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27/01/08 Black Hill and Beck - from Will Horsley

runners near the front - photo: Will Horsley
Excellent runs from Geoff Scott and Scott Gibson (photo: Will Horsley)

A superb turn out of 52 runners for this race, run in perfect conditions this morning. Just a couple of years ago fell races in County Durham were only attracting a dozen or so runners and in 2006 there were almost none in the calendar, so well done to Gerry Hehir of DFR who has got these races established - please continue to support them.

I was not at the finish, so these results could be wrong, but here goes: Nick Swinburn won (wearing a Morpeth vest!) but was chased hard by local lad Joe Charles (watch out for this fella, he isn't even in a running club yet). [new member Philip Sanderson has a great run to come in 3rd - ed] Geoff Scott continued his run of form coming in 5th against some quality competition and Scott Gibson hung on for 10th. Karen Robertson was first lady and probably in the top 15 overall. Katherine Davis was second lady.

Also present from NFR were Rob Stephens, Chris Little, and Dave Beaumont, and Elvet Striders were represented by Sean and Tom who were sneaking in some cross country training.

Photos of almost all runners (I missed the first two as they came through my check point at about the same time I got there, and KR is obscured by other runners). Photos are in race-position order at about the half-way point.

Will Horsley

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