6th July  2013

What a  scorcher! It was a real contrast to the 2012 race, instead of water, water  everywhere, there were clear blue skies and uninterrupted sunshine. The Cheviots  looked stunning with far reaching views to the coast for those able to stop and appreciate them.

Temperatures  exceeded even those forecast. There was a cooling breeze on the higher slopes, but  the enclosed valleys became stifling as the day progressed. The rugged path  along the Carey Burn towards the end of the route proved a real challenge. And with no official water stations on the route, runners had to carry sufficient water to get them to the finish although marshals did have limited supplies at some check points.

A total of 85  walkers and 147 runners started the event from Wooler Hostel; with competitors  from Northumberland  joined by those from  across the UK, Holland, Canada and America.

The men’s race produced a battle between the first  three runners. Charles Hutchinson of Hunters Bog Trotters remained strong  to the finish and won in an excellent time of 3:06:04.  In second place was a delighted Simon Johnson of South  Shields Harriers 3:10:30, who had to dash off for his night shift once he had  cooled down.  John Butters of Northumberland  Fell Runners (NFR) was third in 3:11:18. Peter Rooney of South Shields Harriers  took the V50 trophy for the second year running in 3:17:32.

Bev Redfearn  and Ian Brown were the only Tynedale representatives in the field this year. Both are training for other events so the ‘Chevy’ was being used as part of their build up. Notwithstanding this, both had excellent runs with Bev finishing 18th overall and second woman, in a time of 3:53:20. Ian was not far behind in 20th place in a time of 3:54:06. Both had run together for long periods during the 20 miles although Ian made a bad choice of route across the last field and ended up with some cuts and bruises as a result.

Both runners thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would return next year confident of improving their times now they have experienced the event and have some idea of the route.




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