Luke Buswell (Gosforth Harriers) won his second ever fell race last night at Beacon Hill. Luke is a medicial student at Leeds University and a recent addition to the Northern Runner team. He ran his first fell race at Saltwell Harriers Fell Race last Tuesday but, was beaten into second by Andrew Graham who also runs for Gosforth and works for Northern Runner. The race was a bit nip and tuck with Northumberland Fell Runner Gary Jones just getting beaten in the final descent. A good effort considering Gary had... Read More
Cock Howe and Beyond was the latest race in the Northern Runner/ Eskdale Valley Summer Fell Race Series. Dave Parry’s report follows: Paul Butler charged off at the start opening a gap of about 75 metres on the first half of the opening climb. At this point Carl Bell was in second on his own about 50 metres ahead of a chasing group which included Cameron Taylor the leading junior in about eighth at this point. From this point Carl and Cameron were able to eat into Paul’s lead. By... Read More
The original Dragon’s Back Race™ happened just once in September 1992… Ever since, the race has been whispered about with a mix of awe and trepidation and its growing reputation has reached legendary status with fell, mountain and ultra runners the World over. Many consider the Dragon’s Back Race™ to be the toughest mountain running event ever organised. Certainly, this is not a challenge for the faint hearted. Image of the Dragons Back Race Route September 2012 is the 20th anniversary of the original race and once again the Dragon... Read More
Ex Northumberland Fell Runner Morgan Donnelly won the latest round of the British Fell Running Championships at Ras yr Aran on Saturday. Donnelly now runs for Borrowdale Fell Runners having moved to Cumbria a few years ago. The better terrain to train on has worked wonders on his form and he has moving up the position in Championship Races all the time twice finishing second last season. The keen cyclist was always a good climber and regularly would be first to the summit only to be passed on the descent... Read More
Wasdale is the toughest one day race in the Fell Calendar. It covers a distance of 21 miles with 9000 feet of ascent. The race checkpoints are Whin Rigg, Seatallan, Pillar, Great Gable, Esk Hause Shelter, Scafell Pike and Lingmell Nose Wall. The men’s record has stood since 1982 and is held by Billy Bland in a time of 3 hours 25 minutes 21 seconds. The ladies record got re-written in 2008 when Janet McIver and Jackie Lee crossed the line together in 4 hours 12 minutes and 17 seconds.... Read More
This years Beacon Hill Fell Race will take place on Thursday 14th July 7.15pm start from Lordenshaws Car Park near Rothbury, £4 entry fee on the night only. The race is 6 miles long with 1500 feet of ascent and is classified as an A Short. So, it’s a toughy. Shaun Scott holds the men’s record of 46.24 (1998) and Karen Robertson the ladies (58.50, 2004). You can click through to see a map of the course.