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Saturday 5th September: Derwentwater trail challenge

Report from Joanna Hobson
On Saturday 5th September I took part in the 10th anniversary Derwentwater Trails 15k challenge in Keswick. Having previously done the 10k trail I decided to challenge myself this year to what is described as the most beautiful 15k trail in the UK. It started gently with a lovely 3k along the railway footpath & then started climbing & climbing until we reached the infamous bottomless bogs of Glenderaterra beck. I survived the gentle undulation, the steep climb 1191 feet & the bottomless bogs & was eventually rewarded with amazing views from Lonscale Fell down towards Derwentwater. So what did I do… I allowed myself the luxury of looking at the amazing view instead of my feet & promptly fell flat on my face! So dusting myself down, I gently jogged the remaining 5k to a magnificent finish in Fitz Park & the sound of the fantastic Batala Band. I finished in a time of 1:42:04 in 251st Place. First male was Ian Dawson Blackpool Wyne & Fylde in 1:09:26 & first female was Helen Smith U/A in 1:13:56. An amazing route & definitely to be recommended & repeated another year.

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Saturday 5th September – Park Runs

Bradford:  1st Will Kerr, Saltaire Striders 16:47,  1st Lady Sarah Flaherty, Bradford Grammar School,  60th Sara Elliott 23:30,  131st Ann Yeadon 26:20,  Reid Haddow 30:02.

Fountains Abbey:  1st Alex Fawcett, Ripon R 17:40,  1st Lady Liga Magdalenoka-Keen 20:52,  23rd Peter Crowder 20:51.

Harrogate:  1st Stephen Ellison U/A 18:33,  1st Lady Louise McLeman,  Harrogate H. 21:51,  9th Tom Lynch 20:00,  290th Toni Midgley 34:42.

Roundhay:  1st Christopher Russell, U/A 17:51,  1st Lady Sarah Graham, Morpeth 20:51, 72nd Mick Jeffrey 25:00.

Sewerby:  1st Jason Merrick, Driffield S. 18:50,  1st Lady Deborah Church, Driffield S. 21:57,  Stephen Small 23:29.

Woodhouse Moor  1st Steven Sims, East Cornwall H. 16:33,  1st Lady Shamiso Sisimayi, Kirkstall H. 20:11,  254th Imogen Webster 29:09,  257th Alice Webster 29:17.

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Tuesday 1st September – Kilnsey Senior Crag Race

Richard Hamer writes: What better way to celebrate your birthday than taking part in a fell race of approx one mile with a stream to go through, three fences to climb over, fist-size jagged rocks to run and slide over and a descent so severe that there’s a safety rope? Oh, and a wonderful country show to look around beforehand. Plus coffee, cake and curry!

Kilnsey Senior Crag Race is the one where Matt Podd ended up with a cut leg last year after being hit by a falling rock, and it’s one of the classic fell races – short and sharp.

86 people started and for the winner, Simon Bailey (Mercia), it was all over in 8:01. Second place was Rob Hope (Pudsey & Bramley) in 8:08, and third was Ted Mason (Wharfedale) in 8:18. The first lady was Caroline Lambert (Wetherby) in 25th place in 10:48.

I finished in a heap in 78th place after a gruelling 15 minutes and 56 seconds. Having said that, I’m keen to have another go next year.

This year saw the return of the show’s handicap mile race after a nine-year absence, which took place around the showground’s grass track. The easy winner was Julian Hood (Barlick Fell Runners) who I assumed would also be doing the fell race but he was nowhere to be seen.

Pictures here and here.

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