1st January 2020 – Captain Cooks Fell Races

1st January 2020 – Captain Cooks Fell Races

Report from Graham Lake

At 5 miles and under 1000ft ascent, this isn’t the most brutal of races, but coming where it does on New Year’s Day its often a challenge just getting to the line. However, not for me today thanks to Brewdog Nanny State (0.5%abv).

This race has been going for 37 years, and today there was a chap running who had run every single one. It’s also the first in a series of 50 races this year marking the 50 years anniversary of the Fell Runners Association. Due to this, there were probably 150/200 extra runners lining up, including serial winner Harry Holmes, serial runner Darren Fishwick and cereal eater Andrew Lake my brother.

Jenson was lining up in the u17s race, which set off with the seniors before taking a left and doing a shorter loop, without the run up to the monument. He had a cracking race, finishing 2nd.

I enjoyed the run, it was a glorious day, and I love the fast, tricky descent, where I made up all the places I lost slogging all those mince pies up the hill.

Winner was Harry Holmes or Matlock AC in 30.37

1st Lady was Georgia Campbell of Jarrow and Hebburn 38.08

I finished in 45th in 37.40.

That’s all the results of interest. Full results here: http://www.eskvalleyfellclub.org/results/fell/nehra/Captain%20Cook%201-Jan-2020.pdf

For the juniors, Jenson finished 2nd in his race with Aston not far behind in 4th in his category, with Martha also running the u11 race finishing 2nd girl.


A fine start to the new year!



2 thoughts on “1st January 2020 – Captain Cooks Fell Races

  1. What a shame I could not make it on the day , I had planned to do the Captain Cooks but the car did not start , a flat battery , I have done two fell races of David P. series , the Guisborough Woods last week and another one a month ago in Sutton tourist car park , I like these races because are low profile and they are like they used to be and cost 5 pounds . The juniors are going really fast , Jenson B. u17 did indeed a cracking race crossing the finish line in a nice 2nd place , also Aston B. did an excellent hill race finishing in 4th place . Martha L. u11 did really well finishing in a brilliant 2nd place . Senior Graham L. did the 5 hard miles with 1000ft of climbing in a solid 37.40 .

  2. If only I knew you needed a lift!
    I ran as an ‘unattached’ V40L not just on’full’ cyclinders, it was good to race the first of the FRA 50th year of a ‘Grand mix of mud, hills & real exposure to the elements’ fell running is not for the faint hearted, but those who dare to try always enjoy the ‘earthly’ experience…
    Next year lets car share!

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