Saturday, September 23, 2017
   
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More success on the fells

On Saturday 4 Striders ran in the Carding Mill Canter. This is an excellent fell race of around 8k with 500m of climb, taking in the hills around the Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire. Conditions were good for running, although there was snow (just) on the hilltops, and Paul Jeggo again ran well, finishing 9th overall and 1st Vet 50 in a time of 49m3s, just over 6m behind the winner. Roger Gooding, Tim Brockington amd John Williams also ran, and full, and incorrect, results can be found at merciafellrunners.org.uk Paul is also likely to win his age category in the Shropshire winter hill series, even if he loses his current overll 1st place before the final race at the Wrekin in early April.

The previous week was the New Chew, a fell navigation event over the rough terrain of the Saddleworth Moors. There were 3 courses, Long Score and Short Score, where the runner visits as many controls as possible in a set time, and a scoreless event, where there is no time limit, but all specified controls must be found. Janet Hill and John Williams ran the scoreless event, and while it has to be said that the competition was a little less than fierce, they won the event. 

There are a number of fell races in the coming months; the next is The Wrekin in early April; there is a possible weekend away in mid May for 3 days in May at Hayfield in Derbyshire, and Midsummer Madness in June. Further details of trips will be on the chatboard. 

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