<![CDATA[Dark Peak Fell Runners]]> <![CDATA[Triple Crossing TT men on 2020-05-25]]>

This race has had to be run as a time trial because of the Public Health restrictions that ­apply to us all during the Covid-19 pandemic. Its not the first change in format the race has seen over the years. Initially starting in Edale, it was the club championships for many years – usually with the traditional chasing start. Then it changed to being the club championship course every third year. Then with the plateau restoration starting in 2011, it became impossible to get the permission to run the course (it was one of the few club races that we sought permission for – given its geographic prominence, starting in Edale and the numbers involved). After a number of fallow years, I resurrected the race to run from the north, with a bit of a tweak to stay out of the village in Edale. With a slot in March, as an antidote to the management and support for the Edale Skyline (this being all running no marshalling) its had an average turn out of something like 10. So to have 40 odd people out for this one is a delight.

As the times trickled in, there were many expressions of delight at being back on the bog, after the restrictions of full locked. Some were delighted in the brilliant weather that characterised a number of days of the racing opportunity. I had a sense of perverse delight in experiencing the worst of the weather available. Windy, rainy and with the plateau shrouded in mist – good worselling weather but with no one to worsel.

Summer conditions made for some fast times. It’s the first time we’ve run this particular course. Bridge to bridge. I think we’ll probably stick with that in future years. So these times are going to be tough to beat if we return to the squelch of march. The men’s field was strongly contested at the front by people familiar with the course and lines. It was Megan’s first running, so I suspect there may be some improvements to come in terms of lines, but its unlikely the conditions underfoot will ever be better.

As a footnote, I’m very pleased to report that Graham Berry was the progenitor of this route and also ran it in this incarnation.

I’m very pleased to have been able to lay on this timely escape!

Lewis

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Triple Crossing TT men on Monday 25th May 2020

This race has had to be run as a time trial because of the Public Health restrictions that ­apply to us all during the Covid-19 pandemic. Its not the first change in format the race has seen over the years. Initially starting in Edale, it was the club championships for many years – usually with the traditional chasing start. Then it changed to being the club championship course every third year. Then with the plateau restoration starting in 2011, it became impossible to get the permission to run the course (it was one of the few club races that we sought permission for – given its geographic prominence, starting in Edale and the numbers involved). After a number of fallow years, I resurrected the race to run from the north, with a bit of a tweak to stay out of the village in Edale. With a slot in March, as an antidote to the management and support for the Edale Skyline (this being all running no marshalling) its had an average turn out of something like 10. So to have 40 odd people out for this one is a delight.

As the times trickled in, there were many expressions of delight at being back on the bog, after the restrictions of full locked. Some were delighted in the brilliant weather that characterised a number of days of the racing opportunity. I had a sense of perverse delight in experiencing the worst of the weather available. Windy, rainy and with the plateau shrouded in mist – good worselling weather but with no one to worsel.

Summer conditions made for some fast times. It’s the first time we’ve run this particular course. Bridge to bridge. I think we’ll probably stick with that in future years. So these times are going to be tough to beat if we return to the squelch of march. The men’s field was strongly contested at the front by people familiar with the course and lines. It was Megan’s first running, so I suspect there may be some improvements to come in terms of lines, but its unlikely the conditions underfoot will ever be better.

As a footnote, I’m very pleased to report that Graham Berry was the progenitor of this route and also ran it in this incarnation.

I’m very pleased to have been able to lay on this timely escape!

Lewis

36 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Josh Williams01:11:35Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
2Tom Saville01:12:52Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
3Oli Johnson01:14:16Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
4Neil Northrop01:18:41Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
5Tom Brunt01:20:08Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
6Glen Borrell01:21:30Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
7Ralph Skrimshire01:30:05Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
8Tom Pape01:32:50Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
9Tim Rutter01:35:53Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
10Richard Bradbury01:39:50Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
11Adam Hayden01:39:50Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
12Jack Foxall01:42:10Dark PeakM40Weathery(not set)
13Hal Roberts01:43:23(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
14Charlie Elliot01:47:00Dark PeakM45dodgy tech(not set)
15George Yates01:51:00Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
16Jim Paxman01:51:11Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
17Richard Hunt01:51:39Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
18Tom Entwistle01:52:14(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
19Tim Hawley01:53:02Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
20James Halse01:53:27Dark PeakM40Cycling & back to back with the Summer Series(not set)
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Tue, 02 Jun 2020 05:49:34 -0400
<![CDATA[Triple Crossing TT women on 2020-05-25]]> This race has had to be run as a time trial because of the Public Health restrictions that ­apply to us all during the Covid-19 pandemic. Its not the first change in format the race has seen over the years. Initially starting in Edale, it was the club championships for many years – usually with the traditional chasing start. Then it changed to being the club championship course every third year. Then with the plateau restoration starting in 2011, it became impossible to get the permission to run the course (it was one of the few club races that we sought permission for – given its geographic prominence, starting in Edale and the numbers involved). After a number of fallow years, I resurrected the race to run from the north, with a bit of a tweak to stay out of the village in Edale. With a slot in March, as an antidote to the management and support for the Edale Skyline (this being all running no marshalling) its had an average turn out of something like 10. So to have 40 odd people out for this one is a delight.

As the times trickled in, there were many expressions of delight at being back on the bog, after the restrictions of full locked. Some were delighted in the brilliant weather that characterised a number of days of the racing opportunity. I had a sense of perverse delight in experiencing the worst of the weather available. Windy, rainy and with the plateau shrouded in mist – good worselling weather but with no one to worsel.

Summer conditions made for some fast times. It’s the first time we’ve run this particular course. Bridge to bridge. I think we’ll probably stick with that in future years. So these times are going to be tough to beat if we return to the squelch of march. The men’s field was strongly contested at the front by people familiar with the course and lines. It was Megan’s first running, so I suspect there may be some improvements to come in terms of lines, but its unlikely the conditions underfoot will ever be better.

I’m very pleased to have been able to lay on this timely escape!

Lewis

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Triple Crossing TT women on Monday 25th May 2020

This race has had to be run as a time trial because of the Public Health restrictions that ­apply to us all during the Covid-19 pandemic. Its not the first change in format the race has seen over the years. Initially starting in Edale, it was the club championships for many years – usually with the traditional chasing start. Then it changed to being the club championship course every third year. Then with the plateau restoration starting in 2011, it became impossible to get the permission to run the course (it was one of the few club races that we sought permission for – given its geographic prominence, starting in Edale and the numbers involved). After a number of fallow years, I resurrected the race to run from the north, with a bit of a tweak to stay out of the village in Edale. With a slot in March, as an antidote to the management and support for the Edale Skyline (this being all running no marshalling) its had an average turn out of something like 10. So to have 40 odd people out for this one is a delight.

As the times trickled in, there were many expressions of delight at being back on the bog, after the restrictions of full locked. Some were delighted in the brilliant weather that characterised a number of days of the racing opportunity. I had a sense of perverse delight in experiencing the worst of the weather available. Windy, rainy and with the plateau shrouded in mist – good worselling weather but with no one to worsel.

Summer conditions made for some fast times. It’s the first time we’ve run this particular course. Bridge to bridge. I think we’ll probably stick with that in future years. So these times are going to be tough to beat if we return to the squelch of march. The men’s field was strongly contested at the front by people familiar with the course and lines. It was Megan’s first running, so I suspect there may be some improvements to come in terms of lines, but its unlikely the conditions underfoot will ever be better.

I’m very pleased to have been able to lay on this timely escape!

Lewis

8 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Megan Wilson01:46:04Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
2Fi Fullwood01:51:40(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
3Rosie Walwyn01:54:10Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
4Helen Elmore01:54:36Dark PeakW45(not set)(not set)
5Sarah Roscoe01:55:41Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
6Julia Nolan02:03:40Dark PeakW50(not set)(not set)
7Emily Barnett02:08:42Dark PeakU19G(not set)(not set)
8Sarah Jones-Morris02:25:00Dark PeakW45(not set)(not set)
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Tue, 26 May 2020 06:04:10 -0400
<![CDATA[Tha Sprunce]]> Now that the lockdown restrictions have eased somewhat, it is permissible for us to stage races so long as they are time trials, thereby ensuring that social distancing can easily be maintained. I am therefore going to organise a weekly time trial from The Sportsman to be run any time from Monday to Thursday evening. This event is to be called ‘Tha Sprunce’.

Details on the Dark Peak Fell Runners Facebook Group page.

Jim Paxman

17th May, 2020

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Sun, 17 May 2020 10:38:55 -0400
<![CDATA[Obituary: Bill Bentall 1931-2020]]> Reproduced with kind permission from the FRA and Don Booth

Obituary: Bill Bentall

1931-2020

Bill Bentall, who has just died of stomach cancer, will be remembered by those who were fell racing in the 1970s and ‘80s – perhaps particularly for his many cartoons which enlivened the pages of The Fellrunner in those decades.

Raised in a back-to-back in Bradford, Bill’s first forays, in his teenage years, were into the world of the Arts. He played the flute in the Northern Philharmonic (he modestly attributed this to the fact that “all the men were away at war”) and trod the boards: the Yorkshire Post and Bradford Telegraph & Argus both named him “actor most likely to succeed.”

But he qualified as a metallurgist, working initially for Babcock and Wilcox. Ireland Alloys, a company dealing in scrap aerospace alloys, spotted his gifts and persuaded him to join them. He rose quickly to be Sales Director, in which capacity he opened up sources and markets in Germany (learning German in order to do so) and in the Soviet Union (where he designed Dark Peak’s strip: he was a founder-member of the club!).

He also boxed, moving onto fell- and, later, road running. He always said that he had no talent other than discipline. He acquired computerised training schedules from an American university in the 1970s – and followed their dictates. He took part in the classic fell races and in ‘The Karrimor’. He turned in his slowest marathon when he was 60 – a creditable 3:10. He learned to swim crawl and took up triathlon, going on to represent GB in the 65-69 age group (and winning the British Grand Prix in 1998). He celebrated each discipline with cartoons and in poetry and prose.

He painted well, and brought his artist’s eye to photography, which absorbed him for several years. He also compered, very ably, bi-annual fashion shows put on by his first wife, Brenda, a textile designer-turned-boutique-owner. (Brenda predeceased him.)

Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes observed, “Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself but talent instantly recognises genius.” Despite having much to be immodest about, Bill was (almost) always modest about his many talents and achievements but the first to recognise other people’s abilities and talents, and to bring them to the attention of others. He had great generosity of spirit.

Perhaps Bill’s greatest gift was his capacity for friendship – one of Life’s greatest gifts. He told me once that he had only ever chosen his friends on one basis – that of friendship. Wherever he went and whatever he did, Bill made friends. His cartoonist’s ability to see the amusing side of Life helped him in this, and his cartoon-drawing for friends old and new endeared him to them. I have kept many of his letters and cards for the cartoons which adorned them. I will be far from alone in being pleased and proud to have enjoyed both his talents and his friendship.

Bill is survived by his second wife, Hazel, her children by a previous marriage and their grandchildren. The grandchildren invite those who would like to, to donate to the cancer research-supporting efforts: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/isabelle-charlwood.

Don Booth

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Sat, 09 May 2020 04:43:53 -0400
<![CDATA[Book affer - Beyond The Dark Peak: Writing From The Mountains']]> News from Kev Borman that his book Beyond The Dark Peak: Writing From The Mountains' is on offer at Amazon as a Kindle book this week:

He says:

I know some already have a copy of my book 'Beyond The Dark Peak: Writing From The Mountains' but as from today (Mon 4th May), for a week, the Kindle e-book version is on offer for just £0.99. It's a celebration of 50 years among the mountains of the UK and much further afield, and DPFR characters, tales and events feature in it, particularly from the 1980s. Here's the link to the offer: https://www.amazon.co.uk/BEYOND-DARK-PEAK-Writing-Mountains-ebook/dp/B07RT1QSCC/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=beyond+the+dark+peak&qid=1588579549&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

Thank you, Kev Borman

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Fri, 08 May 2020 10:12:06 -0400
<![CDATA[Bob Berzins is 60 today]]>

He may not thank us for reminding him but Bob is 60 today! Bob has been a stalwart of the club for many years, and served as the access officer for most of them.

In more normal times his birthday would require a run with his club mates on some obscure bit of moorland, followed by a celebratory pint, but as that's not possible, enjoy the day as best you can, I'm sure you will think of something...

If you do happen to spot him out on his run (or bike) remember to wish him "Happy Birthday" - from a suitable distance of course.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2020 06:06:54 -0400
<![CDATA[ DPFR Fantasy Fell Race #1 update on the results]]> Browell leads the way

Congratulations to Mike Browell for claiming the first completion of Fantasy Fell Race FFR#1. Mike took a break from his intense training schedule on the turbo trainer to finish well clear of a very strong field (maybe). In order to give the navigationally/lexicographically (sp?) challenged a chance to catch up, the route will not be revealed for a while yet. FFR#2 is at the planning stage (it takes ages to get the necessary permissions), but I can reveal that it will be based on OS Sheet 41. Time to brush-up your Gaelic!
Hot off the press: I understand from Seb that fantasy fell racing is being considered as a demonstration event for the 64th Olympiad, due to be held in Todmorden in 2032.
Yours in (virtual) sport,
Gavin Williams
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Wed, 25 Mar 2020 06:22:01 -0400
<![CDATA[DPFR Fantasy Fell Race #1]]> As there are going to be absolutely zero fell races for the foreseeable future, Gavin has very rapidly come up with this challenge. Attached are a couple of files with the full game, but briefly here are his instructions:

"Clear all junk off the table. Unfurl copy of the OS 1:25000 Dark Peak map (eastern side). Decipher clues 1-32 and plot them on the map to form a well known shape. Prize (TBD) and instant stardom to first person to complete the course."

Presumably a description or photo of the resulting shape should be provided, either directly to Gavin, or to webmaster@dpfr.org.uk

Thanks to Gavin for coming up with something for the days ahead, and of course any more ideas and contributions from members will be very welcome.


2020-03-20--Fantasy-Fell-Race-1.png-web.png

2020-03-20--Fantasy-Fell-Race-1.pdf

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Fri, 20 Mar 2020 05:47:20 -0400
<![CDATA[Burbage Skyline race CANCELLED]]> RACE CANCELLED. For obvious reasons - I’m very sorry.

Thanks to all those who had already put time aside and started making preparations to assist - with timing, results, website, prizes, MRT cover, pub premises, registration, permissions etc - a lot goes into these events from a lot of great people - thank you.

As Kipchoge says, "Keep smiling and seek your next goal on the horizon".
We will return next year - put Tuesday 11th May 2021 in the diary!

Paul Fauset, RO

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Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:24:18 -0400
<![CDATA[Bilsdale on 2020-03-15]]> Bilsdale on Sunday 15th March 2020
100 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1W Carter02:17:11(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
6Joe Blackett02:36:06Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
18F Brannan02:42:02(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
21Nicky Spinks02:43:20Dark PeakW50(not set)(not set)
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Tue, 17 Mar 2020 14:41:44 -0400
<![CDATA[Brough Law on 2020-03-15]]> Brough Law on Sunday 15th March 2020
120 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1C Larkin00:37:23(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
17G Bradley00:46:12(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
98Pete Macfarlane01:05:48Dark PeakM65(not set)(not set)
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Tue, 17 Mar 2020 14:35:23 -0400
<![CDATA[Club events and Covid-19]]> England Athletics (our parent body) have issued the following advice this morning:

"England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April."

Therefore, any club training sessions and events are cancelled until that time and we will update our club members if this changes.

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Tue, 17 Mar 2020 09:18:34 -0400
<![CDATA[Tuesday Coaching]]> Coaching Cancelled

Unfortunately Tuesday night coaching is cancelled for the foreseeable future due to the Covid-19 outbreak. With official advice to avoid unnecessary social gatherings I don't feel that it would be responsible to have a group of people doing strenuous exercise together, even outdoors.

I'm not suggesting you stop running or training, just not as a group.

Dave

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Tue, 17 Mar 2020 03:52:45 -0400
<![CDATA[Haworth Hobble on 2020-03-14]]> Haworth Hobble on Saturday 14th March 2020
236 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1K Hoult04:16:57(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
13H Lord, L Piercey04:55:56(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
19E Hopkinson04:59:24(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
33D Harrison05:25:27(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
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Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:31:02 -0400
<![CDATA[Not the Edale Skyline]]> I am organising a club race for this Sunday, 22nd March. It is to be called ‘Not the Edale Skyline’.

The race is to be self-timed and, in order to avoid having a number of us in close contact, there is no official start time other than that you must set off on Sunday morning. Because of this, there will be no start list and so runners are responsible for their own safety. So, as well as standard FRA kit, consider carrying a mobile phone, extra clothes, survival bag, plenty of food and some water. The weather forecast is for dry cool weather. I plan to start at about 08:00.

So that everyone starts and finishes at exactly the same point, the start / finish is to be the access gate at the top of the field, SK 12289 86513 and you must follow the zigzags up to and returning from Ringing Roger. and follow the Skyline route anti-clockwise as per the DPFR website. https://www.dpfr.org.uk/pages/view/skyline

After your run, send your name, time and age category (5 year age groups, so MV45, FV45 etc.) to me via email jim.paxman@blueyonder.co.uk or Facebook message and we’ll have prize giving at The Sportsman after the club run on Wednesday, 25th March. The prizes are, I assure you, truly original!

Jim Paxman

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Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:30:59 -0400
<![CDATA[Lads Leap on 2020-03-15]]> Lads Leap on Sunday 15th March 2020
118 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1Rob James00:50:49(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
10Simon Mills00:57:32Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
24Julie Darigala01:01:46(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
27Sally Fawcett01:03:05Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
50George Yates01:09:29Dark PeakM45(not set)(not set)
51Elizabeth Batt01:10:08Dark PeakW55(not set)(not set)
62Alison Wainwright01:11:28Dark PeakW50(not set)(not set)
64Jim Paxman01:13:26Dark PeakM60(not set)(not set)
65Gabor Csorba01:13:42Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
68Adrian Baker01:14:57Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
84Keith Holmes01:19:42Dark PeakM65(not set)(not set)
97Tim Mackey01:27:29Dark PeakM65(not set)(not set)
98Ken Jones01:28:36Dark PeakM70(not set)(not set)
113Michael Arundale01:40:46Dark PeakM65(not set)(not set)
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Sun, 15 Mar 2020 15:02:32 -0400
<![CDATA[Yr Aran on 2020-03-14]]> Yr Aran on Saturday 14th March 2020
312 starters
PosNameTimeClubCatCommentCourse
1F Wild01:25:22(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
28Josh Williams01:34:26Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
37H Horsburgh01:36:01(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
39Oli Johnson01:36:30Dark PeakM40(not set)(not set)
47Lova Chechik01:37:19Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
52Rhys Findlay-Robinson01:38:30Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
71David Taylor01:41:56Dark PeakM55(not set)(not set)
74Tom Saville01:42:11Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
91Stephen Pyke01:45:57Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
95S Birch-Machin01:46:29(not set)(not set)(not set)(not set)
111John Hunt01:50:40Dark PeakM50(not set)(not set)
130Megan Wilson01:52:36Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
137Lisa Watson01:55:15Dark PeakWSEN(not set)(not set)
139Ellen Downs01:55:19Dark PeakWU23(not set)(not set)
174Joseph Delahunty02:03:06Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
176Joe Law02:03:55Dark PeakMSEN(not set)(not set)
205Judith Jepson02:08:37Dark PeakW50(not set)(not set)
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Sun, 15 Mar 2020 09:48:04 -0400
<![CDATA[Edale Skyline Fell Race is CANCELLED]]> Sadly the Edale Skyline Fell Race is cancelled due to the escalating Covid-19 outbreak. My main safety concern is for the throng in the village hall before and after the event, rather than the actual race. We have considered whether the event could proceed without using the hall, but have come to the conclusion that this would be neither safe nor enjoyable. In the words of a well-known advert: When the fun stops, stop. All competitors will be emailed soon, but in the meantime please pass the word.

Gavin Williams, Race Organiser

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Fri, 13 Mar 2020 16:46:10 -0400
<![CDATA[Juniors Cancelled]]> Due to the uncertainties relating to Corona Virus it is proving difficult for individual leaders to commit to plans and so it is proving difficult to make plans. Consequently, I'm cancelling Junior runs until at least April 19th.

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Fri, 13 Mar 2020 10:59:16 -0400
<![CDATA[Edale Skyline Entries]]> An update - as of Wednesday 11th March there are still people on the Waiting List. Thanks to everyone who has cancelled so far, it's allowed us to invite other people to run who would not otherwise have a place. We would ask that anyone else who finds they cannot run lets us know as soon as possible so that we can offer their place to someone who is waiting.

To anyone who gets an invitation from the Waiting List, just remember that you have until the end of Thursday 19th to accept the offer of a run, after that it's not possible to make any entry changes. Also please remember that there will be no entry on the day.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday 22nd for an excellent day out.

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Wed, 11 Mar 2020 05:39:56 -0400