With DP News likely to be some time yet, and entries already open for at least one of next year's counters (Y Moelwyn), it's time to reveal the eagerly awaited fixture list for the Carshare League 2015. So here you go, kicking off in Wales on 24th Jan with the possibility of an awayday weekend taking in some fun and games in the Rhinogs on the Sunday as a warm down ...
|Sat 24 Jan||12:00||Tarren Hendre||AS EOD||6m/2000ft||NW Wales|
|Sat 14 Feb||11:30||Windy Hill||BM Online entry now open||9m/1280ft||SW Pennines|
|Sat 14 Mar||12:00||Black Combe||AM EOD||8.1m/3280ft||SW Lakes|
|Sat 28 Mar||tbc||Llantysilio||AS||6.2m/2100ft||NE Wales|
|Sat 18 Apr||14:00 ||Y Moelwyn||AM (Brits) Online PE from 1Dec||10.5m/2800ft||N Wales|
|Sat 2 May||13:00? ||Stuc a’ Chroin||AL||13.7m/4920ft||C Scotland|
|Sat 13 Jun||tbc||Durisdeer, Dumfries||AM (Brits) Online PE from 1Mar||9.1m/4070ft||Lake District|
|Sat 18 Jul||15:00||Ingleborough||AM||6.8m/1970ft||Yorks Dales|
|Sat 15 Aug||11:00||Seven Sevens||AL (Brits)||18.9m/8780ft||N Ireland|
|Sat 29 Aug||14:00||Pendleton||AS||5m/1500ft||SW Pennines|
|Sat 19 Sep||11:00||Three Shires||AL (LCT)||12.4m/4000ft||Lake District|
|Sun 1 Nov||10:30||Gisborough Moors||BL||12.4m/2790ft||N Yorks Moors|
"Oli Johnson was a real menace".
"Oli Johnson showed Stockport just what they were missing as he ripped his former team apart with a goal, two assists and a shot against the post in front of 2,547 supporters on a freezing afternoon."
Looks like our esteemed runner is doubling up as a footballer, lining up for Guiseley United.
He's certainly kept quiet about this...
Read all about it... (if anyone can be bothered, that is..)
North Grain and Back:- a beautiful morning and a testing course, winning time over 2 hours. A very good turnout for this special occasion, results now on DPFR Results.
Oxspring Hunshelf Amble:- results. was a good trip around Trunce territory. The race will be held twice next year, in each direction, and makes for scenic running, and plenty hard enough.
Gravy Pud:- results.
Percy Pud:- results.
Carshare is back from Zurich. Just got the timing wrong, missing being DPFR's first entrant in the Zurich Silvesterlauf through the streets. And very close to getting dressed up for the Parade of Santas....
Dark and White Mini-MM 3 : from Edale. - results.
Kirkbymoor - results.
Peak Raid 3 - Round 3. from Totley.- results.
Stewart Kemp says: "I've entered the Trigger. Now need to sort out logistics. I can drive and offer lifts to Marsden but need someone at Edale willing to take me back to Marsden afterwards (and I expect race will take me about 4hrs 30mins depending on conditions)."
It's a while away yet but anyone who can help with the logistics please talk to Stewart.
With apologies to Carshare for invading his blog, it only seems fair that the whole club (and not just the Facebook cognoscenti) should get to comment on this one.
We are deeply indebted to both Adi Davis and Jim Fulton for providing the tracks that allow us to pose the questions:
1. which track is Ashley's?
2. is this finally the proof we needed that great fell running minds (Jim and Ashley's) think entirely alike?
3. if 2. is conceded, then how can genetics account for the occasionally inspired variations upon variations upon a route which these two magnificent tracks reveal?
No cheating now; only answers backed up with a plausible explanation can be accepted - so don't just refer to the tracks on the website for your answer. A pint for the best set of answers, in the Carshare comments section below (comments on Facebook also welcome, though these will not qualify for beer).
"Three Tops" :-
FRA Presentation Night:- Congratulations to all our medal recipients, and hope that you had a successful, most deserved, evening.
Wrekin Wrecker:- results.
Clowne Half Marathon:- results. Some familiar names lurking within...
Tour of Pendle:- results. Most pleasant to meet up with some of our runners today. Rather benign conditions, no wind, though plenty of mist around. But how I missed the expected abuse from Willy and Lewis, such a shame to return home disappointed. Them two must try harder next year.
But more seriously, just about everyone passing CP9 had words of thanks, and what a nuisance are numbers not immediately readable, Still we have numbers on legs, numbers with a strap across the middle, numbers folded tight. (The bottom part of the FRA Calendar, page 11, makes it all clear, and really does apply.) Just about everyone with a top on easily lifted it to show the number, that isn't any issue.
2015 FRA Relays. Are also at Barley, somewhere no doubt involving Pendle Hill. Everything was crammed enough for The Tour, never mind the Relays. The open field space of Middleton was fine for over 200 teams, and our seven entries. Having seven teams next year seems highly unlikely. But then if Qatar can hold the World Cup, maybe some deposits of Rolex Watches might help our cause?
Guisborough Three Tops.- results. many concerns need to registered over the flagging of the course. We were given grave warnings of this impassable tree somewhere in the woods, which needed a wide diversion. And was there an impassable tree? Not a sign of it. Should this standard of flagging take place at the Championship course next September, runners could be forever lost in't woods.
( No doubt Dan will have the more reliable truth of it all.)
Indeed he does, in Comments. For finding the route, I thought the markings were fine, much more than expected. If, as was suggested, there is an earlier (5th April) running of the race next year - before Championship date (6th September), then having a look at the course will be most helpful.
A good course, fast running at times, linked with slithery drops, steep climbs. Dan was 4th, Joe 11th and 1st V50, Carshare hardly troubled the scorers.
Cop Hill:- results.
Peak Raid 3 - from Edale, results.
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..