May 2011

Old County Tops

Good luck to all those who are running the Old County Tops tommorow, especially the fellow Northumberland Fell Runners. The adventure starts in Langdale at the New Dungeon Ghyll and runs over Helvelyn, Scafell Pike and Coniston Old Man. A distance of 37 miles with 10,000 feet of ascent. Hopfully the rain stays off and the wind isn’t too strong. See you there !

Fox and Hounds Fell Race Report and Results

Another excellent nights racing with cool weather on the tops and the last man in just before night fall. Paul Butler went off at a startling pace followed by Nigel Tate,Will Horsley Simon Greenwood and Cameron Taylor. Paul managed to pull out a decent lead of about 20 seconds in the first half with pursuers still coming at him. In the later stages it was Nigel Tate who closed the gap to 27 seconds as they crossed the line.It was noticeable that the leading veteran men in Ken Maynard and... Read More

Ossy Oiks route change.

This years Ossy Oiks will be completley different. Due to the car parking restrictions at the Sheep Wash near Osmotherley this years race will take place from Ingleby Cross, adjacent to the Blue Bell Inn. The new route is 6.5 miles long with 1400 feet of ascent and will take place on Tuesday 31st May starting at 7.15pm. The route does a loop in the forestry on the way out before descending to the same point as the old Ossy Oiks used to start then doing a loop around the... Read More

Mearley Clough Fell Race 2011 Video

Click here to see a great video of the last English Fell Running Championship counter at Mearley Clough. It was good to see Hexham lad and Ex Northumberland Fell Runner Ben Abdulnoor (now running for Ambleside) continuing his great run of form to finish 2nd only 13 seconds behind Simon Bailey. Ben also finished 3rd in the Three Peaks to gain selection for England at the World Long Course Mountain Running Championships in September.

Hadrians Wall 1/2 Marathon

Hadrian’s Wall 1/2 Marathon is a new event to the running calendar. The event takes place on Sunday 5th June and covers a circular route taking in the World Heritage Site and some of the most bueatiful, scenic parts of Northumberland. Underfoot conditions make the course suitable for either road running shoes or trail shoes so there are no excuses if you haven’t done a trail run before. For more details of the event and how to enter click here.

The Fox and Hounds Chase Tuesday 17th May 2011

Race 3 in the Northern Runner/Eskdale Valley Summer Fell Race Series is the classic Fox and Hounds Chase. The race starts at 7.15pm from Ainthorpe near Danby up on the North Yorkshire Moors. It consists of 9 rough miles over the moor with about 1500 feet of ascent. A race that is ideal for Orienteers due to the rough underfoot conditions. Somthing that is proved by the fact that the last two men’s record holders have both been international Orienteers. The race is well worth the effort of getting to.... Read More

La Sportiva X Country Fell Running Shoes

The Italian Mountain footwear maker La Sportiva has added another great shoe to it’s fell shoe range, the La Sportiva X Country. This range of shoes started a few years ago with the La Sportiva Crosslite which is now in it’s second version and has become a very popular shoe. It is versatile enough to cope with trail racing as well as the tougher fell races or mountain marathon’s. The fit as with all La Sportiva shoes is superb. Last winter La Sportiva added the Crossover to the range which... Read More

Pier to Pier 2011

This years Pier to Pier Race is fast approaching. It takes place on Sunday 22nd May 2011 and follows the coast from South Shields Pier to Sunderland Pier. A picturesque 7.5 mile run. 600 plus runners have already signed up for this years event but, there is still time to get your entry in. For an entry form click here or pop into Northern Runner.