Gorgeous evening for the Beamsley Beacon BOFRA Fell Race. The race starts in the small north-east European village of Addingham outside the pub, and after the usual casual yet manic fell-race start along the road, you’re soon crossing the Wharfe and heading up towards the beacon, the climb getting gradually steeper and steeper the higher you get up. I started off steadily, so passed a few on the way up, getting to the beacon itself with some runners I usually expect to be well ahead, so knew I was doing ok.
Clothed in my new black vest I plummeted down the hill, getting a good line off the top avoiding the rocky path, and passed a couple of runners as I opened my stride out down the road. The infamous ‘ginnel’ was interesting; essentially a narrow sunken lane that doubles as a stream bed, with 10 foot high bramble/nettle/bracken covered sides. You can’t even see your footing for most of it. I managed to overtake Ben Shepherd from Ilkley on the last field descent, but that meant I had to keep the pace up for the flat section home which wasn’t much fun.
Due to a few navigation errors by some of the fasties, I managed to finish in 14th place which I was really chuffed with. Beers in the sun followed.
Winner was Ali Burns of Valley Striders in 36.47. (I assume a good number, including Adam Osborne, Sam Watson and Joe Baxter took wrong turnings, will check Strava out later!). First Lady was Rachel Pilling P&B – in 44.20.
14th Graham Lake – 40.28
39th Robin Outtersides – 43.59
73rd Stephen Boddy – 48.38
109th Bob Baker – 56.26
121st Don Buffham – 1.02.27
128 ran, well up on last few years, full results on Wharfedale H. website here.]]>
Tom Pomfrett retains a 14 point lead at the top of the Eric Smith Handicap Trophy on 82, ahead of David Cattanach 68 and John Armitstead 67. See the full Handicap Table here. There should be lots of points available at the July’s race, the Danefield Handicap, Thurs. 21st July.
Holley Davey 10.13
Aston Brogden 11.19
See results below-
Meanwood Trail Junior Races 14 June 2016 Results School years 3-4 (now loads correct spreadsheet) (1 mile approx) School years 5-6 (1 mile approx) School years 7-8 and 9-12 (2 miles approx) Some photos here soon!]]>
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I did this race last year and it is a very low key but really pleasant mainly off road and undulating run through what I guess are old quarry and mine workings now a country park. There was a marathon taking place at the same time, they just went round twice. The sun was out and it was quite warm although in the early part of the race we went through cool shady woods which were a real pleasure to be in. There were quite a few muddy patches along the route which were the remnants of recent very wet weather. I set off at a steady pace and held it all the way round without pushing too hard. I managed to finish within a couple of minutes of last years’ time in 1.37.58. That put me in seventh position behind the winner Leon Winder of Idle AC in 1.31.47 . First lady was Laura Quirk in 1.44.09. 82 finished and a further 63 did the marathon. Enough said.]]>
A trip west to this well established event. It is 3 laps of a hilly circuit, no PBs available! I made a big mistake by not looking at the race details thinking it was 2 laps when it was 3! I went off at a pace suitable for 2 laps and paid the price on lap 3 getting passed in the final 200 metres. I distanced all of the favourites but missed the unknown winner. I finished 2nd.
Winner: James Gallacher, Kirkintilloch (Scotland) 17.06
Mark Hall: 17.12
Charlotte and Amber went to the York Summer League meeting yesterday.
Long Jump Charlotte 2.85m 10th (of 16)
Amber 3.11m joint 6th (of 16) 1 League Point
Obviously both PBs as they’ve never competed in it before – they knew where they’d gone a bit wrong so did a few more practice ones later and I’m sure you can help them both to do more like 3.70/3.80m
600m Charlotte 2:05.4 2nd (of 16 all in one race) 5 League Points
Amber 2:21.2 13th (of 16)
Charlotte less than 1 second outside her PB ran a really good race, Amber first time she’s run on a track and also that distance so respectable time.
75m Charlotte 12.4 secs 12th (of 22 across 4 heats)
Amber 11.6 secs 3rd (of 22) 4 League Points
Charlotte new PB ran a solid one, Amber first time running that distance with a very fast PB……
All in all not a bad day – more experience for them, some PBs and a few league points in the bag.]]>
I woke up early on Saturday ready to make the long drive to Borrowdale to recce the route ahead of the classic Borrowdale Fell Race in August. Unfortunately I then “rested my eyes” briefly and an hour later woke up to the realisation that I was both lazy and not going to the Lakes. Plan B soon came together in the shape of Buckden Pike Fell Race – a traditional fell race in the sense that you run up a bloody great hill then run back down in again. Lovely.
The race kicked off at half two with a typically unceremonious “Go” from the organiser and after crossing the slippy beck the pack started to stretch out on the first brutal section of uphill. I was still feeling the effects of Thursday’s Harrogate league so I just put my head down and tried to hold on in the hope I could make some time up on the descent.
Other than the odd bog patch, the conditions were great, with nice springy turf most of the way up to the high point just short of Buckden Pike summit. Here the route turned and we hit the first downhill before the long contour that rejoins the ascent route. I found a second wind on the descent and regained a few places before the stile and a few more on the final crazy drop back into the village – the highlight being the amusing wall leap coming into the finish.
First Man – Jamie Parkinson, Pudsey and Bramley, 34.17
First Lady – Kirsty Hall, Wharfedale, 42.07
Tom Pomfrett was the only runner for Otley coming in 21st in 44.44. There were 98 runners in total, full results are here.]]>
Thanks to Colin Best’s hospitality at his Northumberland holiday home at Adderstone, nr Bamburgh the pair of us traveled to the remote start near Alwinton, deep in the north Pennines.
Fell racing is often a case of ‘horses for courses‘ and I think this one was pretty much a perfect course for me. Long climbs, no tricky, technical sections and relatively gentle descents, covering 8 miles & 1800ft of ascent.
After a short road section and climb, there was a fast section across to the first checkpoint. At this point I found myself at the front of the field and hoping some of the locals knew the way as this was a ‘proper fell race‘, or in other words an unmarked course. However soon afterwards it was obvious none of the lead group was confident of the way, as we took a bad line up a tussocky climb rather than contouring round on the good track. After we caught a guy from the local Alnwick club who’d gone the correct way I decided I might as well strike it out alone and hope!
As Colin had done the race last year I knew the route followed a good path all the way, so hopefully I’d be OK. The climb up to the summit of Windy Gyle was clear, then a left turn & descent to a gate crossing. At this point I wasn’t 100% confident so waited a bit, got the race map out & after a moments thought, decided to carry on in the same direction. After finding the marshals at the 2nd left turn at the end of the horseshoe course I was a lot more confident I should be OK to the finish & so it proved, coming home 1st in 1:05:04.
Despite suffering with a quad. problem for the last few months Colin ran well to finish just a couple of minutes or so slower than last year in about an hour 37 minutes. Official results here, (clock malfunction, so unfortunately no time recorded for Colin at present).
In 4th & 1st v50 was fell running great Colin Donnelly, whose one of many achievements is the still standing record for the Welsh 3000’s (click on the link to see a video) & this weekend’s Buckden Pike.
Next year anyone?, I think I’ll have to make a return. A great race & views across the northern Pennines.]]>