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Kettlewell Anniversary Fell Race 2017

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20 Years in the Making – Alan’s BGR


Moot Hall after 23.44 hours

Huge congratulations to NLFR’s Alan Hirons who realised a 20 year dream at 10.28pm on Sunday 22 May 2016 when he touched the doors of Keswick’s Moot Hall to complete his Bob Graham Round in 23 hours and 44 minutes.

Alan’s attempt was initially scheduled for an 11pm start on Friday 20 May, but with pounding rain and high winds forcast he moved it back 24 hours. A wise decision not taken by three other attempts starting that night, forced to abandon after losing too much time to bad weather.

By Saturday night the weather had calmed and Sunday brought sunshine and low winds. On a 23 hour schedule over the classic clockwise route Alan teased his supporters by pushing it close at the end of legs 3 and 4. But in the end it was never in doubt as he finished with over 15 minutes to spare – even opting to avoid the road and take the longer trail route from the bottom of Robinson into Keswick at the end of Leg 5.

It was a truly fabulous day and worth every minute to see Alan’s smile as he finished.


Ascending Dale Head Leg 5

Supporting Alan on the Round were a crack North Leeds team (with a little help from Borrowdale, Horwich and Pudsey P):

  • Legs 1 and 2: Matt John
  • Leg 3:  Greg Weatherhead
  • Leg 4:  Mike Ayers, Brendan Bolland,     Anthony Meanwell.
  • Leg 5:  Sara Demaine, Dom Nurse and Mike Ayers.
  • Road:  Hilary Lane, Hilary Tucker and Di

North Leeds Orienteering

On Tuesday 3 May NLFR will be holding an open introductory orienteering session in Adel Woods under the guidance of one of our AIRE members RIchard Foster. All welcome.

On its own orienteering is a lot of fun, but also the skills gained in running and navigating a course with a map in your hand, transfer to fell running. So whether you need to learn some map skills, brush up generally, or just have a good evening competing in Adel woods, this is for you. My Black Combe navigation debacle passports me to the front of the queue for this.

Richard has insurance, all the permissions from the Council and will be setting out the controls on the Tuesday afternoon. The plan is to have a basic intro session for those new to orienteering as well as something to test those who know (think they know) what they are doing, followed by a 40 minute score event with a mix of hard and easier controls and prizes at the end.

No special kit is needed, aside from running gear. A compass might be useful, but not essential and it may be worth putting in a head torch, although we hope to finish before it gets dark. The plan is to meet at Adel War Memorial car park at about 6.45 and at 7pm jog down to Stairfoot Lane car park to get started by 7.15. Prizes and a drink after in the AWMA bar.

All welcome, whether NLFR members or not, just come along for a good evening. We will be asking for a contribution of £1 to cover the costs of having the maps printed. So that we have a rough idea of how many to print, if you know you are definitely coming please let Richard know by emailing him on, or reply to this post, by Tuesday 26 April. We will print plenty of spares as well, so that we can cater for those who just turn up on the day.

It should be a good leg stretch after the 3 Peaks..

If you enjoy the event there will be a further orienteering event Richard is organising for AIRE the following evening (wed 4th May) around Adel village and a free one on the 11 May in Hawksworth Woods to celebrate World Orienteering Day.