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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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Sunday 18th February 2018 – Ilkley Moor Fell Race

Sunday 18th February 2018 – Ilkley Moor Fell Race

The weather was benign, but the mud was be-loody awful! This race had been picked as the Yorkshire Championship race, so a strong field eventually lined up near the tarn,  for this AS category fell race of just over 5 miles. There was a decent turn-out from the Black and Whites, including a welcome return to the vest for Sharron Smith. The race and championship was won by Tom Adams (Ilkley 37.24), returning from a spell off racing, and the…

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Captain Cook Fell Race – January 1st 2018

Captain Cook Fell Race – January 1st 2018

Report from Graham Lake: I’ve done this race a couple of times before, and as my Dad now lives in Great Ayton I thought it was time for a return. Being my usual saintly self on New Year’s Eve (ahem) I was up bright and early to line up in the middle of Great Ayton next to the statue of the young James Cook (by the lesser known 3rd Dimbleby brother, Nicholas). Although a fell race, the first mile is…

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Wednesday 22nd November – Even Splits 5k – Race 6

Wednesday 22nd November – Even Splits 5k – Race 6

Report from Graham Lake : After taking a look at the Runner of the Year sheet I realised I’d not done a single road race this year, so a quick google came up with this race. However due to the calibre of the top-end I’m not sure it’ll get me many points! This race series is held at the Brownlee cycle track and is well organised as you’d expect from Mark Hetherington’s team. Online entry, quick results, fast course, changing/toilets,…

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Saturday 18th November – Harriers vs Cyclists fell race

Saturday 18th November – Harriers vs Cyclists fell race

I’m on a good streak with the Full Tour of Pendle fell race; this must be the 8th year in a row I’ve found an excuse not to do it. This year’s excuse was the Harriers vs Cyclists race at Bingley, as I could meet up with my bro and do this hybrid cyclo-cross/fell race of about 5 ½ miles and still be able to walk afterwards. It’s pretty unique with all cyclists and runners lining up together and battling…

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