Pentland Skyline

report from John Tollitt

Pentland Skyline 8th October

photo courtesy of Carnethy HRC

photo courtesy of Carnethy HRC

7 NFR’s lined up at the start line adjacent to Hillend ski centre enjoying the stunning views over Edinburgh, for this penultimate NFR championship fixture. The Pentland Skyline is billed as a 16 mile (although I clocked 16.8 miles) AL race with 6,200ft of ascent over 14 peaks in the Pentland Hills just south of Edinburgh. We were greeted with fine weather ( if a bit chilly) despite Paul Hainsworth’s predictions of doom and gloom. Continue reading

Hodgson Relays

Hodgson Relays 2017

photo: John

photo: John

Poor weather conditions meant this year’s Hodgson Relay was over a shortened route.   It was essentially an out and back course from Patterdale to Kirkstone via Hartsop.  The high tops of High Street to the east and all the western route over Red Screes and Fairfield were omitted.   This was due to forecast low cloud, rain, and high winds.

NFR ran well with no mishaps or poor route choices.    John Tollitt and Matthew Briggs ran leg 1 from Patterdale to Hartsop via Angle Tarn.  There was a mere 38 years age difference, and they were soon handing over to Roger Sillito and Scott Gibson for leg 2.  Scott’s local knowledge was rewarded when they hit Caudale Moor Tarn spot on when others went walk-about.

Kirkstone Pass was a cloudy and dreich affair with runners appearing out of the mist without warning.   Mark Clarkson and Andy Higgins took over the baton for leg 3.  Despite no prior recce, they ran superbly and were soon running back into Hartsop having made up several places.  Steph Scott & I took over for the last leg back via Angle Tarn.    Even this leg was firmly in the clag.  As we emerged from the mist at Boredale Hause, the finish PA system was sounding eerily over the valley.

NFR finished 32nd overall.   Many thanks are due to the organisers/marshals for their sterling work  in putting the relay on in difficult conditions.   Also thanks to Jane & Mike Briggs who provided support and invaluable transport on the day when parking was difficult.

The Borrowdale hegemony has now been well and truly broken.  This year the relay was won by Keswick AC.  Their team included Chris Edis who ran for the north-east in the inter-counties, and Carl Bell.  One of Carl’s early races was at Lakeland Country Fair – click here if you want a walk down memory lane to see some youthful NFR faces – and he is now British Champion.  The ladies’ race was won by Ambleside.

Results are on the Sportident website

John Duff

more on NFR and friends facebook page

The Border Trail Race

race_tape-e1371633698511Run another section of St Cuthbert’s Way courtesy of Glen McWilliams:

The Border Trail Race

Fenwick to Wooler.
12 miles.
1st October

Runners Will be transported from Wooler via coach to Fenwick. From here they will make their way along back to Wooler along the St Cuthbert’s Way.
Finishing at Wooler bus station.

Further details on our Facebook page “the border trail race event

Or contact Glen McWilliams

Ultra Trail Mont Blanc

Peter Moralee has this afternoon successfully completed the UTMB in 45h
07m after setting out from Chamonix at 6.30pm on friday evening.

This is Peter’s 2nd successful completion of the UTMB, his first being in
2010. This has to rank as one of Peter’s greatest successes of his many
challenges over recent years.” – Paul

Joss Naylor Challenge

Joss, Geoff and Susan

Joss, Geoff and Susan

“Congratulations to Geoff Davis who notched up another successful Joss Naylor Challenge completion on Saturday. Geoff finished in 14 hours 52 minutes, well inside his allotted V60 time. Conditions were ideal with high clouds, dry footing and a cooling breeze. Geoff made the most of
them, running strongly throughout including a quick descent from Middle Fell when a sub 15 hour finish beckoned. He was supported by a team from NFR, Elvet Striders and Durham City Harriers. Joss met him at the finish – here they are with Susan on Greendale Bridge in Wasdale.”

John D

Sedbergh Hills

“There was an excellent turnout of 14 folk from NFR for the championship race at Sedbergh Hills on Sunday. This tough 14 miler packs in 6,000 ft of climbing. Grassy running at the start and finish gives way to muddy contouring and climbing in the middle section. The route varied from a high-level contour with views over the M6, to a runnable path up to The Calf which is the highpoint of the Howgills. Apart from being greasy underfoot, conditions were excellent with high cloud cover and a cooling breeze.

NFR ladies stole the show, winning the team prize. The 3 counters were Karen Robertson, Joanna Smith, and Henrietta Bolton Carter. Jane Briggs was also there, finishing just behind Henrietta. For the men, Roger Sillito was first home in a creditable 13th place, with Matthew Briggs not far behind.

The tea and cake went down well in the Village Hall afterwards. Many thanks to Paul Brittleton and his team for the race. If you had pre-entered, it was only £6.50 – bargain!
Results are on the race website:

John Duff”