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28/12/08 Ayhope Skyline: some photos from Will. Results and more photos on Durham Fell Runners' website

15/12/08 NECAA / NEHRA Championships: Final Results from Keith Cooper

14/12/08 Simonside Cairns: a cracking day out in especially festive weather. Nick Swinburn and Rachel Vincent are first in.

Nick in front - photo: Will

temperature inversion - photo: Rob

07/12/08 15th Hexhamshire Hobble: An excellent turnout for Stewart & Co's last show. Ben Abdelnoor (Ambleside) & Rachel Vincent first in, with Phil Sanderson and Karen second.

01/12/08 NFR Championships 2008: Final Results and a summary from Geoff

01/12/08 Sunday Cairns Run: a frosty morning's recce of the Simonside Cairns Race, part of which will revert back to the old route this year.

  • report with photos from Phil

winter sun - photo: Phil Green

26/11/08 Will's Night Runs: Beamish

fairy lights in Beamish Woods

23/11/08 Clay Bank West: Will Horsley grabs his first victory in North Yorkshire!

bracing racing weather - photo: Phil Green

21/11/08 Antipodean adventures: John Duff writes from down under - report

17/11/08 Tour of Pendle: John Telfer wonders witch way to go - here's his first report for NFR

17/11/08 A run in the dark: Around 15 runners from DFR, NFR and Elvet Striders enjoyed a head-torch social run over Waldridge Fell (Chester-le-Street) last Tuesday night. Following its success, Will, who organised the run, has arranged another evening run, this time near Beamish Museum. Details on the e-group.

09/11/08 Guisborough Three Tops: Casper the dog gives it his all ...

02/11/08 Dunnerdale Fell Race:

28/10/08 OMM 2008 Borrowdale: Appalling weather brought flooding, and the 2-day Mountain Marathon was called off mid-race, for the first time in its 41-yr history. Plenty of local and national press on this one.

Other sites: reports on OMM / sleepmonsters websites | article by Richard Askwith in The Independent

20/10/08 British Fell and Hill Running Relay Championships 2008: from Dave - "Well done both teams yesterday. The A team placed in the top 10 again, in 9th position and the B team sitting comfortably in 'the middle of the pack'."

Also " a special mention to Steve Birkinshaw on his last outing for NFR ... he's been an exceptional runner for the club. Good luck ' in that other purple vest ' ."- Dave

15/10/08 Alwinton Show Fell Race: At the last show of the year, Nick scoops first prize and Karen is first Lady - report from Will Horsley.

14/10/08 Langdale Horseshoe 2008: three strong runs from NFRs at Langdale - report from Philip Addyman

13/10/08 NFR's newest member, John Telfer, proves he's man rather than mouse at the Manor Water/Pentland Skyline 'Man-or Mouse' double at the weekend. He was also joined at the Skyline by another recently joined member, Billy Fraser, also from north of the border. Results/photos on Carnethy website

06/10/08 more Simonside Fell Race photos from Terry Hart here

Karen goin' up

Joe comin' down
photos from Terry

06/10/08 RAB Mountain Marathon: well done to Geoff D, Paul H, Dave H and Phil J at the Back o' Skiddaw. Report from Geoff.

27/09/08 Whernside Fell Race: Philip Sanderson and Karen Robertson lead a good turnout of NFRs at this championship race.

20/09/08 Simonside Fell Race: following yet more success on the roads, Nick Swinburn wins again on the fells, and Aly Raw (Bingley) is first Lady.

the fast guys get their breath back - photo D Coxon

18/09/08 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc: from Jane and Lewis Grundy, read about the ups and downs of this phenomenal challenge here.

14/09/08 Life Cycle Challenge - Lourdes to Casablanca: Success for David Armstrong on his epic 10 day cycling challenge. Read his article here

11/09/08 Grisedale Horseshoe: Scott Gibson braved the foul weather last weekend to tackle this race - here's his report

08/09/08 The Ben Nevis Race 2008

The Ben from the campsite (photo: Old Cheviot)

31/08/08 Pinchinthorpe Plod

a happy bunch - photo David Coxon

31/08/08 Cheviots Challenge 2008: report from Phil Green

12/08/08 Lakeland 100: Steve Birkinshaw wins this inaugural race in an astonishing 23hrs 40, with well over 3hrs lead! results (of the 100) | report from Steve

10/08/08 13th Forest Burn Fell Race: Nick Swinburn obliterates another course record!

all lined up

Nick receives his prize

07/08/08 Bob Graham Round success for Tynedale's Rachel Vincent!: "Many thanks to NFR members who have helped and encouraged me to achieve my Bob Graham success. I completed an anticlockwise round in 22hrs 52 on 2nd/3rd August, six months to the day after my mountaineering accident." Full report now on the Tynedale Harriers website - Rachel Vincent

03/08/08 Borrowdale Fell Race: A fantastic Classic Lakes race. Philip Sanderson is first NFR home. Storming runs from Louise and Joe.

the Corridor Route

last legs

29/07/08 The International Snowdon Race: "Great runs from Nick and especially ex Tynedale and NFR Morgan - in 2nd overall ... " - Marcus Byron. Results on the Snowdon Race website

28/07/08 Saltwell Harriers Fell Race: report from Keith Wood

25/07/08 Brecon Fans Race Weekend: a double bill of racing - report from Will Horsley

14/07/08 Holme Moss Fell Race: report from Philip Sanderson

05/07/08 The 52nd Chevy Chase: after trying hard for a number of years, it all comes together for Iain Twaddle (NSP) who wins the race his dad once won back in the '80s ... and Rachel Vincent is still on a roll!

Garry is 1st NFR home - photo: Pat

all smiles - photo: Phil Green

02/07/08 Saltwell Harriers Fell Race: record turnout and men's record smashed by Nick Swinburn. Rachel Vincent was 1st lady after an excellent run (but didn't quite break her record from last year as I first posted). Great evening out.

Nick checks his landing gear - photo: Rob

best dunk in the beck from Richard Cavner - photo: Pat

30/06/08 Glaramara: report from Scott Gibson

29/06/08 Durham Dales Challenge: report from Lewis Grundy

28/06/08 Windy Gyle Fell Race: results & report from Keith Cooper

24/06/08 West Highland Way Ultra Race:

  • Dave Atkinson's report on this epic run.

3kg lighter ...

23/06/08 Gummer's How Race: entertaining report on this fun race from Lyle Nicholson

23/06/08 West Highland Way - Geoff Davis writes: Congratulations to David Atkinson who finished 14th in this weekend's 95 mile West Highland Way Race ... more

22/06/08 Great Lakes Run:

the light side

the dark side

17/06/08 Ennerdale Horseshoe:

  • results | report from Philip Addyman
    (results courtesy of Colin Dulson)

Jane and the pack head for the lake - photo: Laura Brown

16/06/08 Snowdon International Race, July 26th: After a superb win at Moel Eilio, Nick Swinburn has been picked for the England team, along with ex-NFR Morgan Donnelly - go for it lads!

15/06/08 Durisdeer 2008: report from John Duff

15/06/08 Roman Wall Show Race: Good runs from Philip and Karen, but not quite enough for first placings at this second running of the race.

  • results (pdf) from Marcus Byron (Tynedale)

Karen and Philip - photo: Marcus Byron

13/06/08 Beacon Hill Fell Race: victory at last for Philip Sanderson - 5 mins in front of 2nd place Jim Thompson (Saltwell). Sue Mitchell (Calder Valley) 1st lady

Philip, miles ahead (photo: Pat)

deep in concentration (photo: Rob)

10/06/08 More Chevy Chase results: inspired by seeing Jim Wilkinson's results sent in by Jamie, Peter Whewell (NYM) has been rummaging around in his attic and dug out some of his Race results from 1975-1986 and sent them in. He has also written an interesting piece about them - here.

09/06/08 Louise Wilkinson's Bob Graham Round:

Traversing from Langdale Combe - photo: John Allen

Louise on Yewbarrow
- photo: Paul Hainsworth

08/06/08 Peter Moralee's Bob Graham Round: read his report here (now with extra photo)

08/06/08 Alwinton Fell Race:

tired runners - photo: James Green

05/06/08 Yoredale 100: Steve Walker took on this epic 100 miler in the Yorkshire Dales. Here's his report (pdf) - well done Steve!

04/06/08 Blencathra: Bernard, Rob and 140+ other runners at this wonderful evening race.

Bernard steams along Souther Fell

04/06/08 Jim Wilkinson's Chevy Chase: Since Jim died in November, his son Jamie has been compiling some of his dad's race results. The Chevy Chase was a particular favourite of Jim's, and Jamie has forwarded many of the past results sheets (some are the Walk results) dating from 1971 to 1990, which make very interesting reading - here (bottom of page).

04/06/08 Watergate Trail Race: Nick Swinburn (as a Morpeth Harrier) sets the standard at this inaugural running last Sunday in very wet conditions. Read more on the Low Fell RC website.

02/06/08 Eat Yourself Fitter: an alternative report on the Old County Tops race from Dave Hicklenton (a little late due to email problems)

01/06/08 Yetholm Hill Race: Will Horsley wins the men's race, Jill Mykura (Carnethy) the ladies. NFR also take the team prize.

Well in front, Will Horsley stops to consult the map once again ... photo: Pat
well in front, Will Horsley stops to consult the map once again ...
a yellow moment as the rain and cloud abate - photo: Rob
a yellow moment as the rain and cloud abate

01/06/08 Duddon Valley Fell Race:

26/05/08 Helvellyn Fell Race

Philip is first NFR home

26/05/08 More Bob Graham Success!: Louise Wilkinson completed the Bob Graham Round on Saturday afternoon in 22 hours 57 minutes. Supported by over a dozen NFR members on her clockwise round Louise had a moderate patch during leg 3 but was generally strong all the way round and powered into Keswick market place, scattering Bank Holiday shoppers, to finish inside the 23 hour mark ... well done Louise! - Geoff & Susan Davis

18/05/08 Bob Graham Success!: At 58 years old, Peter Moralee successfully completed a clockwise BGR in an incredible 21hrs 59 mins ... a fairly minimalist round in terms of support on the fells (just 6 pacers for the whole thing) but his family were there at the roadside to provide sustenance and moral support. Well done Peter! - Geoff Davis

18/05/08 Fairfield Horseshoe: a runner's account from John Telfer

18/05/08 Old County Tops: a handful of NFRs took on this 37 mile 10,000 ft beast

18/05/08 DFR Summer Series #1 of 4

  • report and photos from Philip Sanderson
a sprint start for Ruth - photo: Philip Sanderson
a sprint start for Ruth?

17/05/08 Moel Eilio, Snowdonia: A superb win for Nick Swinburn at this British Championship Race ahead of a very strong field [well done Nick - absolutely stunning running!]. Good runs from last week's Lordstones winner Charlie Stead and Aengus McCullough too. Results, report and lots of photos on Eryri Harriers website.

14/05/08 The Fellsman Hike: 61 miles and 11,000 feet ... on a hot day! - five NFRs tackled this extremely testing challenge - report from Jane Grundy

13/05/08 Buttermere Sailbeck:

10/05/08 Ben Lomond Race - Gary Jones writes: 'Phil Sanderson and I made the long drive up to Rowardennan for the Ben Lomond Fell race (9m 3192ft AM) and were truly blessed with wonderful weather ... more'

10/05/08 Around the Chevy Chase with Slow-Worm - a run around part of the Chevy route from 'Slow-Worm'.

09/05/08 Dryderdale Dash: Will wins again, Emma Bain first lady - results from Gerry Hehir

08/05/08 Coniston Fell Race last Saturday:

  • results on Coniston Fell Race website
  • report from Dave Hicklenton

27/04/08 Cheviot Summit: Will Horsley maintains his title, Veronique Oldham (Norham) wins the ladies.

20/04/08 Anniversary Waltz

exhilarating descent off Cat Bells

13/04/08 Gisborough Moors: Gary Jones writes: ... The race was won for a record fifth time by Charlie Stead who led from start to finish. more ...

06/04/08 Allendale Challenge: cold, boggy and very long. Philip Addyman (3:51) and Louise Wilkinson (4:40) were first male and female runners.

Top of Killhope Law (photo: Rob)

31/03/08 Doctor's Gate Race yesterday:

uphill struggle (photo: David Coxon)
uphill struggle (photo: David Coxon)

26/03/08 Criffel Hill Race last Sunday:

  • report , photos and link to results from Philip Addyman

Phil returns from the snowy tops (photo courtesy of Phil Addyman)

23/03/08 Brough Law Fell Race: typical spring weather: all over the place - like some of the runners!

the only way is up ...
(photo: Pat)

16/03/08 Eston Nab Nee Nocker - Charlie Stead breaks his own record - Northern Runner's News Page | NYM.AC website

15/03/08 Really Wild Boar: report from Old Cheviot [results on Wharfedale Harriers website]

13/03/08 Black Combe Fell Race: well done to NFRs Charlie, Steve, Aengus and Louise at last Saturday's English Championship series race (results on BCR website ).

Charlie Stead, Ben Abdelnoor (once NFR) and Steve Birkinshaw arrive back - photo: Pete Tayler

10/03/08 Lakes training runs at the weekend - from Dave Atkinson: Lakes training runs went well. Saturday was wet wild and windy we stuck to a low level passes route from Seathwaite over to Wasdale, Black Sail and Windy Gap ... more

05/03/08 older NFR photos: a few older paper photos from Bill Tomlinson from various years:

Forest Burn (1997, ?, 2002) | Simonside 2002? | a few more added to the Cairns Race 2001

02/03/08 Grey's Pike Fell Race

All Along The Watchtower: Philip Sanderson is in a strong position near the top, but then takes the wrong turning ...
(photo: David Coxon)

01/03/08 Noon Stone Fell Race: John Duff and Gary Jones went to try this race near Todmorden, Lancashire. Read John's report

24/02/08 Loughrigg - Silverhow: Gary Jones had a crack at this little gem:

"8 miles 2800 ft - The race started in Ambleside and made its way up first on track then onto soggy fell side, then a rocky climb to the summit of Loughrigg. It then headed off to Silverhow for a tougher ascent to the summit, before heading back the same way. (It was quite a sight seeing Nick Fish and Nick Sharp in full flight!) For the record I finished in 10th position out of about 60 runners and was pleased to be catching the more experienced Ambleside lads in front on the final descent." - Gary Jones

a few photos Pat took of this race from last year

23/02/08 Dufton High Cup Nick

bit breezy 'ere mate!

20/02/08 Castleton - Danby: another victory for Charlie Stead last Sunday (despite a bit of a tumble) in the latest stage of the Northern Runner Winter Series. NFRs Matt Simms and David Beaumont ran too. Read more on the NYM.AC website or Northern Runners' news page.

17/02/08 Carnethy 5

ready for the off

05/02/08 Alwinton recce last Sunday: Phil Green: What a grand winter day out!
A fantastic run up Clennel Street, to the trudge through the snow up to Bloodybush Edge ... more

27/01/08 Black Hill and Beck: A near spring-like day at Hamsterley brings strong running from category winners: Nick Swinburn (in Morpeth vest), Karen Robertson and Geoff Scott. An excellent run from new member Philip Sanderson, who comes in 3rd. Excellent runs from other NFRs too.

Gerry Hehir rallies the troops

13/01/08 Clay Bank East: Fair conditions if a bit windy for this fast race to North York Moor's highest point and back.


organiser Dave Parry gets the race under way

01/01/08 Hill Forts & Headaches: read Ally MacDonald's account of the race on his running blog with photos

the start (photo: Ally MacDonald)
the start (photo: Ally MacDonald)
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