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posted by John on 21st Feb 2016

The idea of this blog is to include non-FRA events, which will not appear in the regular Results section - mainly, but not exclusively, ultra-distance off-road events - undertaken by our members. Historically we have pandered to J Fulton Esq. (sorry, I do of course mean we have traditionally included RR) by putting Round Rotherham in the main Results, it's entirely possible that in future they will appear in both places.

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posted by StevenJones on 23rd Sep 2017

Ten Peaks Brecon Beacons Long Course

Saturday 9 September 2017

55.3 miles (89 km); 15,748 feet (4,800 m) of ascent

Route description: Starting from the Talybont Reservoir the course heads west to take in a number of peaks south of Pen y Fan and ultimately to the twin peaks of The Black Mountain. It then heads back east but about a mile further north to take in different peaks on the return trip including the rollercoaster ridgeline of Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn, Fan y Big and Bwlch y Ddwyallt prior to the slippery final descent back to race headquarters.

Most runners were from Great Britain but other nationalities included South Africa, Slovakia, Sweden, Belgium, France and Finland.

There is also a Short Course option which is only 58 km with only 3,000 metres of ascent. It is possible to register for the Short Course or for those feeling the pace at Checkpoint 2 to divert to the Short Course from the Long Course to avoid The Black Mountain, Fan Gyhirych and Fan Nedd.

Long course details:

Starters: 85

Finishers: 70

Retired: 15

Transferred to the Short Course: ??

Joint First Man: Robin Carter and Matt Tomlinson; 11:33:49

First Lady: Katie Hateley; 23rd overall; 16:47:55

Steven Jones: 35th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 19:18:18

Weather: Dry to start with then rain, light rain and heavy showers. It was quite breezy and towards the end the winds got stronger. At night there was mist on the hills.

The Storey Arms was used as a checkpoint on the way out and on the way back with a drop-bag facility (last year the checkpoint on the way out was at the foot of the path coming off the Pen y Fan track and the drop-bag was at about the half-way point).


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posted by StevenJones on 6th Sep 2017

Grand Tour of Skiddaw

Saturday 2 September 2017

44 miles (70.8 km); 7,136 feet (2,175 m) of ascent

Route: From Lime House School to Caldbeck, High Pike, Lingy Hut, Skiddaw House, Latrigg Car Park, Skiddaw, Long Side, Ullock Pike, Peter House Farm, Fell Side, Caldbeck and back to Lime House School.

Results for solo runners only:

Starters: 88

Finishers: 85

Retired: 3

Fastest Man: Chris Ellyatt; Herbinators; 8:04:34

Fastest Lady: Caroline Thomas; 23rd overall; Horsforth Harriers; 10:13:42

Georgie Hill: 32nd; 2nd lady; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 10:52:35

Steven Jones: 35th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 10:55:34

There were also pairs of runners with the fastest pair finishing in 9:54:45.

Weather: Warm with a few clouds and good visibility. No rain at all!


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posted by StevenJones on 13th Aug 2017

Long Tour of Bradwell

Saturday 12 August 2017

32.7 miles (52.6 km); 7,218 feet (2,200 m) of ascent

The route embraces some interesting and varying scenery from both the White Park and Dark Peak areas of the Peak District.It starts in Bradwell with a gradual ascent to the Limestone Way before descending to Castleton via Cave Dale; then over Hollins Cross and down to Edale before a climb to the Druid's Stone on the Kinder plateau; up Lose Hill and around the edge of Win Hill and across to Bamford; past Dennis Knoll to run along Stanage Edge followed by Upper Burbage Bridge and Burbage Bridge; past Upper Padley and Leadmill before a trail along Abney Clough then up and over and back down to the finish in Bradwell. The weather was mainly cloudy with occasional showers.

Starters: 115

Finishers: 106

Retired: 9

Fastest Man: Lee Kemp Waverly Harriers 5:03:51

Fastest Lady: 13th overall Nicky Spinks Dark Peak Fell Runners 6:23:36

Jon Pemberton: 5th Dark Peak Fell Runners 6:05:32

Gregory Crowley: 22nd Dark Peak Fell Runners 6:42:40

Claire Prosser: 55th Dark Peak Fell Runners 7:51:32

Chris Duffy: 57th Dark Peak Fell Runners 7:53:15

Michael Bourne: 71st Dark Peak Fell Runners 8:27:14

Georgie Hill: 74th Dark Peak Fell Runners 8:32:26

Steven Jones: 79th Dark Peak Fell Runners 8:58:07

There was also a Half Tour of Bradwell of about 16 miles and 3,000 feet of ascent representing a truncated version of the Long Tour of Bradwell. 141 out of the 142 starters finished.

Fastest Man: Bart Shaw Totley AC 2:04:24

Fastest Lady: 11th overall Tracy Dean Raidlight UK 2:21:40

Gareth Briggs: 4th Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:06:57

Adrian Fisher: 9th Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:17:47

David Bethell: 10th Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:18:56

Mick Archer: 13th Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:21:48

Chloe Haines: 20th Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:30:26

Rosie Walwyn: 31st Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:36:20

David Wood: 46th Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:46:30

Dave Coleshill: 56th Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:51:30

The race timing was provided by Racetek. Full details of splits and the ability to filter the results into categories is on the internet under "Results Racetek". The occasional checkpoint location was not registered for some runners despite being "dibbed". However, the timing and the layout of the results was good overall.

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posted by StevenJones on 10th Aug 2017

Lakeland 100

28-30 July 2017

105 miles (169 km); 22,493 feet (6,856 m) of ascent

The route started and finished at Coniston with a circular tour of the Lake District taking in Seathwaite, Eskdale, Wasdale Head, Black Sail Pass, Buttermere, Braithwaite, Blencathra Field Centre, Dockray, Dalemain, Howtown, Haweswater Reservoir, Kentmere, Ambleside, Chapel Stile and Coniston Fells. The route consisted mainly of paths and trails and much of it was boggy and underwater which added to the interest.

Starters: 360

Finishers: 223 (221 within 40 hours)

Retired: 137

First Man: Michael Jones; 20:22:19

First Lady: 6th overall; Sabrina Verjee; 23:15:22

Alison Wainwright: 188th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 39:12:07

Steven Jones: 215th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 39:41:51

Weather: Dry for the first half hour or so before drizzle set in which gave way to rain. Then there was more rain and it eased off before raining again. On Saturday afternoon the sun came out and it was quite warm before the rain started which got heavier later.

There was a shorter version starting at Dalemain of just 50 miles.

Starters: 722

Finishers: 662 (all within 24 hours)

Retired: 60

First Man: Casper Kaars Sijpesteijn; 7:34:07

First Lady: 3rd overall; Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn; 8:02:32

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posted by TimRutter on 31st Jul 2017

The full report for Sally Fawcett's BG including some useful titbits on nutrition and equipment (and pulling moonies) can be found here

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posted by StevenJones on 27th Jul 2017

Apocalypse 100

8-9 July 2017

100 miles (160.9 km); 14,107 feet (4,300 m) of ascent

The event starts and finishes in the Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton and involves a tour of some fine hills in Shropshire and briefly across the border into Wales. The climbing starts straight away to Pole Bank on The Long Mynd. Then across country for an ascent of the ancient volcanic mound of Corndon Hill with its various burial cairns (some iron age and others for ultra runners who failed to reach the summit checkpoint). The survivors then tackled the jagged and uneven "path" on the Stiperstones on the way to Earl's Hill. There was easy running on the Betchcott Hills back to Carding Mill Valley and the half-way point. After road and trail to Easthopewood contestants had to pit their wits against cornfields lacking cleared paths along rights of way and follow tractor tracks to somehow find hidden stiles in overgrown hedges. Things improved running along Wenlock Edge until a pile of leaves turned into snakes and bees; a scarecrow came to life and starting chasing me and a 3,000 foot chasm opened up at my feet; at that point it occurred to me that there was a slight possibility that I may be hallucinating! After a 20 minute nap at the next checkpoint normal service was resumed to tackle the last few hills before an ascent of The Long Mynd again via Knolls. A final downhill dash led to the finish where the fun began the day before.

Starters: 30

Finishers: 14

Retired: 16

First Man: Alex McMunn; 24:55

First Lady: 7th overall; Angela White; 30:44

Steven Jones: 9th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 33:12

Weather: Very hot - even at night.

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posted by StevenJones on 27th Jul 2017

LDWA North York Moors 100

Saturday 27 May 2017

102 miles (164.2 km); 11,370 feet (3,463 m) of ascent

Starters: 492

Finishers: 341

Retired: 151

First Man: Gary Upstone; 22:41

First Lady: 5th overall; Lisa Joanne Walbridge; 25:21

Steven Jones: 181st; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 39:07

A tour of trails, paths, roads, hills and so on in the heat of the cruel and merciless sun of the North York Moors. The checkpoints were bountifully stocked with a variety of delights to both sustain the entrants and delay their progress while indulging in the sumptuous banquet.

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posted by StevenJones on 27th Jul 2017

Dragon's Back Race

22-26 May 2017

196 miles (315 km); 50,850 feet (15,500 m) of ascent

A five day stage race covering the mountains of Wales. The first day includes all the Welsh 3,000's and the route works its way south covering just about all the rest of the mountains in Wales.

Finishers: 127

First Man: Marcus Scotney; 37:58:37

First Lady: 9th overall; Carol Morgan; 48:41:47

28th: Gregory Crowley; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 54:32:58

26th: Charlie Elliot; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 59:38:56

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posted by StevenJones on 27th Jul 2017

Apocalypse 50

Saturday 20 May 2017

50 miles (80.5 km); 9,800 feet (2,987 m) of ascent

Route description: The event was centred on the Church Stretton School which operated as the start/finish/central checkpoint/base for refreshments and bag drop. The route consisted of four loops from and back to the HQ as follows:

Conquest: Caer Caradoc Hill; The Wilderness; Willstone Hill and Gaer Stone.

War: Over The Long Mynd via the Carding Mill Valley; through Ratlinghope and back over the Betchcott Hills

Death: A double ascent of The Long Mynd.

Famine: Out to Wenlock Edge then back over Ragleth Hill.

The loops could be completed in any order and, indeed, in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction so long as all the self-clip checkpoints on the course were duly clipped into the race "passport". The permutations meant that at the start runners scattered in all directions and it was never possible to know where you were in relation to other competitors until the end. With everyone coming back to the race HQ at the end of each loop the organisers only needed one main central base to monitor proceedings and keep the runners fed and watered.

Name

Miles

Ascent (feet)

Conquest

9.5

2,350

War

13.5

2,600

Death

12.5

2,400

Famine

14.5

2,450

Total

50.0

9,800

Starters: At least 67

Finishers: 32

Retired: No details

First Man: Daniel Hendriksen; 9:52

First Lady: 5th overall; Helen Pike; 11:03

Steven Jones: Joint 30th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 14:33

Trevor Matty: Joint 30th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 14:33

Weather: Initially warm but on the second loop the rain started but eased off. On the third loop the rain was very heavy but it was dry again on the final loop.

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posted by StevenJones on 27th Apr 2017

Lakes Mountain 42

Saturday 8 April 2017

42 miles (67.6 km); 10,387 feet (3,166 m) of ascent (approximate figures)

Starting at Askham the route visited the summits of Loadpot Hill and High Street before passing Angle Tarn on the way to Patterdale. A steady trail up Grisedale led to Grisedale Tarn then a rocky path continued down to a fast track to the Wythburn Church car park. The ascent of Helvellyn took the race past an inevitable swarm of tourists then along to Whiteside before descending to Glenridding and back past Patterdale. Place Fell was the final peak to be tackled before a return to the start via Martindale Church.

Starters: 95

Finishers: 87

Retired: 8

First Man: Casper Kaars Sijpesteijn; M; 7:29

First Lady: 12th overall; Karen Nash; FV50; 9:19

Peter Eccleston: 50th; M; 11:32

Steven Jones: 73rd; DPFR; MV50; 12:55

The weather was very hot; too hot to run fast but extremely good visibility giving superb panoramic views. Dark Peak Fell Runners remain in third place after the third race of the series for 2017.

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posted by StevenJones on 27th Apr 2017

Calderdale Hike

Saturday 1 April 2017

37.4 miles (60.2 km); 6,300 feet (1,920 m) of ascent

Starters:95

Finishers:88

Retired:7

First Man: Kevin Hoult; 5:10

First Lady: 9th overall; Nicky Spinks; DPFR; 6:27

John Bottomley: 3rd; DPFR; 5:47

Steven Jones: 55th; DPFR; 9:09

There were also walkers on the long course and a shorter course of 26 miles for both runners and walkers.

The weather was mostly warm and dry but there was heavy rain before crossing the M62 by Windy Hill although it eased off fairly quickly then stopped.

The Runfurther results so far show Dark Peak Fell Runners in third position.

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posted by StevenJones on 27th Apr 2017

Haworth Hobble

Saturday 11 March 2017

32 miles (51.5 km); 4,400 feet (1,341 m) of ascent

Starters:Not known

Finishers:367

Retired:Not known

First Man: Thomas Payn; M35; 3:54:18

First Lady: 20th overall; Julie Briscoe; F40; Wakefield; 4:31:54

John Bottomley: 22nd; M35; DPFR; 4:35:56

Sally Fawcett: 26th and 2nd lady; F35; DPFR; 4:38:54

James Gregory:133rd; M35; DPFR; 5:50:47

Jim Paxman: 173rd; M55; DPFR; 6:12:22

Yvonne Beckwith: 232nd; F45; DPFR; 6:39:50

Alison Wainwright: 234th; F; DPFR; 6:41:26

Steven Jones: 319th; M50; DPFR; 7:50:10

John Vernon: 366th; M65: DPFR; 9:41:35

The weather was dry throughout and quite mild for the time of year. With good visibility and kind conditions the running was straightforward. The Haworth Hobble is a race for singles or pairs with mostly single runners taking part. No details of the number of starters or those retiring are available although quite a few did retire. During the event there were hot dogs, doughnuts, whisky and other refreshments. This year's race was used as the British Trial for IAU World Trail Championships with some good runners entering and six men breaking the course record and eight finishing in under four hours.

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posted by StevenJones on 27th Apr 2017

Millennium Way

Sunday 5 March 2017

41 miles (66 km); 793 feet (242 m) of ascent

Due to a route diversion inspired by heavy floods the revised route for the day was about 42 miles. The path involved was completely inundated and it was not possible to see where the riverbank path or the river was and tackling the original route would have involved the use of scuba equipment.

Starters:Not known

Finishers:145

Retired:Not known

First Man: Martin Bailey; MV40; 5:48:00

First Lady:17th overall; Patricia van Rooyen; FV40; 7:36:53

Steven Jones: 64th; MV50; DPFR; 9:12:27

There was heavy rain at the start but it eased off later.The ground conditions were very wet indeed and lots of fields were flooded and very muddy.It was hard going.

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posted by StevenJones on 27th Apr 2017

Spine Race

Sunday 15 January 2017 to Sunday 22 January 2017

268 miles (431 km); 36,729 feet (11,195 m) of ascent

Starters:113

Finishers:63

Retired:50

First Man:Tom Hollins (supported);99:25:36

First Lady and joint 6th overall:Carol Morgan (supported);109:54:00

Gregory Crowley:9th;DPFR;120:45:07

Steven Jones:DPFR;DNF - Malham

Weather:Interesting and very seasonal!

The Spine Race event consists of the full Spine Race involving a 268 mile (431 km) adventure up the Pennine Way starting in Edale and finishing in Kirk Yetholm in Scotland with an ascent along the way of around 13,195 metres (36,729 feet).There is also a "fun run" version called the Spine Challenger which lasts a mere 108 miles and finishes at Hawes (as does the Spine MRT Challenge).

260 runners from 22 different countries took part in the three versions of the Spine Race events.It is regarded as a gruelling race due the winter weather conditions; it being dark for most of the time; navigation; sleep deprivation and the terrain.

The Spine Race started with rain and snow and passed numerous fell runners coming the other way on the Marsden to Edale Trigger.There was plenty of scope to wade through icy streams and rivers on the Kinder Plateau, Bleaklow and Black Hill before settling down to more benign conditions.A number of runners were swept away in the torrents but were rescued by other runners or made it out on their own.For those taking part it was a memorable experience.

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posted by StevenJones on 24th Dec 2016

Tour de Helvellyn

Saturday 17 December 2016

38 miles (61.1 km); 7,874 feet (2,400 m) of ascent

Starting in Askham the route generally follows footpaths and bridleways to St Peter's Church near Martindale; Boredale (Boardale on the British Mountain Map); Patterdale; Sticks Pass; Stannah Beck; Swirls car park; Birkside Ghyll; Raise Beck; Grisedale Tarn; Patterdale again and back to Askham. There were quite a few runners eagerly anticipating some wild winter weather featuring snow, gales, driving rain, poor visibility and generally exciting conditions. They were denied the chance to test themselves in adverse weather conditions since there were fairly clear skies; no rain or any form of precipitation whatsoever and good visibility. The unseasonally mild conditions while disappointing some runners did enable the scenery to be appreciated in full which was well worth looking at.

Starters: 219

Finishers: 201

Retired: 18

First Man: Jim Mann; Durham Fell Runners; M; 5:42:46

First Lady: 5th overall; Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn; North Leeds Fell Runners; F; 6:16:53

Charlie Eliot: 14th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; MV40; 6:43:50

David Harrison: 24th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; MV50; 7:03:29

Ian Loombe: 36th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; MV40; 7:23:42

Steve Adams: Joint 58th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; MV40; 7:46:36

Jo Barnes: 125th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; F; 9:13:09

Steven Jones: 178th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; MV50; 10:45:00

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posted by StevenJones on 15th Nov 2016

Warrington Way Ultra

Saturday 12 November 2016

40 miles (64.4 km); 820 feet (250 m) of ascent

A circular route commencing in Lymm near Warrington on a flat course following paths and trails albeit boasting huge puddles and mud courtesy of inclement weather the night before. In addition to solo runners there were also pairs and relay teams of four taking part.

Starters: 123

Finishers: 117

Retired: 6

First Man: Sean Fenwick; 5:29

First Lady: Erika Lamb; 25th overall; 6:45

Julie Bembridge: 2nd lady; 27th overall; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 6:46

Steven Jones: 84th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 8:38

John Vernon: 114th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 10:33

Weather: Light rain for a bit of the day but there had been torrential rain in the night

This was the final race in the Runfurther series of ultra races. Dark Peak Fell Runners were 7th for 2016.

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posted by StevenJones on 2nd Nov 2016

Dusk til Dawn - Saturday 29 October 2016

50 miles (80.5 km); 8,858 feet (2,700 m) of ascent

The race started at dusk on Saturday (5:40 pm) at Hope College in Hope and participants initially visited the summit of Lose Hill before passing through Castleton and up Cave Dale along the Limestone Way to Miller's Dale and then Earl Sterndale. After wading through some bogs the route took in Shining Tor, Cats Tor, Windgather Rocks, Taxal Edge and Eccles Pike before the village of Chinley. The last part of the route went via Cracken Edge to Lord's Seat, Mam Tor and Hollins Cross before descending and passing the edge of Castleton back to the finish at Hope. Having run through the night the objective was to finish before dawn or at least in the twilight. There was also the option of a marathon or half marathon route for those not wishing to run throughout most or all of the night.

Starters: Not known (no details available)

Finishers: 65

Retired: Apparently quite a high percentage

First Man: Andy Brooks; MV40; Shelton Striders; 9:15

First Lady: Carol Morgan; joint 3rd overall; FV40; Nidd Valley Striders; 10:09

David Harrison: joint 3rd; MV50; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 10:09

Steven Jones: 55th; MV50; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 14:56

The weather was reasonable with no rain albeit a little bit cold but there was lots of fog and mist and in some parts it was so thick that it was barely possible to see the ground a few paces ahead let alone any landmarks or scenery.

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posted by StevenJones on 19th Oct 2016

Round Rotherham Run, Saturday 15 October 2016

50 miles (80.5 km); 2,625 feet (800 m) of ascent

A trail run around Rotherham following the Rowbotham's Round Rotherham footpath mostly over farmland and rural areas on sign-posted paths, bridleways and roads with very little ascent. The weather was mild and dry.

Starters: 213

Finishers: 193

Retired: 20

First Man: Kevin Hoult; MV40; Stadium Runners; 6:29:50

First Lady: 21st overall; Karen Nash; FV50; 8:35:54

Gregory Crowley: 35th; MV40; DPFR; 9:14:15

Neil Drake: 104th; MV50; DPFR; 11:50:03

Jim Fulton: 105th; MV60; DPFR; 11:50:08

Steven Jones: 121st; MV50; DPFR; 12:13:46

John Vernon: MV60; DPFR; 12:56:22

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posted by StevenJones on 6th Oct 2016

Longmynd Hike

Saturday 1 October 2016

50 miles (80.5 km); 8,000 feet (2,438 m) of ascent

Starting from the Old Cardington Lane at 1 pm on the Saturday the route visits the summits of Caer Caradoc and the Lawley before Pole Bank (part of the Long Mynd), the Stiperstones and Earls Hill and then over the border into Wales to the top of Corndon Hill. Back in England Black Rhadley Hill is tackled before going back up the Long Mynd to Pole Cottage prior to the final ascent up Ragleth Hill before finishing in Church Stretton in the dark (or after sunrise for the slower participants). Compulsory grouping applies after dark with participants grouped into at least threes. The event was blessed with ample rain and drizzle making the conditions very wet and muddy.

Starters: 515

Finishers: 396

Retired: 119

First Man: Simon Adney; 8:17

First Lady: 5th overall; Mel Price; 9:26

Trevor Matty: Joint 69th; 14:15; DPFR

Steven Jones: Joint 107th; 14:56; DPFR


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posted by StevenJones on 5th Oct 2016

King Offa's Dyke Race

Friday 8 pm 23 September 2016 to Tuesday 8 pm 27 September 2016

185 miles (297.7 km); 29,806 feet (9,085 m) of ascent

The course follows the Offa's Dyke national trail path from near Chepstow in South Wales to Prestatyn in North Wales. The route roughly follows the boundary between England and Wales and crosses numerous counties in both England and Wales; passes several towns and villages and ascends more hills than I care to remember including the Black Mountains and the Clwydian Range giving a cumulative ascent and descent surpassing sea level to the summit of Everest. There was a 96 hour (four day) cut-off with any resting or sleeping eating into the time available.

Starters: 73

Finishers: 44

Retired: 29

First Man: John Knapp 52 hours 26 minutes

First Lady: Michelle Bowen Joint 4th overall 62 hours 15 minutes

Steven Jones: Dark Peak Fell Runners 21st 83 hours 49 minutes

Weather: Initially good and no rain. Later there was lots of rain on the way to Knighton and in the night it was torrential. It eased off a bit but resumed at Chirk and got more intense on the Clwydian Range of hills but stopped again later.

The general consensus amongst the survivors was that it had been a tough event but thoroughly enjoyable (in a strange sort of way).

For those who didn't relish the prospect of the full 185 miles there was the shorter option of the Mercian Challenge 100 miles (which was the first 100 miles of the King Offa's Dyke Race and finishing at Montgomery):

1st Tom Bentley-Taylor 25 hours and no minutes

1st lady and 3rd overall Cristina Puccini 37 hours 40 minutes

Starters: 16

Finishers: 6

Retired: 10

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posted by StevenJones on 22nd Sep 2016

Cumbria Way Ultra

Saturday 17 September 2016

73 miles (117.5 km); 10,000 feet (3,048 m) of ascent

Starting in Ulverston the course follows the Cumbria Way through the middle of the Lake District past Coniston Water; along the Langdale valley; up to Stake Pass; through Keswick; past Skiddaw House via the Latrigg Car Park; to the summit of High Pike; down to Caldbeck; through Dalston and finally to the finish inside Carlisle Castle. With an ample time limit of 27 hours there was plenty of time to stop for a pub lunch along the way and pop into a cafe or two for cold milkshakes and ice creams rather than racing about in the mid-day heat on an unseasonally hot day. The race starts in darkness and runners are greeted by the sunrise before too long and most runners will also see the sunset too and there was a superb full moon to illuminate the night and provide a distraction from weary legs towards the end. Along with solo runners there were relay teams of either two or five per team for those wishing to spread the journey between several runners. The results below represent just the solo runners.

Starters: 57

Finishers: 46

Retired: 11

First Man: Andrew Horrobin; Helm Hill; 14:11:20

First Lady: Sabrina Verjee; 4th overall; 14:41:23

Jim Paxman: 21st; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 20:11:06

Steven Jones: 37th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 22:47:56

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posted by StevenJones on 16th Sep 2016

Ten Peaks Brecon Beacons Long Course

Saturday 10 September 2016

55.3 miles (89 km); 15,748 feet (4,800 m) of ascent

Route description: Starting from the Talybont Reservoir the course heads west to take in a number of peaks south of Pen y Fan and ultimately to the twin peaks of The Black Mountain. It then heads back east but about a mile further north to take in different peaks on the return trip including the rollercoaster ridgeline of Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn, Fan y Big and Bwlch y Ddwyallt prior to the slippery final descent back to race headquarters.

There is also a Short Course option which is only 58 km with only 3,000 metres of ascent.It is possible to register for the Short Course or for those feeling the pace at Checkpoint 2 to divert to the Short Course from the Long Course to avoid The Black Mountain, Fan Gyhirych and Fan Nedd.

Starters: 125

Finishers: 83

Retired: 30

Transferred to the Short Course: 12

First Man: David Chetta; Mercia Fell Runners; 12:27:25

First Lady: Karen Nash; 12th overall; Krypton; 15:57:48

Steven Jones: 43rd; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 19:24:35

Weather: Heavy rain the night before and easing off in the morning. After about two hours the rain stopped. However, the deluge of rain had made the bogs even wetter than usual and the paths were flowing with water and the streams were raging torrents. The wet conditions slowed people down with most people seeming to think that they had taken about an hour off their time. In the afternoon it was very, very hot and one of the hottest days of the year making the going tough. After dark after the Storey Arms it got very cold and putting on lots of extra layers at that Checkpoint was a wise tactic. The fastest runners had already finished by then in daylight.

There was also a Short Course which was only 58 km and with 3,000 metres of ascent.100 people finished the Short Course with only 6 people retiring.

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posted by StevenJones on 16th Sep 2016

Lakes Sky Ultra

Saturday 23 July 2016

56 km; 4,500 metres of ascent; grade III scrambling and sharp ridges in the Lake District.Mike Robinson was there (and I was not) and he was quite enthusiastic about it.

First Man: Donald Campbell; 7:30:40

First Lady: 9th overall; Sarah Ridgway; Run Snowdonia; 8:38:46

12th: Mike Robinson; DPFR; 8:55:03

72nd: John Brierley; DPFR; 13:34:27

The race will be repeated on 14, 15 and 16 July 2017 for those who missed it this year.This clashes with something else already planned but I may well have a go at it in 2018.

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posted by StevenJones on 8th Sep 2016

Lakeland 50 / 100

Confirmed entries for the Lakeland 50 / Lakeland 100 for 28-30 July 2017 show that a few Dark Peak Fell Runners have managed to successfully negotiate the notoriously tight application process with entries selling out within minutes of going live.They are:

Dan Stowers (50 miles)

Peter Hague (100 miles)

Steven Jones (100 miles)

Alison Wainwright (100 miles)

I have also entered the recce from Ambleside to Coniston on Saturday 28 January 2017 if anyone is interested in sharing transport.

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