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Saturday 11th August – Turner Landscape Fell Race (English Championship) 10.6M 3000ft

Saturday 11th August – Turner Landscape Fell Race (English Championship) 10.6M 3000ft

Report from Graham Lake: Not having the guts to do one of the really long Lakeland Classics fell races like Borrowdale or Wasdale, I fancied giving something slightly less brutal a go. The Turner Landscape fell race is held in the quiet and remote Duddon valley hidden between the Coniston fells and Eskdale. It’s such a beautiful and un-spoilt corner of the Lakes, I really wouldn’t recommend anyone goes there, just stay in Ambleside and buy cake please. We were…

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Harrogate and District Summer Race League final positions

Harrogate and District Summer Race League final positions

Without a handicap race this year, here are the final positions of the league: Harrogate won the main competition comfortably, followed by Ripon and Nidd Valley. This competition is based on the top 10 finishers from each club (men and ladies), so those clubs who pack the top 50 do well. It’s worth noting that these 3 clubs often have up to twice the entries of other clubs in the league. Otley finished 7 overall, and got a really good…

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17th July Harrogate District Summer Race League – Race 4 – Nidd Valley

17th July Harrogate District Summer Race League – Race 4 – Nidd Valley

The final Harrogate League race of the season, hosted by Nidd Valley at Harrogate Hockey Club. A cooler evening than of late, but still warm, saw 350+ runners legging it over rutted fields, cycle paths and down the lush Nidd Gorge. The race was won by the ever-green Andy Grant of Harrogate in 30.52, closely followed by Scott. The ladies race was won by the also ever-green Sharon Barlow, also for Harrogate in 35.55. There were 31 runners for Otley…

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Saturday 14th July – Addingham Gala Fell Race – 5.9m 984ft

Saturday 14th July – Addingham Gala Fell Race – 5.9m 984ft

Report from Graham Lake Despite a few social media and WhatsApp shout-outs, I couldn’t muster anyone to join me for the Addingham Gala fell race, which was a fell league counter, but I had a feeling a certain Italian might be there. It was a HOT day, and having done Washburn relay the night before I wasn’t sure I was doing the right thing. The show field was a sun-trap, and I seriously considered just having an icecream and a…

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Danefield Relay 3rd July 2018

Danefield Relay 3rd July 2018

Always a fun event, this year came up against a football match, so entries were down a bit (edit – actually they were half of last year’s record entry!), especially at the front end. That said, Pudsey and Bramley smashed the course record, possibly helped by the change in the course and the dry conditions, although it was very hot. The women’s competition was also hot, with fast teams from P&B, Horsforth, Hyde Park and Otley battling it out. The…

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Saltaire Stampede – 5 mile trail race – 28th June 2018

Saltaire Stampede – 5 mile trail race – 28th June 2018

  Report from Graham Lake: This was a new race from Mark Hetherington’s ‘RaceBest’ team, with a bit of a twist. Obviously taking Andrew’s OAC handicap races as an inspiration, this was a race based on your www.runbritainrankings.com handicap, or a recent parkrun time if you’re not on there. So it’s fair to say it was a bit of an experiment! Joe Torr, Rachael Wright (celebrating her birthday), Tom Lynch and myself got there and eagerly searched the board for our start…

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Kettlewell BOFRA – 1.4m 600ft

Kettlewell BOFRA – 1.4m 600ft

This is a short and sharp, typically BOFRAish race. The juniors had fun slipping and sliding down the grass and scree before us seniors got to join in the fun. The race was won by Simon Bailey in 11.31, with Sophie Horrocks 1st Lady in 14.46 For Otley: Graham Lake 27th 15:12 Simon Quinn 56th 18:10 (2nd ever fell race) James Rawstron 84th 21:18 Antonio Cardinale 98th 36:39 (2nd fell race of the weekend) 98 ran/walked/slipped/fell  

Gargunnock Hill Race – 7.5KM 300m

Gargunnock Hill Race – 7.5KM 300m

Graham Lake Reports: We were stopping off in Stirling on the way back from a gorgeous week further north, so swung by the local agricultural show where a little hill race was going on. After a quick lap of the show-field, following a marshal on a bike and being serenaded by a pipe band the race went up to the highest point on the local hill, similar to many Yorkshire Dales races, where a flag and a piper signaled the…

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Alan Kirk Memorial Lads Leap Fell Race (Inter-Counties champs)

Alan Kirk Memorial Lads Leap Fell Race (Inter-Counties champs)

AS 5.9m 1699ft (or, according to my Suunto, and my legs – 6.4m 1844ft! which makes it an AM possibly?) This was part of a camping weekend to celebrate my brother’s birthday. This race is usually in March, and pretty low-key, but as it was the Inter-Counties Championship there was a larger, and definitely more talented field than usual! It was a gloriously warm day for spectating the women’s race which went off just after noon, but a horrendously hot…

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Tuesday 8th May – Jack Bloor Fell Race Distance: 8.4km / 5.2m Climb: 350m / 1148ft

Tuesday 8th May – Jack Bloor Fell Race Distance: 8.4km / 5.2m Climb: 350m / 1148ft

Report from Graham Lake: With the end to the heatwave came the Jack Bloor fell race, an annual run raising money for the Jack Bloor fund for aspiring outdoor athletes. There were the usual junior races with a good turnout of young black and whites before the seniors lined up. The route goes straight up from the usual grass near Darwin Gardens in Ilkley, straight up to the right of the stream (or left if you think that’s faster) and…

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