Jura - a while off, hopefully Jenny is sorted...
Cressbrook Crawl:- results.
Fairfield - Carshare was well in the prizes, and was contemplating blowing the lot on the way back at Pete Bland's, but honesty prevailed. Kirsty Hewitson was 1st Lady. Sorry, Kirsty, I can't just find your e-mail address, but I have your Vets prize, but wasn't alert enough to collect your winners prize. Jenny 6th, and also a Vets prize, and also I have an envelope for 3rd Mens team, (team of 3) whoever that might be applicable to.
A bit slippy on rocks going across to from Fairfield, which Carshare amply tested.....Lesson learnt - just carrying some basic stuff like a couple of plasters can be of enormous help, something I'll be putting in the bag. Results.
InterCounties - Broughton, in Scotland..
Gt Whernside - uphill only:- and Junior Uphill Championships .Results.
South Mynd Tour - a new AL race, the neglected parts of southern Long Mynd in Shropshire. Results. So what's it like? Greg helps out.. "Having missed out on getting a Fairfield entry I went down for this new race. With impressive stats I thought it would be good training forJura... Route choice from the start to the second checkpoint, then also from the top of Pole Bank back to Little Stretton meant you didn't know where you were in the race order, but happy with 1st 50. The best lines will be known within a couple of runnings. In between, lots of runnable climbs and some sharp steep downs. Great little race, would do it again, great to meet another brown vest there - Tyrell"
Summer Series 3 - Stanage.
Dark Peak Stones-
Fox and Hounds - N Y Moors-results.
Kildwick - a pleasant enough little nearby evening race, and only £3.00........results.
Shining Tor- results.
Tansley - results.
Hayfield May Queen - results.
Senior Women:- Judith - 4th : Liz - 9th..
W40:- Judith - 2nd : Liz - 4th.
W50:- Judith - 1st : Liz - 2nd.
MU23:- Tom - 3rd : .Matt Elkington - 4th.
M40:- Dave Taylor - 7th.
M50:- Dave Taylor - 2nd : Spyke -5th.
M60:- Keith - 6th.
Men - 5th
Stuc a Chroin - British Championship AL. Results.
Willy's Birthday Dozen:-
Eskdale Elevation:- results. with a safe trip around this time from Joe...
Bollington Festival:- results.
Buckden Out Moor and Back Again - a welcome new race, and a complete and utter classic indeed! The usual start in the village. but then a different route up to Buckden Pike, back down past the lead mine, and a different return to the traditional slippery stream. Excellent cakes for us afterwards, and just sit around in the scenic sunshine. Results.
Trunce 3:- results.
Tuesday - Jack Bloor, around Ilkley Moor:- results. Parts of it were dry enough to bag up, and sell as Multipurpose compost, other bits were sloshy bogs. Then get away before the midges set in....
Cakes of Bread:-
Cake Race:- results.
Coiners:- results. (not yet found the Juniors results...)
Tigers Todger:- results.
Lothersdale - near Skipton. a short, sharp blast up to Pinhaw Moor trig point, on the Pennine Way, and then hammer back down once again. Results.
Rainow 5 :- results.
Teenager with Altitude:- ...Anniversary Waltz:- both results.
A lovely clear, sunny day, a bit warm for those doing the Waltz, with that long run-out along the valley bottom. Notable that we had far more runners doing the long trip round, rather than what appears to be a group of several oldies taking the shorter option.
Summer Series 2 - Broomhead Bash:-
Dick Hudson's - the first BOFRA race of the year, simply touch a gate at the other side of Ilkley Moor, then find the correct route back again. .Results.
Senior Women:- Judith - 6th.
W40:- Judith - 3rd : Liz - 8th.
W50:- Judith - 1st : Liz - 2nd.
MU23:- Matt Elkington - 2nd : Tom - 4th.
Men:- Rhys - 7th.
M40:- Dave Taylor - 8th.
M50:- Dave Taylor - 1st : Spyke - 8th.
M60:- Keith - 8th.
Men - 5th ( Keswick, Borrowdale, Helm Hill, Shettleston)
M40:- 4th (Borrowdale, Shettleston, Calder Valley)
M50:- 2nd (Borrowdale)
FRA Link to Results.
WU23 - Ellie - 4th.
W40:- Judith - 5th : Nicky - 6th : Kirsty H - 7th : Helen - 8th..:
W45:- Judith - 2nd : Nicky - 3rd : Helen - 4th.
W50:- Judith - 1st.
MU23:- Matt Elkington - 2nd : Tom - 3rd.
M45:- Dave Taylor - 6th : John Hunt - 7th.
M50:- Dave Taylor - 2nd : John Hunt - 3rd : Spyke - 5th.
M65:- DT - 4th : Mick Cochrane - 8th.
M70:- DT - 2nd : Mick - 4th.
Senior Women - 5th.
W40 - 1st.
Senior Men - 4th.
M40 - 6th.
M50 - 1st
Donard Challenge - Newcastle County Down. The first British Championship event this year.
Perfectly clear weather, even sunny, so no real trouble finding a way round. It's a very rough descent, on the hill and back through the woods, and anyone really knowing the grassier lines would benefit.
Matt Elkington is 2nd MU23, Dave Taylor - 1st M50, Judith and Liz - 1st and 2nd W50. Team points when they have been sorted out.
Results. for Bunny Run
Chicken Run:- results.
New Dungeon Ghyll - Carshare League Counter. One of the classic AS courses. No hint of any flags, and even when clear like today, a compass is needed, and even a map. Not having a map seems to have caused a problem to plenty of runners. The rain kept clear, giving us a sunny wait afterwards outside the hostelry, as good as it gets. No doubt our illustrious League Organiser will provide more details. Results.
Pendle - results.
West Nab:- all Seniors and Juniors results.
Lads Leap:- results.
Kong Mini MM - Round 2 - from Coniston. Results.
Blubberhouses 25 - an event which was in the FRA Calendar last year, but not now....25 miles of good stuff around Wharfedale moors.
Summer Series 1 - Back Tor and Beyond:- results.
Tuesday - Bunny Run 1.
Results. from Long Mynd Valleys. The first Championship race. Dy, clear and sunny, A big thanks to Mercia for an excellent event. A few tweaks on the original route, but nothing alters those hard last three climbs. It looks like the two Senior teams need to step it up a good notch at Weets, (Barnoldswick), the next English event. Ireland in a fortnight.....
But on the bonus front. Ladies Vets were first?, and MV50 would surely be first?
Individually, Matt Elkington was 1st U23, followed closely by Tom Saville, these two being the first counters home, Max Wainwright is 4th U23.
V50 - Dave Taylor is 2nd, John Hunt - 3rd, behind Mark Roberts, now an aged V55...
Judith was 1st V50, Nicky walked out for something...
And of the ancients, DT was 2nd, Mick Cochrane being 4th.
Apologies for whatever I've ignored.
Causey Pike:- results.
Edale Skyline:- results on DPFR results. A terrific run from Jack Wood, 2nd, after going strong at Long Mynd Valleys! Not to be missing off Keith, and as one would expect, Darren Fishwick.
Rivock Edge:- the far end of Ilkley Moor. Wild, wet and windy, with an abundance of mud. A need to be careful not to be sliding into the canal.....results.
Wolf's Pit:- results.
Wrekin:- Carshare League Counter. results.
Old Magazines needing a good home.
NIck has sent:-
Hi, I've had to give up running and have the following going free to a good home. Collection from Sheffield S8: 5x UK Adventure Sports, 1x Fellrunner, 1x Running Free, 6x Marathon&Beyond, 5x Runners World, 13x Running Fitness, 18x Trail Running (UK), 9x Ultrarunning, 33x Trail Running (USA). Mixture of issues from 2009 to 2015. Could you ask your members if they'd like any of them? Many thanks Nick. Please email.
Results for Grindleford Gallop. No clubs are identified, so picking over the results is probably going to be a personal endeavour for them as wants to. But we do note a very creditable 2nd overall for Paul Fauset.
Results From Brough Law
Results. From Haworth Hobble
YHA King of the Castle - Results - from January.
Results from Glaisdale Rigg.
HIgh Peak Marathon:-results.
Carding Mill Canter:- results.
Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round:- most unusually was it warm and sunny up on Pendle. Plenty of rain had made things very squelchy, but a most pleasant variant on our usual trips around Pendle. And no knoll to be visiting. results.
Bluebell 1 - results
Cloud Nine:- results.
Hope Winter:- results.
Ian Roberts Memorial:- cancelled
High Cup Nick:- results.
Not the Nationals:-
National Cross Country Championships - Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Results.
British Night Orienteering Championships - in some woods by Lake Windermere. Results.
Badger Bar Blast - a likely permanent variant on the Loughrigg - Silver Howe course. What a joy it was to be remembering that epic Great Lakes Run, where the rain is bucketing down, the wind is howling, and every opportunity to be getting lost. The Ambleside organisation was excellent, no streams in spate to be crossing, and all safely home. With the top of Silver Howe in the full force of the breeze, marshals sensibly recorded numbers in a lower place of shelter, leaving it up to the runners to venture up and round the cairn. Almost a disaster in the pub when the soup ran out, but saving the day appeared huge baskets of chips...
Results - (where there is a reminder that runners must show their number, on their front. Calling out, in the wind, just does not work.)
Bleasdale Circle - up in Bowland. a hard little race, coming in as a "B" due to heavy muddy fields, between a steep grind up to Paddy's Pole (Fair Snape), and a mad hurtle down Parlick. with the usual excellent cakes and soup in the village hall. Results.
Flower Scar:- away we go with the Carshare League....results
New Chew:- results.
Carnethy 5:- results. Tony Heron helps us out:-"Full on conditions for the 48th Carnethy 5 hill race. The C5 is arguably Scotland's biggest and best race, which I'd clocked at just over 9 kms. However, with five proper summits - Scald Law, South Black Hill, East and West Kip, and Carnethy - visited in this short distance, there are few tougher races in the calendar. At the start, the marshals were warning of 40 mph/ -20 windchill and poor visibility on the summits - and so it proved. Thankfully, we had the wind behind us on the brutal climb of Scald Law, but after that it was just a matter of keeping your head down and getting round as quickly as possible. The marshals did a brilliant getting everyone around the course safely - especially those on the penultimate checkpoint on the summit of Carnethy where the weather conditions where just just plain ridiculous. The men's race was won comfortably by Finlay Wild ahead of Tom Addison while Hannah Russell beat local favourite Charlotte Morgan in the women's race. I only spotted two brown vests in the results - me (69th and 20th V40) and Duncan Marsh (336th and 93rd V40). 471 finishers. "
Parbold Hill - results. John Hunt finishing a very strong 7th, in 45.16
Windy Hill- over Blackstone Edge.. Those with fond memories will remember that Edale Skyline, and this was at times equally interesting, with runners disappearing into the driving white stuff - though not as windy as was Edale. Being only a medium race, we weren't on the top that long, and once turning for home had the wind nicely behind us. Results.
Titterstone Clee:- results. A most welcome return by Lloyd....
Wadsworth Trog:- results.
Rombalds Stride - a long trip around Ilkley Moor.
Long Mynd Valleys - a running of next month's Championship course, in its traditional time slot. Results. A notable win for Tom Saville, both in the race and in the family contest, especially with a strong field, prospecting for the Championship event. Equally notable is first LV50 for Tracy Greenway.
Kong Mini MM - Round 1 - from Borrowdale - results. Kirsty and Helen giving a very strong 8th place overall.
Mickleden Straddle - very muddy and sloshy, but quite benign really. No wind, no ice, no snow, and not that cold. Very boggy coming back up from the dams, all now a sinkable path, where once it was a compass job. Results. A most welcome precise kit check, and the renowned, excellent cakes, soup and sandwiches.
Carshare League 2017:- Our illustrious organiser has put this year's events out, and there will surely be plenty to tempt folk to try new places and new events. Sharing travel can easily be sorted out.
Hoofstones - BM, 13km, a completely excellent race, a genuine, proper fell course, can't be recommended highly enough. Just by Todmorden. 52 runners, and that was a good number, so the pub wasn't crammed out, and it seems that runners who would be out of their depth kept well clear. We started up flagged fields and such onto the fell, then a wet, slosh up some pathed moors in rain, mist and sleet, to Hoofstones trig point. From where the fun begins. Compass out, no sense in following, and cross heather, peat, bogs, tussocks to hopefully find the correct way off the moor. And back down. Put it in the diary for another year, especially if you've had enough of just trying to get past a line in front of you...Results.
Northern Cross Country - in Knowsley Park - results.
Tigger Tor:- results.
Whitestone - Kendal Winter League:-
Kong Winter Fell races - this time, up Clough Head from Threlkeld - Results. Next, the last in this series, is up Stybarrow, Sunday 26th February.
Ashurst Beacon - reputed to be lurking in Lancashire, somewhere...indeed it is, John Hunt leading the others home. Results.
The Spine - just start at Edale and keep going.....
The Trigger :- results.
Lamb's Longer Leg - results.
Stanbury Splash:- and splash it was. Streams to wade through, lots of wet sloshy bogs to fall into, just the usual delights of those Haworth Moors. A day when the sisters would have got their dresses a bit mucked up. Results.
Obstruction Sheffield - details. This looks to be a 5km obstacle course around Eccleshall Woods. A while off, 12th March, but it may well be worth having a look at what it is all about.
Saturday 8th April is the first race of this year's British Championship. Very simple, really. We start in the park, at sea level, go to the top of Slieve Donard, about 3000ft higher, and come back down again. The ability to use a compass was helpful three year's back.....
We have team and individual titles to maintain, and that won't be easy. Getting plenty of runners lined up will be crunch. Flights are always cheaper, the sooner they get booked. Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool prove convenient.
If you've not been, it really is a memorable experience, they always put on a classic event, and if, like Carshare, you'll not be contributing to the teams, it matters not. A good weekend is guaranteed.
Carshare is booked Friday while Sunday, from Leeds to Belfast City. Hopefully lots more of us? If there's anything need to know about arrangements, travel etc, please ask. No idea what is happening over accommodation, mind.
Very best wishes from Carshare, to everyone for a very enjoyable time over Christmas!
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