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.
Snowdonia Marathon - is our representative here once more? Of course! results. John Hunt sends:- "Good weather this year (it's all relative), certainly compared to the week before in the same place and previous recent years."
7th place, 2:51:30, and 1st V40, having to hammer it down to the finish, as the next two vets are 9secs and then 7secs back.
Guisborough 3 Tops. results. photos. The final event of the Carshare League, of which Greg is the most worthy winner. Unfortunately our locals, Joe and Dan, were otherwise occupied. Windy, cold and wet at times, and being a Medium race needing decent kit to be carried by everyone. But this was not to be. Greg followed the right people, David Lund got his money's worth and followed the wrong people. Carshare just plodded slowly round.
Thankfully Customs and Excise missed the car on the return trip, with driver Steve (from Ripon) - 1st V60 - 3 bottles of wine : Greg - 1st V50 - 3 bottles of wine : DT - 1st V65 - 3 bottles of wine: David - a very high placing - 2 bottles of wine. Not sure the locals will want us lot back next year.
Carshare League 2014? I'm hoping that Willy will keep this going, it's a good incentive to visit new races, places to be running, and meet up with other folk. I'm sure any suggestions for next year would be appreciated, choice of races and all that.
(the Otley Chevin midweek race should be a compulsory counter.)
Club Championships:- "It is wonderful to see the commitment of so many club members determined to turn out for the premier event of the season, despite such appalling ailments and injuries - many of which would see lesser mortals in hospital beds with the Club Chaplain hovering within whispering distance, 'just in case'. We have 39 entries so far. As seems to be the norm, the sharp end of the field is still lacking entries at this stage. Those determined to beat Willy Kitchen are coming in thick and fast. There is also a good selection of those with value for money as a key expectation. First draft of the Handicaps will be out in early November for the complaints to really start flooding in."
Eric Mitchell:-For those wondering who this may be, Eric is the Club President. This is from Cycling Weekly. Like other DPFR members of earlier days, having a most strong background of cycling, and also notching up notable fell achievements. Perhaps others can fill in more, I seem to remember a Fellrunnr article not that long back?
FRA Relays - Llanberis. Unofficially, Senior Men - 1st : "B" Men - 3rd : Ladies - 3rd : V40 Men 3rd : V50 Men - 3rd : Ladies"B" - 11th.
results. . A report - very good reading, etc.
A most impressive set of achievements and commitment. Thanks to all representing, and to team organisers. Any reports most welcome, as so many of us not there are sharply interested. Looks like - as so often - the navigational leg is decisive?
Seem to think it's at Kirkby Lonsdale next year.
Lakeland Classics. Individuals. Teams . First team - again - closely hunted down by Borrowdale and Ambleside. Completions by Tom Brunt (2nd, 1st MV40) : John Hunt (5th, 3rd MV40) : Joe - 8th : Andy Dickenson : Dave Sykes : Ashley : Nicky (2nd Lady, 1st LV40) : Roy Gibson : Keith : David Lund : Greg : Jenny Caddick : Ben Robson.
The List of completions from when it first started.
Carshare League:- the table is updated after Langdale, and every likelihood that Greg will be the winner. But maybe not....If so, many congratulations, and no doubt he can look forwards to the lucrative first prize, sponsorship and written book memoirs. Though there is still Guisborough 3 Tops to come as the finale.
These dark cold, horrible nights:- if anyone has a mystery photo, enigma or other such stuff, please help, as a mystery puzzle would brighten things up? (or even suggestions for this year's siting of CP9 on Tour of Pendle...)
Wirksworth Undulator - results.
The Screes -
Saltergate - Levisham. results. Looks like Joe has entered his new age-group....
Far distant. Chevin Chase is on Boxing Day, around Otley Chevin. And it's £16.00, for 7 miles. Though it does have electronic chip timing..... And yet it will fill up, but not from Carshare....
... 'til the fat lady (that'd be me then) sings. Methinks Messrs Rimmer, Tait and indeed my own early call of a clinching victory for our Greg may have been somewhat premature, since young Ashley, and infant David L, both retain a chance of pipping our front runner at the post. Ashley's chances are strongest unless, that is, Judith decides she's not done enough running on her broken rib and pitches up to claim victory for the women in the first Carshare League. Carshare's own chances are rather less strong, but he too might yet pull this one out of the fire if he were to win the final race at Guisborough Three Tops (all you need is a little incentive to rekindle past glories, eh DT?). Route notes here - I'm just sorry I can't be there to see the series through to its conclusion.
As for Langdale, conditions were benign, and twenty three brown vests had a good old frollick round the old horseshoe, with the BG graduands performing especially well - in Laurence's case notwithstanding a twenty minute detour off the wrong flank of Blisco. The team prize probably goes to Ashley, Dave S and Jenny C - reward indeed for Jenny's good samaritan ministering to one of several bloodied fallers - and the steward's enquiry from Peris suggests that Ashley (I think), or possibly Greg (was it?), who may have driven Dave S, Jenny C and Oli J up, perhaps overhauled Keith, Heather and Nicky to claim those particular spoils. To be honest, though, I'm not sure I any longer have the will to establish this definitively either.
Langdale: - results. One of the better weather days, dry, a bit chilly and no clag. Slotting between the two Relays rather influenced the sharp end. Tom will no doubt know better, but did the front runners choose to go over Esk Pike, rather than that horrible traverse? "I wasn't close enough to the sharp end to see exactly what was going on, but in the post-match analysis it became clear that some had gone higher (deliberately in one or two cases, inadvertently in others). General consensus was that the lower line is probably quicker."
Kieran has written, all is well. Two stiches in the head and also the knee. The justification for all this fuss about body cover.
Photos. an excellent set of pictures drom Ilkley's Bob Hamilton, taken throughout the route, most definitely worth a look.
Wasdale Show - Results. another BOFRA classic. Start, touch the top of Kirk Fell, and finish. Simple. This is the final race of the BOFRA Championships. Mike finishes the series 9th, and 2nd V40 : Hazel is 1st, with a clean sweep of eight wins. Final Table.
Withins Skyline - results
Penistone Hill Race - results.
OMM - Brecon Beacons. 26th/27th September. A request for help:- "Clare Howes and I are both new students at Sheffield University and are doing the OMM this October. We were wondering whether there are any people from SYO that are going and would be willing to give us a lift? Please could you pass this message on to anyone who may be able to help us."
If you can help, please email Tamsin Moran.
Tour of Pendle, 23rd November, and hopefully we'll have plenty at the evening's Presentation Night, nearby. The race is pre-entry, can't see any limit, but likely to be some class field. And there's the added mystery as to where CP9 will be situated this year.
Ian Hodgson Relay. results.
Senior Men:- 2nd. 4 minutes behind Borrowdale. Rob Little and Pete Hodges had fastest Leg on Leg 1. All was close at Kirkstone Inn, but Borrowdale had fastest legs on 3 and 4.
MV40:- 1st. Worryingly close to Bowland for those anxiously watching, but we need not have fretted.
Ladies:- 3rd : A very strong Ambleside team were far clear, and then Keswick.
Most testing conditions, the clag was right down, rocks were wet and slippy, and wet and cold up high.
Carshare wonders how one team is reputed to have visited Ambleside, trying to find Red Screes...
As ever, huge thanks to everyone representing, and to team captains for organising, and of course to the event organisers.
As to what happened within each team, that's best left for others to divulge.
Senior Men: Lloyd - 4th - winner is Rob Jebb.
MV40:- Lloyd - 2nd, winner is Morgan.
MV50:- Keith - 10th, winner is Mark Roberts
MV60:- DT - 5th, winner is Ben Grant.
Senior Ladies.Judith - 3rd.winner is joint equal, Victoria Wilkinson and Helen Fines
LV40:- Judith - 1st. : Nicky - 10th,
Teams. In recent years medals have been awarded to all those who have scored counting points in the three counting races.
Senior Men:- 2nd (2nd at Peris) : winners were Borrowdale, we're ahead of Ambleside on countback : counting races - Yetholm : Blisco : Peris.
MV40:- 2nd - (2nd at Peris) :Winners were Borrowdale, we're ahead of Carnethy on countback : counting races - Yetholm : Blisco : Peris.
MV50:-3rd - (2nd at Peris) :counting races - Yetholm : Blisco : Peris.
Senior Ladies:- 4th ( 1st at Peris) ; winners were Ambleside - we only had two counting races.
LV40:- 3rd( 1st at Peris) , only having completed two races, though both wins.counting races - Blisco and Peris.
English Schools Fell Championships:- around Benson Knott, Kendal. results.
"Bradfield School are the ESFRC Champions for 2013.", Congratulations to the runners, and to their esteemed coach.
Results with splits. So very dry, just not the same Skyline which rolls up in March. So a lot of running, with less heavy stuff through the bogs. Senior Men - 1st : V50's 2nd, which gives 3rd overall. Any help with other anythings most welcome.
Organisation? As good as it gets. I just can't think of any othe race which is so well organised. Standing out, beside the work of the organiser - both times - is the committment of non-runners to marshalling, the completely excellent food afterwards, and the boxes of Wirral Plums.
How good is it to have a comprehensive kit check. Waterproof was laid down in advance, under new safety rules it's compulsory, and everyone should comply. Also the manning of the CP's, enough marshals to help out should the need arise, and to take decisions on the condition of tired runners.
The efficiency of the results system - on-line for when we got home.
In every way a standard for any other race to look up to.
Route changes:- there have been many over the years. We originally started up Grindslow Knoll, which was also the last CP, from where it was all downhill and get that can of Wards. At one time Edale Cross was the CP after Brown Knoll. We now have paving slabs where it used to be heavy bogs. This year the avoidance of Twitchill. Times and records are hard to define.
The slowing down of being old. Not for Michael Crook, 1st V65 winner. His was much the same time as in 1992, 21 years back. That's impressive, to say the least.
FRA Forum - is back again.
FRA Presentation Evening. Details. Saturday 23rd November. Just round the corner from Pendle Hill, and to be hoped we can have a good turn-out. Carshare will expect the usual tirade of abuse from knoll-wishers at a yet to be disclosed secret knoll reputed to be near CP9.
Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross. results. Another win for Rob Jebb, not sure who was there for us?
RAB Mountain Marathon - Newlands Valley. results.
North York Moors Summer Series. A scrutiny of the final standings reveals that Dan Middlemas is 3rd Senior, and 1st V40, no doubt having accumulated umpteen of Dave Parry's bottles of wine.