Saturday 28 April 2018
61 miles; 11,000'
Fastest Man: Neil Talbott; 11:16
Fastest Lady: 18th overall; Jessica Richardson; 14:01
Stuart Walker: 2nd; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 11:44
Steven Jones: 122nd; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 20:01
Colin Ward: Joint 125th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 20:16
Neil Drake: Joint 131st; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 20:34
Sarah Jones-Morris: Joint 168th; Penistone; 22:35
Anne Beresford: Joint 168th; Penistone; 22:35
Steve Burgess: Joint 168th; 22:35
Steve Sanders: Joint 168th; 22:35
John Vernon: Joint 183rd; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 23:49
The conditions were fairly benign with reasonable weather and good visibility albeit it got quite cold at night. Conditions underfoot were relatively dry.
John Vernon had completed his first Fellsman 50 years earlier and was presented with a special award. He had enjoyed this event just as much as the first one.
Saturday 14 April 2018
40 miles (64.4 km); 6,800 feet (2,073 m) of ascent
First Man: Rory Harris; 5:54
First Lady: 7th overall; Karen Nash: 7:58
Steven Jones: 45th; DPFR; 11:30
John Vernon: DNF
There were also walkers on the long course and a shorter course of 22 miles for both runners and walkers. The walkers started earlier giving them a head start. 32 walkers started the long course and 7 of them DNF'd leaving 25 finishers. All of the starters on the short course finished (40 runners and 52 walkers). Overall for all variants there were 175 starters; 13 DNF'd and 162 finishers.
The weather was warm and dry but soggy underfoot in places. The unseasonably warm weather was energy sapping making it hard to maintain a decent pace.
It was the 40th anniversary of the event so a special route of 40 miles had been devised to commemorate the occasion with special medals for all finishers. Starting at Sowerby Saint Peter's Cricket Club the route descended to the Rochdale Canal leading to the Calder & Hebble Navigation; at this early stage of the race the flat paths invited fast running at a pace that was not sustainable. Various tracks, trails and roads wound through and past Greetland, Ripponden, Cragg Vale, Withens Clough Reservoir, Todmorden, Bride Stones Moor (where I was unable to resist the temptation to divert from the optimum route to touch the trig point), Great Rock, Hebden Bridge, Horse Bridge, Pecket Well, Crow Nook Hill, Luddenden and back to the finish at the cricket club.
I arrived at the start early but in a sleep-deprived state. The fast start combined with a warm day conspired to lead to me fading early on. Having recently acclimatised to running in blizzard conditions the heat of the early spring sun was challenging and as the day wore on sunburn added to the factors slowing me down.
Near Horse Bridge a small fly landed in my eye and in an attempt to remove the creature I managed to rub salty sweat into both eyes causing near blindness. Staggering around looking for the correct path I managed to miss the tucked away entrance to the trail and floundered around barely able to see where I was going let alone the map. Finally after a long tortuous tour of most of the paths and trails in the area (some more than once) I arrived at the Pecket Well checkpoint. A marshal was able to kindly remove the troublesome insect and I was able to resume the run albeit now in last place and in danger of missing the cut-off points. In an effort to go faster I ran along without navigating as carefully as I should have done and missed some paths and turnings and had to battle across heather to regain the route at various points. After crossing the River Calder the finish was reached after one last climb.
Saturday 7 April 2018
The following details were provided by John Bottomley:
62miles (100km), 5,866' (1,788m)
First Man: Adam Potter, M40 (??) 9hr 33
First Lady: Carol Morgan, F40 (??) 10hr 24
John Bottomley 2nd, M, DPFR, 9hr 50
Chris Duffy 9th, M, DPFR, 11hr 23
Although the day started with a cloudless sky and early morning sun/temperature inversion mist, it soon clouded over & rained to varying degrees for the rest of the day. This race was 2 x 31 mile loops & the 1st time I had done such a race - would I find it hard to do lap 2 in terms of motivation needed to leave the finish point again knowing exactly what I would be running along?
In the event although I knew it would be another 4.5hrs in the rain & at times lots of mud, it didn't seem odd to be leaving the finish again.
Unlike other races there was nothing exciting about the CP food (or the race route for that matter!) and as it was wet & cold, no-one stayed around afterwards so the finish was somewhat of a damb squib too.
Yes the course is a fast course but I think that's the only merit of this whole event."
Lakes Mountain 42
Saturday 31 March 2018
Bad weather alternative route in force this year
27 miles (43.4 km); 6,000 feet (1,828 m) of ascent (approximate figures)
Starting at Askham the route visited the summits of Loadpot Hill and High Street before passing Angle Tarn on the way to Patterdale. Due to adverse conditions on Helvellyn the loop to Grisedale Tarn; the Wythburn Church car park; Helvellyn; Whiteside; Glenridding and back past Patterdale was omitted this year. That just left Place Fell to be conquered in a white-out blizzard trying to pick out a route across the snow covered ground before racing back via Martindale Church for an early finish with soup and other refreshments.
First Man: Casper Kaars Sijpesteijn; 4:16
First Lady: 5th overall; Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn; 4:40
Steven Jones: 74th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 6:56
Duncan Marsh: 99th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 7:43
John Vernon: 110th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 9:17
The weather had been fairly cold; with initially reasonable visibility before a white-out blizzard later on; strong winds on the tops but overall the wintry conditions added to the experience. There were reports of ice and hard-packed snow on the Helvellyn summit and a forecast for fresh snow on top which inspired the organiser to omit the Helvellyn loop on safety grounds. Originally the route would have been 42 miles with a 6 am start which was put back to 8 am since the route had been scaled back.
On the Sunday I went to The Cheviots rather than rushing back home. The weather there was equally interesting with a white-out blizzard and knee deep snow approaching Windy Gyle. This more than made up for the deficit in the shortened run the day before and brought the mileage for the weekend back to a more respectable level.
LDWA Three Shires
Saturday 24 March 2018
29 miles (46.7 km); 5,682 feet (1,732 m) of ascent
The ascent is approximate and there were no details of starters or finishers or times for other entrants.
The route started from the Swythamley & Heaton Centre and headed to Gun Hill before crossing farmland to the Roaches to traverse the ridge; there was a diversion this year to Lud's Church then Gradbach; past the Three Shires Head and along the Cumberland Brook; a loop up and down Shutlingsloe prior to a well-stocked checkpoint in Wildboarclough; a seven mile loop across mainly farmland and back to the refreshments at Wildboarclough before heading back to the finish from where the fun started earlier in the day. This was a LDWA challenge event and not a race as such but rather a day out to see if the course could be completed within the cut-offs.At the end there were more refreshments.
The weather had been dry throughout and quite mild for the time of year with good visibility.It was wet underfoot in places.
Steven Jones: Dark Peak Fell Runners; 7:18
Saturday 10 March 2018
32 miles (51.5 km); 4,400 feet (1,341 m) of ascent
Starters: 375 (including pairs)
Finishers: 313 singles and pairs (351 runners in total)
First Man: Ken Sutor; M40; Cheshire Hash; 4:33:18
First Lady: 14th overall; Lorraine Slater; F45; Barlick; 5:07:02
John Bottomley: 6th; M35; DPFR; 4:51:13
Cass Chisholm: 141st; F35; DPFR; 6:35:58
Steven Jones: 196th; M55; DPFR; 7:12:54
John Vernon: 311st; M65: DPFR; 9:59:08
The Haworth Hobble is a race for singles or pairs with mostly single runners taking part. There were 313 finishers (including pairs) and since some started as pairs the actual number of finishers was 351. It is not known whether the 24 DNF's were 12 pairs or 24 singles or some other combination. During the event there were hot dogs, doughnuts, whisky and other refreshments.
The weather had been dry throughout and quite mild for the time of year with good visibility. It was very wet underfoot in places with patches of snow remaining here and there.
John Bottomley who had been near the front during the race had the following to say:
The race was summed up by the conversation I had with the bloke at the end taking numbers. He said 'We were puzzled to begin with as you were all a lot slower than usual but you all looked like you had been working hard.' Yes, that would be the fault of the conditions; a choice of running through 3in of stream water along the path or taking your chances in the 3/4in + mud down the sides of the path. Twice, whilst running across a sopping wet field I did feel sorry for the people at the back; would they actually be able to run through the morass left by the 300+ people running before them?!
Whilst I did set off too fast as usual I realised this earlier than last year and slowed so avoided running the last half in post-crash purgatory. The biggest disappointment though was the lack of donuts at the end - last year there were 6 banana boxes piled high with them (which was a regrettably missed photo opportunity) whereas as although there was stew and heaps of pasta, the only sugar I could see were a few cupcakes - a healthier slant to their post race food I wonder?!"
Spine Races - Montane Spine Race; Montane Spine Challenger; Montane Spine Challenger MRT
There are three versions of the Spine Races. The Spine Race itself follows the entire Pennine Way from Edale to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland. The shorter Spine Challenger starts at Edale but stops at Hardraw. The Spine Challenger MRT is the same as the Spine Challenger but is solely for active members of rescue teams. The races commence at different times which reduces crowding and checkpoints being inundated with runners. The Spine Challenger started at 8 am on Saturday 13 January 2018 with the Spine MRT Challenge starting half an hour later. With the first wave of runners out of the way the organisers could register and kit check the rest of the runners enabling the Spine Race to start at 8 am on Sunday 14 January 2018.
No support was allowed for the runners other than a drop-bag being transported by the organisers to checkpoints along the route.
The races have quite a reputation for being brutal due to the harsh winter conditions; the terrain and the darkness. Nevertheless they attract entrants from around the world such as New Zealand, USA, Japan, various European countries and many more. Of the 283 entrants across the three races 69 were from overseas.
The weather and conditions started off very favourably on the Saturday. The ground was very dry and the anticipated bogs and deep water of Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and Black Hill seemed to have almost dried up making for a fast start. A mountain hare complete with white winter coat crossed my path shortly after Mill Hill which I took to be a good omen. A stiff breeze grew increasingly more intense and by Sunday evening gale force winds were forecast. By then the fastest Spine Challenger racers had already finished. On safety grounds the organisers enforced a route diversion to avoid the summit of Pen-y-ghent for later Spine Challenger and all Spine Race participants. The cut-off only applied after I tackled the original route and enjoyed the breezy conditions and sheet ice on the rocks in the pitch black of the second night.
At Horton-in-Ribblesdale the cafe was open all night to cater for the runners. By the time I left fully refreshed and ready to go again their entire stock of pies had been consumed. Thereafter the winds continued unabated with horizontal sleet, snow and rain along the deeply rutted and waterlogged Cam Road. Passing Gayle and Hawes the heavy precipitation had caused the rivers to be in full spate which was a spectacular site to behold. Just before the finish at Hardraw the river had burst its banks and the road and bridge were underwater with no alternative route to the finish. However, it was possible to wade through and reach the finish even wetter than before.
For the Spine Race the fun continued for about another 160 miles as the weather worsened. Snow storms closed roads and at one point the Spine Race was paused with competitors being held at checkpoints until conditions eased off. Towards the end it was necessary to wade through not just mud and bogs but also waist deep snow in parts. On the last day the weather eased off enabling those just beating the cut-offs to finish successfully.
With the tough terrain and vicious weather conditions these races require more survival skills than running ability. Of the five runners most expected to win only one finished with the other four pulling out for various reasons. As the race continued the temperatures dropped and the winds increased. Rain, snow and sleet battered the participants and the effects of wind-chill only exacerbating matters.
By the Tuesday high winds and blizzards were hampering runners while the country was grid-locked in places with roads closed and severe weather warnings were in force. The next day those runners who had brought snow shoes were able to cope with the deep snow-drifts while others floundered around in waist deep snow. Further snow and more high winds were forecast to continue.
Due to blizzards and high winds the race was temporarily halted on Wednesday evening with runners being held back at checkpoints for conditions to improve. This gave them scope to rest and recuperate before being allowed to continue again at 6 am on the Thursday. That evening Pavel Paloncy was the first to finish. This was his third win and fifth completion of the Spine Race. Three previous winners failed to complete the course this year.
Early on Friday evening Carol Morgan finished amidst a snow storm to secure her second victory in the Spine Race. A few hours later Gregory Crowley arrived at the finish for his fourth successful completion of the Spine Race and each of those finishes have been top ten places.
On the Saturday the weather eased off enabling the final runners to finish with glorious views of The Cheviots covered in snow or in the dark as the case may be. Overall there were 53 finishers and some only a few hours inside the cut-off. Fewer than half the starters managed to finish.
Saturday 13 January 2018 to Monday 15 January 2018
108 miles (174 km); 18,550 feet (5,654 m) of ascent
60 hours maximum time limit
First Man: Wouter Huitzing; 25:42:21 (new course record)
First Lady and 4th overall: Emma Hopkinson; 29:39:35 (new course record)
Cass Chisholm: 2nd lady and 12th overall; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 35:38:20
Jen Scotney: 3rd lady and 16th overall; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 37:12:45
Steven Jones: 31st man and 35th overall; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 45:20:54
The women's race was won by former England International fellrunner Emma Hopkinson who knocked over 40 minutes off the previous record. Second and third ladies were both Dark Peak Fell Runners.
Spine Challenger MRT
Saturday 13 January 2018 to Monday 15 January 2018
108 miles (174 km); 18,550 feet (5,654 m) of ascent
60 hours maximum time limit
First Man: Robin Smith; 37:45:37
First Lady and 7th overall: Steph Dwyer; 41:51:01
Sunday 14 January 2018 to Sunday 21 January 2018
261.3 miles (420.5 km); 43,733 feet (13,330 m) of ascent
168 hour time limit
First Man: Pavel Paloncy; 109:50:22
First Lady and 7th overall: Carol Morgan; 130:37:22
Gregory Crowley: 7th man and 8th overall; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 133:47:41
Tour de Helvellyn
Saturday 16 December 2017
38 miles (61.1 km); 7,874 feet (2,400 m) of ascent
Starting in Askham the route generally follows footpaths and bridleways to St Peter's Church near Martindale; Boredale (Boardale on the British Mountain Map); Patterdale; Sticks Pass; Stannah Beck; Swirls car park; Birkside Ghyll; Raise Beck; Grisedale Tarn; Patterdale again and back to Askham.
Visibility was generally good. Higher parts of the course were blessed with an abundance of snow and sheet ice lurked in patches to give runners winter conditions. In the absence of strong winds and precipitation the conditions seemed quite mild and the ample spare layers taken just in case remained unused (but wisely taken just in case). There was sufficient snow to inspire a profusion of skiers who could be seen carrying skis to enjoy the conditions. On the ascent towards Grisedale Tarn on the path up Raise Beck Santa Claus was merrily snapping photos of the runners (which can be seen on the Facebook page of the event accessible via the event website).
Recent snowfall was evident on most of the course and there was a flurry of snow at the start but that soon eased off. On the hills there was plenty of snow to make it a magical day out. Particularly lower down snow had melted and frozen again to give patches of sheet ice. Generally the route offered a choice of loose gravel and slippery rocks or wet grass and mud or sheet ice. At one point I went skidding along on a patch of sheet ice and slammed into a large rock causing a Kendal mint cake to sustain a double fracture and dislodging the cherry from the icing of my bakewell tart. Fortunately I bore most of the impact on my arm, shoulder and head so a packet of Eccles cakes escaped totally unscathed.
First Man: Rory Harris; M; 5:54:47
First Lady: 5th overall; Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn; North Leeds Fell Runners; F; 6:29:13
David Harrison: 22nd; Dark Peak Fell Runners; MV50; 7:29:36
Nicky Spinks: 24th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; FV50; 7:31:47
Ian Loombe: 27th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; MV40; 7:33:02
Cass Chisholm: 102nd; Dark Peak Fell Runners; F; 9:34:29
Steven Jones: 130th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; MV50; 10:15:13
White Rose Ultra
Saturday 4 November 2017
30 miles (48.3 km); 3,865 feet (1,180 m) of ascent
With the race HQ at Marsden a 30 mile loop was fully sign-posted so entrants didn't need to navigate around the course but just keep a close watch on the arrows and signs around the route. The 60 mile event was two laps of the same loop and the 100 mile version involved three laps followed by an extra smaller 10 mile loop. There was enough elevation to qualify as a CL fell race but the easy trails and roads made it more of a trail race. The weather was cool with no rain and good visibility.
White Rose Ultra 30:
Starters: Not known
Retired: Not known
Fastest Man: Rory Harris; M; 3:56:42
Fastest Lady: Kim Kennedy; 21st overall; F; 5:03:28
Steven Jones: 153rd; Dark Peak Fell Runners; MV50; 7:19:58
White Rose Ultra 60:
Fastest Man: Cees van der Land; M; 9:18:28
Fastest Lady: Helen Pickford; 3rd overall; FV40; 11:18:17
White Rose Ultra 100:
Fastest Man: Kristofer Collier; M; 21:36:00
Fastest Lady: Gemma Morgans; 5th overall; F; 26:45:34
The White Rose Ultra 30 was the final race in the Runfurther series of ultra races. Dark Peak Fell Runners were 6th for 2017.
Round Rotherham Run
Saturday 14 October 2017
50 miles (80.5 km); 2,625 feet (800 m) of ascent
A trail run around Rotherham following the Rowbotham's Round Rotherham footpath mostly over farmland and rural areas on sign-posted paths, bridleways and roads with very little ascent. The weather was unseasonally hot and very dry. Temperatures were said to be around 20˚C!
First Man: Ken Sutor; MV40; Cheshire Hash House Harriers; 7:01:13
First Lady: 17th overall; Elly Woodhead; F; Kimberworth Striders; 9:18:38
Dave Stevens: Joint 14th; M; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 9:10:37
Steven Jones: 60th; MV50; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 11:21:07
Jack Swindells: 63rd; M; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 11:22:44
Jim Fulton: 71st; MV60; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 11:40:16
John Spencer: Retired at CP5 Firbeck; MV50; Dark Peak Fell Runners
Andrew Chester: Retired at CP4 Woodsetts; MV40; Dark Peak Fell Runners
The full results (with split times) are shown on the SPORTident website at www.sportident.co.uk/results.php
King Offa's Dyke Race
8 pm Friday 15 September 2017 to Tuesday 2 pm 19 September 2017
185 miles (297.7 km); 29,806 feet (9,085 m) of ascent (90 hour time limit)
The course follows the Offa's Dyke national trail path from near Chepstow in South Wales to Prestatyn in North Wales. The route roughly follows the boundary between England and Wales and crosses numerous counties in both England and Wales; passes several towns and villages and ascends various hills including the Black Mountains and the Clwydian Range giving a cumulative ascent and descent surpassing sea level to the summit of Everest. There was a 90 hour (6 hours short of four days) cut-off with any resting or sleeping eating into the time available.
First Man: Gregory Crowley Dark Peak Fell Runners 54:54:04
First Lady: Victoria Owens Joint 19th overall 85:17:59 (only lady finisher)
Steven Jones: 12th Dark Peak Fell Runners 80:18:00
The race started at 8 pm on Friday 15 September 2017 and by then it was already dark. Before the first checkpoint the runners were setting a fast pace through woods with tree roots coiled like serpents ready to trip any unwary runners not paying close attention to foot placement. By dawn the participants were running or walking over the Black Mountains and thereafter going up and down various hills one after another through the day and night and day and night again. Going over the Clwydian Range I diverted to explore the Jubilee Tower and view the sights before re-joining the race for yet more night running. At the finish at the Nova Centre in Prestatyn the successful athletes could be seen unconscious and frozen in time like the victims of Pompeii with bodies in suspended animation and captured in the act of whatever they were doing when the volcano struck. So it was at the Nova Centre with exhausted runners having fallen asleep in various poses such as on top of a sleeping bag asleep before they could crawl inside it; a sock half on and asleep on a chair; face first in a finisher's meal slumped across a table; prostrate on the floor around the building; sprawled next to a mobile phone with a conversation terminated abruptly by sleep and so on.
Gregory Crowley had finished more than a full day ahead of most runners having been in third position for most of the race then leap-frogging into the lead by not stopping to rest. He increased his lead to win comfortably and the full results and split results can be found in the link http://kingoffasdyke.co.uk/
The weather had been reasonable and mostly dry but with some rain from time to time.
Special trophies were given to Jon Dufty and Steven Jones as Double Finishers (both finished in 2016 and 2017).
The next King Offa's Dyke Race will take place in 2019. After this year the event will take place bi-annually.
There was also a shorter version of the event following the same course but ending at Montgomery. This was the Mercian Challenge of a mere 100 miles and the results for that are as follows:
1st (and first lady) Becky Wightman 31:25:19
2nd (and first man) Rupert Cheshire 33:10:51
Ten Peaks Brecon Beacons Long Course
Saturday 9 September 2017
55.3 miles (89 km); 15,748 feet (4,800 m) of ascent
Route description: Starting from the Talybont Reservoir the course heads west to take in a number of peaks south of Pen y Fan and ultimately to the twin peaks of The Black Mountain. It then heads back east but about a mile further north to take in different peaks on the return trip including the rollercoaster ridgeline of Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn, Fan y Big and Bwlch y Ddwyallt prior to the slippery final descent back to race headquarters.
Most runners were from Great Britain but other nationalities included South Africa, Slovakia, Sweden, Belgium, France and Finland.
There is also a Short Course option which is only 58 km with only 3,000 metres of ascent. It is possible to register for the Short Course or for those feeling the pace at Checkpoint 2 to divert to the Short Course from the Long Course to avoid The Black Mountain, Fan Gyhirych and Fan Nedd.
Long course details:
Transferred to the Short Course: ??
Joint First Man: Robin Carter and Matt Tomlinson; 11:33:49
First Lady: Katie Hateley; 23rd overall; 16:47:55
Steven Jones: 35th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 19:18:18
Weather: Dry to start with then rain, light rain and heavy showers. It was quite breezy and towards the end the winds got stronger. At night there was mist on the hills.
The Storey Arms was used as a checkpoint on the way out and on the way back with a drop-bag facility (last year the checkpoint on the way out was at the foot of the path coming off the Pen y Fan track and the drop-bag was at about the half-way point).
Grand Tour of Skiddaw
Saturday 2 September 2017
44 miles (70.8 km); 7,136 feet (2,175 m) of ascent
Route: From Lime House School to Caldbeck, High Pike, Lingy Hut, Skiddaw House, Latrigg Car Park, Skiddaw, Long Side, Ullock Pike, Peter House Farm, Fell Side, Caldbeck and back to Lime House School.
Results for solo runners only:
Fastest Man: Chris Ellyatt; Herbinators; 8:04:34
Fastest Lady: Caroline Thomas; 23rd overall; Horsforth Harriers; 10:13:42
Georgie Hill: 32nd; 2nd lady; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 10:52:35
Steven Jones: 35th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 10:55:34
There were also pairs of runners with the fastest pair finishing in 9:54:45.
Weather: Warm with a few clouds and good visibility. No rain at all!
Long Tour of Bradwell
Saturday 12 August 2017
32.7 miles (52.6 km); 7,218 feet (2,200 m) of ascent
The route embraces some interesting and varying scenery from both the White Park and Dark Peak areas of the Peak District.It starts in Bradwell with a gradual ascent to the Limestone Way before descending to Castleton via Cave Dale; then over Hollins Cross and down to Edale before a climb to the Druid's Stone on the Kinder plateau; up Lose Hill and around the edge of Win Hill and across to Bamford; past Dennis Knoll to run along Stanage Edge followed by Upper Burbage Bridge and Burbage Bridge; past Upper Padley and Leadmill before a trail along Abney Clough then up and over and back down to the finish in Bradwell. The weather was mainly cloudy with occasional showers.
Fastest Man: Lee Kemp Waverly Harriers 5:03:51
Fastest Lady: 13th overall Nicky Spinks Dark Peak Fell Runners 6:23:36
Jon Pemberton: 5th Dark Peak Fell Runners 6:05:32
Gregory Crowley: 22nd Dark Peak Fell Runners 6:42:40
Claire Prosser: 55th Dark Peak Fell Runners 7:51:32
Chris Duffy: 57th Dark Peak Fell Runners 7:53:15
Michael Bourne: 71st Dark Peak Fell Runners 8:27:14
Georgie Hill: 74th Dark Peak Fell Runners 8:32:26
Steven Jones: 79th Dark Peak Fell Runners 8:58:07
There was also a Half Tour of Bradwell of about 16 miles and 3,000 feet of ascent representing a truncated version of the Long Tour of Bradwell. 141 out of the 142 starters finished.
Fastest Man: Bart Shaw Totley AC 2:04:24
Fastest Lady: 11th overall Tracy Dean Raidlight UK 2:21:40
Gareth Briggs: 4th Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:06:57
Adrian Fisher: 9th Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:17:47
David Bethell: 10th Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:18:56
Mick Archer: 13th Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:21:48
Chloe Haines: 20th Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:30:26
Rosie Walwyn: 31st Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:36:20
David Wood: 46th Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:46:30
Dave Coleshill: 56th Dark Peak Fell Runners 2:51:30
The race timing was provided by Racetek. Full details of splits and the ability to filter the results into categories is on the internet under "Results Racetek". The occasional checkpoint location was not registered for some runners despite being "dibbed". However, the timing and the layout of the results was good overall.
28-30 July 2017
105 miles (169 km); 22,493 feet (6,856 m) of ascent
The route started and finished at Coniston with a circular tour of the Lake District taking in Seathwaite, Eskdale, Wasdale Head, Black Sail Pass, Buttermere, Braithwaite, Blencathra Field Centre, Dockray, Dalemain, Howtown, Haweswater Reservoir, Kentmere, Ambleside, Chapel Stile and Coniston Fells. The route consisted mainly of paths and trails and much of it was boggy and underwater which added to the interest.
Finishers: 223 (221 within 40 hours)
First Man: Michael Jones; 20:22:19
First Lady: 6th overall; Sabrina Verjee; 23:15:22
Alison Wainwright: 188th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 39:12:07
Steven Jones: 215th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 39:41:51
Weather: Dry for the first half hour or so before drizzle set in which gave way to rain. Then there was more rain and it eased off before raining again. On Saturday afternoon the sun came out and it was quite warm before the rain started which got heavier later.
There was a shorter version starting at Dalemain of just 50 miles.
Finishers: 662 (all within 24 hours)
First Man: Casper Kaars Sijpesteijn; 7:34:07
First Lady: 3rd overall; Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn; 8:02:32
8-9 July 2017
100 miles (160.9 km); 14,107 feet (4,300 m) of ascent
The event starts and finishes in the Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton and involves a tour of some fine hills in Shropshire and briefly across the border into Wales. The climbing starts straight away to Pole Bank on The Long Mynd. Then across country for an ascent of the ancient volcanic mound of Corndon Hill with its various burial cairns (some iron age and others for ultra runners who failed to reach the summit checkpoint). The survivors then tackled the jagged and uneven "path" on the Stiperstones on the way to Earl's Hill. There was easy running on the Betchcott Hills back to Carding Mill Valley and the half-way point. After road and trail to Easthopewood contestants had to pit their wits against cornfields lacking cleared paths along rights of way and follow tractor tracks to somehow find hidden stiles in overgrown hedges. Things improved running along Wenlock Edge until a pile of leaves turned into snakes and bees; a scarecrow came to life and starting chasing me and a 3,000 foot chasm opened up at my feet; at that point it occurred to me that there was a slight possibility that I may be hallucinating! After a 20 minute nap at the next checkpoint normal service was resumed to tackle the last few hills before an ascent of The Long Mynd again via Knolls. A final downhill dash led to the finish where the fun began the day before.
First Man: Alex McMunn; 24:55
First Lady: 7th overall; Angela White; 30:44
Steven Jones: 9th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 33:12
Weather: Very hot - even at night.
LDWA North York Moors 100
Saturday 27 May 2017
102 miles (164.2 km); 11,370 feet (3,463 m) of ascent
First Man: Gary Upstone; 22:41
First Lady: 5th overall; Lisa Joanne Walbridge; 25:21
Steven Jones: 181st; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 39:07
A tour of trails, paths, roads, hills and so on in the heat of the cruel and merciless sun of the North York Moors. The checkpoints were bountifully stocked with a variety of delights to both sustain the entrants and delay their progress while indulging in the sumptuous banquet.
Dragon's Back Race
22-26 May 2017
196 miles (315 km); 50,850 feet (15,500 m) of ascent
A five day stage race covering the mountains of Wales. The first day includes all the Welsh 3,000's and the route works its way south covering just about all the rest of the mountains in Wales.
First Man: Marcus Scotney; 37:58:37
First Lady: 9th overall; Carol Morgan; 48:41:47
28th: Gregory Crowley; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 54:32:58
26th: Charlie Elliot; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 59:38:56
Saturday 20 May 2017
50 miles (80.5 km); 9,800 feet (2,987 m) of ascent
Route description: The event was centred on the Church Stretton School which operated as the start/finish/central checkpoint/base for refreshments and bag drop. The route consisted of four loops from and back to the HQ as follows:
Conquest: Caer Caradoc Hill; The Wilderness; Willstone Hill and Gaer Stone.
War: Over The Long Mynd via the Carding Mill Valley; through Ratlinghope and back over the Betchcott Hills
Death: A double ascent of The Long Mynd.
Famine: Out to Wenlock Edge then back over Ragleth Hill.
The loops could be completed in any order and, indeed, in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction so long as all the self-clip checkpoints on the course were duly clipped into the race "passport". The permutations meant that at the start runners scattered in all directions and it was never possible to know where you were in relation to other competitors until the end. With everyone coming back to the race HQ at the end of each loop the organisers only needed one main central base to monitor proceedings and keep the runners fed and watered.
Starters: At least 67
Retired: No details
First Man: Daniel Hendriksen; 9:52
First Lady: 5th overall; Helen Pike; 11:03
Steven Jones: Joint 30th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 14:33
Trevor Matty: Joint 30th; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 14:33
Weather: Initially warm but on the second loop the rain started but eased off. On the third loop the rain was very heavy but it was dry again on the final loop.
Lakes Mountain 42
Saturday 8 April 2017
42 miles (67.6 km); 10,387 feet (3,166 m) of ascent (approximate figures)
Starting at Askham the route visited the summits of Loadpot Hill and High Street before passing Angle Tarn on the way to Patterdale. A steady trail up Grisedale led to Grisedale Tarn then a rocky path continued down to a fast track to the Wythburn Church car park. The ascent of Helvellyn took the race past an inevitable swarm of tourists then along to Whiteside before descending to Glenridding and back past Patterdale. Place Fell was the final peak to be tackled before a return to the start via Martindale Church.
First Man: Casper Kaars Sijpesteijn; M; 7:29
First Lady: 12th overall; Karen Nash; FV50; 9:19
Peter Eccleston: 50th; M; 11:32
Steven Jones: 73rd; DPFR; MV50; 12:55
The weather was very hot; too hot to run fast but extremely good visibility giving superb panoramic views. Dark Peak Fell Runners remain in third place after the third race of the series for 2017.
Saturday 1 April 2017
37.4 miles (60.2 km); 6,300 feet (1,920 m) of ascent
First Man: Kevin Hoult; 5:10
First Lady: 9th overall; Nicky Spinks; DPFR; 6:27
John Bottomley: 3rd; DPFR; 5:47
Steven Jones: 55th; DPFR; 9:09
There were also walkers on the long course and a shorter course of 26 miles for both runners and walkers.
The weather was mostly warm and dry but there was heavy rain before crossing the M62 by Windy Hill although it eased off fairly quickly then stopped.
The Runfurther results so far show Dark Peak Fell Runners in third position.
Saturday 11 March 2017
32 miles (51.5 km); 4,400 feet (1,341 m) of ascent
First Man: Thomas Payn; M35; 3:54:18
First Lady: 20th overall; Julie Briscoe; F40; Wakefield; 4:31:54
John Bottomley: 22nd; M35; DPFR; 4:35:56
Sally Fawcett: 26th and 2nd lady; F35; DPFR; 4:38:54
James Gregory:133rd; M35; DPFR; 5:50:47
Jim Paxman: 173rd; M55; DPFR; 6:12:22
Yvonne Beckwith: 232nd; F45; DPFR; 6:39:50
Alison Wainwright: 234th; F; DPFR; 6:41:26
Steven Jones: 319th; M50; DPFR; 7:50:10
John Vernon: 366th; M65: DPFR; 9:41:35
The weather was dry throughout and quite mild for the time of year. With good visibility and kind conditions the running was straightforward. The Haworth Hobble is a race for singles or pairs with mostly single runners taking part. No details of the number of starters or those retiring are available although quite a few did retire. During the event there were hot dogs, doughnuts, whisky and other refreshments. This year's race was used as the British Trial for IAU World Trail Championships with some good runners entering and six men breaking the course record and eight finishing in under four hours.
Sunday 5 March 2017
41 miles (66 km); 793 feet (242 m) of ascent
Due to a route diversion inspired by heavy floods the revised route for the day was about 42 miles. The path involved was completely inundated and it was not possible to see where the riverbank path or the river was and tackling the original route would have involved the use of scuba equipment.
First Man: Martin Bailey; MV40; 5:48:00
First Lady:17th overall; Patricia van Rooyen; FV40; 7:36:53
Steven Jones: 64th; MV50; DPFR; 9:12:27
There was heavy rain at the start but it eased off later.The ground conditions were very wet indeed and lots of fields were flooded and very muddy.It was hard going.
Sunday 15 January 2017 to Sunday 22 January 2017
268 miles (431 km); 36,729 feet (11,195 m) of ascent
First Man:Tom Hollins (supported);99:25:36
First Lady and joint 6th overall:Carol Morgan (supported);109:54:00
Steven Jones:DPFR;DNF - Malham
Weather:Interesting and very seasonal!
The Spine Race event consists of the full Spine Race involving a 268 mile (431 km) adventure up the Pennine Way starting in Edale and finishing in Kirk Yetholm in Scotland with an ascent along the way of around 13,195 metres (36,729 feet).There is also a "fun run" version called the Spine Challenger which lasts a mere 108 miles and finishes at Hawes (as does the Spine MRT Challenge).
260 runners from 22 different countries took part in the three versions of the Spine Race events.It is regarded as a gruelling race due the winter weather conditions; it being dark for most of the time; navigation; sleep deprivation and the terrain.
The Spine Race started with rain and snow and passed numerous fell runners coming the other way on the Marsden to Edale Trigger.There was plenty of scope to wade through icy streams and rivers on the Kinder Plateau, Bleaklow and Black Hill before settling down to more benign conditions.A number of runners were swept away in the torrents but were rescued by other runners or made it out on their own.For those taking part it was a memorable experience.
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