It's another year, and appropriate good wishes from Carshare to everybody, for whatever may be longed for.
Ireland British Championships. Saturday 9th April.
details A completely excellent course, from Donard Park in Newcastle. Muchly the long established Donard-Commedagh course, which has often been Championship, but now with a variation around the back of Commedagh. For once, no worry about entries, needed before late March, with no limit.
And being part of the Carshare League, what more incentive could there be to be joining in the excitement. A compass can sometimes help out.
Auld Lang Syne:- results
Moz's Birthday Run:-
Hunshelf Amble:- results.
Coming along soon. Sunday 17th Jan is the start of 2016 Carshare League, and that's Stanbury Splash. If you've not done one of Dave Woodhead's (MBE, don't forget..) races, they are character building. This is the longest, best of the courses, inevitably needing the shoes to be fastened tight. There is an art to parking, just ask if any help is needed. For the prize giving, nothing is remotely like it. Plus a free Malt Loaf thrown in for good value.
Very best of wishes from Carshare, to everyone for a most enjoyable time over these next few days.
Boxing Day Bogtrot:-
Chevin Chase:- around Otley Chevin.results (maybe someone was there?). Looks to have revived memories of that Great Lakes Run, without the stream crossings. Notable runners either couldn't get, or kept well clear. Carshare wasn't even spectating. The River Wharfe was higher than a few weeks back, no doubt flowing full power through the allotment once more. But so many others have awful real concerns.
Up theNab - results .Maybe it was too short a race for John Boyle, who finished 28th as a V45, then had his birthday and ran round again, finishing 77th as a V50. Is anyone having a clarification, please?
Bradfield Christmas Trees:-
Bradfield Boundary Run:-
Star Wars in the Lake District:- this clip shows how Derwentwater, etc, have been used in the new Star Wars film, with Storm Troopers attacking the likes of Keswick....
Really Wild Boar - results
Tour de Helvellyn - results
The Stoop - results . back to those bleakest of Haworth quarries and moorland bogs. The heatwave hadn't reached Penistone Hill, windy, cold standing around, but decent enough once we got going. Extremely sludgy and sinkable, it's usually much worse.
Lakeland Classics - 2016. Details are on P61 of the Calendar .Two of the Super Long races are needed, Wasdale, Duddon, Ennerdale and Buttermere Horseshoe, and one more - the Long Races being Borrowdale and Three Shires . No Langdale this year.
Found on Twitter - a short video of Ben Abdelnoor - https://amuse-i-d.vice.com/videos/born-to-pushing-... - note the interesting comment at about 2:50 in "fell runners tend not to have a lot of body fat, and an awful lot of clothes, and, some would say, not an awful lot of common sense". How true :)
"Men's Health" - our literary correspondent reports:- "get a copy of the Jan/Feb Men's Health and look at the article "49 Best Fitness Classes For Men in 2016". Somewhere around no. 34 is "Warting with Dark Peak" with a description that makes you lads sound like the finest physical specimens in the country (which of course you are)."
In an attempt to conduct further research, Carshare had a sneaky look in W H Smiths, but alas, the magazine was sneak-proof. Can someone please enlighten us, or supply this essential document?
Thanks to Loxley for this. The Brownlees will be pleased to be recognised as Honorary Warts, methinks.
Litton Christmas Cracker;- results
Peak Raid 3 - Round 4 - results. - Crowden -
Peak Raid Overall-Results -Richard Hunt just pipped Lewis to club honours, by turning in a good result at the last event. Although Mike Sprot & Richard Guillaume are actually DPFR members , but were too shy to admit it. Debbie Smith won the FV40 trophy.
Old Fellrunner Magazines:- Clive Last has a number of old Fell Runner magazines. Rather than just putting them in recycling, would anyone be wanting them? Best be contacting Clive, or email
Christmas Competition? Any suggestions forthcoming?
Three Tops - DPFR event.
Frostbite30 . This is a long thingy, 35miles, or not far off, around Nidderdale. I've not found the full results just yet, but Sally Fawcett was first Lady back.
Cardington Cracker - results
Gravy Pud:- results
Hayfield Santa Dash:- results
Eskdale Eureka - N.Y.Moors - results
New Eiger Nordwand record - the Youtube clip shows Ueli Steck getting up in 2hrs 22mins, this November.
The Trigger:- nothing like getting going early, is there? Sam Williams asks:- "Already put this out there on DPFR Facebook page but thought it'd be worth posting here too. Looking to arrange liftshare for Trigger (Marsden to Edale) in January. If anyone is keen, do get in touch ( email , comment, Facebook). Happy to put in money towards minibus (I'd offer to arrange but not local to city) from Sheffield or liftshare from Sheffield area/Notts/Derbyshire borderlands. Cheers, Sam"
Sale Fell - Mike has kindly sent the results for this local race, the top end of Bassenthwaite, finishing th, in 27.46. "There are no age categories but it was good to see a lad of about 17 or 18 winning, shortly ahead of his dad."
FRA Presentation Night - at Grasmere:-
Badger Bar Blast - results
Harriers v Cyclists - results. We appear to have a mystery runner, as "Joseph" has finished 99th, in 48.19. If the secret individual could enlighten us, please?
Clowne Half Marathon - results.
Peak Raid 3 - Round 3.-results "The Grindleford round of Richard Patton's Peak raid series was another well organised affair. It was a gloriously sunny, but distinctly chilly start. the race map re-used some of the area from last year's Totley round and added some more, but managed to produce a wholly different set
of choices. There was a lot of fast running to be had, despite the challenging terrain that characterises much of Big Moor. At the sharp end, there were a few teams that cleared all controls. Only one of whom
kept all of their points in the final reckoning. It was notable that many of our repeat offenders on the
coming-back-late-and-losing-all-your-points front were more canny on this occasion. Of the notable performances, Peter Gorvett put in an outstanding run to come in 12th over all. It is believed (but
unconfirmed) that he didn't quite get round to stopping in at home for a cuppa, despite it being on the map. The final round is at Crowden on 13th December."
Wrekin Wrecker:- results
Tour of Pendle - results
Rightly, given the conditions and the forecast, the esteemed organiser devised a shorter course, which still had plenty packed in it. The first time that the race has been shortened. By the time the rain really set in, most runners were home, whereas had it been the full course, several people would have been tired, cold and wet, and crossing Pendle top, in the clag..
Sally Fawcett was first Lady, Nicky got a prize for something, as did David Lund and Keith.
Good to meet up with several new faces.
Complaints about Willy? I received a most welcome torrent of abuse on the road out, well appreciated, but did he creep past quietly at CP9? Are you losing your touch? You'll need to take lessons from Lewis?
Apologies accepted - see Comments.
Thanks to everyone showing their number correctly : it may seem trivial, but trying to write down a number pinned to the back of a rucsac is no help to a marshal whatsover.
With CP9 being so near the end, I didn't put supplies out, and wot shal I be doing with 108 Jaffa Cakes?
Saltergate Gallows - N.Y.Moors.
The Pain Barrier:- 24th October. This seems to be a 10km "race", at Tong, between Bradford and Leeds. "The Pain Barrier at Parkwood is a 10km mud race set amongst 100 acres of off road wood and parkland. The course twists and turns across a variety of terrain so you'll find yourself running along muddy tracks and open fields, through woodland, across ponds and water obstacles and tackling steep hills and ravines."
In 56mins 39secs, first home is Kris Groom:- "It is a fully taped 10k race on a Land Rover driving centre, crossing various marshes, streams, ravines, and muddy-water filled dips and ruts. It is run by Neil Northrop and Pete Hodges and was great fun!"
Lakeland 100 - was a good while back, in July. Please let us know if you're doing events that are off the radar for poor Carshare. This looks like 100 miles around The Lakes. Kirk Hardwick was round, in 26hrs 36mins 50 secs.
Lakeland 50 results are already on DPFR results.
Leg it Round Lathkil:- results.
Several races seem destined for English and British Championships next year, but best to wait until official confirmation. Details are continually being updated on the FRA website calendar, under Events, etc.These won't be that far off...
Cwm Pennant Horseshoe, AL, - Saturday 11th June.
Sedbergh Sports. AS. - Saturday 9th July.(not 16th)
Merrick , AM, Saturday 17th September. (but not confirmed Championship status on the FRA website, so....)
Ireland - Saturday 9th April.(not on FRA website). Was it mentioned to be a variant on the original Donard-Commedagh?
Up the Nab - (Charlesworth) ,AS, Saturday 7th May.
Black Combe. AM - Saturday 12th March.
Sedbergh Sports. AS. - Saturday 9th July.(not 16th)
Borrowdale, AL - Saturday 6th August.
Pendle 3 Peaks, AM, - Saturday 20th August,
Langdale, AL, - Saturday 8th October.
Lakeland Classics - what some big, big initiative - Darren Holloway Memorial - (Buttermere Horseshoe), is listed as being part of next year's series. 25th June.
Ian Hodgson and UKA Relays (Luss, Loch Lomond) - in their traditional slots, first and third weekends of October.
Dusk 'til Dawn. "The races starts and at finishes in Buxton at 16:47. All hope will be abandoned soon after you leave Buxton, and you will have exactly 14 hours and 13 minutes to navigate a very challenging 13, 26 or 50 mile Peak District course, that takes in The Cat and Fiddle, Shining Tor, Cat's Tor, and on some courses follows parts of the Limestone Way."
Steven Jones ventured forth:- "Joint 1st - Dean Oldfield, and Stephen Marks, 9 hours 22 minutes
47 seconds. I was 14 hours 10 minutes 33 seconds, 82 starters, quite a few didn't finish.
It was a 50 mile run around Buxton taking in about 2,700m of ascent and descent and passing Shining Tor, Taxal Moor, Rushup Edge, Mam Tor, Lose Hill, Hope, Castleton, Cave Dale, the Limestone Way, Miller's Day, Earl Sterndale and Axe Edge Moor. The route takes in some splendid countryside and scenery but of course being a night run from dusk until dawn and in darkness the views were mostly restricted to the ability of your head torch. However, from Mam Tor to Lose Hill the moon and stars were out on the clear night illuminating an inversion with clouds covering the Hope and Edale valleys while the summits were perfectly clear. A nice well organised event running 50 miles before breakfast on Sunday."
Grin and Bear it:- results
Cop Hill:- results.
Gisborough Moors:- results
Peak Raid 3 - Round 2:-Old Glossop . results.:- No clubs are listed, so please get in touch if you've been missed off DPFR results.
Buttermere Shepherd's Meet:- results
OMM - Tweedsmuir. results . There may well be people missing off DPFR results, so please let us know about any mistakes. There seem to be plenty of retirements? A bit damp?
Snowdonia Marathon - results. Anyone needing a mention?
Bronte Way - results. a linear trip across from Wycoller to Haworth.
The trophy is successfully retained. Results .
Winner is Ricky Lightfoot.
Tom Brunt - 6th, 2nd MV40 :
John Hunt - 9th, 3rd MV40 :
David Lund - 13th :
Judith - 20th, 2nd Lady, 1st LV40 :
Dave Sykes - 21st :
Nicky - 22nd, 3rd Lady , 2nd LV40 :
Ashley - 34th, 3rd MV50 :
Keith - 38th, 1st MV60 :
Clare Oliffe - 52nd :
Jim Paxman - 67th
The Lakeland Classics Series began in 2002, its purpose was to instigate support for the dwindling number of entrants at the longer Lakeland races, specifically Duddon, Wasdale, Ennerdale and Dockray Helvellyn. Two of these Long Races were required.
Then one from the Short Races - Borrowdale, Langdale and Three Shires.
With the sad demise of Dockray Helvellyn, Borrowdale moved into the Long Races.
Though most worthy courses, Borrowdale, Langdale and Three Shires are very popular, and need little support from the Series. Buttermere Horsehoe, if included in the Series, will really benefit. It remains to be seen where it fits in - maybe Great Lakes Run could also be used, and ditch one/some of the short popular races?
Food for thought, nothing more...
Peak Raid 3 - Round 1, from Edale.results
"This was another well organised event from Richard Patton. The map area from last year had been extended, to give a totally different set of challenges. The key to route choice seemed to be joining up the two obvious map sectors to the east and west of the event centre. There was good route choice to be had and a mix of control placement, some being straightforward, others being less so. The weather was less than helpful, with thick mist shrouding the top half of Kinder. Richard Hunt was in his consistent good form for these events. Taking club honours with a high scoring 3rd place. There were a number of new faces from the club, doing their first score event. Tim Rutter (5th) being notable amongst them. More than a few people fell foul of the harsh penalties for late return. Rose Paxman took strange delight in being a Vet for the day - able assisted in the matter by her father."
DT - big thanks to Lewis for this....
UKA Relays:- results
Senior Men - 3rd : Calder Valley - 1st, Pudsey - 2nd.
MVets - 3rd : Borrowdale - 1st, Pennine - 2nd.
LVets - 1st, and 3rd overall.
Senior Ladies - 20th, Ambleside - 1st, Calder Valley - 2nd
An enormous thanks to Clayton for staging the event, there is a huge amount of effort, organisation and hard work involved.
Conditions were benign, cold up tops, but dry, clear and not that windy. In my thinking, this was useful, as some of the teams looked as though wet, cold clag would have been trouble.
Proper reports will need to come from Team Captains, it looked like extremely strong, and thoroughly prepared teams were at the front end, and any medalling position is some big achievement.
This was the memorial plaque to Bill Smith, a fitting tribute - at my CP,
last on Leg3, and where you come down off the fell at the end of Tour of
Pendle, Ogden Clough. Runners were coming from all directions, and Leg3
seems to have needed plenty of correct route choice.
Scotland next year? Arrochar? But I may well be wrong.
And next year's Relays, perhaps they can, as a New Year's Resolution, get pencilled in as the priority on the new calendar?
Boxing Day - should anyone be wanting to run the Chevin Chase, Otley Chevin, best be hurrying up, it is filling up fast...
Lakes in a Day Ultra - results . From Caldbeck to Cartmel. With more and more involvement in these long things, please help out with any results, most of these events are not being looked for...
Gower 50 Ultra - goes around the Gower Peninsula - Steven Jones was 58th , in 11hrs.44m.16s,"I have not had to navigate a fell race before to avoid high tide and change course accordingly!! That is not the sort of thing normally encountered in the Dark Peak or anywhere else I have been. Lovely scenery though."
Pentland Skyline - a most strong 3rd place for Johnny Crickmore. results.
Langdale - final Lakeland Classics race, and not a Carshare League counter...... results.
As for the Lakeland Classics points, team and individual, we put our trust (and backhanders) in the most capable hands of the statistician, but most hopeful for the team trophy being retained....
Good to see so many new faces, and so many getting up for this classic Lakeland course. Hopefully this travelling support can be maintained throughout next year. Apologies to those I never spoke to, and not a remote chance of me remembering who I did speak to...
With so many runners new to these races, I'll try and put out the Route Notes for similar events, and I look forwards to scoffing Penistone's most welcome payment of parkin cake.
Like last weekend at Patterdale, perfect running conditions, dry, clear and still - mostly dry rocks underfoot.
Tom Brunt led a guided tour off the Crinkles, but the other four bided their time until the last dash for home. Judith and Nicky were out for prizes, and a notable 1st Ladies Team, with 3rd Mens Team.
We must thank hugely the organiser, Roger Bell, for his organisation over the last many years, as he is passing the reins over.
Windgather:- results .
Tour de Yorkshire 2016:- "Six towns have been selected to start or finish a stage of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire cycle race. Beverley, Doncaster, Middlesbrough, Otley, Scarborough and Settle have all been chosen and the exact route will be announced in December."
Missed off results:- and there's plenty. Steven Jones has kindly sent a list of events which have been un-noticed, so please can anyone else send details of missing results.
Longmynd Hike - 3rd October results -
Gritstone Grind - 13th September - results
Grand Tour of Skiddaw - 29th August - results
Peaks Sky Race - 29.7 miles, 6,560' of ascent - 2nd August - results.
Cliff Bar 10 Peaks - The Lakes - 27th June - results
Calderdale Way Ultras - Long and Short - 6th June - results.
Apocalypse 100 (miles) - 4300m+ ascent - 16th June - results. South Shropshire.
The Fellsman - 25thMay - results
Three Shires – 28th March."This was a LDWA Challenge Walk with some walkers and some runners; although it was effectively a fell race for the runners taking in The Roaches, Shutlingsloe and others. there are no published results showing positions and times of the various runners. I (Steven Jones) did it in 6:56."
Millennium Way – 1st March. 1st Alastair Payne; 5:03:00,33rd Steven Jones- 7:03:31:132 starters.
"This was not a fell race as such, since there were no hills involved and was a 38 mile trail run along canal banks and disused railway lines, but it was a good trail run and useful to prepare for future events."
Lakes Sky Ultra was a few weeks back, but never mind. It starts in Ambleside, and seems to do the Hodgson Brothers full course, with a good few extras. Some long, long day out indeed. results.
Mike was 5th, 1st V40, and out on the hills for a good while.
Ian Hodgson Relays, Patterdale. results.
Mike Robinson "has a green Pete Bland bum bag that was left in my van yesterday. If the owner gets in touch by text on 07778301640 or email, I'll arrange it's return."
It was still the purple vests of Borrowdale.......
Men - 4th : Ladies - 2nd : MVets - 1st.
More detailed stuff will need to come from Team Captains.
Almost ideal running conditions, no wind, not cold, and dry underfoot. For whatever reason I didn't catch up with the Ladies, so can't help much. Ambleside were well clear, but 2nd is a good result.
For the Men, Rhys and Johnny Crickmore took fastest leg on Leg2, but the strength of the other teams on the last two legs pulled them clear. Borrowdale - 1st : Keswick - 2nd : Calder Valley - 3rd : DPFR - 4th.
Not that much at all between these four teams.
With Tom Brunt and Dave Taylor running for the Seniors, it was close, and the crunch came on Leg 4, where Jon Morgan and Spyke legged it down fast off St Sunday Crag to come home with less than a minute to spare.
Thanks to Team Captains for sorting it all out, and next are the UKA Relays, in a fortnight, on Pendle.
Before the prizes, we were told of the death of Michael Hodgson, Ian's brother. Next yearit will be the Hodgson Brothers Relay. "The Joy of Living", by Ewan McColl, was played, and if, like me, you'd not come across this, have a look at this clip.
Isle of Man races:- No clubs listed, so you'll have to let us know if you were there. results
Saddleworth Edges:- results.
Curbar Commotion:- results.. with a Ladies win for Ellie, hopefully there's many more to come...
Senior Men:- winner is Simon Bailey.
MV40:- Tom Brunt - 6th : Dave Taylor - 9th.
MV45:- Dave Taylor - 3rd : Stephen Pyke - 4th : Jon Morgan - 7th.
MV50:- Dave Taylor - 1st : Stephen Pyke - 3rd= : Joe - 6th :Steve Bell - 9th.
MV55:- Keith -8th.
MV60:- Keith - 5th.
MV70:- John Armistead - 4th.
MU23 - Tom - 1st : Johnny Crickmore - 7th=.
Senior Ladies:- winner is Victoria Wilkinson.
Judith - 5th=
LV40:- Judith - 2nd : Nicky - 6th : Nicola - 11th..
LV45:- Judith - 1st : Nicky - 3rd : Nicola - 5th
LV50:-Liz - 6th
LU23:- Ellie - 6th=
Senior Men:- 2nd - after Calder Valley.
MV40:- 2nd - after Calder Valley.
Senior Ladies:- 3rd .
LV40:- 2nd, after Ambleside.
Medals will be awarded to those who have counted in the counting races. This is a completely unofficial list, and the statistician will in due course send the proper version..
Senior Men:- Counting races are Lingmell (L) : Duddon (D) : Stretton (S) : Guisborough (G).
Rhys (L) : Neil (L) : Tom Saville (L) : Tom Brunt (L): Dave Taylor (L) : Will Boothman (S) : Johnny Crickmore (S) : Oli (D) : Adam Taylor (G).
MV40 :- Counting races are Lingmell (L) : Duddon (D) : Guisborough (G) : Bradda (B)
Tom Brunt (L): Dave Taylor (L) : Jon Morgan (L) ; Stephen Pyke (L) : John Hunt (D) :
MV50:- Counting races are Lingmell (L) : Guisborough (G) Stretton (S) : Bradda (B)
Dave Taylor (L) : Joe Blackett (L) ; Stephen Pyke (L). : Steve Bell (S) : :
Senior Ladies : Counting races are Lingmell (L) : Guisborough (G) : Duddon (D) : Bradda (B)
Judith (L) : Liz (L) : Nicky (L) : Nicola (D)
LV40:- Counting races are Lingmell (L) : Guisborough (G) : Duddon (D) : Flower Scar (F).
Judith (L) : Liz (L) : Nicky (L) : Nicola (D)
Lakeland Classics - after Three Shires. Judith and Nicky are 1st and 2nd : Tom Brunt and John Hunt are 6th and 7th, 2nd and 3rd V40 : Ashley is 1st MV50 : Keith is 1st MV60.
As for the team results, what a statistician! We are in first place, and Borrowdale really couldn't get any closer. Sneaking up extremely close are
Ambleside..... So, Langdale.....
RAB MM Score - results .Based at Capel Curig, one day over the Glyders, and the other around the Carneddau.
Great Yorkshire 10km seems to have been around the highlights of Sheffield on Sunday. Rob Moore is "ashamed to confess I ran yesterday's Great Yorkshire 10k road race (it was a work thing!). I came 159 out of around 3000 starters (6th in 45-49 section).Maybe I should become a roadie?"
Black Mountains - results.
Penistone Hill Race - results.
English Schools Fell Championships:- results. I see that Eve Crownshaw, from Bradfield School, is 1st "Lady" in the Yr 8 and 9 race. Please let us know if anyone else needs a mention, just for being there...
Three Peaks Cyclo-cross:- results. Please help out when someone deserves a mention....
Carshare is back from Zurich, penniless, and gradually sorting stuff out. And a first - not any queue at Manchester passport control....
If stuff has been forgotten about, please let us know...
World Juniors - Betws-y-Coed -results .Congratlatations to Ellie, running for England, and 10th place in her particular race.
Three Shires - results.
Carshare League . Jim Paxman and David Lund have acquired their 5 counting races, just Guisborough Moors to come, November 1st, providing it is still being held.
Lakeland Classics - a most perilous result from Borrowdale, getting their third counter in, with some strength. They could well have gone to the front, so all depends on Langdale, where we would need to drop the Borrowdale race result.
A notable 1st and 2nd Lady for Judith and Nicky , and wondering about finisher 221, Is P Hopkinson really Richard, hiding under a pseudonym?
Mourne Mountain Marathon - results . "Winners of Elite class - Bob Johnston & Charlie Stead 10:09:26"
To be hoped this is our Bob Johnston, lest we've given praise to someone unknown to us...Indeed it is....see Comments.
Lantern Pike:- results
OMM Lite - and Peak District Challenge - if anyone can find any results for these, please help us out...
Stanage Struggle:- results.
Peak Raid 3 MM - those 3hr score events. The venues are:-
October 18th Edale/Kinder
November 22nd Grindleford/Eastern Moors
December 13th Crowden/Heyden Moor
World Masters - Betws-y-Coed:- seems to have been a hard course up and down the woods, and around a mid-way lake. Overnight rain had made it a bit slippy. As at Keswick Masters, not so many foreign visitors, but the sharp end of races would still have been top class. Numbers in each category seemed to be lower than usual at these events. Susa, in Italy, next year.
results - with a bit of fiddling..
DPFR results are out, most likely with mistakes, so please get in touch if you've been missed out, or given a wrong position.
GB (FRA) Relays Pendle - Sun 18th Oct.
Maps now available. We are particularly all asked to read it all up before having any recce.
Rob Little sends:-"The organisers have granted DPFR a team in each of the championship classes. Therefore we will have open mens/womens and V40 men/womens teams (4 in total). I will coordinate selection/organisation for the men and Helen Elmore is the contact for any females. As you can see the opportunities are limited. "
DT - it seems that, with the limit in numbers, we've been lucky to be given these four teams. As ever, if you want to be considered, it's up to you to contact Rob or Helen, rather than them scratting around to see who is available.
Mountain Trial - Rhys wins the main event, Nicky looks to be second, and Kirsty is second in the Medium course. results
Nine Edges Endurance:- results
Padfield Plum Fair:- results.
Great North Run - results. - Mo Farah might well have run decent, but think where he might have been had he also done the World Masters the previous day.
Moel Siabod. Part of the Wales Mountain events, finish at the trig point. Any results anywhere?
Guisborough 3 Tops. Final English Championship event.
Dave Taylor was 1st MV50, and wins the Championship. Many deserved congratulations indeed. Spyke is 2nd V50, and hopefully 3rd=overall . Judith is 1st LV45 Tom Saville - first counter - is 1st MU23. Ellie is listed as 3rd Junior, whatever that age-group consists of.
Senior Men look like being 2nd, close behind Calder Valley, similarly with the MV40 .The MV50 Team were 1st, to win the Championship. Not worked out the Ladies...
In due course the statistician will have worked out the final placings, and promises to send the official list of medal recipients.
Warm, dry and sunny. The route is typical of the races up here, ample opportunity to get lost in the woods, which seems to have been used to maximum disadvantage at the front end, and a lot of tracked fast running.
Above all, thanks to everyone who has joined in the campaign over a long season - now for the Relays.
Longshaw:- results on DPFR results.
Ben Nevis:- results.
Shelf Moor:- results.
Grisedale Horseshoe:- results.
Stretton Skyline:- results.
Cliff Bar 10 Peaks - seems to be a right long thing in the Brecon Beacons. results
Monday - Summer Series (12) - from Strines.
Thursday - Pilsley - a most welcome return.
this starts in Germany, across Switzerland and Austria, to land up in
Italy. Rhys and Oil are up there somewhere, and it looks to finish, the
8th day, on Saturday. The DPFR Facebook page is likely to be keeping
track on it all.
Lakeland Classics. After Borrowdale. The team are first, but only just, with Ambleside, Pennine, Helm Hill far too close for complacency. Two races left, Three Shires , Saturday 19th Sptember, EOD, and Langdale, Saturday 10th October. Pre-entry, but entries still available. Hopefully these can be made some priority, and Three Shires is also Carshare Leag
Pendleton - Carshare League counter. Only Carshare in attendance. results. Though there are many races on just now. A shame, as this is a classic AS course, in a quiet village, start alongside the pub, and at £3.50, keeping to the best of fellrunning traditions and expectations. An impressive pre-race check to ensure that all them signed up to start actually did start. Up out of the village, fields, then a tour of those hills halfway around the Tour Of Pendle, and back down.
RAB Mini MM (3) - around Skiddaw:- results. Looks like a successful time out? Another event, not on the regular list, from which some news would be welcome?
Grasmere - results
Crowden Horseshoe:- results
Hairy Dog - New Mills - results.
Reeth Show - BOFRA - results
Hebden Sports - almost BOFRA. near Grassington. Short and right sharp, typical of these events!
Barrel Inn, Eyam:- results
Kilnsey:- Simon Bailey is just ahead of Rob Hope - no brown vests....
Burbage Summer Sharpener (3):-
Great Longstone:- results
If that Glencoe Skyline seemed a tad easy, perhaps someone could be thinking next year of the Trans Atlas Marathon? It looks quite simple, just get an atlas and run for six days across the top of Africa?
Peris Horseshoe - results. a veritable set of travellers indeed. John Hunt, 1st home, "reckons we won the team prize as well as outright victory. New start (longer) new finish (longer longer). Not 30 minutes longer though, we've got the clag to thank for the times and the slippy sheep poo to thank for my 11 stitches. I also got to do 3.5 hours in Bangor A&E but I got 11 stiches and a tetanus for free, after taking a tumble "
DT - this was a mile from the finish, and some most impressive effort to re-overtake someone on that last bit...
Relay Selection:- is forever drawing nearer, and proof of current form, in the big races, is likely the best way to influence our esteemed Captain's decisions. And there have been two huge events this weekend...
Burnsall Classic - results.
Glencoe Skyline:- results. Any feedback from those who were there? Indeed there is!
"Es Tressidder, Mike Robinson, Ralph Skrimshire, Will Spain and myself lined up for this, the first race of its type in the UK (along with billions of midges). It was meant to blend mountain running and alpinism - and it was. The weather was favourable for the top runners but by the time Mike, Ralph and I crossed the Aonach Eagach it was wet. Curved ridge on the Buchaille was a great way to the top but unfortunately created some bottlenecks for those at the back, some having to wait 10-20 minutes. On top of Stob Dearg (the peak of the Buchaille) Will thought better of it and retired which was a sensible decision as looking ahead there were ascents of Buchaille Etive Beag and Bidean nam Bidean with a cruel there and back to the top of Stob Coire nan Lochain. Here I saw Mike (35mins ahead) and Ralph (7 mins ahead). The ascent onto the Aonach Eagach was huge but a large rest was then had as in the wet it was hard to push it across the pinnacles. I had caught Ralph at checkpoint 10 - the half way point (actually 3/5 point) but he had a good climb and more importantly a good run in. This was the only negative for the event; namely the 5 mile run out and therefore run in. The 150m height gain from Kingshouse to the Glencoe Ski Centre being particularly hardwork. Es battled it out at the front but tired in the second half finishing eighth.Sponsored heroes Joe Symonds and Emilie Scandawegian finished 1st and 2nd overall - Emilie is the World and European skyrunning champion. Most impressive performance though came from Jasmin Paris - 5th overall and only 10 mins behind Emilie!! I was determined to finish under 10hrs and just managed it. Ralph finished in 9h45 and Mike an impressive 9h.
The Adventure Show did a small feature on the race (you may remember the Jura coverage). This involved some performance coaching for me before the event - to improve my enjoyment and secondarily my performance - with some coverage of during and after the event. Did it help? The techniques taught were used and were easy to undertake (Mindfulness, Acceptance, Commitment; MAC) - carrying a GoPro over the Aonach Eagach on a chest harness which meant I struggled to get my cag on and then couldn't zip it up was more trying. The results will be shown in Scotalnd but will be available on the iplayer. I will post a note with a due-date when I know this for those who wish to see the extent of my grazes from a fall descending off the 1st peak (acceptance techniques used a lot here!)
Would I do it again? - probably - although this would be a different undertaking in cold driving rain."
"What I forgot to mention was a big thank you to Dave Taylor who helped at the event with flagging the route - the entire course was flagged!!! - marshalling on curved ridge and at the midway station and sweeping the course - as well as refilling my drinks bottle."
MU23 - Tom Saville - 1st
Senior Men:- Neil - 6th : Tom Saville - 10th.
MV40:- Tom Brunt - 6th : Dave Taylor - 8th.
MV50:- Dave Taylor - 2nd : Joe - 6th : Andy Dickenson - 9th.
MV60 - Keith - 6th.
LV40:- Liz - 9th.
LV50:- Liz - 2nd,
MV40:- 2nd, behind Calder Valley.
Senior Ladies -7th
For all teams, counting races are Moelwyns,(M), Durisdeer (D), and Lingmell, (L). Medals will be awarded to anyone who has scored points in these races. This is my unofficial effort. Hopefully the Statistician will send his own list in due course, and it can all get sorted out.
Senior Men: Oli Johnson (M) : Neil Northrop (M) : Tom Saville (M) : Tom Brunt (M) : Dave Taylor (M) : Jon Morgan (D) : Rhys - (L)
MV40 - Tom Brunt (M) : Dave Taylor (M) : Mike Robinson (M) : John Hunt (M) : Jon Morgan (L) : Joe Blackett (D) : Stephen Pyke (L).
MV50 - Dave Taylor (M) : Joe Blackett (M) : Steve Bell (M)
Mourne Seven Sevens:- final British Championship race .results. Shall we say that DPFR weren't out in force. 19.19 miles and 9324' ascent, or near enough. A hard day out. Rumours of next year being the Medium race, on a different theme of Donard/Commedagh, in April.
Two Hill Forts - near Ruthin. results. John Hunt "nipped in to Wales for another sharpener. Even though I broke the course record 3 others broke it by a little more. A great sharp pace and good to train through".
Summer Series 11 - Birchin.
Shipman Knotts:- results.