Not long now until AS Sedbergh Sports, 9th July. A crunch need to be getting there in full strength and depth, as other individuals and teams can do a whole load of overtaking in the last two British events, and it is also an English Championship.
The Howgill website has a map, etc, and entry details if you've not yet registered.
Senior Men:- Rhys - 1st : Neil - 5th : Tom Saville - 6th.
MV40:- Spyke - 2nd : Dave Taylor - 5th.
MV50:- three on equal 1st - Spyke, Dave Taylor and Mark Roberts.
MV60:- Keith -3rd=
Men's Team:- 1st - 1st at Cwm Pennant.
MV40 Team:- 1st - 1st at Cwm Pennant.
MV50 Team:- 1st - 1st at Cwm Pennant.
(No Ladies Teams, yet....).
Cwm Pennant:- British Championship 2. and also Carshare League. - results .
A clean sweep for the Men's Teams...
My rubbish mathematics gives us 71 points, then Keswick on 79 points. The crunch is getting the team out, and then getting them non-counters strongly into the mix, and vitally here we have John Hunt, Dave Taylor and David Lund home before Keswick's 5th counter. Marvellous all-round support from so many people. Keswick, playing at home a lot more, are going to take some stopping, but....
Tom Saville is 1st U23, Rhys - 2nd : Tom Brunt - 3rd V40 : Spyke - 3rd V50 : Keith - 4th V60. Apologies to anyone missed out who needs a special mention...
Turner Uphill Juniors:- results.
Howtown:- results. one of the gems of fellrunning, and only £3.00 for a class AL race. Surprisingly, conditions were perfect, cloudy but clear, very warm. A wander over Loadpot Hill, High Raise, Place Fell, with a nasty sting-in-the-tail up and down Hallin Fell.
Edale:- results. Several runners here impressively doubling up...
Hawkswick - BOFRA. I'm thinking Mike Egner was holding back yesterday, as he still had enough legs to be 1st V60...and others have doubled up...
Angela Mudge Interview - a link is here to a Radio 4 program from Monday.
Duddon - the first of this year's Lakeland Classics - results - there will be some disappointed V50 who finds that John Hunt has now joined the ranks, and taken the honours...
Dry and clear. Warm, but not as bad as it threatened, with a bit of breeze and occasional cloud cover higher up.
Duddon "Short"- results
Pen Y Ghent:- results
Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon:- results
Wincle Trout:- results
Welsh 1000 metres - results
Hutton Roof - good if you're up that way... results.
Helvellyn and the Dodds:- results,dry, hot and sunny up there. And there aren't that many streams to be crossing, so for many runners it seems to have been hard going. But not for the winner, Carl Bell, with a new record. The organiser, Allan Buckley, has been doing this race, and its earlier version from Bram Crag Farm, from time hardly remembered, and it has always been a classic event, so a big thanks to him for many years of committment, now that he is passing it on.
Bamford Sheepdog Trials:- results , with a bit of fiddling...
Hallam Chase:- results
Otley Chevin - results. short and right sharp. Get up the hill as best you can, along the top and hammer back down the dark woods. The 40th anniversary event, it seems to be in good company...
Howtown - 12th June, is now reinstated, and it's a most recommended race to be at...
Buttermere Sailbeck:- Carshare League counter as well..results
Mount Famine:- results.
Charlesworth Chase - a right classic up Wharfedale, up Simon's Seat, with a compulsory pint to be drunk before crossing the finish line. A most impressive new course record from Ian Holmes, and it was a good record to be beating. Back down just before the heavens opened, and some very delicious soup in the pub afterwards. results
Old Counties Tops:- results.
World Youth Cup Trial - at Sedbergh, up Arant Haw .results.
Excalibur - Don't know what this is, looks like a marathon distance over the Clwydian Hills.
Cader Idris:- results
West Nab:- Yorkshire U23 and English U20 Championships. results.
"Good day for the Club at West Nab:-
Tom Saville 1st U23male + Yorkshire champion
Ellie Crownshaw 1st Yorkshire U23 Female - Yorkshire champion
Ellie Crownshaw 2nd U20 female - English silver medal as 1 off competition.
Tom Saville overall winner
Austin Frost 1st V40
Kev Saville 1st V50
Keith Holmes 1st V60
Dark peak men - 1st Team - Tom, Austin + Kev.
So every Dark Peak member who took part won something!"
Very many congratulation to Nicky on this magnificent double BG , 45hrs 30 mins. We must now await a suitable response from Roger?
Fairfield:- results . Hot and sunny down below, clear and a lot colder high up. A group of old men lined up,(apologies to Craig, never met up with you..) with Jenny for the Ladies. We now need to keep left of the wall dropping off Dove Crag, it didn't seem to make much difference?
Worth remembering that the most thorough Ambleside kit check takes time, and best not to be last minuting.
Moel Eilio - Inter county Championships, with Tom Saville running for Yorkshire.results
Cressbrook Crawl:- results
Bollington 3 Peaks:- results
Malham Kirkby Fell:- Seniors and Juniors - results
Calderdale Relay:- results
Trunce 3:- results
Totley Moor:- results
Kildwick - a pleasant evening race, near Keighley. rolling up and around some nearby hill, catching the evening downpour, with a careful last bit to avoid sliding into the canal. results
Latterbarrow Loop:- results
Shining Tor:- results
Hayfield May Queen:- results
FRA website link.
U23:- Ellie - 3rd : Anna Hoogkamer - 2nd.
V40:- Judith - 7th= : Nicky - 9th=.
V45:- Judith - 4th= : Nicky - 6th= : Pippa - 10th=.
V50:- Pippa - 5th= : Liz - 7th=
Seniors Team:- 6th - 3rd at "Up the Nab"
V40 Team:- 5th - 1st at "Up the Nab"
U23:-Tom - 1st : Matthew Elkington - 3rd=
Seniors:-Rhys - 3rd : Neil - 5th
V40:-Tom - 2nd : Spyke - 5th
V45:- Spyke - 4th= : Steve Bell - 10th
V50:- Spyke - 2nd : Steve - 4th : Dave Taylor - 7th
V60:- Keith - 6th=
V70 - John Armistead - 10th=
Seniors Team:- 2nd (on countback to Keswick) - 2nd at "Up the Nab"
V40 Team:- 1st - 2nd at "Up the Nab"=
V50 Team:- 1st - 1st at "Up the Nab"
"Up the Nab - English AS Championship.
Mens Results and Ladies Results
A much better course than I'd been expecting. Not any big hill, but five strong climbs, some just runnable and some right steep. A good mixture of stuff to be descending on. Warm and dry.
Good to see so many people representing, but then it is a nearly local race, and to be hoped this committment can be applied to the other important events throughout the year.
Not sure much of who did what. Judith and Nicky walked out for prizes, and it should be a 1st for the Ladies, which should also mean the LVets.
Keswick, clearly getting their act together, look to have taken, just, the Men's Team, with us 2nd?. not any idea about the other teams.
The organiser of the Howtown race scheduled for Sunday 12th June has with regret, cancelled the race"
Hawkswick - Junior Championships - results
Seniors - results.
Sunday - 57A.
Summer Series 3 - Way Out West.
Lose Hill - Uphill only.
Jack Bloor - A damp evening, but the earlier rain has pssed by. I'd forgotten what a good course this is, wandering and twisting all over Ilkley Moor. Plenty of running, fiddling through heather and swamps to be sinking in. Tom Brunt, clearly fresh from Saturday, was 4th and 1st V40. results
Tour de Yorkshire - begins on Friday : Beverley to Skipton : Saturday is Otley (the capital of Yorkshire Cycling) to Doncaster, and Sunday is Middlesborough to Scarborough.
Coniston:- dire conditions yesterday had put the race in jeopardy, but a safe compromise was worked out to avoid the drop off Coniston Old Man, which is slippy at the best of times. From Swirl Hawse we dropped to Levers Water, and then across to join the usual descent route. Plenty of snow around, filling in the holes between lumps of rock, so every opportunity to crash badly. Results .
Three Peaks - Carshare League - results
The Cake Race:- results
Stuc a Chroin:- results
Tigers Todger:- results
Rainow - results
Saturday - English Championship AS - Up the Nab. Crunch time, again....
Some big effort from Jasmin. with a 15hr 23min BG. Big effort indeed!
The Fellsman:- results
Moelwyns - results
Anniversary Waltz:- .now with a complete set of times - results
Teenager with Altitude:- results
Todd Crag Juniors:- results , good to see that our Juniors are getting involved...
Horsehill Tor - DPFR.
Mow Cop:- results
RAB Mini MM 2 - Grasmere - results
Summer Series 2 - Broomhead Bash.
Herod Farm:- results
Hartcliff Hill:- results
Donard-Commedagh Horseshoe - results .British Championship 1.
Big apologies to ignoring Tom Saville, being 1st U23, and this being in a very strong grouping indeed!
The expected stuff from Ireland, hard, steep, plenty to be slipping on, and had the clag been down, plenty to be getting lost in. Donard/Commedagh has oft been a Championship course, but an extra loop this year stepped it up a good notch. Start at sea level, climb to nearly 3000ft, and plenty more to come. Threatened bad weather never came, so clear, cold, a bit of snow on the top.
Rhys was 3rd, right close to Rob Hope and Sam Tosh at the finish. But crucially the others packed in tight, Neil, Tom Saville, Rob and Dave Taylor. I'm presuming that gives 1st Team. Now for a special mention for Keith. Dave Taylor, 1st V50, and Spyke - 2nd V50, superb, but the Team needs three, and it's that last counter which is so important. Keith, as one would expect, delivered the goods, and I'm told it was 1st MV50 team. But the MV40 were effectively one short, Mike Nolan coming also well up. But maybe? 3rd?
So please can loads of others consider getting these entries in, to add that crunch depth to the teams.
Carshare wasn't last but not so many behind me.
An excellent weekend, and hope that many more will make plans for next year, most likely to be their AS course.
Coledale Horseshoe:- results
Wardle Skyline:- results
Lakes Mountain 42
Pendle Cloughs:- results
Summer Series 1 - Back Tor and a Little Beyond. results
Win Hill Uphill only.
Grisedale Grind:- results
Eskdale Elevation - some excellent looking event from Boot, wandering up and around Scafell.
Rhys sends:- "New race in deepest Eskdale (run by our friends across the Peak). Start and Finish in Boot, and take any line between Whin Rigg, Sca Fell summit and Eel Tarn. Excellent course, lots of rough ground. Yours truly took the honours (and a rubbish new record) in thick clag, wind and rain (or spring as we call it up here). Unfortunately the other Brown Vest in attendance had a bad fall on Whin Rigg and got Mountain Rescued - best wishes to Joe Blackett for a speedy recovery."
Northern Road Relays - 12 legs, up in Sunderland. A look at the results shows Hallamshire as finishing 7th, with Salford home first.
We seem a tad short on depth, no Ladies? , so if you want an eventful, remembered weekend of fun, please think about coming along.
I'm hoping that at Black Combe, the MV40 team also got the maximum points. It's a long, long season, and if this start is to be maintained, it needs enough runners to contribute to the cause, not just by getting the scoring points, but vitally stopping others from getting higher positions. So please keep getting them entries in!
The British Championship race is from Newcastle, County Down, on Saturday 9th April. Details , route, entry, entry list etc.
The course is a complete classic, starting in the park at sea level, over Slieve Donard and Slieve Commedagh, and all the way back down. The whole weekend can't be recommended highly enough, even if like for Carshare there won't be important points at stake. But with a decent start at Black Combe, we need to be strong over there, as the other clubs most certainly will be.
Travelling details, etc. - (car hire...) so far, Rhys, Neil, Rob, Tom Saville, Stephen Pyke, Dave Taylor, Mike Nolan, Carshare : Keith is going also..
There is Entry on Day.
Please let me know if you book flights, or car hire, or accommodation, so that people know what others are doing and booking.
This is a map of the hills, you'll be needing to get it marked up, mind.
Yr Aran - counter in the Carshare League. From Bala. DPFR results are out, and good to see the re-emergence of John Hunt.results
Chicken Run:- results
Wolf's Pit:- results. " was another great event with John Boyle and his team doing another professional job putting on the event and the conditions were perfect for an early spring race. Graham Moffatt won a Notts fell champs V40 Silver."
DPFR News - there is a most regrettable omission on Pages 4/5, of Achievements. How could we possibly ignore (I put it down to my senility..) Joe Blackett's placing of 1st MV50 in the BOFRA Championships, and especially the huge amount of travelling and committment involved.
Black Combe - English Championship 1 - results Well! The clag was down, and many runners seem to have gone badly astray. Reaching the CP after White Combe has caused problems, as also has the line off the final CP. Ben Mounsey was first, then Kris Jones and Rhys. Tom Brunt - 3rd MV40 - and Tom Saville - 2nd MU23- counted to take 1st team, ..Not a clue about the V40 team, but V50's were strong, Dave Taylor - 2nd MV50 - , Stephen Pyke - 3rd MV50 - and Joe, with Steve Bell getting in amongst any other counters.
For the Ladies, Victoria Wilkinson was far ahead, but we only seem to have Kirsty and Ellie - well up in the LU23 group - running.
Any better news most gratefully needed..
.Ultra Running Blog - those with sharp eyes will have noticed that, within the "Members" heading, is the place for any of these long, long things that people are doing. So please send any news through, whatever it may be...
Haworth Hobble:- results .Apologies for missing Peter Eccleston off the results, should be getting sorted out.
Edale Skyline, and not to be forgetting Don Morrison.
Cautley Spout - Kendal Winter League
15 Trigs:- a reminder that anything you've been doing can get a mention on Carshare.
Adam Micklethwaite "had a go yesterday. 14h20m, so not particularly fast by the look of some times, but a great day out and a fantastic route. Didn't know if I was supposed to let someone at DPFR know for the record. If not, well at least I've shared it with somebody!"
Wolf's Pit:- "The Nottinghamshire County Fell Running Championships are
on 20th March 2016, hosted by Wolf's Pit fell race. Full details from
the Notts AAA homepage
Qualification is by birth in Nottinghamshire or resident in that county for the last 9 months.
Many individual age category medals; team categories for men and women with 3 runners of any age required. Team Dark Peak usually collect individual and team medals and it would be great to continue with the success we've enjoyed in the past.
I'll (Dicky Wilkinson) be organising the champs again on behalf of Notts AAA."
Glencoe Skyline on TV:-
Dave Sykes sends:- "I'm due on the adventure show tonight, Sunday 21st Feb,18.20 BBC2 Scotland. I'm not sure if this can be seen live on iplayer or whether it will have to be seen a couple of hours after screening. I've not seen it so can't comment on the quality or quantity. It follows me round the Glencoe skyline last August and looks at the psychology of enjoyment and performance." - Search for "Adventure Show" in the iPlayer to see it, will be available for 30 days - Dave's piece starts at 17 minutes in.
If anyone going to the Sportman this Wednesday could pick up the Landmarks race results from the hut and get them to John Dalton or Willy Kitchen, either electronically or physically it would be much appreciated.
New Chew:- results
Glaisdale Rigg:- results . Four runners up there, getting popular?
Ilkley Moor - results.:- Jack Foxall "was the only brown vest braving the wind to put in a very average performance at the Ilkley Moor fell race . Although there was a lot more brown clothing following the usual mudslide to the finish. A cracking route making the most of the steep ground at the edge of the moor"
To be hoped all those early February entries are entered....
Wadsworth Trog:- results
Rombalds Stride - a long wander over Ilkley Moor.
RAB Mini MM - Round 1 ;- from Totley. results
Long Mynd Valleys:- results
Charnwood Hills:- results
Mickleden Straddle:- results
Tigger Tor - Roger Baumeister asks:- "Can the runner who collected my flask at the Tigger Tor on Sunday from Colin White please email me to arrange handover."
Monday, 1st February - entries come along for Three Peaks, Edale, and Ben Nevis....
Northern Cross Country - in Witton Park, Blackburn. results
Longshaw Orienteering . DVO are organising an orienteering event at Longshaw with challenges on Saturday 20th Feb. DPFR members may be interested. 60 minutes to be scoring as much as you can.
And also the National Trust at Longshaw do this monthly 10km run , rather like a parkrun, which seems a most commendable idea. Next looks to be Sunday 28th February.
Marmot Dark Mountains MM -
Kinder Trial:- results ,after the debacle of last year's Skyline, how apt that Tom Brunt and Kirsty reap the spoils from over there........
Tigger Tor:- results. Simon Dixon is listed as finishing 30th and 74th, likely it will get sorted out. As Willy explains, "There are indeed two DP Simon Dixons, The one with a middle initial (when he owns up to it) is the quicker of the two; when he doesn't Winter Mondays Simon D is always happy to claim his points for himself."
Birkrigg Common - Kendal Winter League.
Ashurst Beacon - somewhere in Lancashire results . The "same procedure as every year", as John Hunt finds his way there, and stuffs all the other Vet hopefuls. .
Blake's Heaven - results.
Lamb's Longer Leg:- results
Mercia Hill Trial - results
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