What a week it’s been! At first glance it seemed like it was going to be a quiet one but nothing could be further from the truth. There have been effortless wins for Chris Holdsworth and Briony Holt on the fells, 600 races under the belt for Stephen Fish, UTMB success for Jean Brown and triumph over man flu for Mick Hughes. Read on to find out more.
TUESDAY 23 AUGUST
Shipman Knotts Fell Race
Congratulations to Stephen Fish who hit an impressive personal milestone this week by competing in his 600th race! Here is his report from race number 600.
SHIPMAN KNOTTS – 4 miles/1312’ – 23/08/16
Andy Firth, Mark Nutter and myself travelled the short distance to the South Lakes to take in one of the last evening events of the summer, the excellent Shipman Knotts race. Starting from Maggs Howe, Kentmere, on perfect warm evening, the challenging out and back route took us across muddy and boggy grassland before the tough, slippery and rocky climb to the summit. Strictly speaking it is just the southern shoulder of Kentmere Pike, however quoting Alfred Wainwright’s ‘Far Eastern Fells’ book: ‘earned for itself a separate chapter by reason of the characteristic roughness of its surface…rocky outcrops are everywhere on the steep slopes’.
From the off Mark slowly disappeared into the distance, while Andy and I were in close contact, swapping places on the rocky ascent to turn at the summit within 5 seconds of each other. On the slightly longer, but faster, alternative descent, as usual, Andy pulled away to beat me by just under 3 minutes, with Mark just over 8 minutes in front. This is one of the best category AS races I’ve done, out of the many over the years and would recommend to anyone who fancies a ‘proper’, low key, midweek fell race, well worth the short trip up the M6. It’ll be on my list for next year for sure.
Mark Nutter – MV50 – 48.12 (Mark’s P.B. is an impressive 41.39 in 2011)
Andy Firth – MV50 – 53.25
Stephen Fish – MV60 – 56.17
WEDNESDAY 24 AUGUST
Harrock Hill 4
Ivan Whigham and John Francis took part in this 5.2 mile race with 902ft of ascent. It is the 4th race in the Harrock Hill Series.
FRIDAY 26 AUGUST
UTMB – Ultra Tour de Mont Blanc
Jean Brown took part in this world famous ultra mountain race. She had an outstanding run finishing in 177th place overall and 16th woman in a time of 33:57:59. This year 1468 runners completed the course which is 170km with over 10,000m of ascent. The course starts and finishes in Chamonix and must be completed within 47 hours.
SATURDAY 27 AUGUST
Blackpool Illuminations 5K
Mick Hughes battled through a nasty bout of man flu to run in the Blackpool Illuminations 5k finishing in 44th place with a time of 28:10.
Pendleton Fell Race
119 runners took part in this 5-mile race with 1499ft of ascent.
The race climbs gently through fields before reaching a scramble in and out of Swardean Clough. The climb continues through the tussocks before crossing the road and onto the moor proper. Runners then climb to Apronful Hill before some respite on the descent to Ashendean Clough before crossing Howcroft Brook climbing steeply up through the ferns to the wall corner. The route turns at the “Memorial” cairn descends, gently at first but then steeply down to cross Howcroft brook again. More tussocks before and after the road crossing before reversing the outward route down through the fields and village to finish at the village hall.
31 Clayton-le-Moors Harriers took part in this race with Christopher Holdsworth leading throughout and winning the race with a comfortable lead. Top 20 finishes followed for Peter Coates, Kirt Livesey, Andrew McFarlance and Dave Motley. Katy Thompson was our first lady finisher in 99th place overall with Sarah Helliwell hot on her heels in 101st place.
Report from Christopher Holdsworth
“I’d run at Pendleton a couple of years ago, managing 2nd place in a strong field of runners. I was hoping for an easier time of it but the in-form Tom Corrigan and Mark McGoldrick, a previous Pendleton winner, both turned up to race.
Two years away had definitely wiped my memory of how tough the race was; the grass, ferns and tussocks were relentless and had my heart rate and lungs working overtime and had me wanting to give up every second of the way to the summit. I held on, managed to gain a bit of a gap which I could extend on the more runnable descents and finished in 36:29.
The race was really well supported by a lot of Clayton Harriers and some good performances throughout.”
SUNDAY 28 AUGUST
Great Eccleston Scouts Flat 4 Miler
73 runners took part in this 4 mile race that takes in the beautiful lanes of Great Eccleston and Elswick. Super vet couple Richard and Val Lawson finished in 53rd and 69th place respectively. Richard was 2nd V75 male and Val was 1st V70 lady.
Results from UK Road Race Facebook page
Briony Holt continues to enjoy a fabulous racing season by taking the U17 trophy at the Classic Lakeland fell race at Grasmere Sports. She was first girl and 11th overall in the U17 race.
Race Report from Briony Holt
After traveling up to Keswick on the Saturday to watch the home internationals trials, me and my dad drove up to Grasmere the next day for the sports event they hold every year. At the end of a gruelling 2 hours of driving, we were greeted with the sight of a yellow foam hand directing us to the car park – I say car park but what I really mean is a bogged in field. It wasn’t the clearest of days but soon enough the sun did make an appearance.
The course was one of the steepest I’ve ever run and was quite challenging. On the way to the top it was mainly narrow grassy paths with little places to overtake. Once we got to the top, there was a scramble (more like rock climbing) to reach a pole which you had to touch to be allowed back down. This was my favourite part of the race because it makes the course more interesting rather than just turning around and returning the same way down. The descent followed a similar route up but just with a small loop at the top.
Overall, I came 11th and 1st under 17 girl and received the most ridiculously huge trophy I’ve ever seen, but sadly I didn’t get to keep it ? One of the photographers there, Dave Woodhead jokingly made me put it on my head for a photo at the end. Anything for a laugh right? ? I would recommend this race because the atmosphere is great and really encouraging when running. It is steep however you wouldn’t get anything like it elsewhere!
Halton Gill Fell Races
Helana White was first U12 girl at the Halton Gill fell race. She was also first girl in welly throwing and bale rolling so a girl of many talents!
Awaiting official results
Not a parkrun – Yorkshire Dales
Every Saturday you can go for a run in the hills. It’s ‘Not a Park Run’ but it is timed and is a beautiful 7km route suitable for all abilities. It’s not marked but it’s easy to follow, maps are provided until you get to know the route or print you can print them off and bring them with you.
‘Not a parkrun’ Report from Carl Helliwell.
We had spent a few days in the Yorkshire Dales hostelling when we came across “not a park run”, which is a Saturday run in the area around Reeth. I ran into Reeth from Grinton Youth Hostel and met the other runners (there were 4 of us who did the run this week), which is a 7km trail route suitable for all abilities. It starts at ‘Swaledale Outdoors’ in the village and follows the river Swale westwards with a climb onto the lower section of Reeth Moor before the final blast back into Reeth.
It was a lovely sunny day and the scenery was stunning as I took in the Dales, thinking there is nowhere as nice as Northern England on a summers day. Everyone then meets back at the shop where you are offered a brew and biscuits. I then met up with Sarah and the kids on the local park before heading back to Lancashire so Sarah could do the Pendleton Fell Race. The route isn’t marked but it’s easy to follow and the shop will provide a map if needed. If any of you are in the area on holiday it is good excuse to meet new runners and see a new area. Details can be found on the shops webpage. The current record is held by Adam Perry (any relation of Matt?)
Lots of parkrun action this weekend with a bit of parkrun tourism as well. Great placings and plenty of PBs as well.
Burnley parkrun – A total of 334 runners took part.
|1||Chris SNELL||18:22||VM35-39||New PB!|
|18||Reece Adam LAWRENCE||20:18||JM15-17||New PB!|
|46||Nathan KEWIN||22:40||JM11-14||New PB!|
|55||Nina KEWIN||23:22||VW35-39||New PB!|
|72||Bethany WHEATCROFT||24:11||JW11-14||New PB!|
|214||Jane PIER||30:41||VW45-49||New PB!|
Burnley Junior parkrun – A total of 75 runners took part.
|5||Helana WHITE||8:15||JW10||New PB!|
|8||Thomas ASHWORTH||8:45||JM10||First Timer!|
|22||Kady THOMPSON||9:37||JW10||New PB!|
|24||Charlie PLANT||9:38||JW10||New PB!|
|50||Millie HESKETH||11:36||JW10||New PB!|
|58||Erin HESKETH||12:12||JW10||New PB!|
Dewsbury parkrun – A total of 94 runners took part.
Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge – A total of 249 runners took part
|28||Daniel PLANT||21:08||SM30-34||First Timer!|
Fountains Abbey parkrun – A total of 345 runners took part.
|177||Eileen JONES||29:11||VW60-64||First Timer!|
Lincoln parkrun – A total of 351 runners took part.
Marple parkrun – A total of 179 runners took part.
Pendle parkrun – A total of 79 runners took part.
|34||Eleanor Betty ROOT||27:12||JW11-14|
|54||Christine Jennifer EGERTON||32:53||VW65-69|
Witton parkrun – A total of 122 runners took part.
|7||Garry R WILKINSON||20:26||VM50-54|
|47||Carl CAREY||27:10||VM45-49||First Timer!|
York parkrun – A total of 451 runners took part