Kinder Trial. - results.
Charnwood Hills - results.
Broughton Wood Wobble - was cancelled, carparking being a skating rink.
Birkrigg Common - Kendal Winter League - results.
Mickleden Straddle:- was cancelled.
The Spine. Some completely major achievent going on here. Start in Edale and keep going, in atrocious conditions at time, until Kirk Yetholm. Anyone lasting the course deseves total acclaim, and here it's John Vernon, results, who managed to keep going for 5days 22 hours 33minutes. Roughly 50% retirements...Congratulations indeed!
Pre- entries. Time to be watching out. On Sunday, Edale Skyline entries came along, also Three Peaks.
Windy Hill , Rochdale, 14th Feb needs to be in, the next Carshare League counter - (mine is in...)
Tarren Hendre. results. ,The first event in the Carshare League, and hopefully Jim Paxman may tell us all about it?
Indeed he can:-"There is an unexpected early leader in the Carshare league after Saturday's race at Tarren Hendre, as there was the only DPFR runner in the field. Tarren Hendre is across the valley to the south of Cadair Idris in a delectable and quiet corner of Wales. The course had 2,000 feet of climbing in the first three miles to keep you honest but had a little too much fast running on Landrover tracks down through the forest than would be acceptable to some tastes."
But will he still be leading after Windy Hill, 14th Feb?
Am I the only person marking the passing away of Ronnie Ronalde, and his remarkable talents? No doubt the youth of today aren't in the know?
Wolfs Pit:- Sunday, 22nd March. As in previous years, this will incorporate the Nottis Fell Championships. details
Tour de Yorkshire Day 3, Sunday 3rd May, looks a good effort, heading to Roundhay Park, via Skipton, Cow and Calf, and Otley. Favourable rates for carparking available, again...
Anglesey Ultra Long Thing This uses the west coastal path of Anglesey - no official results just yet.
John Hunt, warming up nicely for Flower Scar , "got an entry for the CTS Anglesey Ultra Marathon last minute as someone I knew dropped out. It's 32.7 miles and 3500ft+ of climbing. I was leading or in the leading pack until about 24 miles, then a young fit Ultra runner lad showed us how to run for home, took me apart steadily from there and just cruised away. Nevertheless that's got to count as my January long run even though it was in the daylight (only just). Looks like some negotiations still to be done with the final results, "on the road" 2nd came home and failed his kit check, he was disqualified there and then but the results are still "tbc". So we'll have to see if I'm officially 2nd behind a worthy winner or something else less correct. Kits always a sticking point, no one likes to carry it, but you do, if you don't and you're coming in placed you have to call a spade a spade."
Brass Monkey - well might one wonder what this is, but Simon Dixon found it, a half-marathon in that esteemed fellrunning territory - York. results.
Stanbury Splash. Due to ice, the course changed to the shorter Stoop route. Snow in the air, plenty of lying snow, even more deep slosh to fall in, or lose a shoe. David Lund must relish such stuff, venturing forth.results.
Lambs Longer Leg - results.
Crummock Round - results.
Further distant in time: - Nicky has "rescheduled the Hoppits races as they were clashing with Wolf's Pit. So the NEW DATE is Sunday 15th March. "
For those who've not ventured along for this, get it marked down and highlighted in the Calendar....
This takes off the next weekend, with Tarren Hendre. , mid-Wales. Entry on Day, a map is on the website.
After that comes Windy Hill, Sat 14th February. , Mike Nolan was there last year, " This new race is a real cracker with lots of fast running and a big climb in the middle , 9 miles and 1300ft. Starting near Hollingsworth lake, the route took us over the M62 and onto a circuit around the Pennine Bridleway and the Pennine Way with a bit of hopping and jumping over Blackstone Edge. Austin sprinted in a few minutes back for a decent team performance .Pie and peas for £2 and decent ale at the bar finished off a good day out."
EOD , if available, is dearer, so pre-entry advised, it seems.
Yorkshire Cross Country Championships. results. at Lightwater Valley, Ripon.
The Trigger:- results
Cannock Chase Trig Points:- results. With Rob winning this, again, and Neil winning The Trigger, are the Senior Men getting their act together?
Firbank - Kendal Winter League:- results.
Giant's Tooth - results A while back, New Years Day, near Halifax. . But a most welcome renaissance from Mike Pedley, erstwhile DPFR News editor, our first webmaster, Calderdale Relay host, and no doubt plenty more.
Wednesday - Carshare unleashed his navigational skills on the poor unsuspecting organiser of "Ilkley Streets". 7pm start, and 45 mins to get to as many controls as possible. Maybe an idea for a home territory event? Plenty of people along, I wasn't last...quite. Every control was a post box, just a matter of visiting as many as possible.
Wadsworth Trog entries are open. February 7th. And a deviated course this year, though hardly to be any easier...
Boxing Day Bogtrot:-
Chevin Chase (Otley). results. Alastair just ahead of Johnny, and any brown vests will need to sift through for themselves..
This is Deer Gallows, SD995555 for those with a map. A most scenic cliff, and there's lots of good running all around the nearby moors, never mind climbing...
Did Carshare , at last, triumph? Of course not. Ron Fawcett remembers it well, and that's not really much of a surprise.
- Dave Sykes was nearly there, just about two miles to travel....
Clue 1 :- Try the Yorkshire Gritsone Guidebook...
Clue 2 :- not to be listed as a roadside crag....
Clue 3 :- that lump of rock in the left side of the picture is a big, detached block...
Last Clue - a moorland meander, but often walked up from a reservoir, and that's not Grimwith...
Tour de Helvellyn - results
The Stoop - Haworth. results. That last event up here, basking in warm sunshine, was as suspected a never-to-be repeated occasion. This time we reverted to pattern - cold, wet, windswept and a veritable slosh through slippery everything. Compulsory kit requirements were the free Santa Hats.
With DP News likely to be some time yet, and entries already open for at least one of next year's counters (Y Moelwyn), it's time to reveal the eagerly awaited fixture list for the Carshare League 2015. So here you go, kicking off in Wales on 24th Jan with the possibility of an awayday weekend taking in some fun and games in the Rhinogs on the Sunday as a warm down ...
|Sat 24 Jan||12:00||Tarren Hendre||AS EOD||6m/2000ft||NW Wales|
|Sat 14 Feb||11:30||Windy Hill||BM Online entry now open||9m/1280ft||SW Pennines|
|Sat 14 Mar||12:00||Black Combe||AM EOD||8.1m/3280ft||SW Lakes|
|Sat 28 Mar||tbc||Llantysilio||AS||6.2m/2100ft||NE Wales|
|Sat 18 Apr||14:00 ||Y Moelwyn||AM (Brits) Online PE from 1Dec||10.5m/2800ft||N Wales|
|Sat 2 May||13:00? ||Stuc a’ Chroin||AL||13.7m/4920ft||C Scotland|
|Sat 13 Jun||tbc||Durisdeer, Dumfries||AM (Brits) Online PE from 1Mar||9.1m/4070ft||Lake District|
|Sat 18 Jul||15:00||Ingleborough||AM||6.8m/1970ft||Yorks Dales|
|Sat 15 Aug||11:00||Seven Sevens||AL (Brits)||18.9m/8780ft||N Ireland|
|Sat 29 Aug||14:00||Pendleton||AS||5m/1500ft||SW Pennines|
|Sat 19 Sep||11:00||Three Shires||AL (LCT)||12.4m/4000ft||Lake District|
|Sun 1 Nov||10:30||Gisborough Moors||BL||12.4m/2790ft||N Yorks Moors|
"Oli Johnson was a real menace".
"Oli Johnson showed Stockport just what they were missing as he ripped his former team apart with a goal, two assists and a shot against the post in front of 2,547 supporters on a freezing afternoon."
Looks like our esteemed runner is doubling up as a footballer, lining up for Guiseley United.
He's certainly kept quiet about this...
Read all about it... (if anyone can be bothered, that is..)
North Grain and Back:- a beautiful morning and a testing course, winning time over 2 hours. A very good turnout for this special occasion, results now on DPFR Results.
Oxspring Hunshelf Amble:- results. was a good trip around Trunce territory. The race will be held twice next year, in each direction, and makes for scenic running, and plenty hard enough.
Gravy Pud:- results.
Percy Pud:- results.
Carshare is back from Zurich. Just got the timing wrong, missing being DPFR's first entrant in the Zurich Silvesterlauf through the streets. And very close to getting dressed up for the Parade of Santas....
Dark and White Mini-MM 3 : from Edale. - results.
Kirkbymoor - results.
Peak Raid 3 - Round 3. from Totley.- results.
Stewart Kemp says: "I've entered the Trigger. Now need to sort out logistics. I can drive and offer lifts to Marsden but need someone at Edale willing to take me back to Marsden afterwards (and I expect race will take me about 4hrs 30mins depending on conditions)."
It's a while away yet but anyone who can help with the logistics please talk to Stewart.
With apologies to Carshare for invading his blog, it only seems fair that the whole club (and not just the Facebook cognoscenti) should get to comment on this one.
We are deeply indebted to both Adi Davis and Jim Fulton for providing the tracks that allow us to pose the questions:
1. which track is Ashley's?
2. is this finally the proof we needed that great fell running minds (Jim and Ashley's) think entirely alike?
3. if 2. is conceded, then how can genetics account for the occasionally inspired variations upon variations upon a route which these two magnificent tracks reveal?
No cheating now; only answers backed up with a plausible explanation can be accepted - so don't just refer to the tracks on the website for your answer. A pint for the best set of answers, in the Carshare comments section below (comments on Facebook also welcome, though these will not qualify for beer).
"Three Tops" :-
FRA Presentation Night:- Congratulations to all our medal recipients, and hope that you had a successful, most deserved, evening.
Wrekin Wrecker:- results.
Clowne Half Marathon:- results. Some familiar names lurking within...
Tour of Pendle:- results. Most pleasant to meet up with some of our runners today. Rather benign conditions, no wind, though plenty of mist around. But how I missed the expected abuse from Willy and Lewis, such a shame to return home disappointed. Them two must try harder next year.
But more seriously, just about everyone passing CP9 had words of thanks, and what a nuisance are numbers not immediately readable, Still we have numbers on legs, numbers with a strap across the middle, numbers folded tight. (The bottom part of the FRA Calendar, page 11, makes it all clear, and really does apply.) Just about everyone with a top on easily lifted it to show the number, that isn't any issue.
2015 FRA Relays. Are also at Barley, somewhere no doubt involving Pendle Hill. Everything was crammed enough for The Tour, never mind the Relays. The open field space of Middleton was fine for over 200 teams, and our seven entries. Having seven teams next year seems highly unlikely. But then if Qatar can hold the World Cup, maybe some deposits of Rolex Watches might help our cause?
Guisborough Three Tops.- results. many concerns need to registered over the flagging of the course. We were given grave warnings of this impassable tree somewhere in the woods, which needed a wide diversion. And was there an impassable tree? Not a sign of it. Should this standard of flagging take place at the Championship course next September, runners could be forever lost in't woods.
( No doubt Dan will have the more reliable truth of it all.)
Indeed he does, in Comments. For finding the route, I thought the markings were fine, much more than expected. If, as was suggested, there is an earlier (5th April) running of the race next year - before Championship date (6th September), then having a look at the course will be most helpful.
A good course, fast running at times, linked with slithery drops, steep climbs. Dan was 4th, Joe 11th and 1st V50, Carshare hardly troubled the scorers.
Cop Hill:- results.
Peak Raid 3 - from Edale, results.
These have appeared on the FRA Forum, so by no means confirmed as definite
British Fell Champs
18/04/2015 Y Moelwyn (10.5 miles/2799ft)
13/06/2015 Durisdeer (9.1 miles/4068ft) -
25/07/2015 Lingmell Dash (4.5 miles/2500ft)
15/08/2015 Seven Sevens (18.9 miles/8776ft). To do with this thingy, possibly.
English Fell Champs
07/03/2015 Flower Scar (5.6 miles/1542ft)
09/05/2015 Stretton Six Summits (6.3 miles/3248ft) - not sure on this one, although the entry process and limit suggests a champs race,
30/05/2015 Duddon Valley (18 miles/6004ft)
11/07/2015 Bradda Niarbyl (14.9 miles/5905ft). Isle of Man.
25/07/2015 Lingmell Dash (4.5 miles/2500ft)
06/09/2015 Guisborough 3 Tops (8.1 miles/2149ft)
Here is Steve Matthews Mystery Photo.
Hall of Fame:- - Dave Sykes, Ian Winterburn, Willy.....
"It's a stile post. It was at the stile at Hausewell Brow, adjacent to the old coach road on the approach to Clough Head. Grid NY335235 for the pedantic (of which we have plenty). The stile is on the club BG route and has been there for many years so loads of us have 'shaken hands' with it. The fence has been replaced and the old stile demolished. There's no stile there now so recent BG attempts have had to divert around the new barbed wire fence or attempt to climb it. I saw it lying forlornly on the fellside and couldn't resist bringing it in."
Lakeland Classics 2014:- These now seem to be sorted.
John Hunt (5th and 2nd V40) : Tom Brunt (6th and 3rd V40) : Joe Blackett (7th and 1st V50) : Stephen Pyke (12th) : Richard Guillaume (16th) : Dave Sykes (25th) : Matt Hulley (27th ) : Nicky Spinks (31st, 2nd Lady and 1st LV40) : Richard Hunt (35th) :Judith Jepson (36th , 3rd Lady and 2nd Lv40) : David Lund (38th) : Ashley Kay (53rd): Keith Holmes (54th, 2nd V60) : Adam Clarke (62nd) : Lewis Ashton (90th) : Fiona Fulwood (94th).
!st Team, and a record 17 completions. Congratulations to you all!
All Those Wainwrights Lecture:- Details. Tuesday 14th November 7.30pm - An Evening with Steve Birkinshaw. Only just over to Stockport, £4.00 or £6.00, and a completely outstanding achievement.
FRA Relays - around Middleton Fell, near Sedbergh. Results
Senior Men - 1st :
Men (B) team - 17th, and 1st (B) Team :
MV40 - 3rd (20th overall) :
MV50 - 1st (30th overall) :
Men (C) Team - 65th and likely first (C) team :
Ladies (A) Team - 8th , 92nd overall :
Ladies (B) Team - 14th , 114th overall, likely first Ladies (B) Team.
Many thanks to the race organisers for all their considerable efforts and achievements in putting on the event, the long suffering marshals.
And to all our runners and supporters, most especially to the Team Captains for all the hassle of organising teams.
Rather surprisingly the forecast rain held off until many of the runners were down of the hill, but still enormously wild and windy anywhere up high. The two short legs, 1 and 4, were the expected very hard AS courses. A very long Leg 2, maybe the decisive leg, and apparently not too much of a demanding navigational leg 3, shorter in time than the long Leg 2.
More detailed reports should rightly come from Team runners, and no doubt our illustrious webmaster will put them out with due prominence.
Over to Clayton next year, the delights of Barley and Pendle Hill. Whether we will be allowed 7 teams might well be another matter?
Rocky Mountain Half Marathon - for those who didn't study geography, the Rocky Mountains are somewhere in Canada.
"For 19 years, CAUSE Canada’s Rocky Mountain Half Marathon has raised funds for impoverished populations in Sierra Leone and Guatemala, focusing on public health and poverty reduction.But this year, with the African country in the grips of a deadly Ebola virus outbreak, the run will fund a public education campaign aimed to reach 500,000 Sierra Leone citizens in an attempt to halt the spread of the disease. More than 1,800 participants took part in the run on Sunday (Sept. 7), raising about $90,000 for Ebola aid."
"As for the run, Robert Little of Great Britain was the winner of the half marathon, finishing the route in 1:14:14."
The Screes. - Carshare League - final event. Steve Matthews has kindly sent the results, going out on DPFR Results. And no doubt our esteemed Carshare League Organiser will be declaring the League Results and Trophy winners. Likely that all suggestions for next year's events would be most welcome. Really we await dates and full details of Championship races - any confirmed help would be most welcome.
The final League Positions have been calculated, the glistening Trophies ready to be presented. 7 people have completed the required 5 races, David Lund (1st) and Keith managed 8 races. Dave Sykes is 2nd and Matt Hulley 3rd.
Wirksworth Undulator:- results.
FRA Relay Information:-
"We have had feedback from the Ian Hodgson Relay to say that some teams had a considerable gap between their pairs of runners. The rule stating that pairs of runners on legs 2 and 3 must stay together and be in comforable communication with each other will be strictly enforced by marshals on all manned checkpoints - both must reach controls together."
"Despite a polite notice about only accessing Barbon and Middleton Fell via access points and established footpaths there have been several incidents of runners off path trespassing and with dogs not on leads. This has upset local tenant farmers and they have threatened cancelling the event. In light of these issues we have agreed with the Roger and Pauline Bainbridge that anyone recceing the courses may park in the event parking field at grid ref 632858 and access the courses from there."
Langdale - results. reports have it as a tad slippy, but that hasn't prevented a double first for Rhys and Judith, and that becomes a treble if you add on the Ladies Team, Nicky being second home.
Withins Skyline:- results. Mr Woodhead is losing his reputation as that dour Yorkshireman. For once we all seemed to line up in some correct place, and no traditional shouts of "Get Back!". Instead of his usual cold, misty, wuthering clag, the sun was shining, almost hot, and easy to sit around the finish afterwards. David Lund must have anticipated the conditions, joining in with the Penistone Hill sunshine.
All gearing up for next weekend, the culmination of this year's campaign. That naturally refers to The Screes, the final event of Carshare League 2014. Others may be interested in the FRA Relays, on Middleton Fell, just below Sedbergh.
Ian Hodgson Relay:- results . Splits.
Senior Men - 3rd : Borrowdale 1st, Calder Valley - 2nd.
MV40 - 1st - and well clear.
Ladies - 2nd, behind Ambleside.
Plenty of damp around , with plenty of clag, which would have enabled strong competition for the I H Pertex award, from notable teams, had it been available. Thankfully that didn't apply to our teams, safely round. Nicky and Pippa were fastest leg runners on Leg 4.
Mention was made by the organisers of runners not staying in pairs, a ten minute difference in one instance. It is a pairs race...
And no need at all for the MVets to infiltrate the Senior Men's Team...