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From the Photos page

posted by DaveT on 20th Jul 2013

Senior Men:-  Lloyd - 1st : Stuart - 9th : Rhys - 10th..
MV40:- Lloyd - 1st : John Hunt - 10th.
MV45:-  John Hunt - 3rd : Stephen Pyke - 4th=
MV55 - Keith - 8th
MV65:- DT - 5th:-
MU23:- Johnny Malley - 7th : Tom Saville - 9th=.

Senior Ladies:- Judith - 2nd.
LV40:- Judith - 1st : Helen and Nicky - 8th=
LV45:- Judith - 1st : Nicky - 6th : Pippa - 7th.

Senior Men's Team:-  1st  (1st at Wasdale)
MV40:- 2nd (2nd at Wasdale)
MV50:- 4th (3rd at Wasdale)

Senior Ladies:- 4th.
LV40 :-2nd.

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posted by DaveT on 8th Jul 2013

Wasdale -  Results.
This was extremely hot, no respite from the burning sun. Many retirements. Congratulations to all those who got round. Not seen the results yet, but Judith was an extremely strong 3rd. The Senior Men packed well and were  1st Team, with five to count. (Oli, Rhys, John Hunt, Lloyd and Joe). That's three wins, still more needed. Vets are 2nd, after Borrowdale of course, and 3rd for the V50's, led home by an ever-youthful Keith. I baled out at Black Sail, disappointed but most definitely the right thing to do, knowing what is ahead.

V50 Team at Turner Landscape - a blatant call to arms! We raised our game at Wasdale with a 3rd place, and 3 races to go. Edale on home ground needs to be a banker (hoping that Borrowdale are settled by then?) , Blisco entries are closed. So that leaves Turner Landscape. An excellent course, from just above the Duddon venue. Up to Seathwaite Tarn, Grey Friar, Swirl How, Old Man, Dow, White Pike.

The Druid. Carshare's Welsh correspondent wonders whether our man tried hard enough at Wasdale, as this report   mentions that "The experienced John Hunt (Dark Peak) proved too strong for the opposition in the Druids fell-race."

Moel y Gamelin - near Llangollen (from ages since) . Lloyd home first, and John Hunt close after.Results.

FRA Relays. Entry List.   We have the five teams entered, Two Senior Men, Two Ladies, V40 Men, V50 Men. Likely runners won't do any harm by having a word with Team Captains, and the regular mention that it doesn't help anyone by last-minuting whether you're fit and able. Sadly for Carshare, I fall into the category of unfit and unable...

Alva Games - BOFRA. results. A long way for Mike to be travelling....
Thurlstone:- results.
Charleswoth Carnival:-
Whirlow Farm events
- on both days...All the results. "Mike Sprot won the 30 mile Intro Ultra Tour of the Peak District in Saturday's heat. Female winner was Totley's Pat Goodall."
Broomhead:- results.
Holme Moss:-
Peak Forest:- results.
Trunce 6 - results.
 Sheldon:- results.

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posted by WillyK on 13th Jul 2013

Following #6 at Yetholm six weeks ago, the ageless Mr Rimmer has snuck into top slot in the league, with Carshare lurking in third place.  Young Mr Holmes (Keith) has been at repeated pains, ever since, to point out that he won the team prize on the day, hosting Messrs Morgan and Little (and possibly a.n. other?) in his one-stroke vehicle.  Final confirmation of the full detail would be appreciated.

Next up on Sunday 21st July is #7 Coniston Country Fair, 6 miles and 2400ft, plus all manner of other distractions to keep all the family entertained. Full details and checkpoints here.

Good luck, one and all.  Sadly I'll be missing this one (and probably #8 too), on this occasion due to the venerable Paxman and disreputable Holmes's joint Ramsey shindig in Bonnie Scotland.

A reminder also that #8, the Burnsall Classic, will be going ahead as originally trailed on Saturday 24th August; notwithstanding an unfortunate clash with Thornbridge.  As DT would no doubt attest, it's just too good a race to ditch.

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posted by DaveT on 1st Jul 2013

FRA Relays - Llanberis, Sunday 20th October. Details.
Entry List.  is showing Senior Men, MV40 and MV50, but only Senior Ladies.....
There's maybe from us Senior Men's "A" and "B" team, 2 Ladies Teams, V40 Men, V50 Men, but as I'm not right involved, this will need confirmation. The Relays have been held here before, and they do a very good job of it all. Maps show three Legs going around Moel Eilio and etc. Never mind if, like me, you'll not be in a team, all encouragement will be great, and it's so easy for anyone to have that good day out in the hills.
   When I know about what's been entered , etc, I'll put it out.....
Ian Hodgson Relays - Sunday 6th October. Teams will be the same as last year - entries are understandably limited. Senior Men, Senior Ladies, V40 Men.

Wharfedale TTT:-  Sadly a very small field, for a high-class event. At least that means no blind following, and having to get that pointy thing out. Very hot, maybe an aperatif for next Saturday?
Kirkby Gala - results.
Saunders LMM
-  Corney Fell. results. (but far, far too complicated for me to interpret...)

Summer Series (7) - from Woodhead Tunnel
Black Rocks.

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posted by DaveT on 24th Jun 2013

Mont Blanc Marathon - "Oli finished 10th in his first ever marathon yesterday. Here is a report on his training log"


Buttermere Horseshoe. - results.
Chrome Hill:-
Whaley Waltz:- results
Langley Fete:-
Arnison Crag
Hawkswick Fingers - (Wharfedale) - was a major AS event, incorporating the Junior FRA Championship races. The Seniors set of with loads of young Over 16 whippersnappers, who shot out of the field and then disappeared from view, including Tom Saville, finishing a very high 7th? Simon Reed visited with his daughters, and being brought up on the Nottingham plains found it a bit different. The race started in the valley, went high up one side, back down and then high up the other side. Of flat seemed there nil. results.
Bakewell Pudding Race:-

Monday - Summer Series (6) - Wicken Whizz:-

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posted by DaveT on 17th Jun 2013

Lost phone:- Neil Northrop sends:- "On Monday 17th somewhere between leaving Birchens Clough, going to the Ladybower Inn and getting back to Sheffield I lost my mobile phone. Any news greatly received by email"

BG Weekend.

Kinder Trog:- results.
Windy Gyle:-
up in the Cheviots. Dark Peak whooshed out from the start, never to be overtaken. Has Carshare been rejuvenated, you may well wonder? Not at all, but Johnny Malley did the honours. A very good course indeed, but a lot of a long trek up this remote valley if trying to do it on the day. But if you can fiddle a stay around Newcastle, highly recommended. Strong grassy running, nip over to a CP in Scotland at the top, and a flying final run-in. results. and photos.

Trunce 5. - results.
Riber Run.- results.
Hope - results.
"The weather was surprisingly warm considering the amount of wind and rain for Tideswell on Friday night. There was a motley selection sporting the hoops of gold and purple and a fair few others incognito. Any hopes that were harboured about the usual good league points for this race were dashed at registration; when Lloyd Taggart signed in. Lloyd and Jackie Lee took the male and female honours. Richard Hunt took the first local prize." results.

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posted by DaveT on 10th Jun 2013

Carshare is off to The Cheviots on Saturday, back Sunday.

Can you please help? Pete Hodges asks:- "Is anyone definitely going to Peak Forest fell race (Sunday 14th July) and/or the Bamford Carnival race (Wednesday 17th July)? I’m away on holiday that week and need a willing club mate to take the trophies back for me. I can either drop them off to a Sheffield address or see you at the Sportsman Wednesday 3rd July. Any help would be much appreciated. email ."

Many congratulations to everyone involved in the most impressive Billy Bland Challenge record!

Lakeland Classics Positions - after two races, but a long, long way to go just yet...
Hawkswick Dash - BOFRA - results.

Buckden Pike.
Ladies Results. Looks to me like 2nd Senior Team, after Ambleside, and 1st LV40 Team.
Men's Results.  And also 1st Senior Men : V40, likely 2nd behind Borrowdale, and V50's - likely 3rd, behind Borrowdale and Ellenborough.

A very good, well organised race. The weather was dry and clear, much better than down the valley at Otley where the Carnival was ruined by a downpour. Some will remember that when it was last Championship, there was "confusion" about staying on the flags around the lead mine. All this had been effectively sorted out, and also marshals at the two top turns to avoid cutting the corner. Some mad hurtle down that last slippy steep hillside indeed.
Photos -  once again Dave and Eileen Woodhead providing some excellent service to the rank and file of fellrunning,
    Judith was 3rd overall, and leading Vet, Helen 3rd LV40. Lloyd was 4th,  2nd V40, but also many brown vests and new faces. Big thanks to all for representing.
First Lady was Victoria Wilkinson, and Simon Bailey for the Men.
   The Yorksire Team Championships seems to be a notable double!
Next is Wasdale. Are we hoping for 110% clag down? And don't forget to put the Turner Landscape entry in the post....

Cwm Pennant Horseshoe - 17miles, 5500ft - a right classic in the making??? ....results.
Great Lakes Run - results.
Sutton Pinnacles
- is a good event, just past Keighley. Some tired legs around, especially those who had run Cononley after Buckden, and then Hawkswick before this. Not hard, plenty of scenic running.
Summer Series (5). Birchin Surprise.
Calton - results.
Crookstone Crashout.
Blackamoor - results.
Beamsley Beacon - is a popular BOFRA race just past Ilkley, though longer and more runnable than a usual BOFRA affair. Nettle Alley had thankfully been mostly cleared. The pub emptied in some mad crush afterwards when "free chocolate cake outside" was announced.

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posted by DaveT on 18th Jun 2013

Senior Men:-  Lloyd - 4= : Stuart - 4=.
MV40:- Lloyd - 2nd : Tom - 8th.
MV45:- Stephen Pyke - 5th : John Hunt - 9th.
MV60:- DT - 6th=.
MV65:- DT - 3rd.:-
MU23:- Johnny Malley - 7th : Tom Saville - 9th=.

Senior Ladies:- Judith - 3rd.
LV40:- Judith - 1st : Helen and Nicky - 4th= : Pippa - 8th.
LV45:- Judith - 1st : Nicky - 4th : Pippa - 5th.

Senior Men's Team:-  1st  (1st at Buckden)
MV40:- 2nd (2nd at Buckden)
MV50:- 6th ( 5th at Buckden)

Senior Ladies:- 2nd ( 2nd at Buckden)
LV40 :-1st ( 1st at Buckden)

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posted by DaveT on 11th Jun 2013

Senior Men: Lloyd - 4th.
MV40:- Lloyd - 2nd.
MV50:- Keith - 9th=.
MV60:- DT - 2nd (milk it whilst it looks good, I regret to say...)

Senior Ladies:- Judith - 2nd=.
LV40:- Judith - 1st.

Senior Men:- 4th, (  4th at Yetholm)
MV40:- 3rd (  3rd at Yetholm)
MV50:-  3rd(  4th at Yetholm)
Ladies Teams - yet to score.

Full listings.

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posted by DaveT on 4th Jun 2013

Ennerdale - results. the second of the Lakeland Classics...and another Team(s) 1st. Plenty to read in Willy's Comment.
Bosley Fete - results.
Edale Country Fair:-
BOFRA Kettlewell - results. Ambleside Ladies were gearing up for next week's race, with also a look around Buckden. Clearly getting their act together. Hazel was 1st Lady, visiting Mike was 1st MV40. You don't hang around on these BOFRA races. This was a shortened version of Leg 1 of the Relays : a dash on the road over the bridge, hammer up the hill, and hammer even harder back down again. A worried Carshare fears that Health and Safety has, of all things, come to the notice of BOFRA organisers, as the usual river crossing wasn't included at the finish. Wotever next?
Summer Series (4) - from Winscar Res.
Cautley Horseshoe:-  results

Red Kite Weekend:- this was ages back, sometime in may, over in Mid-Wales. There are two attractive looking races, definitely attractive enough to lure Dicky into those faraway lands...results.

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posted by DaveT on 28th May 2013

Kings Tree Bus. The timetable is always worth keeping in mind, as are the many other Sunday bus/train linear routes

Yetholm - British Championship and Carshare League. Results.
A most worthy course, worth looking out for if you can also fiddle a few days holiday around the Borders. Dry, warm, plenty of grassy hills and enough to get stuck into hard. A lot low in numbers, but hopefully that means we go full teams out at Buckden in a fortnight. A look at the Carshare League Table, (within Results - Leagues) somehow shows that Willy still leads, possibly as he does the calculations? from Greg, hot in pursuit....
Notably, Judith was 3rd, and 1st LV40, Lloyd - 9th and 3rd MV40, and hopefully us MV50 team have accumulated some better points.
 (It grieves me to say so, but Pennine are likely to have stuffed us...)
Next Carshare League is Coniston Country Fair, Sunday 21st July....

Borrowdale Entries     are now available.

Blisco Dash - English and British. Now has a limit of 500. Entry List. Best get sorted out fast if you're intending going...

Duddon Long:-  "The old boys kicked off the Lakeland classics with 1st Team, 1st Vets Team. Normally I’d celebrate Tom being 2nd except he needs a good talking to he was in the lead coming off Caw ! Come Tom, anyone can be 2nd " (not my words, Tom!!)
  "Joe had recci’d his line the night before and wasn’t going off on a wander away from the flagged route, he knew what he was doing and took 6th -  clearly Joe is back in full enigmatic glory."
Results - just have a fiddle with those things at the bottom of the Excel sheet....
Duddon Short:- results (with some fiddling...)
Pen-y-Ghent:- results.
Wharfedale Off-road marathon:- results.
Peat Pits Wood (3):- results

Artistic Running. This gives details of " an exhibition of paintings by Steffie Richards on the subject of what it feels like to run long distances. 1st June to 31 Aug."

Trunce 4:- results.
DPFR Alport:-
Boar's Head:-
Calver:- results.
Otley Chevin
:- The usual lung buster up the Chevin, get up as best you can, along the top, and go for broke coming back down again....
Denis Stitt:-
Tansley:- results.

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posted by DaveT on 20th May 2013

Farming Today:- Carshare's DEFRA correspondent was listening to this, all about Herdwick sheep on Gavin Bland's farm, most definitely worth trying to catch up with, and most likely the rest of the week also.

Jura:-  Steve Matthews has kindly sent these provisional results.

Helvellyn. A real classic course. results. The venue moved from Bram Crag Farm as the farmer turned the barn into accommodation. The new route has a much longer climb up Clough Head, and actually visits Great Dodd, both out and back. I'm pleased to report that the totally excellent cakes and sandwiches are as good as ever - the best refreshments going? (or is it Hayfield?) . Tightly organised with compulsory kit-check, which seems to be the basic need under safety reviewing. Hot at times, though a bit cold on Helvellyn top. Carl Bell looked to be running with ease as he hurried past on his return leg, and won by a country distance. Joe seems to have a liking for these long thigs, or maybe he just likes being in the prizes.

Saddleworth:- results. , won by some visiting raider from Keswick....
Hutton Roof -  results.
Bamford Sheepdog trials:- results.

Tuesday - Hallam Chase:-
Wednesday - Kettleshulme:-

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posted by DaveT on 12th May 2013

Guardian Photos:- "The Guardian seem to be having something of a fleeting romance with running at the moment, what with the running blog and now this set of photos of mountain running: "

Old Counties Tops:- Results are on DPFR results, with splits, etc. Lewis helps out with:- "The Old Counties Tops was a tough one. The weather was foul from the outset (although I believe it brightened late on). I succumbed to a cold I'd nearly noticed earlier in the week :  by 20km in, at the top of the Wythburn valley / bog, it was clear I had nothing to give. We'd lost 1/2 hour in the previous couple of miles. So we took an hour trotting back down in a round about way via the start of the Langdale route. It was disappointing, but when the tank is empty, there is nothing to be done. I'm currently taking stock of my distance plans for the rest of the year and thinking about less long racing and a bit more just getting out."

Tony Heron "t
eamed up with Jon Ascroft for this. Obviously, lots of rain on the day - Wythburn was especially miserable - but running conditions weren't all that bad and even brightened up enough in the last 90 minutes to shed our soaking waterproofs. The race started gently enough as we settled into the front bunch of half a dozen teams behind eventual race winners Ben Abdlenoor and Paul Tierney. We made it up to third by the first road crossing after picking good racing lines up and down Helvellyn - a position we held onto all the way to Cockley Beck when we gave way to a couple of energetic youngsters after stopping for egg sandwiches and a cup of tea. After suffering a bit on the brutal climb up Grey Friar, we found the energy to run strongly for the last hour or so to claim fourth spot and the V40 trophy in a time of 7.51 hrs - about 90 seconds behind third or the time it takes to eat an egg sandwich and drink a cup of tea. Great to catch up with Paul Fauset and Roy Gibson in the ODG on Saturday night, who sounded like they enjoyed their day in the rain along with the usual Dark Peak suspects scattered up and down the field."

Race the Sun :- results. Whilst reading the Isle of Man News, as Carshare regularly does, of course, I noticed this report. Worth a read to have a look at how good we're supposed to be. (And we could have been at if...)

And our roving reporter  has:- " A crack team of Dark Peakers (and a Mercia ringer), racing snakes to a man, were invited over to the Isle of Man for the Race The Sun event. To summarise, its a 10-leg relay around the coastal footpath, starting whenever after the sun comes up you like but you must finish before the sun sets. The team consisted of Andy Davies (Mercia), Tom Beasant, Tom Edwards, Rob Little, Pete Hodges, Neil Northrop, Lloyd Taggart and Rhys FR. With Andy doing two legs (well he IS Mercia), and a mini relay for leg 6 (a relay within a relay - the logstics were fun on a point-to-point race), the lads absolutely smashed the standing record by 2 and a half hours and were clear of the other teams, which was a relief after being bigged up somewhat in the local press! To add to this, records were set on 8 of the 10 legs, with only Lloyd having to cope with 5m visibility to miss his own record, and Rhys putting in his entry for this year's Pertex award by doubling back on himself. An excellent weekend all round, even if we did all get "rather"wet through!

Calderdale Relay - resultsSale - 1st : Clayton - 2nd : Todmorden - 3rd. Still very popular, but more involvement from the nearer clubs rather than the strenghth of the December entries? The results show that 4 teams were disqualified for having no/inadequate kit...

Paddy Buckley Record - huge congraulations to Nicky, and everyone involved!

Buckden Pike. I had a plod around the course today. Route notes are with Rob and Helen, as Team Captains, but if you can't wait, please send through. A good classic course, grassy, but not flat...

Simon's Seat. AS. (Wharfedale). It's some long, long time since I've praised an event as strongly as this. The venue was the Craven Arms, Appletreewick, a most impressive pub indeed if ever you're that way. A tiddly road dash, then farmer's permitted fields to the river, and a very strong climb up to Simon's Seat. Touch the trig on top of its rocky outcrop and hammer back down. Before crossing the finish your pre-ordered beer has to be drunk, (of which mine would have been amongst the slowest going.) No huge field, everyone stayed for the abundant prizes, free soup and rolls, which literally were "thrown" in. Completely marvellous atmosphere in every way.

Settle Hills - Inter Counties Championship. results.
Men -Yorksire 1st : North Wales 2nd : Lancashire 3rd.
Ladies - Yorksire -1st : Cumbria - 2nd : Greater Manchester - 3rd.
Apologies if you're not included in DPFR Results, it can easily be put right....

BOFRA Sedbergh Gala - results.
Cader Idris:- results.

Team Positions after FairfieldMost humble apologies from Carshare to our Ladies, as I've not praised enough (or not even realised) our Ladies V40 Team, who took 1st place.
Senior Ladies - 3rd.
LV40 - 1st.
Senior Men - 1st.
MV40 - 2nd.
MV50 - 7th ..(Oh Dear!)

Blisco Dash - British and English
. Entry List

Summer Series (3) - Way Out West.
Masson Hill:- results.
Totley Moor:- results.
Latterbarrow Loop - results.
Burbage Summer Sharpener (1)

Vanessa Chappell

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posted by WillyK on 25th May 2013

The pre-entry list suggests were going with quality rather than quantity again for the second British Champs counter ... but you've got until Wednesday 29th May to enter if you still want to race - note *no entry on the day* - and David Lund's still after a lift (see week 25/6 May below). 

For maps and route notes see previous post.  DT's that keen to knock me off my perch at the top of the Carshare League that he's going up several days in advance to acclimatise in a Borders B&B, but my money's on the evergreen Mr Rimmer for top spot come Sunday afternoon.  As for the team prize, I'll be happy to receive bids after the event specifying engine size and car occupants.

Happy running - it's a fine course.

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posted by DaveT on 17th May 2013

This, apparently, was noticed in the Clachaig one night, Glencoe, part of "Open mike night at the bar".
Suggestions most welcome as to wot I might have been singing? And only 5th, but maybe Eurovision beckons?

Whilst reading "The Buteman", as Carshare most regularly does, I noticed this.
"A trip of a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay on Monday took an unexpected twist, after the captain received a mayday call about a yacht in trouble.The crew of MV Bute, on its 12 noon sailing, altered course to assist the troubled vessel, aptly named ‘Storm’, after it had capsized, with two people left clinging on to its hull.

A nearby yacht called ‘Bravado’ was in the vicinity and attended the scene to offer assistance, picking up the two crew members.Weather conditions at the time were difficult, with wind gusting up to 50kts, and MV Bute manoeuvred into position to offer shelter while ‘Bravado’ assisted. The yacht took the two crew members to Rothesay and were met by coastguard officials, while MV Bute continued on its journey to Rothesay, arriving 17 minutes later than timetabled. The rescued men - one from Cheshire and one from Stafford - were none the worse for their experience, and we’ve learned that their vessel was recovered and brought back into Rothesay."

Lurking in Stafford and hoping to avoid recognition has no chance, so best wishes for a speedy drying out, Richard Hakes!

Just wish I could think of a more appropriate Headline - suggestions welcome, and suitable Comments!

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posted by DaveT on 6th May 2013

 Fairfield. English Championship 1. results.
   Foul and horrible driving up, but the delayed start, due to a muddy parking field, let the rain mostly pass through. Clear, cold, but alright really.
For individuals, I'm thinking that Judith was 1st LV45, and Johnny Malley was 3rd MU23
 But - my pathetic adding up has it that the Men won 1st Team . Not up at the right front end, but packing most effectively, which is what it's all about. And not just depending on the counters, but much more depth than last year. Vital. Borrowdale Vets were enormously clear, we may be 2nd, ahead of Calder Valley.
Ladies look likely to be 3rd? behind Calder (18), Ambleside (36) with 52 pts.
And the V50's were far, far distant.
   Next English is Buckden Pike, details etc, pre-entry or EOD. No navigational worries, but a recce to know what it's all about will be useful, mainly to know how much effort to put into the first big hill, (like up the steep side of the Winnats or Mam Tor beside the shale face), then to get your best line for shifting down, and there's the wall to jump near the finish.

Cressbrook Crawl:- results.
Mount Famine
:- results.

Jura:-Tim Rippon sends:- "Steve Matthews and me are travelling to Jura. We have room for 1 more if anyone interested, please   email  or txt - 07800820380. "

Wasdale Pre-Entry List

Trunce (3) - results.
Jack Bloor
:- results, and the photos  reveal an energetic runner in a brown vest near the front, traditionally seen in yellow. Trying so hard, Carshare wonders whether Tom just coasted round on Saturday?
Mearley Clough - results
Shining Tor:- results.

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posted by DaveT on 29th Apr 2013

Turner Landscape Entry detailsno panic, there's no entry limit. A cracking race, justifiable as a Championship event.

Sunday's Trail Run:- was an excellent innovation, apparently plenty of then way down south. You pays £5.00, of which £2.00 is a voucher to spend in the host pub afterwards. The idea. Set off any time between 11am and 12.30pm, and on registering you get a route description to follow round. Even I could follow the instructions and not get lost, a most pleasant mixture of fields, paths, woods, tracks and a bit of road. Just over 6 miles. For any village pub/cafe wanting some business, a very good idea indeed.

Pendle Cloughs
. Carshare League 4. results. A most worthy race to have in the Carshare League. As always, very well organised and very good running around parts of Pendle we don't usually visit. Not as crowded as the Tour, which means having to think about finding the way, rather than follow a beaten trail. Cold, but clear and as dry underfoot as Pendle is likely to be.
   Neil Northrop used his skill and navigational ability to come home first. I hesitate to say the same about Joe's navigational ability, who used the time-honoured approach of following a local (Mike Wallis) and then leaving him on those final fields. Good to see Joe, 2nd, clearly running so strongly.
 Well done to all our travellers, hope you enjoyed a good event.

Wot an insult? This well-meaning lady asked me if I ran for Clayton. Could anything be so derogatory? And a Lancashire club at that....(I'm suspecting it wos a put-up job by the nearby Clayton Chairman...)

Next event is Yetholm - recommended as a very good course, another good place to be running.

Coniston:- results.
Chunal:- results.
Red Kite Challenge
Llangynhafal Loop....results.
Saddleworth Cake Rac
e:- results.
  - results.
Jame's Thorn:- 

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posted by DaveT on 29th Apr 2013

"The XX stone is on the Salterbrook track on the top of the Woodhead. The Grin and Bear it goes past it as has some club runs.SK 152 999. It denotes 20 miles to Rotherham but there are no names on the stones"

Too hard? Not one bit, as:-
Tom Brunt rolls in first, with the location and the exact explanation of the two letters.
Russell Beresford also knows it well....
Mike Browell.....
Dave Sykes also...

And a suitable time to ask for any things of interest to go out on Carshare, Mystery Photos, Mystery Trig Points, or anything at all....So what's next?

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posted by DaveT on 22nd Apr 2013

Three Peaks:-  resultsLooks to be very strong runs from Helen, 3rd and 1st LV40? and Oli - 6th, Tom 10th with John Hunt 17th. This is the Vets prize retained, with Tony Heron the next counter.  And also the Senior Men, Will Boothman being the vital counter.

The Fellsman :- results.   Nicky is up there again, 14th and 1st Lady.
Three Cabins Champagne Challenge:-

Highlander Mountain Marathon  is 26th/27th April, just south of Inverness. Results.  Glen  and Richard have come 8th in the Score Event , but what this involves will need some enlightenment. Apologies if others have been neglected?
 Indeed, as "Also at Highlander doing C class were Ruth Batty and Carl Betts 7th overall and just 8 minutes behind were Lucy Weigand and friend who were also 1st female team. Beautiful day 1 in sun and snow, day 2 usual MM weather. Well worth long but easy drive."

Dark & White Mini MM -
from Castleton. Results.
Trunce 2.- results.
Tiger's Todger. results.

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posted by DaveT on 15th Apr 2013

Teenager with Altitude:- results. Carshare League Race 4.  Next will be Pendle Cloughs. Saturday 4th May. And it's a right good event, less trodden than the Tour and a visit to hitherto unvisited bits of Pendle. If the clag is down worry not - there are no particular mystery knolls.
Anniversary Waltz:- results.
The Moelwyns -  results.
London marathon - results , but you'll have to wade through for yourself....

Gisborough Moors. results. Very dry up on the moors, even in the traditionally sloshy woods. Road shoes would have done fine. A welcome return from injury for Dan Middlemass, like Joe - resident in them parts. He was driving home when I eventually rolled in. This, 13 miles?, is the longest of the N Y Moors races, worth having done but not really that special. A distinct lack of rough stuff.
Summer Series (2) - Broomhead Bash.
Cakes of Bread.
BOFRA  "Dick Hudson's" - results. From Ilkley tarn, touch the gate on the other side of the moor, and get back. Cyclists line up behind the runners, who immediately set off all over the hillside on secret lines. Once on the level the cyclists squeezed past. Leaving us slower folk to get down as darkness settled in.

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posted by WillyK on 21st Apr 2013

#5 Pendle Cloughs, Sat 4th May @ 11am - entry on the day

Next up is Pendle Cloughs.  Carshare concedes ... "yes, totally contrived, but very good running, an excellent trip out" ... and it's my birthday too, so barring accident at the Fellsman, a pass out is guaranteed.

Lots of information on the Barlick FR website here including this route map; and Carshare's route notes, written in his own inimitable style, available here.  The village is likely to be full of bank holiday trippers, so we're asked to carshare and to park, for a small charge, in the village hall car park.

DT (thus interfering with Willy's stuff...) . Those watching in black and white may remember the film of Whistle Down the Wind, set in Downham, where the race starts, and the farm/barn was nearby. The film has regular backdrops of Pendle. The landowner has, I think, insisted on no new contraptions on the village buildings, so no satellite dishes or the like, which means it is regularly used in TV and films. A very scenic little place, with the stream going through.

#6 Yetholm, Sun 2nd June @1pm - online pre-entry ONLY

Then it's the Scottish counter in the British Champs so, given the smallish turnout in Ireland, I'm thinking the club captains may be chivvying the troops for this one.  You must pre-enter here and so far as we can ascertain, there's no limit to the field ... but also not too many DP'ers signed up to date either (entry list here).

Route map and full details here, and Carshare's notes here.  Given the amount of other stuff going on in May and June, I may just leave this one to sharp end, though it did seem a very fine route when we recced it in early March, notwithstanding the snow blizzards.  If you want a gps track to accompany DT's notes, email me.

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posted by DaveT on 8th Apr 2013

Silent Valley -  British Championship and Carshare League. results. Apologies for not seeing folk before or afters, I'd have preferred the traditional gathering in O'Hare's, where things can be mulled over more. Very difficult conditions, maybe not for our faster members who were dry and changed when the rains set in. Lots of snow patches all around, very easy to slide, sink or crash. Especially hard was this snow-covered valley track where we had to waddle through the rough slosh on the sides. And the last hill seemed more desperate than ever it was before.
The organisers excelled in sorting out a route so that the race could proceed, another time for full and proper equipment to cope with the conditions. The marshalling was above and beyond expectations, people lurking throughot the difficult parts of the course, lest we wander off - never to be retrieved.
  Well, us V50's team made it round, hopefully many more at Yetholm - a good grassy trip round.
First home was re-juvenated Gavin Bland, leading the massed ranks of Borrowdale.

Kinder Downfall:- results
Wardle Skyline - results
Herod Farm:- results.
Hartcliffe Hill
- results

- "Entries  open on April 13th" - .entry form.

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posted by WillyK on 21st Apr 2013

Congratulations to Rhys and Judith on their victories yesterday at #4 Teenager with Altitude - with Rhys picking up the first outright victory of the league on his way to a beer festival somewhere.  Judith and Spyke appear to have adopted a team-tag approach to the league, which may work well enough for the individual league, but is unlikely to lead to many car team prizes.  We think Lewis has claimed his second car team prize, following a steward's enquiry which has determined that the calculation will rest on runners journeying up to the event in a vehicle, regardless of the means by which individual runners depart the event subsequently.  If you want a rationale, well it boils down to the fact that the league organiser doesn't trust Mr Kay not to bribe high ranking athletes to depart in his vehicle, on the promise of a pint or night out in Kendal, in order to boost his collective points score.

Spyke, it is alleged, wasn't up to the rigours of #4 (he had "a bit of a cold"), so was taking it gently by running the BG over two days instead ... my displeasure at such lukewarm commitment to the league is, however, entirely outweighed by my delight in thereby being able to reclaim top spot for at least another week or so. 

Full results now available here.  For a full breakdown of current league placings, click 'results', choose 'Local League' from the drop down menu, and then click on that little triangle to the right of 'Local League' in the tool bar.  Choose 'Carshare League' in its place, and click 'update view'.

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posted by DaveT on 1st Apr 2013

DT - If any help is needed, for any race - either with travelling, map, route notes, anything, whenever and wherever  the race may be, just send me an e-mail, and if I can't help, most certainly someone within the club can sort out any problem!

The Grand National:-  I should have followed the winner, trained up on't moors above Bingley....

- results.
New Dungeon Ghyll -
Blubberhouses Moor. results. A few too many miles for poor Carshare. The first half was on road shoe surfaces, then horrible sinking swampy moors. A good scenic event, lovely views down to Bolton Abbey, well worth slipping in if you can stay nearby for the justified early 8.30am start.
Mow Cop. - results
Trunce (1).-  results
- results

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posted by John on 5th Apr 2013

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