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Callow Fell Race

Paul Jeggo continued his winning ways with another fine run in this tough 5 mile run in Shropshire. In bright and warm conditions he made light of the 4 climbs (2500ft of climb) to finish 4th overall, and 1st vet 50. Adding to his honours was the notification of his success in the Shropshire winter series, where he again took the vet 50 honours. Also enjoying the sun on the Long Mynd, to varying degress, were erstwhile second claim Strider Kevin Ellis and John Williams. Full results are not available, but will doubtless appear at www.mercia.org.uk in due course. Pictures, showing just how good conditions were, are at www.fellrunningpictures.co.uk There are currently 7 Striders intending to run at the Brecon Fans Weekend in July. See the chatboard if interested in joining us. Also, please note that entries for the Fell Relays in North Wales in October are now open, again details will be on the chatboard.. We are hoping to take a number of teams. Please advise if you are interested 

 

Midsummer Madness & other fells

A number of Striders were active on the fells at the weekend, with varying amounts of success. Closest to home were the runners at the Orion Fell Race in Epping Forest, with Nikki Brockbank having an excellent race, finishing as first lady. More details & results can be found on the chatboard. Paul Jeggo continued his fine form, 15th overall and 1st vet 50 at Moel y Gamelin (15k, 725m of climb, near Llangollen). Six Striders made it to the Midsummer Madness weekend in the Calder Valley. No wins here, but a number of second places. Janet Hill was 2nd F55 in each of the 3 races and overall in the series; John Williams similarly 2nd V60. The best performances of the weekend in Yorkshire came from 2nd claimer Harold Wyber. He led the field through the 6 checkpoints in the Reservoir Bogs race, a navigation event of some 12k. A navigational error between CP6 and the Finish cost Harold some 2 minutes and 7 places. After a fine performance at the Halifax Street orienteering event Harold then had another good run at the final race in the series, finishing 2nd in the 6k Timothy Taylors Tom Tittiman race. Jason Praill ran well throughout the series, as did Jon Legge and Andy Mason in the final race, the latter making a welcome return to running on the fells. Full results and links to photos can be found at www.cvfr.co.uk This is a really good weekend of fell running, and especially good as an introduction to fell running - worth putting in the diary for midsummer next year.  In the next month there will be trips to Shropshire  next Sunday for the Callow Fell Race, a brutal 5 miler, and to the Brecon Fans weekend on 13th & 14th July, for the 6k race up Pen y Fan  and 16k race round the Fan y Big Horseshoe. There should be more details on the chatboard for anyone interested. 

 

Settle Hills, Inter Counties Fell Race & Bollington 3 Peaks

A number of Striders travelled North to the fells at the weekend. As a warm up to the main event, Janet Hill, Tim Brockington, Paul Jeggo & John Williams ran the Bollington 3 Paeks on Saturday, a reasonably gentle fell race, 9k with 370m of climb. Paul settled straight back into winning ways, with his second Vet 50 award in 2 weeks; Janet & John both narrowly missed missed prizes, 2nd in their repective categories.  Full results at http://mh.k313.com/mh/fell/Boll%203%20Peaks%202013%20Results.xls

The main event was the Settle Hills Race on Sunday, with a number of Striders running for the county; the ladies team, Nikki Brockbank (20th lady), Lynn Higgs (Colchester, 27th) and Janet Hill (42nd), finishing a highly creditable 6th; the men also ran well, finishing 10th out of 15 teams, despite the absence of a number of our stars. Tristan Windley was 1st home in 21st place, the other scorers being Chris Sellens of Colchester (33rd) & Paul Jeggo (58th). Also enjoying a fine day out on 11.3k course over the limestone hills of Yorkshire were Jamie Woodyard (95th), Julian Catmull (105th), Jon Legge (110th), Tim Brockington (119th) & John Williams (102nd). Full results at http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2013/settle.htm and some photos at https://plus.google.com/photos/110439573756197443848/albums/5879978470464936257?banner=pwa

 

There are a number of fell races in the coming weeks. The Orion Fell Race in Epping Forest is on Friday 22nd June. Midsummer Madness weekend, 3 races in 3 days in the Calder Valley in Yorkshire is 22nd to 24th June. This is an excellent introduction to fell running. 30th June is Callow. This is for the more hardcore fell runner, and is not recommended for novice runners. 13th & 14th July is the Brecon Fans weekend; Pen-y-Fan (5.8k/588m) is on Saturday, , Fan-y-Big (16.5k/670m) on Sunday. A good weekend. There will be more about these races on the chatboard for anyone wishing to join in the fun. 

 

 

   

Long Mynd Weekend

Titterstone Clee - Conditions were good for this, the first race of the weekend, a short sharp climb up the highest hill in Shropshire. Edd Charlton-Weedy excelled in his first race in Striders colours, finishing 2nd in a time of 20'50", just behind Paul Jones of Mercia. Janet Hill was also in prize winning form, 1st L55. Rebecca Charlton-Weedy, enjoying her first fell race, and John Williams also ran. Long Mynd Valleys - This is one of the toughest Medium category fell races, and conditions on the day, rain, snow, wind and cold did not make it any easier. It was another good day for Striders. Harold Wyber finishing 4th, Edd Charlton-Weedy 6th and Tristan Wyndley 21st. A very good result, the team second only to Mercia, the local club and one of the powers of fell running. It would have been even better but for the cold, with Harold, and especially Tristan, suffering badly from hypothermia. Janet Hill again won her category, 1st L55. Andy Mason and John Williams completed the Striders turnout. Full results, and many pictures, action and otherwise, can be found at http://www.merciafellrunners.org.uk/ After his efforts in both races, Edd missed out on winning the combined event by just 1 second. The events were also the last in our Fell Running Championship for 2012/2013. Congratulations to our Fell Champions, Paul Jeggo and Janet Hill, who took the title in the last race of the year. There are a number of trips to the fells in the coming months for anyone who wants to try the discipline, including day trips to Shropshire for Carding Mill Canter (9th March) and The Wrekin (24th March), to Derbyshire for the Kinder Downfall (14th April), and on 18th & 19th May the possibility of a weekend trip to Bollington 3 Peaks and Settle Hills. More details in the Fell Section and on the chatboard in due course.
 

Fell Calendar - 2013

The past 18 months has brought success for the fell runners, and an increasing profile on the fells, even if we meet occasional enquiries as to the location of Springfield (fell relays by a pair being overtaken by 2 of our runners). The coming year will again see a number of trips to the fells; almost certainly to those in bold font on the list below. The Midsummer Madness event in June is a particularly good weekend for anyone wanting to try the fells. 

To find out more about fell running check out the links at the bottom of the page

For these and all the other events please see the chatboard and express interest..

Many of the closer events, especially in Shropshire & Derbyshire, may be day trips.

FELL CALENDAR – 2013


JANUARY- 19 Box Hill  BM;       26 Kinder Trial  O

FEBRUARY  - 9  Titterstone Clee AM; 10 Long Mynd Valleys AM; 24  New Chew  O

MARCH  - 9 Carding Mill Canter AS;16 Llantysilio  AS; 24 Edale Skyline AL; 24 Wrekin  AS

APRIL  - 6 Llanbedr to Blaenafon AL; 7  Exe to Axe  BL; 13 Sugar Loaf  BM; 14  Kinder Downfall BM; 27 Cribyn AS

MAY - 11 Mount Famine AS; 18 Bollington 3 Peaks BS; 19 Settle Hills,  Inter Counties BM

JUNE - 2 Surrey Hills Race (A) BL;  21 Wicken Hill Whizz  AS (Midsummer Madness 1);  22Reservoir Bogs BM  (Midsummer Madness 2) 23 Tom Tittiman BS (Midsummer Madness 3); 23  Kinder Trog BL;TBA    Billy Bland Challenge# 30North Devon Marathon BL

JULY  - 6 Charmouth Challenge BM ;  6  Moel Siabod AS;  7(? )Callow AS;13 Pen y FanAS;  14 Fan y Big BM; 28 Gritstone Tryal  O

AUGUST - 3 Borrowdale AL;  3  Great West AS;  1 Cracken Edge BM; 17 Sticklepath Horseshoe BM

SEPTEMBER - 8  Stretton Skyline BL;  14 St.Boniface AS ; 14 Ventnor Horseshoe BM (nc) ;15 Wroxall Round CL (nc)                                21 Lantern Pike BS; 22 Stanage Struggle BM; 28  Manx Mountain Marathon AL

OCTOBER - 6 Ian Hodgson Relay;  6 Hope Moors & Tors BL;   13 Breidden Hills  AM ; 20 UKA Fell Relays (Llanberis)

NOVEMBER - 3 D&W Mini MM, 9 Dunnerdale AS; 10 Copeland Chase O; 10 Roaches BL;   17 Wrekin Wrecker AM

DECEMBER - 1 Cardington Cracker AM; 15  Gathering Winter Fools Relay(?) ;15 D&W Mini MM, 31        Hadleigh Downs

 

Please see the chatboard for further details of any of these races.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP RULES

2012/2013 Championship concludes with the Shropshire weekend in March.

2013/2014 Championship starts with New Chew on 24th February

The format for the 2013/2014 championship will be unchanged and is as follows:-

5 races to count. 1 Long, 1 Short, 1 Medium,  any 2 other races (to be counted only after the first 3 have been completed), to be taken from those above, (with the exception of the Relay events,  Hadleigh Downs, and those marked (nc)),  and the best performance in the Lingwood Time Trial. In addition to the races listed above, any AL , BL or O race from the 2013 FRA Fell Calendar,may be used as the long counter on production of the appropriate results.

Scoring will be calculated as a proportion of the winner’s time.

POINTS WILL BE DEDUCTED FOR NOT WEARING CLUB COLOURS

1st offence, 10 points, doubling for each subsequent transgression.

 

WEEKEND TRIPS (Proposed)

*Midsummer Madness weekend. An ideal introduction to fell running.                                                                                                        **Brecon Fans Weekend. A couple of tough races in the Brecon Beacons                                                                                                              +The Billy Bland Challenge – A 5 leg relay round the Bob Graham Route, 66m, 28,000ft                                                                              ++Another weekend in the lakes for Dunnerdale / Copeland Chase                                                                                                                         Relays – Ian Hodgson Relay if there is sufficient interest.                                                                                                                                         The UKA Fell Relays are to be held in Llanberis in theNorth Wales. It is hoped to enter a number of teams.                                                        We will be entering the Gathering Winter Fools Relay if there is sufficient interest.

For these and all the other events please see the chatboard and express interest..

Many of the closer events, Shropshire, South Wales & Derbyshire, may be day trips.

   

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