High Cup Nick Fell Race 2016

On Saturday 27th February the weather gods shone down on Dufton and provided the Inov-8 High Cup Nick Fell Race with the best conditions ever. Combining this with a squadron of fell running big guns meant the stage was set for some record bashing, including a record entry of 273 runners in the senior race and 40 juniors taking part in the trail races, keeping race officials very busy.

In the Senior race the younger men set a fast pace from the gun with last year’s V40 British Champion (& my arch nemesis!) Rob Hope hanging onto their shirt tails. Tom & Ricky dropped Hope at the Nick where the gradual and long (circa 4 mile) descent begins. Former winner Lightfoot could not break Addison’s invisible tether until hitting the final small drag up into the village along Pusgill Lane, where he gained a 6 second buffer. Alas this gap was sufficient for Ricky to take his foot off the gas short of the line and miss out on finishing under the hour. Still, a new record at a minute quicker than the previous record he set last year. Ricky Lightfoot 1st in 1.00.01, 2nd Tom Addison of Helm Hill 1.00.07, 3rd Rob Hope, Pudsey & Bramley 1.01.04, 4th Carl Bell of Keswick AC 1.03.02, 5th Karl Gray CVFR, 1.03.08 & 6th Wharfedale’s Ted Mason, 1.03.21.

In the women’s race, Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley Harriers was outstanding, taking nearly 3 minutes off her own course record, finishing 1st woman & 17th overall. 2nd was Ambleside’s Lou Roberts 1.15.14, 3rd Katy Moone of Keswick 1.17.38, 4th Karen Robertson of NFR 1.20.08, 5th Howgill Harrier’s Nina Walkingshaw in 1.20.20 & 6th Ambleside’s Steph Jones, 1.24.12.

Two local youngsters took the top Under 23 podium positions, with Hannah Bradley of CFR racing home in 1.24.26 and Howgill’s David Cope 1.09.01.

In the FV50 category, 1st Camilla Lauren-Maatta, 1.26.04 Elvet Striders; 2nd Sally Hougton, 1.28.14Ripon, 3rd Ann Cummings, CFR 1.36.02. In the MV50, 1st Dave Prosser 1.12.48, Keswick AC; 2nd Richard Suddaby FRA 1.14.42 & 3rd Philip Pearson Northern Fells in 1.15.06.

In the fabulous FV60 category, CFR’s Dot Patton took the win in .1.54.35, with Keswick’s Lesley Mallarky chasing her home in 1.55.10 and 3rd Jane Mottram also of CFR in 2.19.03. In the MV60 it was once again Ellenborough’s Jacky Winn who took top spot in 1.22.03, ahead of Holmfirth’s John Adair in 1.28.14, 3rd was Nigel Heppell of Elvet Striders in 1.37.30.

Amazing Mike Gill of Blackhill Bounders took the Men’s V70, making it in in just under the 2 hour mark in 1.59.57. V70 ladies the High Cup Nick challenge awaits you next year!

Senior Team prizes, sponsored by Dufton’s High Cup Wines & Liam and Sue O’Halloran of Midtownfarm went to the Men of Wharfedale and the Women of Keswick.

High Cup Nick – Dufton Junior Trail Races

40 junior runners took part in the trail races, with 9 and unders racing 800m and 10 & over racing 2km. Local runners were out in force and local clubs well represented: Eden Runners, Howgill Harriers & CFR, alongside Runners from Dufton, Bolton School, Langwathby, Skelton & Arragon;s Tri club.
In the Girls 6/7 years, 1st was Lucy Hetherington of Langwathby, closely followed by Jasmina Innerdale of Bolton School and 3rd Isla Birch, Skelton. For the boys 6/7 years, Gethin Innerdale of Bolton School took 1st place with York’s Ben Alder in 2nd and Bolton School’s Callum McIntosh in 3rd. Girl’s 8/9 year Eden Runner, Esme Walkingshaw 1st, 2nd Lily Milver, Wharfedale Harriers, 3rd Christina Jenkin-G of Orton. In the boys, Dufton’s Campbell Donnelly was 1st, with Howgill Harrier’s Theo Robinson hot on his heels in 2nd, and Bolton School’s Matthew Austin in 3rd. Girls 10/11 years was won by Eden runner Beau Walkingshaw with Bolton School’s Jessica Hall in 2nd. For the boys CFR’s George Sidaway held off Wharfedale’s George Milver 2nd and Arragon’s Tri Junior Alasdair Grant in 3rd. Barnaby Walkinshaw of Eden Runners took 1st in the boys 12/13 followed by CFR’s Harry Sidaway and Dufton’s Ben Higginbottom. Jake Higginbottom of Dufton took the win for the boys 14+, whilst Rosa and Leo Davis were winners in the 5 and under fun run.

A big thank you to everyone in the village & beyond who helped to make this a very successful event: The cake bakers and soup makers, the registration and results team, the kitchen crew, all the marshalls, Dufton Farmers for route access & support, and Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue for providing safety cover. Also, to our prize sponsors: Inov-8, High Cup Wines and & Northern Runner for race numbers.

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