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.