Hodgson Brothers Relay:- Well! It don't come much better. Much more news from our team runners will help out. Results.
The Ladies seem to have got four good pairings, with runners who have these Lakeland hills in the legs. Nicky and Jenny held things together on the final leg, with fast closing Helm Hill (fastest leg) closing in , nearly.
The Vets also seem to have had three strong first legs, leaving John Hunt and Spyke the task of reining in Ambleside. They managed this at the top of St Sunday Crag, and opened the gap on that final descent.
The Ladies and Vets are well used to winning, but with Borrowdale winning for the previous 19 years, the Holy Grail of fell running was to win this Relay outright. Rob Little has managed to get, at last, what seems to be the best eight runners all turning out, knowing their legs. Borrowdale were ahead, just, at the first three change overs, and Rhys and Kris put in the fastest leg, most impressively, to win decisively.
Very many congratulations to all the runners, it can't be done with one weak runner, all you need to do next year is retain it....
Go Big Moor - from Holmesfield.
Levisham Limping - N Y Moors - results.
Lakeland Classics Final Results are here. Borrowdale are marginally ahead of Ambleside, with us 3rd, but well off the pace.
First is Andrew Schofield. Completions from John Hunt - 10th, 1st V50 : Mike Robinson - 11th : David Lund - 12th : Judith - 19th and 1st W : Dave Sykes - 26th : Nicky - 27th and 2nd W40 : Jenny - 33rd and 3rd W40 : Keith - 37th and 1st M60. Congratulations to you all.
Next year's Championship races are now on the FRA website, though only provisional. A most welcome move, as plenty of planning can be started, especially next year's Carshare League, for which our organiser would gladly listen to any recommendations. Castle Carr is the alternative to Wasdale, but underestimate this at your peril, it is seriously hard and rough, with every opportunity to be getting lost
If anyone is wanting a most interesting read, look out for "Bob Cole, The Runner". It is written by Steve Herington, a regular at the World Masters events. Bob Cole, nobody has ever heard of him, lived in Hereford around and after the First World War, in the days of professional races, and the prestige events at the Powderhall Meetings
Two Breweries:- results. up in Scotland...
Isle of Man Races:- were cancelled, due to bad weather.
Three Peaks Cyclo Cross - results. Anyone deserving of a mention?
English Schools Championships:-results. I see that Bradfield School are 11th, and no doubt their Team Manager will let us know of those deserving a special mention...
Rydal Round -results from ages back, on a shortened course.
Merrick - final British Championship race, and Carshare League counter. Results.
Rhys was back first, and this makes him British Champion. Very many congratulations and a superb achievement.
I didn't wait for any results and missed speaking to folk, so a proper sort out in due course. The race started with a bottleneck climb up a steep first hill, where the bracken had been scythed back enough. A long gradual climb up to Merrick, but then a good supply of bogs, tussocks, holes and whatever, with the added bonus of a disguised trip wire near the bottom of this grassy slope somewhere.
Never mind what it was billed as, " 8.47 miles / 13.64 km and 3600 ft / 1100m " won't be far off.
Lantern Pike:- results.
King John's Castle:- results.
Three Shires - final Lakeland Classics counter - results
OMM Lite - North Yorkshire, Pickering. results.
Dale Head:- results.
Glencoe Skyline:- results. Please let us know if you're missed off the DPFR results...
Stanage Struggle:- results.
Hodder Valley Show - Bowland. a different venue and course from when it was Championship at nearby Dunsop Bridge. Fields and tracks up to a soggy Beatrix Fell, around the trig point and hammer back down. A very pleasant show and race. results.
World Mountain Running Championships - in Bulgaria:- results.
Peris Horseshoe - and Half, stopping at Pen y Pass.
Great North Run - results.
Nine Edges Endurance:- results.
Mountain Trial:- results, and a most prestigious first team prize
Padfield Plum Fair:- results.
Bluebell 3:- results.
Trunce 9 - results.
Three Shires - next Saturday, 17th. And the final Lakeland Classic. Greg reminds us " 3 Shires pre-entry closes on 10th September, with NO ENTRY ON THE DAY! Just had this confirmed by Selwyn, so get on here and get your entry in if you want to run... "
Completed Trig Points.
This plaque was presented to Rob Woodall, who has finally visited each and every of the 12, 394 trig points in the UK, which are still standing. Some achievement indeed!
Lakes Sky Ultra;- Mike was doing this, also with a few other brown vests, back in July.Looks like a long trip around... Results. Likely a better report will emerge on the DPFR Ultra bit of the website...
James' Thorn:-results from a good while back...
Ben Nevis:- results.
Grisedale Horseshoe:- results .
Longshaw Sheepdog Trials:-
Gladstone 9 - from Penmaenmawr...results.
Castle Carr - Results. A new AL event above Hebden Bridge, the setting once for those Calder Valley FRA Relays. A big thanks to Calder Valley for staging a major new AL race. Connoisseurs of Wadsworth Trog will remember with delight the vistas of Sheepstones Trig and High Brown Knoll, and we now had similar highlights around the far side of the Castle Carr Reservoirs. Runners with an affection for deep boggy tussocks will most definitely feel at home here. Extremely gruelling, with trods and paths all over the hillsides, so easy to choose the wrong one - which Carshare managed with regularity.
Loweswater Show:- results.
Stretton Skyline:- results.
Monday - Summer Series 12 - from Brogging House.
Burbage Summer Sharpener 3.
This weekend - World Masters. This year it's in Susa, Italy. results. A most impressive LV40 set, with 1,2,3 for Lou Roberts, Julie Briscoe and Kirsty Hall. Anne-Marie Jones is 1st L60. Ben Grant - 4th : Mike Egner - 6th : Ben Mounsey - 8th : Karl Gray - 9th. Plenty of other names to be looking out for...
Next year it's on 2nd September in Slovakia 145km NE of Bratislava.
Details are emerging of the FRA Relays this year, at Luss, Loch Lomond.
Maps for Legs 1, 3 and 4.
We have entered :- two Senior Men teams, MV40, MV50, Senior Ladies, LV40. Maybe we won't finally be allowed all these teams, and the category of the teams can be altered. As ever, if you want to be considered, it's up to you to contact Captains, not their job to be prattling around asking. That would be Rob and Helen. For the MV50 it has traditionally been Keith, and will be this year. Nobody has come forwards about a V60 team, so that idea was scrapped.
For the Hodgson Brothers Relay (to give it it's Sunday name) , we have the usual Men, Ladies, and MVets.
Lakeland Classics :- results so far. The team is 3rd, after Borrowdale and Ambleside. Not that far back, and just Three Shires remaining, as Langdale isn't a counter this time round. Mike is 10th, Dave Lund - 11th, Keith - 1st V60.
The Ladies are high up, as might be expected. Judith - 1st : Nicky - 3rd and 2nd V40 : Jenny - 3rd V40.
Ochil's 2000 - results.
England Home International Trial:- results. I'm not knowing much about this, sorry! But Eve Crownshaw is 4th, in 22.51 , and Jack is 14th, in 43.27.
Pendleton:- a most pleasant AS race, up and over that far end of Pendle Hill. just simple, unfussy fell running, with a good bit of everything along the route. Then sit in the stream and wash all the muck off. Results.
Grasmere Guides:- results.
RAB Mini-MM - Round 3 - from Braithwaite:- results.
Reeth Show - BOFRA - results.
Eyam Barrel Inn:- results.
Ennerdale Show:- results, Rhys is first, but no times shown as yet...
Roseberry Topping:- results.
Gt Longstone:- results.
Senior Men - 1st. but Keswick can drop their Borrowdale race if they get a big team out at Langdale.
MV40 - 1st. But Calder Valley have no lomg counter, as yet....
MV50 - Champions.
Senior Ladies - 4th, but only one point behind Helm Hill/Mercia
L40 - Champions.
MU23:- Matt - 1st : Tom - 2nd. Final positions, so congratulations to both.
Senior Men :- Rhys - 5th : Neil - 9th.
M40:- Spyke - 6th.
M45:- Spyke - 3rd.
M50:- Spyke - 2nd : Steve Bell - 10th.
M60:- Keith - 5th=
M65:- DT - 6th=
WU23 - Anna - 2nd : Ellie - 3rd. Final positions, so congratulations to both.
W40 - Judith - 5th : Nicky - 6th : Helen - 8th.
W45 - Judith - 1st= : Nicky - 4th .
W50 - Judith - 2nd=
Two Championship races remaining, Merrick for the British and Langdale for the English.
Pendle Three Peaks - English AM Championship.
Ladies Results. It looks to me like second Seniors Team, after Calder Valley, and first V40 team. Champions?
Men's results. Seniors just behind Keswick : V40 - too hard for me to add up : V50 - no need to add up?
A windy, wet trip around Pendle, the first part seemed to cover much of Pendle Cloughs, and the later bits were much the same as The Tour, with those same three strong climbs. Spyke finally admitted to being 1st MV50, John Hunt looks to be suitably recovered, Judith decided to match whatever the other half can do, Nicky walked out for something, Anna is first U23 ..... and then our driver was away for Burnsall....Results will be soon.
As for teams, the Ladies will be strongly in the mix, the men are close to Keswick, but not close enough. MV50 may well be Champions.
As it should be, Langdale is crunch. Then the final British race at Merrick, and the two Relays.
Merrick - the final, crunch British Championship race., 17th September. I've actually got around to looking at the route map, what a cracker!
Many, many congratulations to our two Bingley runners!
Sierre Zinal:- results. They take some interpreting, far beyond my understanding, so please let us know if you've been ignored. Pete Davies finished in 3.24.26, he might be 78th, and apologies for ignoring Tom Saville, 70th in 3.15.11.
Peak District Challenge Events :
Burnsall - results
Great Urban Fell Race :
Weasdale : - results.
Lakeland Country Fair :- results.
Trunce 8 - results.
Shipman Knotts - results.
Ragleth Inn - results.
Pilsley- results. No clubs seem to be listed, so if you're not on DPFR results, please let us know...
If you enjoyed being in Borrowdale ? Here is the opportunity to walk to the race next year, accompanied by a flock of hefted sheep. We just need enough club funds to be buying Thorneythwaite Farm
Monday - Summer Series 11. BIrchin.
Round Latrigg - results.
Results from Trunce 7
Results from Osmotherley Show
Results from Round Hill. Just a pleasant, runnable course around the moors north of Otley. good if you don't live that far away...
Results from Tours of Bradwell
Results from Borrowdale
Saturday:- Borrowdale. English Championship. Thanks to the many representing, I seem to have avoided several runners at the Sty Head Cafe . Right to congratulate the Ladies, 2nd Team and similar? For the Vets Team? Judith was first in her category, Nicky walked out for something. And suggest that all the men's teams are banking on Langdale - to be hoped that everybody and everybody has got their entry in....Rhys was 5th, Nell was 13th, Spyke wax 3rd V50 (in a rather competitive age group..) andKeith in the prizes. Just a bit chilly if ever you were waiting around, but clear and dry.
Two weeks now until the next English, Pendleton Three Peaks.
Ravenscar Rumble - this must be right scenic...
Eccles Pike :- results.
Steel Fell - results,
Ricky's Race : - results
Denis Stitt Memorial - results.
No team results as yet...
MU23 - Tom - 1st : Matt Elkington - 2nd.
Senior Men:- Rhys - 2nd : Neil - 6th.
M40:- Spyke - 3rd.
M45 - Spyke - 2nd.
M50 - Spyke - 2nd : Steve Bell - 9th=
M55 - Keith - 10th.
M60 - Keith - 4th=
M65 - DT - 10th
WU23 - Anna - 2nd
W40 - Judith - 5th : Nicky - 8th : Helen - 9th=
W45 - Judith - 1st= : Nicky - 5th : Nicola - 8th
W50 - Judith - 7th=
Results from Thurlstone Chase
Results from Salt Cellar
Results from Cracken Edge
Results from Parwich.
Results from Arenig Fawr
Mountain World Trial and Senior Home International - (whatever that entails..)
Summer Series 10 - Hurkling Howler.
Thursday - Bluebell 2
Results from Waun Fach. This took some finding, somewhere remotely near Brecon, or nearby. Jon and Liz Batt must have been exploring...
Results from Ambleside Sports, BOFRA
Results From Stoney Middleton
Results. from Holme Moss.
Carshare is upgrading, eventually , to Windows 10, so it's some reduced contribution just now, until I gets my computer back. No doubt our Webmaster can deal with any pressing urgencies.
British Championships after Sedbergh.
The team results are on the FRA website, under Events, and then Championships. Or Here , for the British. (The link might be working this time...). The individual results seem to have wandered.. Senior Men and MV 50 are Champions, the MV40 need to deliver in Scotland.
British Championships after Sedbergh.
Congratulations to Tom Saville, MU23 Champion. When all the results emerge, they can have a better prominence. The final race, Merrick, in September, will find people getting their last counter in, or dropping a weak result, so far too soon to be banking on some excellent current positions being maintained.
Peris Horseshoe, and Half Peris. Not in the calendar, but Saturday 10th September. Will our man be defending his title
Borrowdale - isn't far off, and is English Championships. Substitutions are allowed on the day, so please let us all know if you are sitting on an unwanted entry..
Yvonne Beckwith , email , can't use her entry, if you can make use of it. Ashley is now getting around to taking this entry......,
After Bessyboot - a new fence has emerged along the next part, which may get folk confused. As to where the fence leads, not a clue...
Holme Moss. Once again, Holmfirth reminded us how to be putting on an excellent race. The legacy, no doubt, of previous organiser Russell Bangham. Seven pounds, free drinks and top class food afterwards, and lots of prizes throughout all the categories. As for the race, it don't get any easier as each year passes. The boggy bits were deep, but mostly the peat was dry and the rocks not slippy. It is so much harder now that we return on the outrun, whereas once we dropped off Holme Moss road to the dams and legged it in. Does someone have an accurate distance measured? It seemed a long, long way.. Kris Groom has it as 28.6km, with 1106m climb.
Summer Series (9) - UTMBamford
Results From Sheldon
RAB Evening Mini MM:- The Manifold Valley - results
Kentmere - results. a goodly set of travellers here, some most welcome new,(to me), faces. Clear, hot lower down but windy and a bit colder higher up. This is the 42nd time that Pete Bland, and his wife, have organised this race, and now he is stepping down. So many of us owe him a great deal for his contribution to this race, and many others. Another remarkable achievement was that the first winner of the race, Jeff Norman, was here running, now being 1st V70.
Results in due course.
Trunce 6:- results.
Some You Win, Some You Lose:-
Full results are on the FRA website, then Events, then Championships.
Senior Men:- Rhys - 2nd : Neil - 3rd: Tom Saville - 7th.
MV40:- Spyke - 3rd : Dave Taylor -6th.
MV50:- Spyke - 1st : Dave Taylor - 2nd : Steve Bell - 10th=
MV60:- Keith -4th
Mu23 - Tom - 1st, and Champion : Matthew Elkington - 8th=
Men's Team:- 1st - 3rd at Sedbergh.
MV40 Team:- 2nd - 7that Sedbergh
MV50 Team:- 1st - 1st at Sedbergh.
U23:- Anna Hoogkamer - 2nd: Ellie - 3rd.
V40:- Judith - 7th : Helen - 8th.
V45:- Judith - 2nd : Nicky - 9= :
V50:- Pippa - 8th= : Liz - 7th=
Seniors Team:- 6th - 3rd at Sedbergh
V40 Team:- 6th, no team at Sedbergh
V 45 :- Spyke - 3rd : Dave Taylor - 9th.V50:- Spyke - 2nd : Steve - 4th : Dave Taylor - 5th.
V65:- DT - 9th.
Sedbergh Sports. English and British Championship. results
On a most quick calculation, for the Men, Pudsey are 1st, Keswick - 2nd and us - 3rd.
Ladies - Mercia- 1st , Helm Hill - 2nd , Calder Valley - 3rd and us 4th.
Rob Little, clearly much more statistically able, thinks:- "regards the British, by my calculation the senior men now can't be beaten (2 wins and a 3rd=32 points, best P&B or Keswick can get is 30 even if they win Merrick).
From DT - superb, congratulations to everyone involved. But now it's Borrowdale....job only half done...
Not a clue about the Vets, but that looks like 1st MV50 Team, and thus British Champions.
These results don't show the 5 year categories, so that will have to wait.
A very worthy Championship course. Rain always around, and although windy, not that cold. A lap around the field to thin the race down, into a long road bit out onto the fell. Two strong climbs, then a steep slithery, slidy descent into the finishing fields.
Wasdale. results . Not the best of conditions, with 40 retirements. A very strong team result from Ambleside.
John Hunt sends:- "It was wild even by Lakes standards, awesome, the forecast was bang on."
The race report mentions that it will be Championship next year....
Charlesworth and Chisworth - any results most welcome, not sure we ever found last years..
Great Hucklow:- results.
Peak Forest:- results.
Summer Series (8) - Wicken Whizz:-
Tom's Bransdale Race - N.Y.Moors.
Black Rocks:- results
Golden Acre Park Relays - another extremely popular relay, teams of three, around this Leeds park. An event putting on a relay for all abilities. results.
Blackfell:- results - is a completely excellent AM course from Kettlewell, well worthy of Championship status. Regrettably there were only 24 runners, such a shame for the organisers and marshals. Hopefully many of us can get along next year. Plenty of rough stuff over the back of Great Whernside, then a last part across to Hag Dyke, where anyone finding any correct line would have thrived. Tom Brunt, 2nd,, Ashley, 1st V50, and Greg removed the Team Prize, so a need to be retaining that next year.
Heptonstall Festival:- results.
Round Sheffield Run - results.
Saunders MM - from Pooley Bridge:- results. I'll surely have missed people off DPFR results, so please let us know when you've been ignored...
Indeed - Jo Barnes - nee Armistead - was 23rd team in Carrock Fell at the weekend,
Dollar:- results. An impressive win for Kris Jones, over 6 minutes clear...
Stretton Junior Championships, and Junior Inter-Counties:- results
Summer Series (7):-
Danefield Relay - around Otley Chevin. Teams of 3. :- a very popular event , teams of 3, with each lap about 5km, and a big uphill finish.
Burbage Summer Sharpener (2):
Ossy Oiks - N.Y.Moors:- results
The six races have been completed, with the best four to count. Thanks to everyone turning up to represent.
U12 Girls - Isabelle Loombe - 39th (2 races)
U12 Boys - Ethan Roberts-Cutts -44th (1 race)
U14 Girls - Emily Barnett - 22nd (5 races)
U16 Girls - Eve Crownshaw - 1st (6 races) : Katie Barnett and Katie Burnett - (2 races). The correct position will need an amendment....
U16 Boys - Kieran Loombe - 11th (6 races) : Clin Din Htoo - 26th (4 races) : Alexander Woolfall - 37th (2 races)
U18 Boys - Jack Crownshaw - 7th (4 races).
Lakeland Classics:- I've not yet found any official team results, but Ennerdale looks good, though I'm not knowing whether a Lady counts for the Team points...
Buttermere Horseshoe. This year a counter for the Lakeland Classics, and also the Carshare League. results. With taking the first three places, a clear win for Borrowdale, but 2nd will be useful Lakeland Classics points.
Wharfedale 2 or 3 Peaks:- results. Much like "Grin and Bear it", for the local Mountain Rescue, around Buckden Pike and Great Whernside. Only two peaks for Carshare, quite far enough. But hoping Willy never finds out, there was a most crafty recce of secret lines off Great Whernside. So when the final Carshare League race rolls around, might Carshare be hurtling past, whilst others are wading through the boggy swamps?
Great Lakes Run:- results.
Bosley Fete:- results.
Roseberry Romp - from distant days...results
Clougha Pike - English Junior Championships results. - Keith mentions that Eve "is English Uphill only champion, English Schools U14Girls champion, English Fell running Champion, Yorkshire U16 Girls Champion and is now in both Yorkshire and English Team - not a bad year for her so far!"
Settle Hills - results. One of the much better Medium races, starting from Settle market square, and previously used as an Inter-Counties course. A long sharp uphill, then to scenically roll around Attermire Scar, with a good mixture of ups and downs, mixed with ample rough stuff across some grassy bits.
Summer Series 6 - Black Tour.
Not long now until AS Sedbergh Sports, 9th July. A crunch need to be getting there in full strength and depth, as other individuals and teams can do a whole load of overtaking in the last two British events, and it is also an English Championship.
The Howgill website has a map, etc, and entry details if you've not yet registered.
Senior Men:- Rhys - 1st : Neil - 5th : Tom Saville - 6th.
MV40:- Spyke - 2nd : Dave Taylor - 5th.
MV50:- three on equal 1st - Spyke, Dave Taylor and Mark Roberts.
MV60:- Keith -3rd=
Men's Team:- 1st - 1st at Cwm Pennant.
MV40 Team:- 1st - 1st at Cwm Pennant.
MV50 Team:- 1st - 1st at Cwm Pennant.
(No Ladies Teams, yet....).
Cwm Pennant:- British Championship 2. and also Carshare League. - results .
A clean sweep for the Men's Teams...
My rubbish mathematics gives us 71 points, then Keswick on 79 points. The crunch is getting the team out, and then getting them non-counters strongly into the mix, and vitally here we have John Hunt, Dave Taylor and David Lund home before Keswick's 5th counter. Marvellous all-round support from so many people. Keswick, playing at home a lot more, are going to take some stopping, but....
Tom Saville is 1st U23, Rhys - 2nd : Tom Brunt - 3rd V40 : Spyke - 3rd V50 : Keith - 4th V60. Apologies to anyone missed out who needs a special mention...
Turner Uphill Juniors:- results.
Howtown:- results. one of the gems of fellrunning, and only £3.00 for a class AL race. Surprisingly, conditions were perfect, cloudy but clear, very warm. A wander over Loadpot Hill, High Raise, Place Fell, with a nasty sting-in-the-tail up and down Hallin Fell.
Edale:- results. Several runners here impressively doubling up...
Hawkswick - BOFRA. I'm thinking Mike Egner was holding back yesterday, as he still had enough legs to be 1st V60...and others have doubled up...
Angela Mudge Interview - a link is here to a Radio 4 program from Monday.
Duddon - the first of this year's Lakeland Classics - results - there will be some disappointed V50 who finds that John Hunt has now joined the ranks, and taken the honours...
Dry and clear. Warm, but not as bad as it threatened, with a bit of breeze and occasional cloud cover higher up.
Duddon "Short"- results
Pen Y Ghent:- results
Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon:- results
Wincle Trout:- results
Welsh 1000 metres - results
Hutton Roof - good if you're up that way... results.
Helvellyn and the Dodds:- results,dry, hot and sunny up there. And there aren't that many streams to be crossing, so for many runners it seems to have been hard going. But not for the winner, Carl Bell, with a new record. The organiser, Allan Buckley, has been doing this race, and its earlier version from Bram Crag Farm, from time hardly remembered, and it has always been a classic event, so a big thanks to him for many years of committment, now that he is passing it on.
Bamford Sheepdog Trials:- results , with a bit of fiddling...
Hallam Chase:- results
Otley Chevin - results. short and right sharp. Get up the hill as best you can, along the top and hammer back down the dark woods. The 40th anniversary event, it seems to be in good company...
Howtown - 12th June, is now reinstated, and it's a most recommended race to be at...
Buttermere Sailbeck:- Carshare League counter as well..results
Mount Famine:- results.
Charlesworth Chase - a right classic up Wharfedale, up Simon's Seat, with a compulsory pint to be drunk before crossing the finish line. A most impressive new course record from Ian Holmes, and it was a good record to be beating. Back down just before the heavens opened, and some very delicious soup in the pub afterwards. results
Old Counties Tops:- results.
World Youth Cup Trial - at Sedbergh, up Arant Haw .results.
Excalibur - Don't know what this is, looks like a marathon distance over the Clwydian Hills.
Cader Idris:- results
West Nab:- Yorkshire U23 and English U20 Championships. results.
"Good day for the Club at West Nab:-
Tom Saville 1st U23male + Yorkshire champion
Ellie Crownshaw 1st Yorkshire U23 Female - Yorkshire champion
Ellie Crownshaw 2nd U20 female - English silver medal as 1 off competition.
Tom Saville overall winner
Austin Frost 1st V40
Kev Saville 1st V50
Keith Holmes 1st V60
Dark peak men - 1st Team - Tom, Austin + Kev.
So every Dark Peak member who took part won something!"