Eskdale Eureka, race number 8 in the Northern Runner/Eskdale Valley Winter Fell Race Series: Another brilliant day of running with 112 runners setting off on the route which was about 9 miles plus. The men’s race soon split into a large leading group of about nine runners. The lead changed fairly regularly and different runners led for a while until the next runner wove to the front. At Hob Hole on the return two main routes were chosen with Paul Leading on the higher route and Dan and Jim on... Read More
The 6000 D is a classic mountain race that has been going for over 20 years now. The classic route is over 65km with 4000 metres of ascent reaching a high point of 3054 metres where the race goes onto the Bellecote Glacier. The brits have done well here with Borrowdale’s Simon Booth winning in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Bingley’s Rob Jebb winning in 2004 and 2005 and Nick Sharp from Ambleside eventually winning in 2008 after finishing 3rd in both 2005 and 2006. This years event will take place... Read More
The next event in the Northern Runner/Eskdale Valley Winter Fell Series is the Eskdale Eureka having been postponed from it’s early December date it will now take place on Sunday 30th January 10-30am start. Registration is from the Eskdale Inn, Castleton (684084). The pub will be open from 10am so you can use the toilets. The route has changed slightly a map of which can be seen by clicking here. The route is still about 10 miles long with about 1600 feet of ascent. Remember it is still winter and... Read More
The race Sierre-Zinal (14th August, 20111, 38th edition), also called the Race of Five 4000m Peaks, is considered to be one of the finest mountain races in the world. It was once written that it is to mountain races what the New York Marathon is to marathons. It is the oldest mountain race found in its category in Europe’s mountains. Sierre-Zinal, which takes place in the heart of Valais’ Alps, offers its participants a significant challenge: distance – 31 km, 2200m ascent and 800m descent. Incredible scenery, a warm atmosphere... Read More
102 runners ventured up onto Simonside in the Simonside Cairns Race on Sunday 16th January 2011. Northumberland Fell Runners Star Veteran Philip Sanderson was handed a rare defeat by young border raider Alasdair Anthony from Scottish Club Ochil. But, as you can see from the photo’s Phil didn’t give up easily and it was a bit nip and tuck. The ladies race was won by Emma O’Shea who was running for Deeside. For results and pictures click here.
Britains Worst Fell Race is a fair description of the Kielder Borderer. 17 miles with 3000 feet of ascent through Englands last true wilderness. A mix of heather, mud, trees and not many paths provides a challenge for only the most competent off road runners. February 20th is the date of this epic adventure. The event starts from Kielder Castle. If you fancy ago then you can get more info here.
The latest round of the Northern Runner/Eskdale Valley Winter Fell Race Series was Clay Bank East on Sunday 9th January 2011. Report and results below: It was one of those races which was touch and go whether it was on or not. Eventually we decided to go ahead at Saturday Tea time leaving inspection as late as possible. We also decided to run route ‘B’ which is slightly shorter. Consequently the Web site map needed a short adjustment. Unfortunately despite my issuing a whole set of new maps on the... Read More