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...
Three Peaks Bike Race:- results. Rob Jebb finished first, and a veritable list of fell runners not that long after...Far too complicated for Carshare to sift through, but anyone want a mention?
Crowden Horseshoe - results.
Shipman Knotts - results. Another one from ages since...
Grisedale Horseshoe 2014 - results.
Buttermere Triathlon - seems totally bonkers to me, swimming across the lake, the bike over Honister and Whinlatter, and then do some running. Fitting that totally bonkers category is Ben Robson, 129th, 00:29:11 for the swim, 01:53:53 on the bike and 01:26:45 running, a finish in 03:49:49.
Of course, we put out results of anything and anywhere, maybe even the Bog Snorkelling Championships - or (as Willy suggests..) the triathlons that Mr Robson may be doing.
Final English Championships – . FRA Website link.
Many thanks to everyone who has been involved and travelled throughout the year.Just looking through these names, so many people have supported the club, and just as important are those who have slogged hard around races without getting listed recognition.
Senior Men:- Rhys – 4th : Oli - 8th.
MV40:- Spyke - 7th.
MV45:- Spyke - 3rd : John Hunt - 6th=
MV50:- Joe - 3rd=
MV55 - Keith - 8th.
MV60:- Keith – 5th.
MV65:- DT – 8th
MU23:- Tom Saville – 3rd : Johnny Malley – 4th :
Senior ladies:- Judith - 5th
LV40:- Judith – 3rd.
LV45:- Judith – 1st.
Senior Men Team:- 1st - counting races are Pendle, Kentmere, Ennerdale, Sedbergh.
MV40 Team:- 2nd - counting races are Pendle, Kentmere, Ennerdale, Sedbergh.
MV50 Team:- 2nd - counting races are Hodder Valley, Kentmere, Ennerdale, Sedbergh.
Senior Ladies Team:- 3rd. - counting races are Pendle, Kentmere, Coniston, Sedbergh.
LV40 Team:-1st- counting races are Pendle, Kentmere, Coniston, Sedbergh.
Medals will be awarded to anyone who has counted in these races. These are from from the FRA Statistician, who will in time forward a list to Jon Broxap to sort it all out.
Pendle (P) : Kentmere (K) : Ennerdale (E) : Sedbergh (S) : Coniston (C) : Hodder Valley (H).
Senior Men:- Rhys (P), Rob Little (P), Mark Tuckett (P), Neil (P), Tom (P), Oli (K), Rob Baker (K), Spyke (K), John Hunt (E). Jon Morgan (S).
MV40:- Tom (P), Dave Taylor (P), John Hunt (P), Mike Robinson (H), Spyke (K), Joe (K), Simon (K), Jon Morgan (K), John Hunt (E).
MV50:- Joe (K), Andy Dickenson (K), Keith (K), Greg (E), Mick (H), Steve Bell (H).
Senior Ladies:- Judith (P), Pippa (P), Clare (P), Heather (C), Nicola (S). Kirsty (S)
LV40:- Judith (P), Pippa (P), Kirsty (P), Jenny (K), Nicola (S).
Senior Men:-Neil – 7th : Rob Little – 10th.
MV50:- Joe –8th : Keith - 9th : Ashley – 10th : Andy Dickenson - 11th.
MV60:- Keith - 2nd .
MU23:- Johnny Malley - 4th= : Jon Crickmore - 4th=
LV40:- Jenny - 12th.
Senior Men Team:- 2nd - (4th at Maesgwm). Counting races are - Ennerdale : Dollar : Donard.
MV40 Team:- 2nd - (5th at Maesgwm) . Counting races are - Ennerdale : Dollar : Donard.
MV50 Team:- 1st - (2nd at Maesgwm). Counting races are - Ennerdale : Donard and Dollar
The FRA Statistician has most efficiently provided the official list of medal recipients, and medals are awarded to these people, having counted in any of these races.
E = Ennerdale : Don = Donard : Dol = Dollar
Senior Men -Oli (E) : Rhys (E) : Neil (E) : Tom (E) : John Hunt (E) : Dave Taylor (Don) : Simon (Don) : Mike Robinson (Don) : Johnny Crickmore (Dol) : Rob (Dol) : Pete Hodges (Dol) : Joe (Dol).
MV40:- Tom (E) ; John Hunt (E) : Jon Morgan (E) : Spyke (E) : Dave Taylor (Don) : Simon (Don) : Mike (Don) : Dave Sykes (Don). Joe (Dol) : Greg (Dol) : Mick Stenton (Dol).
MV50:- Joe (E) : Greg (E) : Andy Dickenson (E) : Ashley (Don) : Keith (Don) : Mick (Dol)
Carshare is back from Zurich. Unfortunately it's hard to decide which is worse, my German speaking or running....
Hodder Valley - final English Championship. Men's Results. Ladies Results (Our most reputable Carshare League organiser is temporarily putting the results on the website..)
An excellent course, genuine AS, a good show venue, and well organised.
The Senior Men not at full strength, but should have won the English Championships already, and many deserved congratulations to all concerned throughout the year.
A very strong MV40 group, but so had Borrowdale, and they may well have dumped us to second place. On a rough count, we may have been 2nd, so equal on 45 points. Countback could be some problem.....
As for the MV50 group, it effectively seemed like a selection race for the FRA Relays, certainly plenty for Keith to scrutinise when facing up to the huge problem of picking a team. Hopefully one/some of any unlucky ones may be selected for the "C" Team?
In due course the final Championship results will be out, and I'll try and list medal recipients...
Ladies - only Judith, and of course she was very high up, as ever. The LV40 Team are Champions.
Dan Middlemas is expecting to be flagging the route - in a manner known only to DPFR runners, we hope, - for Guisborough Three Tops, next year English Championship Medium.
Peris Horseshoe - and Half Peris Horseshoe:-
Nine Edges Race:- results. With no clubs listed, you may well have been left out of the DPFR results, so please ask our webmaster to fiddle any corrections.
Mountain Trial - Carshare League Race.
Classic results. Nicky is 2nd Lady, after Jasmin Paris. Rhys is 2nd M. after Hector Haines, but a gap of 36 mins. Long day out, seems to have been some strong course?
men are confirmed as 1st Team.
John Hunt doubled up from Hodder Valley:- "Fantastic course if you went over the tops (any combination of Helvellyn, the Dodds, and anything else nearby...) as I did. I couldn't resist them".
Medium Results. - 1st Lady for Kirsty - and Short Results - can be fiddled from this link
Monday - Summer Series 12 :- from Strines.
Wormstones - results, from ages since.
Some new recruits to the league, and a particularly strong showing from the women and over 65s respectively (welcome Brother Lockwood), with some canny entries on the short and medium courses securing particularly high scores ... not least Ms Bryan-Jones whose orienteering class clearly shone through once again. Indeed, there must be something in the air - independence perhaps? - with (methinks) Father Bryan-Jones winning outright on the Short Course, and our other double-barreled would-be Scotsman (Rhys F-R) securing second on the Classic Course this year.
In the absence of a determination from the Cat (who may or may not have been a DNF on the Classic Course) as to the Team Prize winners, this particular award must perforce be held in abeyance. More disappointing still, with the enforced absence of Barber Surgeon Caddick through injury, we will for the second year running not have a woman completing the requisite five qualifying races for the league - leaving your absentee correspondent with a difficult decision to make as to this year's first honorary woman.
We all have our crosses to bear, I guess, chief amongst which for your correspondent this weekend being the call away to higher duties, delivering precious cargo to Glasgow School of Art, such that I could not on this occasion join in the fun.
Last up then, as previously trailed, is The Screes, Nether Wasdale, featuring the first Carshare League Awayday Weekend. All welcome - kids included - and the opportunity to give our (mostly) youngers and betters a good cheer at the FRA Relays on the Sunday morning. Do let me know by email if you plan to come along.
English Championships – after Sedbergh . FRA Website link.
Senior Men:- Rhys – 4th : Oli - 10th.
MV40:- Tom - 8th : Spyke - 9th.
MV45:- John Hunt - 3rd : Spyke - 6th= : Joe - 10th :
MV50:- Joe - 3rd=
MV55 - Keith - 8th.
MV60:- Keith – 5th.
MV65:- DT – 7th
MU23:- Johnny Malley – 3rd : Tom Saville – 6th
Senior ladies:- Judith - 6th=
LV40:- Judith – 2nd.
LV45:- Judith – 1st, and Champion.
Senior Men Team:- 1st- (1st at Sedbergh)
MV40 Team:- 1st. ( 1st at Sedbergh)
MV50 Team:- 2nd (2nd at Sedbergh)
Senior Ladies Team:- 2nd - ( 3rd at Sedbergh)
LV40 Team:-1st - (1st at Sedbergh. )
2015 Championship Races:- We know of Duddon, AL, and in a break from tradition, "Manx Fell Runners are pleased and proud to announce that they will be holding a round of the English Championships on the Isle of Man in 2015. This will be a long counter and held on June 13th over a modified Bradda race route."
Other rumours will await a definite confirmation...
World Masters Mountain Race - is in the Stubai Alps, Austria.
I've not found the results yet, but I'm told Craig Roberts was 2nd, and Ann Marie Jones - 1st. Few other medals, i suspect.
Next year it is in Wales, at Betws-y-Coed, Five-year categories, from V35.
Ben Nevis:- results . With 2nd Lady for Judith.
Grisedale Horseshoe - any results, even from last year, most welcome...Sue Robinson has found this on Twitter, thanks!, "Won by Rhys FR then Lloyd T and Mark Roberts. Ladies: Jackie Lee then Lyn Thompson."
Getting rather secretive are we, Rhys?
OMM Lite - Penrith -
Exterminator - results.
Loweswater Show -
Shelf Moor - results.
Great North Run......results. I see that Keith didn't stay with Mo Farah, but well round in 01:36:54. Anyone else need a mention?Trunce 9 - results.
Roseberry Topping -results.
Coming Soon:- "The Lake District Mountain Trial, on Sunday 15th September has been announced as being from Patterdale. This is the penultimate counter in the Carshare League…and the decision is that " unless persuaded otherwise, any course counts. % of winner's time in each case."
All will be relieved to know that Carshare's navigational skills will not be unleashed upon those hills..
The newsletter editor has been nagging me to put the latest caption competition photo online. I have avoided it as long as possible but had to give in eventually. So here it is: comments please directly to Dave Holmes or in the Comments section below.
The webmaster (and roving trig point)
Maesgwm - Llanberis. results. The final British Championships race, and best put that our Team positions will remain unchanged. For the Seniors, Carnethy were out in force, and a posse of Borrowdale runners had got the team out most strong in the MV40. Hopefully a weakened MV50 team were saving themselves for Hodder Valley. Donna made up the Ladies Team.
An excellent course indeed. Moel Eilio has oft been a Championship course, but with the up-and-down of Cynghorion, and also the loop at the end to Cefn Du, this was much harder. Thankfully the weather held clear.
Performance of the day was clearly from Keith, first V60, and either 2nd or 3rd for the Championships. Deserved reward for consistency throught the year(s).
Some notable candidates for the FRA "C" Team would have enhanced their chances of selection.
So in a fortnight it is the final English Championship race, Hodder Valley, just inland from Clitheroe. Entry on Day - just don't be late. Hopefully our Club can round it off in style?
As for final Team placings, individual medals, etc, we'd best await the findings of the FRA Statistician...
Our esteemed Carshare League Organiser was heard to claim the finish at Hoppits Hill amongst the hardest in Fell Races....little did he know about Maesgwm...or did you sprint up it? So what is the steepest finish?...(now that the original Boulsworth Hill is no longer..)
Peak District Challenge - various long distance courses. Anyone doing any of these?
FRA Relay Maps are now available.
Legs 1 and 4 are the same, just alternating the direction. About 5 miles?, but a 2000ft climb - not far off? (that is two Grindslow Knolls...)
Leg 2 - Long pairs, looks to be a hard, strong effort.
Leg 3 - navigation, could be anything.
As for Team selection, some unenviable task indeed. Not that long, now, and getting a similar "AL" or "AS" result would help enormously. And there are two Championship races left, what better way to show current capabilities?
For us poor souls who won't make any team, it must make a marvellous place to be running. And handing out Jaffa Cakes..,.
BOFR A Malham Show:- results. A most recommended event. Typical BOFRA, listed as 2.5miles, and at least 4 miles. Out of the show field, wade the stream/river, a long 2 miles up - round the top and hammer back down. Turn round was some hill just to the side of Malham Cove. The announcer called me in as "Dark Peak - wherever that is..." . We need some missionaries to venture up another year, it seems.
Thornbridge - Ashford race:-
Arnison Crag Horseshoe:- Rhys "ran Arnison Crag Horseshoe on Saturday. and won in 22.30 knocking 27 seconds off Phil Davies' record. A nice course, well worth a visit for the Dog Day and show attached. Dan Middlemas also in attendance, 5th, 26.38"
Nicky's - David Bell Memorial. Carshare League Counter - results. David Lund romped home with maximum points. Considering the work and effort that goes into this event, we shouid be giving it the support it deserves. A good, hard enough course, good place to be running, and very hard to get away without a prize. What more could be asked for? So next year, put it (them?) on the list.
Grasmere Sports:- results
Tour of Norland Moor - results.
Barrow - part of Keswick Show - results. Nobody here ahead of Rhys..."Barrow was also a nice route, great to do the Barrow descent without having to do Grisedale and Crag Hill first! "
Hope Show:- never seems to have happened?
BOFRA Reeth Show:- results.
Hebden - near Grassington. A stream to negotiate, two high walls to scrabble over, a wire fence - all part of another BOFRA race.
Eyam Barrel Inn:- results.
Kilnsey Show - another win for Rob Hope. results.
Inclined to Madness - N.Y.Moor - results.
Lakeland Classics series. Two races left, Three Shires and Langdale. Just now, John Hunt - 3rd, Tom Brunt - 4th, Joe - 5th. Many others in the placings for that prestigious mug, but all depends on who else may get their 3rd counter in. As for the Team Prize, them others had best contend 2nd place.
Championship - last two races.
Hodder Valley (Bowland) - is Entry on Day, limited to the first 400, but filling that up would be a surprise. Five races gone, a shame not to round off the Series by getting all teams out in full effort.
This is the top part of Totridge. The lower part is on private fields, but easily looked at on the day. Then some way up this hillside, a little loop, and hammer back down the way we came up.
The venue is Dunsop Bridge, inland from Clitheroe.
Sedbergh. English AL Championship. - results.
Wild, windy and wet at times, but enough drier spells to make things reasonable. Lots to sort out, but meanwhile.
Ladies - 2nd Senior Team, which must help enormously. No idea where the LV40 team came, but most definitely they did enough to close 1st place in the overall Championships. Many congratulations indeed. Judith was 1st LV45, which makes her Champion, and all to play for in the other categories.
Men - 1st Senior Team, hopefully 1st MV40 Team, and 2nd MV50 team. Not that bad, really...
Keith was 3rd V60, Joe - 2nd V50. Apologies if I've missed someone off. Oops! Spyke was walking out for something important...
Team Positions. This was after Kentmere...
Men - now have 12+12+12+8= 44. My adding makes it that we can't be caught?
MV40:- now have 12+12+12+9 = 45. We need to win at Hodder Valley.
MV50:- 12+9+9+8=38. We can'tcatch Helm Hill, but should be safe as 2nd.
Ladies:- 9+9+9+6=33. Ambleside have won, close now between us and Helm Hill for 2nd/3rd.
LV40:- 12+12+12+??? = 1st overall.
Turner Landscape - results - as good a course as they come, with a handful of DPFR connoisseurs lining up to appreciate the tops around Dow Crag. Colder and windy up tops, but no real clag problems. Some distinct travellers worthy of our FRA "C" team, but sadly Carshare's performance didn't fit the bill...
And a timely reminder for the Men, you need to be contacting Rob Little should you want to be considered for any team...
Peak Forest - results - can't remember when this once was...
Maesgwm Muddle:- From Nicky:- "At Arenig Fawr race today the MM organisor was saying he has 200 entries for this race and a 250 limit so anyone wanting to enter best do so very quickly."
Sedbergh - in a fortnight. Completely essential that all our teams are out strong. The current standings are:-
Senior Men Team:- 1st
MV40 Team:- 1st.
MV50 Team:- 2nd
Senior Ladies Team:- 3rd
All the men's teams scored heavily at the other Long, Ennerdale, but most definitely still need the points., whereas it is now vital that the Ladies make it count at this second Long counter. Especially the LV40 team just need points on the board, having already three wins. I'm not seeing any entry list, to see who is running? Or any news about substitutions?
Borrowdale - Lakeland Classic and Carshare League counter. results.
The accident is mentioned by Andy Holden on the FRA Forum.
That must wrap up this year's Lakeland Classics?
In the absence of our esteemed Carshare League organiser, Lewis tells all:- "The attraction of the double header for points brought in throngs of Dark Peakers for this race; Lakeland Classics and the most important Carshare leagues. Some 40 club members were rumoured to be on the pre-entry list. A raft of prizes went to the Dark Peak whippets across most categories. The weather varied from foul to mediocre through the course of the race. With very blustery conditions on eastern aspects and bands of heavy rain blowing through. So, tough conditions underfoot: sloppy in the mud and slippy on the rocks. With some poor visibility across Glaramara and on top of Scafell. Conditions to favour the lakeland aficionados and the mountain goats (wherever they may actually be in the field). It was good to see Richard Hopkinson on the start line - still going strong. Fiona Fullwood is ploughing on with her campaign of long, hard races and came away with a good result in another tough outing. Kenny Turner is getting back into the swing of things after last year's enforced layoff. Glen Borrell was in the unlucky position of getting an improved result that would have put him in last year's prizes, but the prize pot shrunk this year to first 20, rather than the previous 30. Jim Twohig made an impressive return to the fray after some absence. George Yates made a solid return to competition after his successful BG five weeks ago. And the club chaplain was on hand to offer words of wisdom to competitors of all denominations.
Both men's and women's team prizes went to Dark Peak.
In the absence of League convener Kitchen, no calculations were made for Carshare team prize. A finger in the air assessment suggests less than a nose between Sykes/Caddick and Holmes/Spinks/Lund."
Osmotherley Show - is one of the better N.Y. Moors courses, though all on good tracks. An entry largely comprised of them that can't get round Borrowdale. Just down before the heavens opened.
Arenig Fawr:- Nicky sends:- "After Borrowdale - well done all Dark Peakers there! I travelled to Bala, Wales for this Yiannis classic! 8.5 miles, 1000m climb and only 400m of track to contend with. Lloyd Taggart and Jackie Lee won, 1 was 4th Lady and 1st V40. Highly recommended race.". results.
So here we go! First is the Ian Hodgson, Sunday October 5th. Senior Men, Senior Ladies, V40 men, from Patterdale. For many, even most, this is the more important of the Relays, with Borrowdale Men looking at others from their long unbeaten run at this event.
Two weeks later is the FRA Relays, in the Howgills. Two Ladies Teams, and for the Men, two Senior teams, V40 , V50, and a strong open "C" team.
Keith will look after the selection for MV50. As shown on the Homepage, ASAP would hopeful runners please contact Rob Little for all other teams, and don't miss out on running for the "C" team, or even? organise it?
It really is up to runners to come forwards, and not sit waiting for a phone call.
And for runners who, like poor Carshare, won't make a "Z" team, all support on the days would be most encouraging...
As for selection of teams? The Ian Hodgson needs good pairings, a track record of being able to deal with Lakeland height, and a knowledge of the route. For the FRA, not a doubt that the Howgills will be harder than most Peak races. Potential isn't much help in picking the teams, whereas recent results really do help. The last two Championship races, Hodder Valley and Maesgwm, might well clear things up somewhat. Hodder Valley (Bowland) is E.O.D : the Welsh race needs an entry beforehand.
Le Tour de Yorkshire.
There's always someone, isn't there? Whilst most of us were content to find a way to Blubberhouses, Buttertubs, Holme Moss, etc, someone has to go that bit further, this time to Paris.
“You wouldn’t have the Edale Skyline in Versailles, so you can’t do this in Yorkshire.”- says our Paris Correspondent, typically moaning that it cost "roughly £22.00 for 3 ice creams and 2 sorbets".
But then John Hunt won't be getting any hill reps stuck in Paris...
Nottinghamshire AAA County 5K Champs. Dicky Wilkinson tells us " it was run in Newstead Abbey Park. I bust a gut to get a V50 silver in 18:26 - it makes up for the initial climb to dib 1 at Kentmere when I felt right poorly!"
DT - and the Parkrun league table could be resurrected if needed?
Duddon Valley .....is mentioned in the Fellrunner as a Championship AL race next year. Not a clue as to the others, though.
Kentmere - English Championship. It was sweltering hot at the start, and pouring rain at the finish, with a major struggle for cars to get out of the muddy field. Results.
Teams - Senior Men - looks like 1st (Rhys, Oli, Neil, Rob Baker, Spyke). It needs adding up closely with Calder Valley, and, as so often, the non-counters could well have been decisive.
MV40 - 1st? (Spyke, Joe, Simon, Jon Morgan).
MV50 - 2nd, after Helm Hill . (Greg works out..) - Joe, Andy Dickenson, Keith.
Ladies - too hard for me to add up.
Don't forget that for the FRA Relays there is also a "C" team, of willing contributors to the cause, and there are plenty of candidates here staking their claim.
So Sedbergh next, and if the clag is down, a recce would be most useful, importantly for the descent off Winder.
Borrowdale - Entries are full, but substitutions are easily arranged, on the day. Any spare entries going, please, as Jon Morgan would like to take one. email
Snowdon:- results. Helen is 1st LV45. With that threat of lightning, a turn-round at Clogwyn Station.
Dark & White MM - Mungrisedale. results.
Great Hucklow:- results.
Holme Moss:- results.
Coniston Country Fair:-
FRA AGM - what's involved...is
at Kendal, Saturday 26th July. Plenty of things to sift through, an
increase in membership fees, nominations for next year's officers. And
if there's things that concern us about the FRA, this is the place and
time to speak out.
Proxy Vote - is some big consideration, to have your say if unable to get to the AGM.
Kit Checks - worth remembering that gloves are (I think?) part of the mandatory kit requirements. I'm putting a pair in with the waterproof bottoms, to go to every race, just in case...
English Championships – after Kentmere. FRA Link
It doesn't need much brain power to work out that the last two Championship races are crucial, so off to Sedbergh we go.....
Senior Men:- Rhys – 3rd : Oli - 8th.
MV40:- Tom - 5th : Spyke - 9th=
MV45:- Spyke - 4th= : Joe - 7th : John Hunt - 10th
MV50:- Joe - 1st=
MV60:- Keith – 4th=
MV65:- DT – 5th
MU23:- Johnny Malley – 3rd : Tom Saville – 6th
Senior ladies:- Judith - 4th
LV40:- Judith – 2nd
LV45:- Judith – 1st:
Senior Men Team:- 1st- (1st at Kentmere)
MV40 Team:- 1st. ( 1st at Kentmere)
MV50 Team:- 2nd (2nd at Kentmere)
Senior Ladies Team:- 3rd - ( 2nd at Kentmere)
LV40 Team:-2nd - (1st at Kentmere)
With seven races down and five to go, there's a rather familiar flavour to the current top four, with Keith the only newbie, and Dave Lund looking good for top slot if he can just turn up and run consistently in the right direction for one more race. I'm hoping that Dr Dave can persuade his significant other to turn up another three times, failing which I may be in danger of retaining the Jordanthorpe 1st Year Rounders trophy for first honorary woman (though Keith may very well be a more deserving recipient this year) ... and more generally it'd be good to see a few more contenders of any gender completing the requisite five counting races.
Next up is Borrowdale (entries already closed) on Sat 2nd Aug, then Nicky's Hoppit's Hill short (Sun 24th Aug), the final Brit Champs counter in Llanberis (Maesgwm Muddle, Sat 30th Aug; pre-entries filling up very fast so get onto this one now), the Lake District Mountain Trial (another pre-entry job, Sun 14th Sept), and finally The Screes from Nether Wasdale on Sat 18th October.
Langdale entries. details. Carshare League - the last? and always popular. No form needed, that comes on the day, just put some stuff in the post to the organiser...
Wasdale:- results. 5th (John Hunt). 6th (Joe) , 8th (Johnny Malley), gives first team, and must just about settle the Lakeland Classics?. Nicky 15th - second Lady, and Keith is 1st V60.
This is the 3rd Lakeland Classics race, placings so far. Tom is 3rd, John Hunt - 4th, Joe - 7th.
Saunders MM - from Patterdale. results. Dicky Wilkinson sends:- "Andy Dickenson and me were in the Bowfell class and on both days and overall were the first vet men's team but on the age handicap they use we were second behind a team of 127 years to our 104.First MM for me and don't know why I've never done one before. Great event, excellent organisation and atmosphere. Weather was good both days for running and rained after tents and food prep was done. Navigation on both days went well but on checking optimum routes on the organisers maps for day 2 there were options we didn't consider - I've learned a lot from that. Interestingly, few if any chose these 'optimum routes'. If nothing else, Andy and me covered about 30 miles & 11000 feet over the weekend so a bit of prep for Kentmere!
Charlesworth and Chisworth Carnival:
Alva - BOFRA:- results.
Wharfedale TTT - results. Kettlewell was still basking in the decorations from Le Tour, and like everywhere, had made a resplendent effort. Some variations to the usual route this year, plenty more rough, and every opportunity for some to wander afar should the compass stay in the bag. The yellow sheep all around. The finish changed to the same finish used in the Relays - some desperate sting in the tail.