> 2011 News
30/12/11 a few thoughts for the New Year from Glen McWilliams here

30/12/11 Guisborough Woods: Phil Green reports

28/12/11 Fell Running ... It's Good for Your Soul: Gary Jones reflects on the joys of fell running here

28/12/11 Wansfell Fell Race: here's Colin Blackburn's report on the Elvet Striders' site

26/12/11 Boxing Day Burn-Off (Forest Burn Fell Race): " a cracking race with a quality field of runners".

20/12/11 The North Face CCC: back in August, Paul Appleby put himself to the test on this epic ultra run - here's his report (pdf)

20/12/11 NEHRA / NECAA Championships 2011: here are the final scores (truncated version) for this year from Keith and Will. Well done all category winners!

19/12/11 Tour de Helvellyn: here's Geoff Davis' account of Joe Faulkner's tough winter challenge.

18/12/11 NFR Championship - final scores here. "Well done to everyone who took part in the club championship this year, we hope you enjoyed our race selection. Please can all those in possession of club trophies give them to Will at the boxing day Forest Burn Fell Race or Hillforts & Headaches on New Year's Day. Many thanks, from Will & Scott"

18/12/11 Wooler Festive Fun Run: here's a report and results from Claire Bagness, and there are a few photos on Karl Wait's site here

on Am Faochagach looking
towards Beinn Dearg
- John

15/12/11 Congratulations to John Duff for winning the LAMM ... photo competition that is! Here's the LAMM website, and here again is John's report..

11/12/11 Simonside Cairns Fell Race: another successful race despite the last minute route change.

05/12/11 Eskdale Eureka: report from Phil Green. Photos by Clive Thornton, Esk Valley Fell Club

05/12/11 Hexhamshire Hobble:

  • results and some great photos on Allen Valley Striders' website
  • report from John Butters

27/11/11 Chillingham Castle 10k: a few NFRs took to the road at Chillingham Castle. NFR's Chris Winter just being pipped to the finish by Bruce Crombie. Results from Glen McWilliams

21/11/11 Clay Bank West: report from Phil Green. Photos by Dave Aspin

20/11/11 Tour of Pendle: Old Cheviot reports

13/11/11 Copeland Chase: "Coped and Chastised, again" - a report from Will

07/11/11 Clywdian Hills Fell Race: report from Will

at the finish
- John
31/10/11 NFR at the OMM: report with photos from John.
(04/11/11 update) Other NFRs were James Taylor who won the 'A Class' with his partner Peter Hodkinson (Erewash valley); Ben Rowley and Andrew Higgins.

19/10/11 Levisham Saltergate: a new version of the Saltergate Gallows race from Dave Parry. Here's Phil Green's report

has someone lost a shoe?
- John

15/10/11 UKA British Fell & Hill Relay Championships: a great day out at Kettlewell!

12/10/11 Alwinton Show Fell Race: thanks to the organisers for sending the results.

10/10/11 Langdale Horseshoe: and five more NFRs in the clag in the Lakes - a short report from Dave Johnson

10/10/11 Pentland Skyline: and four more NFRs at Pentland, with John Telfer completing the Man(or) Mouse double race weekend. Here's John's report

09/10/11 Manor Water Hill Race: a misty run for four NFRs - report from John

at the finish
- J. Duff

02/10/11 Ian Hodgson Relay: John writes: "NFR finished 31st out of 68 teams at the Ian Hodgson Relay. It was a solid team performance, enjoyed by all, and capped by an excellent run by Will & Tom on the anchor leg. Borrowdale won by a country mile, with Keswick winning the Ladies Race."

29/09/11 Isaac's Tea Trail: Will Horsley runs this 37 mile route near Allendale,

25/09/11 Viking Chase: Jill writes: "Robyn and Rowan were in action again, trying their hand at an English Junior Championship counter race. In the seniors, Lee was 1st NFR home in 5th position in a quality field.Second for NFR was Mike Heggarty, followed by Karen who was 2nd woman. Next in was Chris Sanderson, Bernard, Steph, Andrew and Marie-Helene. Low cloud and damp, cool conditions prevailed making some of the descents on the stone flagged paths extremely treacherous."

- Lee Bennett

25/09/11 Border Reiver Fell Race:

25/09/11 Whitfield Show Race: report (with results) from Andrew Russell

25/09/11 a few more Ben Nevis photos courtesy of Dave Johnson's friend Mike Scott

18/09/11 Simonside Fell Race: Once again Phil Sanderson leads the runners home, with first lady Ali Raw (Bingley) putting the girls through their paces.

Billy & John head up
- J. Tollitt

05/09/11 Ben Nevis Race: John Tollitt writes: "An impressive turnout from NFR at the Ben Nevis Race on Saturday in less than perfect conditions with cloud shrouding the top half of the Ben and heavy rain showers making things both difficult and interesting. Finlay Wild of Lochaber won the men's race and Angela Mudge of Carnethy was the first lady home. I astonished myself by finishing in 2 hours 11 minutes and was followed by Billy Fraser, David Armstrong, Geoff Davis, Chris Rowe, Phil Green, James Charlton, David Johnson, Andrew Callcott and Susan Davis."

30/08/11 Lakeland 100 / 50: admirable performances from club members last month - Joe Faulkner and Chris Little amongst those who completed the 100+ miler, with a few others successfully completing the 50 miler too. Commiserations to those who had to pull out.

Richard, Paul & Steph
- John

28/08/11 Dufton Show Fell Race: ... and quite a few at the Championship race at Dufton too.

Team Bennett
- Jill

27/08/11 Bellingham Show: Quite a few NFRs turned out at Bellingham. Hugh Aggleton (RAF) wins, with Lee not too far behind. Louise takes the honours for first lady.

  • results (seniors) from organiser Michael Shields
  • photos from Jill Bennett

21/08/11 Sedbergh Hills: great runs from Gary and Phil S at this British and English Championship race - report from Gary Jones

21/08/11 a thank you from Bill Burlton here

- Rob

20/08/11 Falstone Falcon Fell Race: Tynedale's Phil Vincent disappeared off into the lead, leaving next in Lee Bennett minutes behind. A much closer race between Sue and Steph in the ladies though, with Sue just ahead at the finish.

a few who came along
- Keith Cooper

19/08/11 Ruth's Run: it was a good get-together and run around Beacon Hill last night as a big turn-out of friends remembered Ruth.

15/08/11 'Will & Gaz's Cheviot 2000'ers round' - report from Will

08/08/11 Borrowdale Fell Race: a few NFRs at this classic Lakes race - report from Phil Green

Claire is first lady
- Pat

07/08/11 Powburn Show Hill Race: rain held off enough for a good race. Young Jonnie Nesbit (Morpeth) gave Phil Sanderson a run for his money and won, whilst Claire Bagness (Wooler) stayed ahead of Steph to win the ladies.

18/07/11 Ruth Fletcher: it is my sad duty to pass on the shocking and tragic news that Ruth drowned in a diving accident off the Farne Islands at the weekend.

a tribute from Dexter
BBC News | The Journal | condolences (The Chronicle)
NFR memories and condolences | a reminder of Ruth's NFR

Beacon Hill on Thursday

Cheviot Summit 2011

Brough Law 2010

21/07/11 Saltwell Harriers Fell Race: results on FRA website

- Pat

Gary, Luke
- S. Matthews

bottleneck start
- Rob

15/07/11 Beacon Hill Fell Race: an excellent turnout, Luke Buswell (Gosforth Harriers) wins seconds ahead of Gary Jones, with Karen first lady.

  • results from Paul & Wendy
  • loads of photos from Steve Matthews
  • photos from Pat | Rob (+ video)

14/07/11 Wasdale: report from Scott Gibson

11/07/11 Durham Hewitts Round success: "Will Horsley completed the Durham Hewitts Round of 11 summits in Weardale and Teesdale on Sunday 10th July, solo and unsupported, covering the approx 47 miles in 10h 39m and lowering the previous record by 3.5 hours. This represented the culmination of over three month's work in training for the distance and recce'ing of the route. Off back to bed now!" - Will

07/07/11 Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon: a report from Frank Shillitoe

thumbs up!
- Rob

02/07/11 Chevy Chase: A big thank you to the Chevy Chase Team for another superb day out. Eryri runners Matthew Roberts and Iain Ridgway take 1st and 2nd. Gary Jones 3rd, Phil Sanderson 1st V40, Peter Reed 1st V60, Ruth Fletcher 1st LV60. DFR's Sarah Lister is first lady. Dedicated Chevy marshals Bernard and Ged Kivlehan are awarded the 'Spirit of the Chevy' trophy.

27/06/11 Windy Gyle Fell Race:

Loch a Choire Mhoir
- John
13/06/11 LAMM: John Duff reports on his and Paul's weekend near Ullapool

13/06/11 Skiddaw Uphill Only Race: Dexter gate-crashes a UKA Mountain Running selection race - here's his report (with results) + a footnote from Geoff

08/06/11 Duddon: Scott Gibson reports

06/06/11 Yetholm Hill Race: a big field of runners this year. NFR ladies win the ladies team prize.

05/06/11 Alwinton Fell Race: Matt Whitfield (Bingley) repeats last year's victory, and Sue Mitchell is first lady.

the start
- Mike

31/05/11 Helvellyn and The Dodds: from Steph: "NFR did brilliantly in the Lakes again. Victories for both men and women's teams. Phil S (3rd) Karen (2nd) and Steph (3rd) up at the sharp end. Dexter was 1st V50. Karen and Steph 1st and 2nd V40, Sue Davis 2nd V50. NFR men had loads of teams with loads of good results and a constant trickle of purple vests throughout the field. A good day with lots of cake to finish off with in the cricket club!"

30/05/11 Jura Fell Race: David Johnson reports on this classic race

23/05/11 Haltwhistle Challenge: A few NFRs taking part with Will Horsley first home.

22/05/11 Old County Tops: "6 NFRs completed this gruelling epic over Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and the Old Man of Coniston in ever deteriorating conditions in sharp contrast to last year's heatwave." - John Telfer

  • report from John Telfer
  • John Duff's blog report here.

15/05/11 Fairfield Horseshoe: more NFRs over in the Lakes. John Tollitt reports

going down
- Rob

the top
- Karl

going up
- Pat

08/05/11 Cheviot Summit Fell Race: a new course record from Phil Sanderson

03/05/11 Coniston Fell Race: another run out in the Lake District for a few NFRs. Dave Johnson reports

02/05/11 Highland Fling: well done to the ultra runners - report from Mike Telfer

27/04/11 Carlton Challenge: Will takes first place at this evening race.

photo: L Johnson

25/04/11 Anniversary Waltz:


some of the group
photo: John

17/04/11 Coledale Horseshoe: another good turnout of NFRs at Coledale on Saturday.

off to a hard pace
photo: D. Aspin / D. Gowans

11/04/11 Gisborough Moors: NFR take first 4 places.

"A massive turn out at this perennial favourite in very hot April weather, with NFR fielding a huge and talented pack. Charlie, Gaz, both men Sanderson, Gareth, Stevie, Dexter, John T x2, Chris, new John, New Phil, Geoff, Old Phil (me), DJ, Trev, Dave B, and Ray. The ladies did well with Steph leading them in, Sue, Susan, Jill and Ruth all ran well. A great day out with 2600 ft of climbing and 12.7 miles run.
A splendid run out and win for NFR men!" - Phil Green

09/04/11 Allendale Challenge: warm conditions for the 3rd race in the NFR Championships.

01/04/11 Waskerley Head Torch Run: the last of the head torch runs in the 2010-11 season. Here's a report from Will.

28/03/11 Four Lakeland Passes: Lots of NFRs enjoyed this LDWA event last weekend. Here's Phil Green's report

front of the field
photo: Dave Gowans

27/03/11 Blakey Blitz: Gary Jones puts in a strong performance, and quite a few other NFRs there too. Results and report on the Esk Valley site.

20/03/11 Brough Law Fell Race: Phil Sanderson sets a new course record. Karen Robertson is first lady back, and there are plenty of other excellent performances.

Graham warms down
after yesterday's Four
Lakeland Passes
photo: J Duff

spring in the step
for Dexter
photo: L Johnson

good grassy
photo: R Stephens

trying to catch up
with Phil Sanderson
photo: A MacDonald

steep start
photo: S Taylor

14/03/11 Glaisdale Rigg: a new race in the North York Moors - Phil Green reports. Results and organiser's report on Esk Valley Fell Club site. Dave Aspin's photos here (note: the photo host fotopic which Dave has used up to now seems to have closed down).

clartin' aboot
photo: Dave Aspin

28/02/11 Commondale Clart: A good turn out for the first race in the NFR and NECAA / NEHRA Championship series. Lee Bennett is first NFR home followed shortly by Charles Stead.

photo: John
25/02/11 Avalanche Peak Race, New Zealand: John Duff's report on this exhilarating race ends on a sombre and reflective note.

Grey Mares Knowe
- Rob

icy fingers at Peel Fell
- Rob

21/02/11 Kielder Borderer "Britain's Worst Fell Race": Well done to all the tough guys/gals who got round. David White (Helm Hill) is first back, and Louise Wilkinson is first lady.

15/02/11 Wadsworth Trog: John Telfer reports on his annual pilgrimage

getting ready
- John Tollitt

30/01/11 Pennine Bridleway Relay: "Well done to our first ever Pennine Bridleway Relay team who finished 60th out of 100+ teams. Top performers were Steph Scott and Katherine Davis, who came 44th on their leg and picked up five places - all the more impressive given that they were on a short leg and leg 4 out of 5 when it gets more difficult to gain places.

Well done everyone!" - Will

  • results on Pennine Bridleway website
  • report and photos from John Tollitt

28/01/11 Stanhope Head Torch Run: report from Will

Knox Knowe
- John

23/01/11 Kielder Borderer Recce: John Tollitt writes: "9 of us (and 2 dogs) went out and returned safely after 5 1/2 hours of trudge over tussock, bog and felled woodland. Marvellous!"

17/01/11 Bumbags! a few words in your ear from John Duff.

Alasdair Anthony (Ochil)
strides over Dove Crag
- Will

16/01/11 Simonside Cairns Fell Race: a grand turnout considering this is the season for hibernating!

13/01/11 Winter Old Crown Round: Will reports on this annual run hosted by Joe.

10/01/11 Angus Tait Memorial Hexhamshire Hobble: results on Allen Valley Striders' website

03/01/11 NFR Championships 2010: from Will - here are the final results following Hillforts & Headaches.

Peter & Paul well wrapped
- John D

colours back in the fells
- Rob

01/01/11 Hillforts and Headaches: "A record turnout of 76 runners ... Philip Sanderson won for the second consecutive time, just outside the course record, followed by Lee Bennett and Ben Rowley.
First Lady finished was NFR's Karen Robertson followed closely by Sue Mitchell." - Paul

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