomed runners for this midweek race.
20 year old William Robson (NSP) was the victor closely followed by Matthew Hetherington (Heaton). 17 year old Matthew Briggs (NFR) had an excellent run finishing 3rd.
Dawn Cooper (Derwent Valley) brought the ladies home closely followed by Jane Briggs and Nina Cameron (both NFR). The drop down to the finish off Beacon Hill was diverted due to the ongoing footpath improvements and instead came down off Dove Crag.
This added half a mile onto the route but the general opinion was that it was a better descent and will likely become the permanent route.” – Paul Appleby


Chevy Chase: report and results

Chevy Chase 2017

NFR turned out in force for the 61st Chevy Chase on Saturday 2nd July. There were over 20 NFR club members in the large field of approx 200. Conditions for the race were pretty good. The recent rain had left the ground soft for running, and it was never too hot.

The run out to Cheviot was into the wind. Turning for Hedgehope, runners were greeted with a fine view of the Harthope Valley as they dropped swiftly to the burn before the climb to Northumberland’s second highest top. Various lines were taken to Langlee Crags through the recently cut heather – but none of the new lines seemed to be any quicker than the original track.

After rounding Brands Corner, the run up the Careyburn seemed to go on a bit – it is getting rougher and the bracken ever higher. At least the final run-in over Wooler Common was (mostly) downhill and with the wind. Back at the youth hostel, runners were greeted with a T-shirt and the usual delicious spread of tea, sandwiches and cake. After 20 tough miles and 4,000 ft of climbing, the refreshments were much appreciated.

John Butters vied with Will Robson (NSP) for the lead, before pulling clear at Langlee Crags to win handsomely in under 3 hours. Katherine Davis (NSP) won the ladies’ race with Karen Robertson close behind in second. There was a welcome return to form for Fred Smith (Saltwell) who won the V60 prize. NFR retained the men’s team prize (JB, myself and Scott Gibson). NFR packed the minor placings with 7 runners in the top 20. It was also good to see long-standing club members Louise Wilkinson and Jane Saul back in their club vests and completing the course.

As ever, The Chevy was superbly organised by Wooler Running Club to whom many thanks are due. It was indeed a grand day out.

John Duff

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Zermatt Marathon

Many congratulations to NFR stalwarts Paul Appleby and Peter Reed who completed the mainly uphill (or should that be up-mountain?) Zermatt Marathon out in the Swiss Alps earlier today (July 1). After a tough day I understand the traditional rehydration process will shortly be getting underway! Well done Peter & Paul” – John Telfer

La Sportiva Lake District Mountain Trial 2017

race_tape-e1371633698511La Sportiva Lake District Mountain Trial 2017

“Classic mountain navigation event over challenging terrain in the Lake District. Interval starts with course disclosure beyond start line. The Trial is excellent preparation for the OMM. Entries are now open for this year’s trial to be held on September 10th at Gatesgarth Farm at the head of Buttermere.

Entry is via:

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Classic Trial: around 18 miles and 7500ft climb (29 km and 2300m). Estimated winning time = 4.5hrs. Minimum age for entry: 18yrs

Medium Trial: around 13 miles and 5000ft climb (21 km and 1500m). Estimated winning time = 3.5hrs. Minimum age for entry: 18yrs

Short Trial: around 9 miles and 3500ft climb (15 km and 1100m). Estimated winning time = 3hrs. Minimum age for entry for single runners: 18yrs.

The distances shown above are as the crow flies. Actual distances covered may be up to 50% further.

There is a Pairs category in the Short Trial in 2017. This presents a good opportunity to hone navigational skills with a partner. Over 14’s may compete as part of a pair if the other runner is their parent or legal guardian.

More Information about the Trial is available at:
Kind regards,

Tony Richardson, Chair LDMTA”