Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Gathering Winter Fools Relay

The fell runners had another weekend to bring a smile, with a small band, not exactly the A team, taking part in this challenge event over 31 miles of the hills around Keighley. Paul Jeggo and Andy Mason ran the first, 9 mile leg, coming home in 12th place; Andy Stroud and Julian Catmull the second, and possibly most interesting and tough 9 miles, including a 2 mile killer mile up onto Ilkley Moor. Andy, wisely, took his hat. They were 9th on their leg, our best position of the day. The 3rd and shortest leg was taken by Janet Hill, bringing a quality to the team that could not be matched by our other runners, and John Williams, followed by Andy Jeggo and Paul Mason on the last leg. Enjoying the generous hospitality after the race, we were very pleasantly surprised to find ourselves among the prizes, as the first mixed team, out of ten; apparently we were not the only mixed team to have just 1 lady.  Overall we finished a creditable 11th of 26 teams in a time of 5h5m45s. The race may not be as tough as the Calderdale Way Relay, the traditional end of year fell event, but it is a good event, and one worth entering again.

Sunday saw 4 of the team taking part in the Dark & White Mini Mountain Marathon, a 4 hour score orienteering event around the slopes of Kinder. An ideal day to be out in the hills, reflecting on the success of the previous day.

For anyone interested in trying hill running, the Hadleigh Downs Race is on 31st December at 10am. More details can be found on the chatboard, in the fell section, and there is a route map in the Routes section.



Fell Relays

Rolling down the path between CPs 3 & 4,between Cow Ridge & Townbrook Valley,  the sun shining on the Shropshire landscape, the big climbs behind us and the A team on the way to a top 20 finish, it was easy to run with a big smile. On finishing we learnt that they had finished in 17th place, out of some 150 teams. Full results are at . A really good effort from Paul Jeggo, Roy Scott & Tristan Windley (running part of his leg with a broken Walsh), Harold Wyber & Neil Mcgoun (7th on their leg, and running against international orienteers on the navigation leg) and Chris Burgoyne, "enjoying" one of his first fell outings. To see how good the result was look at the results and see how many northern fell running clubs we beat.

An interesting sub plot to the day was which of the other teams would come home first, B (youth team) or C (elderly persons). The lead changed hands several times, Tim Brockington(C) leading from Andy Stroud on leg 1; Nikki Brockbank & Jamie Woodyard(B) establishing a 10 minute lead over Andy Mason & Julian Catmull on leg 2; the navigation leg proved decisive, with the lead that Neil Bradley & John Williams(C) took over Ian Brazier & Kerry Marsh giving Gary Wright(C) sufficient time to enjoy his run despite being overhauled by Anthony Marsh on the 4th leg.

Another really enjoyable trip to the hills. More are planned in the next few months, with details on the chatboard should anyone wish to try fell running.

One last thought on the performance of the A team; they were only 4 minutes away from securing a top 10 finish. Next year perhaps?




Brecon Fans Weekend, double first for Jeggo

Two races, Pen-y-Fan, 3,5miles with 1930ft of climb on Saturday; Fan-y-Big, 10.3miles/2200ft on Sunday. Arriving at Llynbedw (the races are in Wales) on Saturday the twin peaks of Corn Du & Pen-y-Fan were shrouded in cloud. This cleared by the start of the race, and thereafter conditions were ideal for running throughout the weekend. There were fine views from the hills for those taking a little longer over their runs. Paul Jeggo was not one of these, continuing his good form on the fells by winning the vet 50 category on both days. At Pen-y-Fan he was 32nd overall in a time of 42'42", nearly 3'faster than 2011; at Fan-y-Big  19th in 89'37", an improvement of nearly 13'. Tim Brockington and Ian Brazier also enjoyed their runs on the hills. Full results can be found at

Tristan Third at Mount Famine

Conditions were good for this, the latest in the Hayfield Fell Championships, and Tristan Windley continued his fine form on the fells, coming home 3rd in 46'. It would be interesting to see how close he would have come to eventual winner Simon Bailey of Mercia had he not lost a shoe in a bog on the steep descent from South Head. Also running were Jon Legge, 60th in 63' and John Williams, 72nd in 66'; both thoroughly enjoying the race, from the start, ascending 60m in the first 150m of the race, along the dragon's back ridge to ascend Mount Famine and South Head, descending steeply to Dimpus Clough before climbing back to the ridge at Mount famine to retrace steps back to Hayfield. Jon & John warmed down by running the gentler Bollington 3 Peaks fell race in the afternoon; gentler, but still 370m of climb in 9k, and value for money, with refreshments in the brewery following the race.

Sarah wins Kinder Downfall

This is a classic fell race; 15k, with 600m of climb, up to and around the western edge of the Kinder Plateau, before an exhilarating descent back to the village of Hayfield. It is always oversubscribed, attracting a quality field of around 300 runners. All the more impressive that Sarah Colbert should win the Ladies race in a time of 1h29m08s - a performance as good as any by a Strider on the fells? Another to continue their fine form on the fells was Paul Jeggo, 32nd overall and 2nd V50 in 1h22m46s. Other Striders thoroughly enjoying their day on the fells, and buoyed by these results were Jon Legge, Lucy Neale, Tim Brockington, Andy Kettles, Malcolm Savage & John Williams; sadly Gary Wright succumbed to a worktop related hip injury on the first climb. Full results, and possibly photos will be at

The next few months will see a number of visits to the hills, including:

Saturday 12th May - Mount Famine (am), Bollington 3 Peaks (pm, includes refreshments in the brewery)

Saturday 19th May - Shining Tor

Sunday 27th May - Surry Hills Races

There will be more details of these trips on the chatboard for anyone wanting to try fell running.


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