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Month: May 2015

Saturday 9th May – Stretton Six Summits

Saturday 9th May – Stretton Six Summits

Report from the Hon. Handicapper The Shropshire town of Church Stretton & Mercia Fell runners hosted this 2nd race in this year’s English Fell running champs.  It was an AM fell race category, ‘M’ for medium in distance, (6 – 12 miles), and very much an ‘A’ grade for steepness with the 6.3 mile route climbing just over 3200 ft of ascent to the six summits. The severity of the route was probably best represented by the fact, bonus prizes…

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Saturday 9th May – ParkRuns

Saturday 9th May – ParkRuns

Woodhouse Moor parkrun Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time 1 1 Niall STEWART Unattached 00:17:32 21 1 Rachel BOURNE Hyde Park Harriers 00:20:17 41 40 Richard A CLARKE Otley AC 00:21:11 62 58 James KETTLEBOROUGH Otley AC 00:22:19 Andover parkrun Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time 1 1 Alice EVANS Unattached 00:19:33 2 1 Jason STARES Tough Terrain Race Team 00:19:35 84 14 Toni MIDGLEY Otley AC 00:26:50 Bradford parkrun Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time 1…

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Wednesday 6th May: John Carr 5K

Wednesday 6th May: John Carr 5K

Report from Stephen Boddy and some impressive results from Otley runners at the sharp end A nervous quiet at the start line is quickly replaced by a breathless charge for position. 400 hundred runners heading away from the picturesque village towards the sewage works, the route appears to have been designed as one big metaphor. Starting near the back I quickly find myself frustrated as I weave through the pack expending un-expendable energy. ‘Your marathon training won’t help you here’…

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Saturday 2nd: May: Coniston Fell race

Saturday 2nd: May: Coniston Fell race

Report from Tom Lynch Coniston Fell Race – 8.7 miles/14 km and 3494 ft/1065 m ascent This fell race is a classic Lakeland AM fell race following a horseshoe route in the hills behind Coniston. The route follows a steady climb up Wetherlam, a descent and then a climb up Swirl How, and then some undulating ridge running to reach the Old Man of Coniston, followed by the final descent back to the start. Just as in my first big…

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Tuesday 5th May – Harrogate League – Race 1

Tuesday 5th May – Harrogate League – Race 1

Report from the Hon. Handicapper. First of all, thanks to Harrogate Harriers for staging the first race of this year’s summer league, although the conditions were far from summer like. We had a good turnout of 43 and it was good to see new members, old timers and returnees taking part, but we were missing a few of the ‘A’ teamers on the night for a variety of reasons. First home from the host club was Mike Burrett, in exactly…

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Sunday 3rd May: Keswick half marathon

Sunday 3rd May: Keswick half marathon

report from Howard: Keswick half marathon is advertised as one of, if not the, hardest half in the UK. I think Great Langdale is much tougher myself but Keswick is still pretty up and downy as you can imagine in the lake district. I drove over through the pouring rain in anticipation of the weather clearing up by the start time, which (hurray) it duly did and turned out to be perfect conditions. I thought I had left plenty of…

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Saturday May 2nd: Park runs

Saturday May 2nd: Park runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time   1 1 Jack WOOD Ilkley Harriers AC 00:16:32 44 1 Shazia MAHMOOD Unattached 00:19:43 92 82 Andrew WEBSTER Otley AC 00:21:50 104 91 James KETTLEBOROUGH Otley AC 00:22:22 360 120 Imogen WEBSTER Otley AC 00:31:08 369 127 Molly STORER Otley AC 00:31:44 Maidstone parkrun Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time   1 1 Niall STEWART Unattached 00:17:23 7 1 Ellen CROMBIE Tonbridge AC 00:19:15 47 3 Nicola LEE Otley AC…

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Monday 4th May – Coiners Fell Race

Monday 4th May – Coiners Fell Race

Report from John Dade: Coiners Fell Race 7.5miles 1330ft http://www.cvfr.co.uk/races/coiners/ I returned to Mytholmroyd to have another try at this Mayday Bank Holiday regular. The route climbs onto Moor paths and across to Stoodley Pike and then back via some deep bogs, Cragg Vale and Erringdon Moor. The last time I ran it in 2010 runners went straight to the monument, but the route has changed and it now drops down just before the Pike to London Road, followed immediately…

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Saturday 2nd May – Cake Race

Saturday 2nd May – Cake Race

Report from Shane Ewen: If I could invent any race it would involve cake. And beer. And fells; that goes without saying. This race is close to realising this dream: a 10 mile romp over the moors and hard trails of Diggle, Stanedge, Black Moss, & the Pennine Way, with visits to Black Moss, Swellands, Wessenden, Butterley & Redbrook reservoirs along the way (I love a reservoir ramble too), followed by as much cake as you can stuff in your…

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Sunday 26th April – Blackpool Marathon

Sunday 26th April – Blackpool Marathon

Gary Cochrane completed the Blackpool Marathon in 3:35.51: 26th April 2015, whilst the masses were getting excited about running the London Marathon, the more discerning runner was contemplating England’s historical connection with the sea by taking part in the Blackpool Marathon, yes a full 26.2 miles up and down Blackpools (in)famous prom. Starting outside the Hilton, heading down to South Shore, past the Pleasure Beach (really, can it still get away with that name in 2015?) round the bend and…

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