Baldwin Valleys - results. This is somewhere on the Isle of Man, an interesting set to glance through. Lloyd was home and showered before the next finisher, running here, and at Donard Challenge, for Manx Runners.
Lost - (and hopefully found?) : Simon Patton "has lost last Saturday - somewhere between Outer Edge trig and Swains Head (!) - pair of mountain equipment waterproof trousers (in green / blue stuff sac). If you found them on a day-out of bog bashing whilst recceing for the HPM then let me know. Thanks. email"
Moel y Ci - happens to be near Bangor. results. John Hunt (4th) sends:- "Excellent run out on a bump most will have noticed as a little bump on the way to Llanberis. Superb view of Snowdonia from the top."
DPFR Parkrun Bests 2014. Mike Nolan has blitzed the current 2014 record and percentage, so please send any other bits of interest, or of different venues. It's also a time to praise the efforts of any youngsters, in this case Mike's two daughters, entered on the list. Any others?
Most pleased to add Nicky's result, from that lovely Dewsbury park...
Please send email any parkrun results which can go on the table, to fill in a gap or improve on a given time. ?
Men's record is by Mike Nolan, 17.22 - 82.25%
Ladies record is by Vicky Chico - 20.07 - 75.23%
Coniston:- entry form . A reminder that this comes available on 1st March - next Saturday. And would need to go in the post. English Championship - Medium. Some classic course, and completely essential for anyone with serious intentions to nail the descent off Old Man. The best line is there somewhere, somewhere....
Carshare League the Next - Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round. Saturday 8th March. Entries close on 1st March, and a good chance to survey the forthcoming English Championship race, having much the same start and finish...
High Cup Nick - Full results , and nobody ahead of Rhys...
National Cross Country - Wollaton Park. Mens Results. Ladies. Some familiar names lurking within....
Not the National -
Ovenden - results. "Good swift 8 mile race up on the moors between Halifax and Haworth. I (Tom Brunt) managed another 2nd place, and Paula Gould (not Paula Youle as on the official results) was pleasantly surprised to finish 4th lady and 1st LV40 in her first outing as a Dark Peaker. "
New Chew - results. A most impressive trip round by Nicky, 3rd home. But it don't seem a lot of support for thisclassic event?
Sedbergh School - Kendal Winter League. results.
Carshare's e-mail account:- Someone seems to have hacked into this, sending rubbish around. BT had been in contact, asking me, legitimately, to change my password due to unexpected usage. Any e-mail from me would have a safe, sensible title, and if there was a link/attachment, some safe reason to be opening it.
All seems quiet, maybe the time for some Parkrunning?
Carshare was at Sedgefield, without the previous MP, a most pleasant park to be visiting.
Parbold Hill results. Race - Over in Lancashire. John Hunt sends:- "This is a classic hill trail race that is a crazy blast across fields, roads and footpaths. They’ve changed the course over the years it now finishes with a mud bath/swim across two fields that are in normal years mud mud and more mud. I’d have been 5th if I hadn’t been laughing at a runner from Bedford A.C. dancing and staggering through the mud and moaning and complaining, I waded past him like he was standing still, however his comedic tactics paid off and he beat me and didn’t catch the lad in front of him who was backwards equally as fast."
Carnethy 5 - results. Just Rhys " flying the vest today. Strong field, lots of slippy snow! Cal Gilhooley was spotted dishing out some stick on East Kip - has he paid his subs or can we call him a lapsed Brown Vest!? Great route, good day out all round"
Commondale Clart - up North-east...results.
Windy Hill - Littleborough...results. Mike asked if anyone was going - indeed there was. Good race?
Hopefully the Carshare League will be maintained next year, and surely Willy would welcome suggestions as to which races could be included. Such as this Windy Hill, a new event, is it worthy of a club interest in future years?
Barbondale - Kendal Winter League.
Given recent deluges, it was little surprise to find the Wadsworth Trog this year even damper under foot than is usual; throw in a fierce head wind on the return slog over Low Brown Knoll and Sheep Stones Edge, and it's fair to say our eleven gallant Carshare Leaguers (plus Roy G, recently relegated to a social member after defection to the Kendal vest) had to work hard for their points today.
Tom B was a close second (and first MV40), having led the eventual winner off Sheep Stones trig, and takes pole position in this year's League. Nicky took the honours for the women, second only to Helen Fines, with Heather a close third. Your correspondent knew he had his work cut out to defend the title of first honorary woman, but was nonetheless pleased to claim the rare scalps of a number of fellow DP'ers, regardless of the various injuries and afflictions they may have been sporting. Together with Paul F, Jim P and Tim R, he also had the pleasure of bagging the team prize for this particular fixture, whilst Paul was well chuffed to secure his first prize as an MV40 as third counter in the victorious DP mixed vets team (with Tom and Nicky). Another good run from Dave Lund also, whilst Carshare finally took delivery of the Arthur Eaton Retirement Salver - was that a tear I saw in your eye, Carshare?
Not quite sure what happened to defending champ Greg, or Drs Dave and Jon M - perhaps they'd been on the lash last night?
Next up is the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round on Saturday 8th March, which is pre-entry only, so time to get your entry sent off if you've not done so already.
Wadsworth Trog - Carshare League the first. Results.
The feared evil weather mostly held off, so merely the expected heavy wet ground, with a strong headwind on the return leg, from Top Withens and from Cock Hill. The resonsibility for putting on these demanding courses is big, and this was excellently organised.
Hunting for Carshare League points, the most important reward imaginable, Tom Brunt and Nicky were both second, closely followed respectively by David Lund and Heather.
Carshare visited Sheepstones and High Brown Knoll, but got cold and scurried for warmth at the finish. And what greater accolade can there be, than to receive the Arthur Eaton Memorial Salver, from our Carshare League organiser...
Museum of the Great Outdoors:- sounds a most interesting idea. Details.
Photos of the Route, and essential route notes. List of Entrants.
Accommodation:- “To help with logistics for travellers to the Donard Challenge championship race, 12 places have been provisionally reserved in self catering cabin accommodation at the YMCA Greenhill, in Donard Forest , a short walk from the start and finish. If you want a place, contact Rob Little asap.”
This list shows 11 people who have booked flights - Rob Little, Greg, Dave Taylor, Simon Reed, Simon Patton, Dave Sykes, Matt, Keith, Ashley, Jenny Caddick, Neil Northrop , which flight, which airport etc. This may help sharing of travel costs, etc. Please let me know if anyone else books a flight.
Rhys is trying to get. Mike Robinson is on the entry list. This is shaping up to be a points scoring Men's team...
If help is needed over anything, please, please ask.....or if a map is needed...
DPFR Parkrun Bests 2014. Please send email
(this is DT, Carshare...) any parkrun results which can go on the
table, to fill in a gap or improve on a given time. ?
Jim Paxman has kindly sent some results, entered on the table. You'll need to lok to find out...Any others?
Men's record is by Mike Nolan, 17.36 - 81.16% (or is someone sitting on a secret?)
Ladies record is by Vicky Chico - 20.07 - 75.23%
Fountains Abbey starts on March 1st. This must be one of the most scenic of all...
Titterstone Clee - results.
Rombald's Stride - anyone entered this, around Ilkley Moors?
Long Mynd Valleys -results.
Mickleden Straddle:- results. A tiring slog up into the cold wind to reach Cut Gate, but only wet, no ice on the slabs and no rain in the air. Most thoroughly organised, with excellent , even high cuisine, refreshments afterwards.
There will be photos in so many places, but in does no harm to flag up the contribution Dave Woodhead makes to fellrunning. Besides organising his races, taking photos today down in the Peak, after Rombalds Stride yesterday.
Oops! Looking through the photos, there are still number(s) pinned to legs, after the correct procedure being made most evidently clear...
Charnwood Hills - results.
Birkrigg Common - Kendal Winter League . (Ulverston.)
Edale- is onto the waiting list....
Three Peaks - can go in...
Coledale Horseshoe - 12th April. Can't just see the entry limit - cheque to the organiser. Carshare League event.
Anniversary Waltz and Teenager with Altitude. 19th April. Entries can go in.
Buttermere Sailbeck. - Saturday 10th May..
Wolf's Pit - is Sunday 16th March, and once again will incorporate the Notts Fell Championships. Details. - "to catch any Notts based or born runners"
5th April .Pendle - English Championship. Due to the large numbers of entries already taken, restricted parking and race congestion, entries for the Senior Race will close on Sunday the 9th February 2014.
Kinder Trial:- "The winners were Tom Brunt and Kirsty. The course was longer than usual, but covered the same mix of terrain around the Hayfield basin. It was chill on the hill and the late finishers had to contend with lightning and a truly painful, stinging hail storm. None the less, another great event."
Here is a set of photos, kindly sent by Lewis, following the trip round...Results:-
1st February - Edale entries.....
is most welcomely re-instated in the FRA Calendar, Saturday 10th
May. Pre-entry always helps, though EOD is listed, the organiser being
the most esteemed Rhys. Words of thanks are needed for taking this
excellent course on once more.
And in similar vein, it seems that Reeth Hills might be re-instated later in the year....
Anglesy Coastal Run.
There is this Endurance Life set of coastal trail events around the country, and apparently very popular as entries get filled up. This is a map of the Anglesy course, and don't it look appealing? There are 10km, half and full marathon, and ultra courses.
Our man spurned the usual haunts of Ashurst Beacon to guide the others around the full marathon course. Either he ran well, navigated well, or misdirected the others as he was home first by 22 minutes. results. John Hunt finished in 2.56.10, which seems no bad time for an off-road event.
Please, please, send email (this is DT, Carshare...) any parkrun results which can go on the table....
DPFR Parkrun Bests 2014.
Big thanks to Jim Paxman, who has sent results in from Endcliffe Park. He adds "I hope that the others don't mind being outed as road runners! However, we'll fill in a few gaps in the table."
Most pleased now to have a Ladies table, as Jenny Caddick was along.
Mike Nolan has clearly gone for it today, setting the Age-Graded Score at 81.16%, and the fastest - 17.36.
Not to miss off:- "David Arundale, 25:31, VM55-59 62.31 % and Guy Seaman 28:22, VM60-64, 58.58%
Box Hill:- results. Pete Tapping and Tony Maycraft found it, wherever it may be....
Stanbury Splash - results. distinctly tropical condtions on the Haworth moors, with a most rare appearance from the sun. The paths and slopes were soaked and slippy, with three streams to waddle across. Tom Brunt and Stuart Bond had ventured out, changed and in the hostelry before Carshare eventually finished.
Lamb's Longer Leg -results.
2013 Snowdon Race - is on Channel 4, Sunday 19th - tomorrow....7.05am....
Tour de France/Yorkshire - the timings for Stages 1 and 2.
Carshare League entries. Wadsworth Trog, 8th February, race 1, entry form, needs to be in - it will fill up! I've sent in an entry for race 2, Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round on March 8th. Pre-entry, using the standard FRA entry form. The organiser has kindly confirmed acceptance, so no worries about getting the entry in early. Carshare's big chance to stuff Willy, you see...
Nobody running? Any parkruns that you can please send?
DPFR Parkrun Listings. (to get on this list it needs to be this year....)
The Age-Graded Score is now lifted to 76.33%, hopefully more results to be sent , especially to fill in gaps in the table, and from our Ladies. Children of course would get a listing...
Jon Pemberton has set the fastest, with a trip around Graves Park. 2nd place, 19.27. Any other parkruun results out there?
Please send email (this is DT, Carshare...) along any Parkrun results, from wherever.
Langdale 2014. The Ambleside website shows:- "This race will go ahead provided agreement on safety procedures can be agreed with the FRA. Entries will not be accepted before July 1st. Any entries received before then will be destroyed. Entry details will be posted here on or before July 1st."
Pendle AS - Pre-entry English Championship (1) .
The Trigger:- results.
Trig Point:- Cannock Chase:- results. A repeat victory for Rob Little.
Firbank - Kendal Winter League . results
YHA "King of the Castle" - Borrowdale. results. And another win, here by Rhys, followed shortly by Tom Saville, and Rachel making up the set.
"Uphill TT course, good fun, a bit different, and excellent cakes and drinks afterwards."
Greg , Rhys, and Willy have the correct answers
CP1 - Ian Hodgson Relay, Angle Tarn (and passed by on Howtown.)
CP2 - Kinder Downfall
CP3 - Ennerdale - Blackbeck Tarn.
CP4 - Tour of Pendle - Ogden Clough.
CP5 - Sedbergh - (the top West CP, before heading back across..)
Yorkshire Cross-Country Championships. at Lightwater Valley, near Ripon. results.
Auld Lang Syne:- results.
Captain Cook's Races:- results. A hopefully safe return up there from Joe, 1st V50.
Moz's Birthday Run.
Clay Bank East - far away by Guisborough. results. A most notable win by Johnny Malley.
Scout Scar - Kendal Winter League. results.
Meanwood Trail race. (Leeds). I only mention this because the idea is so good. Start and finish from the pub. 6 miles. £4.00 entry, of which £2.00 is a voucher to use in the pub. You get a detailed set of route instructions, and set off by yourself any time between 11.00am and 12.00 noon. Maybe the idea will catch on? Wot's more, I didn't get lost...
Parkruns. If anyone hasn't considered these, they work so very well. 5km, 9.00am , every Saturday all over the place. Venues. Free, no hassle, and you get a right shift on. With Parkruns all over, no way I can keep tabs on them all, so any results would please need to be sent to me. Only a Men's table just now, easily a Ladies thing can be put on if wished.
Quite a decent year for our Teams in 2013, but that's been and gone. Now for this year's campaign. First is Pendle, AS. Pre-entry, .which needs now to be in. For those not used to the start and finish, the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round , Saturday 8th March, could be extremely useful. Willy has wisely included it in the Carshare League - another pre-entry.
For Ireland, Rob Little can likely help out with any accommodation needs. Please let me know when any flights are booked, as this will help with car-hire, etc. A memorable weekend is some certainty....
Kendal Winter League:-
Not that I've done any of them, but worth having a think about if you can join our esteemed Lakeland residents? Short and sharp, it seems.
It was none other than the club chairman Tom Westgate who we lined up as caption fodder in the last edition. Why was his face so painfully contorted? Why was it covered in ice? What had made his lips turn purple, and why were those goggles such a strange shade of yellow, (was it to match the Dark Peak purple?). Quite a few of you addressed the goggles question, and it was Tim Hawley’s perseverance in doing so that has finally brought him the glory that he’s craved for years through his repeat multiple entries. His winning words: “Yeah, it’s an old army trick. Pissing in your goggles keeps them clear.” In second place, Tom himself, picturing himself as some kind of latter-day Scott of the Antarctic: “Last entry: ‘For God’s sake look after our club’.”
This time, we turn to the Edale Skyline kit check, where Stewart Kemp and Kenny Turner were drawing great amusement from something that seemed to be lurking around Kenny’s nether regions. Or were they? As ever, the only limits to what was going on here are in your imagination. Over to you…
The traditional thirty-six hour DP consultation period having lapsed since publication of the Winter DP News - without comment, protest or worse - I now declare the following twelve fixtures as counters for the Carshare League in 2014. Please note the preponderance of pre-entry only races and consider getting your entries in early, including for the first race at Wadsworth on 8th Feb (entry deadline 27th Jan).
I'm hoping there's something here for everyone, that the races are a little more kindly distributed across the year for the top end (and those of us with kids/supporting duties in June/July), and that, mile for mile, these races are all worth the journey.
Thanks also to Carshare himself for pointing out the suitability of the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round as an alternative recce for the English champs counter at Pendle, and the novelty of a 'pint/half before you cross the finishing line' at the Charlesworth Chase. Particularly sorry that I'll likely have to miss that one which, as honorary defending women's champion, would have posed the difficult question whether I should consume a pint or just the women's half at the finishing line; and here's hoping at least one representative of the distaff side of the club will be moved to at least turn up for a minimum of five counters this year (hell hath no fury like an honorary woman scorned).
My entry's already in for the Wadsworth Trog (the clue's in the second part of the race title), and I've space for at least three passengers (email). Looking forward to seeing some or more of you there, and to getting to know a few more club mates on the highways, byways and in a variety of cafe-stops on route to the different races.
|Sat 8 Feb||10am||Wadsworth Trog||BL
|Sat 8 Mar||11am||Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round||BM
|Sat 29 Mar||12 pm||Donard Challenge||AS (Brits)||4.7m/2790ft||N. Ireland (Newcastle)|
|Sat 12 Apr||11am||Coledale Horseshoe||AM (PE preferred)||8.5m/3000ft||Lake District|
|Sat 17 May||11am||Charlesworth Chase (Simon's Seat)||BS||5.2m/1200ft||Yorks Dales|
|Sat 14 Jun||11am||Cwm Pennant Horseshoe||AL||16.8m/5900ft||Wales (Snowdonia)|
|Sat 28 Jun||2pm||Dollar||AM (Brits)||9.3m/3380ft||Scotland|
|Sat 2 Aug||11am||Borrowdale||AL (LCT) (PE only)||16.8m/6550ft||Lake District|
|Sun 24 Aug||1pm||David Bell Memorial Hoppits Hill Race||BS||3.5m/820ft||Peak District|
|Sat 30 Aug||1pm||Maesgwm Muddle||AM (Brits)
|Sun 14 Sep||8.30am||Lake District Mountain Trial||O
|16m/7875ft||Lake District (venue tbc)|
|Sat 18 Oct||2.30pm||Screes||AS||4.9m/1550ft||Lake District (Nether Wasdale)|
Carshare League 2014.
No doubt Willy will be giving more details of the races, which are listed in the DP News epistle. First is Wadsworth Trog, and runners chasing the many lucrative League Prizes would ddo well to notice that entries are open, details, and with a limit of 200, best get going on this. For them that's not acquainted with the race, it's an extremely good event to get gruelling miles in the legs.
As ever, if anyone wants Route Notes over any race, just send through, someone will no doubt have done the race sometime.
Further away in time is Simon's Seat. (Wharfedale). I can't recommend this highly enough. Camping alongside, c/o Farmer Ted (Mason), excellent village pub to start from, and a compulsory pint to be drunk before crossing the finish line.
Bradfield Boundary Run:-
Festive Disorientation - from Chunal.
Tuesday:- Auld Lang Syne:- another busy thing from the Haworth cold quarries.
Captain Cook's Races:-
Giant's Tooth (above Halifax) -
Very best of Christmas wishes from Carshare to everybody and anybody!
Quite simply - where is it? Not a trick puzzle, it's within a recognised climbing guide....
Well, correct answers from Tom Brunt a nd Greg. This is Great Wolfrey Crag, SE 063374, above Grimwith Reservoir which is near Grassington.No real path to reach it, not much of a climber's path beneath nor along the top, but a most scenic place to be running by.
There are rumours of a New Year's Thingy being sent through....
60th Crookstone Crashout.
Boxing Day Bogtrot.
Chevin Chase, (around Otley Chevin) . Good, but £18.00 just don't seem right. Too expensive for poor Carshare.
900+ runners, that's some big money coming in. Johnny Brownlee home first - again.
Guisborough Woods:- results.
FRA Calendar 2014 - well. there's plenty to go at within. All these safety rules and regulations. But they need to be read, and accepted. If you don't like them, don't enter and stand on that start line. Marshalling requirements have been tightened up, and - just as for Parkruns we're expected to help out with marshalling at least three times a year - shouldn't I/we be doing our fair share of marshalling for fell events?..
Recording Numbers. On CP9 at Pendle I was asked to write down numbers. When it's busy any numbers pinned to legs just can't be quickly seen, neither can those part-covered by a strap across the front. So now, numbers must be clearly seen. People who had put a top on easily lifted the top to show their number, and not a problem.
The Trigger. (12th January.) Steve Monaghan asks:- "I have an entry for The Trigger and I am looking for transport to Marsden for the start - do you have any members who can offer a lift ?"
DT - please email if you can help out.
Really Wild Boar . Results.
Three Tops Race - DPFR.
So I'm reading Ian's report, and must take issue with its literary content. "The RO contrived to baffle every one by stupidly leaving his car keys on the bonnet of his car so he returned and restarted the race allowing him to weasel a crafty route up to catch the main group".
Is not the verb correctly written as "Worsell", instead of "Weasel"? Perhaps someone with a PHD in DPFR Literature could help out?
Eskdale Eureka - the North-east Eskdale, mind you....results.
England Athletics Whatever:-
"Should you wish to continue to be registered with England Athletics you should go through an EA affiliated club, and pay the £10 EA fee via them. At the moment there is no arrangement for athletes to register direct with EA.".
DT - no comment from me, lest I say something better not said...
High Peak Marathon - is some while off, end of February. Loxley Crawshaw sends:- "I'm wanting to compete in next years High Peak Marathon so I'm either looking for a place on a team or to find 3 other runners wanting to do it. I entered the ballot last year but didn't get in so in theory I should have more chance this year. There is only 5 more days left to enter though."
DT - please email if you can help.
FRA Presentation Night.
An excellent venue, a memorable night, with individual recipients, a bucketful for Judith, and team medals for just about everything. To see the Senior Men walk out as English Champions is something right special. Hopefully photos will emerge from us, and the Clayton website could be something decent.
Don't they say something about anybody can win it once, but retaining it.....
Time for a huge thanks to all the Team Captains for rallying the troops to the cause, getting the Teams out when it matters, and getting the results.
Next year's Inter-Counties looks a cracker, laps of Witton Park in Blackburn.........
Tour of Pendle. results.
Cold, but good clear conditions for a good trip all around Pendle. Many thanks to Willy for his abuse diected to CP(, on the correct knoll, sadly. As ever, well - even thoroughly- organised, coping well with the lager than usual field.
A kindly Wharefdale runner had picked up loads of Gel wrappers on his way round, and left them with me: litter shouldn't be happening.
Lost Jacket:- Tim Rutter asks:- "Anyone found a grey hagloffs waterproof with yellow zips? I may have left it in the hut/ sportsman. 07980 812 786, if you can please help."
Commondale Beacon:- results.
For whatever reason the FRA Championship link isn't that sharp, but this is most likely the final placings.
Senior Men: Lloyd - 3rd= with Morgan : Rhys - 5th : Stuart - 6th : winner is Simon Bailey, Rob Hope 2nd :
MV40:- Lloyd - 2nd, winner is Morgan : Spyke - 9th.
M45:- Spyke - 3rd : John Hunt - 5th. : winner is Jim Davies, 2nd - Mark Roberts.
MV55:- Keith - 8th, winner is Dave Neill : 2nd - Mike Egner.
MV60:- DT - 7th, winner is Ben Grant.
M65 - DT - 3rd = with Kieran : winner is Barry Blyth.
Senior Ladies.Judith - 3rd: Nicky - 9th : winner is joint equal, (as in the British), Victoria Wilkinson and Helen Fines
LV40:- Judith - 2nd : Nicky - 6th : winner is Helen Fines.
LV45:- Judith - 1st : Nicky - 4th.
Teams. In recent years medals have been awarded to all those who have scored counting points in the four counting races.
Senior Men:- 1st (1st at Edale) : : counting races - Buckden, Fairfield, Wasdale, Edale.
MV40:- 2nd - (1st at Edale) : counting races - Buckden, Fairfield, Wasdale, Edale.
MV50:-3rd - (3rd at Edale) : counting races - Blisco, Turner Landscape, Wasdale, Edale.
Senior Ladies:- 2nd ( 1st at Edale) ; counting races - Buckden, Turner Landscape, Blisco, Edale.
LV40:- 1st (1st at Edale) .counting races - Buckden, Fairfield, Blisco, Edale.
Ireland 2014. Donard Challenge , AS, is the event, Saturday 29th March. A new event, but I did a similar thing some time back. We started on the sea front, CP1 was the top of Slieve Donard and CP2 was the finish in Donard Park. This must be the same idea, but the direct line up some Black Stairs was a trifle thoughtful and might have been re-routed.
Greg asks:- "Looking to book Ireland flights, £52 return at the moment from Liverpool to Belfast , anyone else wanting to do the Brits next year?"
DT - a memorable weekend is a certainty. Fly to Belfast, share travel south to Newcastle in the Mourne Mountains, and partake of Ireland's usual hospitality. Sharing travel, flights, etc, makes it all so much better. Please let me know if you're thinking of going...
Energy Drinks in a Long Race.
For this year's Wasdale, I asked at our proper bike shop about what to take in a long event, and I tried some tablets which dissolved into a drinks bottle. It seemed good, much better than just water. With Ennerdale being the double AL race next year, and it's the traditional thirstiest race of them all, it may well be worth trying something out at Pendle, and having your chosen energy drink at CP9, before the final big climb. Whatever - I'll take any supplies of food and drinks that you give me beforehand, I'll be lurking around the carpark before the start.
If anyone can contribute with proven drinks recommendations, please help out!
Llyn y Fan. Almost another mystery location, as most of us have never heard of the place. Research shows it in South Wales, somewhere. Most likely near some lake. But it's the final race in the Inov8 Open Welsh Fell Race Championships, and our intrepid explorer reports:- "This was out the back and beyond, and a pain to get to, to put it mildy, but once there an absolutely superb course made even more brilliant by blue skies and no wind. I’d have preferred to go round 3 or 4 more times, but sadly only one lap, and a day for sprinters and youngsters."
Results. John Hunt was round in 47.38, 10th. That makes John 1st V40 and official Welsh Champion, following the footsteps of a previous holder, Joe Blackett.
Tour of Pendle - Saturday 23rd November. "There
is a strict limit of 500 runners for the event so pre-entry is advised
to be sure of avoiding disapointment on the day (Plus it’s cheaper &
you’ve more chance of a t-shirt!)"
Entry List. well past 420.
A reminder that club runners aren't allowed past CP9 without suitable abuse to be hurled at the marshal, on a hitherto undisclosed, maybe unvisited? knoll.
FRA Presentation Night. The final English Championship tables aren't yet on the FRA website.
Unofficially, it may well be, for the teams:-
(In recent years medals have been awarded to all those who have scored counting points in the four counting races - page 107 of the Calendar)
Senior Men:- 1st : counting races - Buckden, Fairfield, WASDALE, Edale.
MV40:- 2nd - : counting races - Buckden, Fairfield, WASDALE, Edale. (Wasdale is better than Blisco)
MV50:-3rd - : counting races - Blisco, Turner Landscape, Wasdale, Edale.
Senior Ladies:- 2nd ; counting races - Buckden, Turner Landscape, Blisco, Edale.
LV40:- 1st .counting races - Buckden, Fairfield, Blisco, Edale.
Senior Men:- 2nd . counting races - Yetholm : Blisco : Peris.
MV40:- 2nd - counting races - Yetholm : Blisco : Peris.
MV50:-3rd - :counting races - Yetholm : Blisco : Peris.
LV40:- 3rd. counting races Blisco and Peris.
DT - I don't see a list being published as to who gets medals, but if you've been a crunch race counter, that should do. To be hoped plenty can be at the night, details on the Clayton website.
This is The Vatican, and the city is Rome.
Simply - where is the Brown Vest? The city will suffice....
And any more roving photos of the Vest on holiday would definitely enliven these dark winter days, just send something along - please!
(Rumours of free flights to the destination as a prize are unconfirmed...)
Answers, please, to email - the usual address for Carshare.
Correct answers - Rob Little comes along first....now followed by Tom Brunt...Greg....Lewis....Willy...John Hunt...
Winners prize will be awarded at CP9, Tour of Pendle....from the supply of Jaffa Cakes.
The FRA Calendar has loads of next year's events showing. Including:-
Short :- Pendle - 5th April : Hodder Valley (Bowland) - 13th September.
Medium - Coniston - 3rd May : maybe Kentmere, 20th July.
Long - Ennerhdale - 7th June : Sedbergh - 17th August.
Ennerdale - 7th June. Long.
Dollar - 28th June. Medium.
Ireland - 29th March. "Donard Challenge", from Newcastle. Short.
No idea as to Wales
Grin and Bear It:- What else could we expect, holding the race in bleak November and shoving in extra bogs of moorland. Suffice to say that the top crossing from Cut Gate to Swainshead was rather damp, with many unfathomable depths for those who fell into them. Which is most likely everyone. Throw in some walkabout clag as a bonus. The first bleak part stayed dry, leaving the rain for the return leg, and some proper clothing emerged to cope with the conditions. Excellently organised - of course - and some real right decent fell course.
Clwydian Hills - results.
Cop Hill - results.