Category: Race Report (page 1 of 3)

The OMM 2017: Langdales

For anyone not in the know, the OMM is a two-day mountain navigation race. Pairs have to remain self-sufficient  throughout the event, carrying tent, food, spare clothing etc. There are about seven classes, and as I was partnered with a friend from my Hampshire Scout days who I’d not raced with before, we elected to race in the Medium Score category. Not too long, not too short. We would have six hours to gather as many checkpoints as possible on day one, then five hours on the second day.

 

Considerations before the race

There’s always a bit of fun to be had before the event to cut your kit down to the lightest possible, or the lightest you are willing to go with in terms of warmth/overnight comfort, while meeting the mandatory list requirements. Some highlights:

  • Is it worth leaving behind a spare of of socks? (41g saving) Yes, but I’ll probably regret it on Sunday morning
  • Can justify spending £450 on a new tent? (600g saving) No
  • Balloon bed (100g) or bubble wrap (50g) to sleep on? Can’t find bubble wrap, so the luxury balloon bed it is
  • Do I transfer my 2nd freezer dried dinner from an aluminium packet into a plastic bag? (20g saving) Getting bored now
  • Trail food removed from individual wrappers (4g). OK, I’ve gone far enough

 

General thoughts from day one

  • The forecast was for high winds, low cloud and rain most of the day. The forecast was right. It would be a good a day for good navigators.
  • Unfortunately it turns out that micronavigation is a skill that needs to be regularly practiced to remain good at it.
  • Fortunately it appears that I wasn’t the only one that needed more practice judging by the number of people we passed searching on the side of various slopes in 20m visibility
  • The first half of the day went pretty smoothly, good route choice, good nav.
  • Then we missed our first checkpoint and it wasn’t worth searching for too long as it was only worth 20 points. (It turns out this was the most debated checkpoint on the thrilling post-race Facebook chat)
  • Then we overshot another, stupid mistake as it was supposed to be easy to find and we had switched off a little. 15 minutes lost.
  • With two hours to go we reached the top of Swirl How, only to be blown over by the wind.
  • It took another 15 minutes to find a checkpoint, 10m visibility. Should have trusted my 100m pacings and not turned off the path too early.
  • We ended up being 18 minutes late back (36 point penalty), however we were rather surprised to be in 4th place at the end of the first day!

 

Camp

Everywhere was a bog, but we eventually found a flat spot that was acceptable. Just a shame it was the furthest point from the  water tap. All things considered I had a reasonable night’s sleep.

 

General thoughts from day 2 

  • We were the chasing start at 07:09
  • It was a totally different day to the day before. Clear blue skies. Perfect views. Definitely a day for the runners.
  • We skipped a few early checkpoints and headed for the big pointers. All good except for one poor bearing, which led us down a crag and into losing too much height, 10 minutes lost.
  • With around an hour to go, we pushed with just enough time to grab a juicy 50-pointer before the long downhill run to the finish, finishing with just four minutes to spare.

 

The End

In the final results we caught one team in front, but were overtaken by two teams from behind to end up in 5th. I was happy with that and I think I actually enjoyed the entire weekend. It’s rare to experience type 1 run at these sorts of events, I obviously wasn’t trying hard enough.

Now, who fancies the Marmont Dark Mountains?

 

Ian Furlong

Results here

Really Wild Boar

I had an interesting and surprisingly satisfying run today at my second Really Wild Boar Fell race (5 miles/1401ft) near the hamlet of Street off the A683 Kirkby Stephen/Sedbergh road. There was a lot of clag and it was very windy on the tops which led to a few runners getting lost (me included) and wandering in the mist looking out for shadowy figures of runners and bumping into several fell ponies! I was fortunate to be with a small group and was led back on the quick descent back down the bridle path to the finish. Quite a few runners missed the last checkpoint and we passed them as they were having to run back. This meant I was quite a few places higher than I should have been, but I will gladly snap up any advantages in a race.

I finished 78th out of 99 runners. Many of the fell running elite were out, including Mr Dave McGuire, for your typical fell race: cost 4 quid, registration out of a camper van and a couple of checkpoints that consisted of you dropping a token in a bucket. The winner was Carl Bell (Keswick), second Joe Baxter (Pudsey & Bramley), third Ted Mason (Wharfedale), Rob Jebb (Helm Hill) was well placed too. The female winner was Sharon Taylor (Helm Hill), second was Rachel Pilling (Pudsey & Bramley) and third Debbie McGowan (Accrington). Helm Hill won the female team prize, Pudsey & Bramley first men’s team. Next year’s race will be going on tour and to fit in with the FRA dinner to be hosted by P&B will be held in Ilkley around the weekend of the 9/10 November 2018.

–Sharon Williams


Sharon with her eyes on the prize. Plus some boars. And a Fishwick. Image by @fellrunninbrief

Where am I again? A very brief report from the British Fell Relays

After getting lost on Ilkley Moor a couple of weeks previously when I was actually the tailrunner/ sweeper  at the Rombalds Romp, it was no great surprise that I approached this event with fear and trepidation! As it turned out I had nothing to worry about, as we were promised that leg 4 would be “fully marked and marshalled” in other words, it’s the leg for navigational numpties, isn’t it ? (No offence, Clare and Emma.) I got round OK but my, it was tough and I got muddy as well. My race photo arrived today and it stated I was on Moel Eilio, oh I hadn’t realised I was there! I knew I was in Wales somewhere though.

Dave Beston

 

British Fell Relays

We had three teams entered for the British Fell Relays (also known as the FRA relays), which this year were held in Llanberis, Wales, on Sunday October 15, the day before Hurricane Ophelia was due to arrive. The teams were FV40, Male Open and NFLR Boys n’ Girls (mixed). Conditions on the tops were what fell-runners call “a bit breezy” (see earlier point about Hurricane Ophelia), but all our teams did brilliantly. Thanks, Dominic, for organizing all the teams, and well done to all our runners. Top three places:  Dark Peak, Edinburgh University and Keswick. Well done to them, and many thanks to Eryri Harriers for their very successful hosting of a great event. Our results:

And a few images, taken by Dave Cooper, Dave Beston, and Dominic Nurse.

Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race and Me

What is it about Langdale and me? Every year I do the race there’s a “problem” and a “success”. On the problems front, over the years there’s been terrible cramp, a lack of fitness, bashing my knees, getting stuck on the Bad Step, wonky lines etc. In an attempt to resolve these problems, I go back to Langdale every year to practice. This year’s focus was on three tasks of getting the lines right up Bowfell, up Crinkle Crags and the line between Great Knott and Cold Pike on the way to Pike of Blisco.

Yesterday these all went pretty well with ongoing attention needed on the very slippery rocks, at times we are literally going at a snail’s pace. So, all is going well for me and I arrive at Pike of Blisco in 193rd position having moved up from my 268th position at Stickle Tarn. I head off east, feeling good, knowing my way down to the finish. Oh such confidence!

I realise after a while I’m not recognising where I am. I stop, relocate. Ah, I’m looking South onto Wrynose Pass. In my slightly disappointed and not thinking state (to put it mildly) and my need for something definite in the landscape I continue south onto the road (lots of lessons in this about my ability to keep thinking in the midst of tiredness and a race mindset – I should have headed north). I make my way round by a circular route to the final checkpoint at the cattle grid beneath Side Pike and I’m now in 296th position! I finish in 305th position. Mmm, all I can do is smile, feel a little sheepish and giggle to my-self. So, the practice for next year is …. One consolation is that the route over Blea Moss, past Tarnclose Crag and Blea Tarn is beautiful, well worth a picnic. — Alan Hirons

Images by Cal Ferguson and Hilary Barber

Kettlewell Anniversary Fell Race 2017 – Results

Results in spreadsheet format can be found here…

 

Preliminary Results

Pos

No.

Surname

First Name

Club

Cat

Time

Gen

M

F

CatPos

1

197

Coates

Harry

W harfedale

MSen

36.37

M

1

1

2

474

Mason

Ted

W harfedale

MSen

37.12

M

2

2

3

486

Fisher

Sam

Howgill

MSen

38.49

M

3

3

4

177

Crampton

Neal

P&B

MSen

39.37

M

4

4

5

186

Livermore

Phil

NLFR

MSen

40.56

M

5

5

6

498

Clark

Daniel

Bowland

MSen

42.13

M

6

6

7

180

Turner

Luke

Clayton-le-Moors

MSen

42.38

M

7

7

8

199

Furness

Rob

W harfedale

MSen

43.10

M

8

8

9

473

Dickerson

Bradley

AIRE

MSen

43.36

M

9

9

10

492

Oldfield

David

Harrogate H

MSen

43.47

M

10

10

11

480

Hemsley

Jason

W harfedale

M45

44.13

M

11

1

12

155

Grant

Ben

Harrogate H

M65

44.49

M

12

1

13

494

Evans

Dave

KCAC

MSen

45.46

M

13

11

14

490

Marsh

John

U/A

MSen

46.09

M

14

12

15

493

Robinson

Sean

Howgill

MSen

46.29

M

15

13

16

487

Moses

Colin

W harfedale

M50

47.00

M

16

1

17

154

Barnes

Matty

U/A

M50

47.17

M

17

2

18

172

Furlong

Ian

NLFR

MSen

47.22

M

18

14

19

188

Thornton

Tony

Settle

M45

47.30

M

19

2

20

171

Shaw

Martin

NLFR

MSen

47.36

M

20

15

21

182

Fairburn

Andrew

Trawden

MSen

48.15

M

21

16

22

501

Calderbank

Paul

Ilkley

M55

48.22

M

22

1

23

184

Oddy

Nick

Skipton

M40

48.32

M

23

1

24

148

Pickles

Karen

P&B

F45

48.39

F

1

1

25

165

Holden

Andy

W harfedale

M50

48.56

M

24

3

26

476

Everrett Smith

Nathan

Harrogate H

M40

49.07

M

25

2

27

496

Haggerty

Randolph

Kirkstall

M50

49.11

M

26

4

28

167

Andralojc

Nick

Harrogate H

M55

49.19

M

27

2

29

485

Roberts

Ollie

Pudsey Pacers

MSen

49.41

M

28

17

30

156

Bates

Harry

U/A

MSen

50.04

M

29

18

31

500

Rhodes

Steve

Hyde Park

M50

50.16

M

30

5

32

168

Price

Helen

Harrogate H

F40

50.36

F

2

1

33

481

Price

Andrew

Baildon

MSen

50.47

M

31

19

34

192

Farrar

Martin

W harfedale

M50

50.51

M

32

6

35

183

Shepherd

Tony

W harfedale

M50

50.56

M

33

7

36

149

Powell

Jean

W harfedale

F45

50.57

F

3

2

37

179

Turner

Kieran

Trawden

MSen

51.06

M

34

20

38

194

Timbers

Dan

KCAC

M40

51.15

M

35

3

39

489

Merfield

Peter

U/A

M55

51.43

M

36

3

40

502

Busby

Chantal

Ilkley

F45

51.44

F

4

3

41

174

Roberts

Martin

Todmorden

M55

52.01

M

37

4

42

479

Singh

John

Saltaire Striders

MSen

52.43

M

38

21

43

170

Foster

Richard

NLFR

MSen

52.51

M

39

22

44

195

Mason

Adam

U/A

MSen

52.53

M

40

23

45

160

Jordan

Mark

Harrogate H

M60

53.24

M

41

1

46

190

Hamilton

Robert

Ilkley

M60

53.46

M

42

2

47

191

Welsh

Ewan

Ilkley

M50

54.04

M

43

8

48

164

W hittaker

Lynn

W harfedale

F55

54.15

F

5

1

49

475

Gibson

Jonathan

W harfedale

M50

54.24

M

44

9

50

196

Deacon

Mike

Nidd Valley

M50

54.28

M

45

10

51

151

Sandercock

Andrew

U/A

MSen

54.56

M

46

24

52

157

Bates

Joe

U/A

MSen

55.03

M

47

25

53

477

Robinson

Emma

Harrogate H

FSen

55.08

F

6

1

54

176

Mawson

Antony

Pudsey Pacers

M50

55.42

M

48

11

Pos

No.

Surname

First Name

Club

Cat

Time

Gen

M

F

CatPos

55

189

Smith

Graham

U/A

MSen

55.49

M

49

2

56

153

Jackson

Brett

U/A

M40

56.23

M

50

4

57

478

Dugdale

Andrew

Clayton-le-Moors

M55

56.24

M

51

5

58

159

Jenkins

Iain

Harrogate H

M55

56.26

M

52

6

59

175

Furlong

Simon

Saltaire Striders

MSen

56.28

M

53

26

60

152

Murphy

Kevin-Malanchy

Harrogate H

M60

56.56

M

54

3

61

198

Coates

Becki

U/A

FSen

57.02

F

7

2

62

503

Kirkham

Katherine

W harfedale

FSen

57.12

F

8

3

63

482

Dugdale

Paul

Clayton-le-Moors

M60

57.31

M

55

4

64

483

Dugdale

Jack

Clayton-le-Moors

MSen

58.23

M

56

27

65

185

Thompson

John

W harfedale

M55

58.34

M

57

7

66

163

Clarke

Caroline

Pudsey Pacers

F55

59.00

F

9

2

67

161

Stephenson

Jamie

U/A

MSen

59.46

M

58

28

68

162

David

Emma

Nidd Valley

F40

60.19

F

10

2

69

187

Turner

Elizabeth

Harrogate H

FSen

60.20

F

11

4

70

488

Bullock

Martin

Pudsey Pacers

M50

60.53

M

59

12

71

150

Robinson

Ken

W harfedale

M65

61.43

M

60

2

72

166

Breeze

Graham

W harfedale

M70

62.55

M

61

1

73

178

Lewis

Janet

U/A

FSen

63.11

F

12

5

74

491

Oldfield

Caroline

Harrogate H

FSen

63.24

F

13

6

75

499

Rhodes

Jo

Hyde Park

FSen

63.45

F

14

7

76

169

Hartman

Ian

Baildon

M65

64.00

M

62

3

77

484

Gittins

Andrew

Black Combe

M55

64.50

M

63

8

78

181

Morley

Sue

Knaresborough

F65

65.06

F

15

1

79

173

Roberts

Sue

Todmorden

F50

65.56

F

16

1

80

158

Palmer

Alison

Harrogate H

F50

66.33

F

17

2

81

495

Robinson

Emma

Pudsey Pacers

FSen

66.59

F

18

8

82

193

Ralph

Katy

Pudsey Pacers

F45

67.01

F

19

4

83

497

Crawford

May

Helm Hill

FSen

67.12

F

20

9

84

200

Murgatroyd

Dave

NLFR

MSen

DNF

M

64

29

Kettlewell Anniversary Fell Race 2016 – Results

 

Position Athlete Category Club Time
1 Ted Mason M Wharfedale 36.44
2 Sam Watson M Wharfedale 37.05
3 Luke Maude M Barlick FR 37.14
4 Dan Wilkinson M40 Ilkley 39.37
5 Nick Charlesworth M50 Wharfedale 39.42
6 Andrew Robertshaw M45 Otley 39.54
7 Dave Kirkham M40 Wharfedale 40.29
8 David Bolanos M50 U/A 40.48
9 Rob Furness M Horsforth Harriers 41.32
10 Paul James Carmen M Ilkley 41.44
11 Tim Hawey M40 York and K’boro 41.58
12 Tom Gomersall M Bingley 42.19
13 Keith Emery M K’boro Striders 43.07
14 Luke Turner M Trawden 43.36
15 Dave McGuire M45 Wharfedale 44.05
16 Dom Nurse M45 NLFR 44.51
17 Tim Palmer M45 Harrogate H 45.31
18 Michael Smith M45 Dallam 47.19
19 Alan Walsh M Wharfedale 47.23
20 Markus Waddap M NLFR 47.30
21 Paul Calderbank M55 Ilkley H 47.33
22 Dave Copping M50 KCAC 47.42
23 Keith Holder M50 Wharfedale 47.49
24 Ian Rowbotham M50 Harrogate H 47.51
25 Nick Rhodes U/A 47.55
26 David Fountain M Harrogate H 48.14
27 Lorena Lozano Sufrategui W NLFR 49.28
28 Kieran Turner M Trawden 49.42
29 Jeremy Field M Fellndale 49.50
30 Nick Androx M50 Harrogate H 50.00
31 Dean Ralphson M45 Trawden 50.29
32 Ed Brown M45 U/A 50.50
33 Richard Foster M NLFR 50.54
34 Emma Robson W Harrogate H 50.57
35 Chantale Busby W45 Ilkley H 50.58
36 Martin Farrer M50 Wharfedale 51.00
37 Molly Ralphson W40 Trawden 51.02
38 Jann Smith W45 Ilkley H 51.03
39 Andrew Price M Baildon 51.33
40 Mary Gibbons W40 Ilkley H 51.41
41 Martin Roberts M55 Todmorden 51.43
42 Michael Kearney M50 Swaledale 51.55
43 Stephen Kirk M45 Harrogate H 51.59
44 Mike Ayers NLFR V60 53.37
45 Andrew Ellwood M50 Skipton 53.52
46 Roger Wilkinson M45 U/A 54.10
47 Lynn Whittaker W50 Wharfedale 54.17
48 Kevin Holmes M50 U/A 54.20
49 Emma Dods W Wharfedale 54.30
50 Chloe Hirst W Harrogate H 54.34
51 Dan Simmons M55 Harrogate H 54.43
52 Mark David M50 Nidd V 54.57
53 Neil Jones M40 U/A 55.10
54 Andy Challenge? M40 Fellndale 55.18
55 Mark Seymour M55 Harrogate H 56.22
56 Carron Ralph W45 Otley 57.29
57 Tim Broomfield M60 Harrogate H 57.50
58 Gordon Slater M50 Baildon 58.24
59 Paul Robinson M50 Nidd V 58.40
60 Andrew Graham M40 Trawden 58.46
61 Ken Robinson M65 Wharfedale 59.04
62 Andrew Biddle M60 W. Pennine Runners 59.11
63 Lucy Mallinson W Wharfedale 59.43
64 Graham Breeze M70 Wharfedale 01:00:36
65 Rhys North M50 Bingley 01:01:01
66 Elizabeth Sandell W Harrogate H 01:01:08
67 Sue Morley W60 Knaresborough S. 01:03:57
68 Iain Irving M U/A 01:05:34
69 Michael Smith M55 Bingley 01:05:54
70 Edit Boldiesar W U/A 01:09:47
71 Tony Carr M50 Ripon Harriers 01:15:30
72 Jane Rowbotham W55 Harrogate H 01:24:15

Club Trip/Mikes 60th at Duddon fell race

Great weekend at Duddon valley for our inaugural club trip and Mikes 60th birthday.

4 NLFRs ran in the long race in very hot and humid conditions with Phil first back in 22nd place, whereas 7 opted for the shorter 9 mile race, with Greg first home in 3rd place followed closely by Dom in 4th.

Full results can be found here-

https://fellrace.org.uk/races/shortduddon/2016

https://fellrace.org.uk/races/duddon/2016

 

20 Years in the Making – Alan’s BGR

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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.

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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

Calderdale Way Relay

Write up by Dom-

NLFR entered a mixed team this year with high hopes of a strong placing in that category. CWR is one of the most competitive relays in the UK and with 102 teams entered we came a very creditable 43rd and fifth mixed team overall.

It was a good day for running with sunshine and little wind. Matt and Phil led us off and had a storming first leg completing their 10.5 mile run in just  65 mins and fourth overall, less than 2 minutes behind the leaders. No pressure then on Leg 2 runners…Well we held on as best we could and with Leanne getting stronger as the leg went on we arrived at the changeover with half an hour to spare before the mass start and only one mixed pair ahead of us.

Hilary and Ann took a break from posing for photos long enough to power through leg 3 and hand over the baton to our long distance specialists Mike and Katie who clawed back a place before re-running the leg back to their car for a sharp 20 miler. Leg 5 saw Richard and Tim  finish strongly as the 27th fastest pair before the baton went to our tarmac specialists Kate and Sharon for the largely urban final leg, leading us in ten places better than last year.

I went with Leanne and Dave McGuire of Wharfedale back to the Rugby Club race HQ and enjoyed a perfect pint of Wainrights and pie and peas before watching the Wharfedale men cruise in for a deserved victory, with Barlick FR second and Calder third. As ever a great day out with good company, fantastic atmosphere and well organised by Halifax Harriers.

Final results can be found at this link.

Some photos below nabbed from FB with the synchronised runners courtesy Neil Wallace.

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