A very healthy turnout of fourteen Tynedale Harriers competed in this brand new local fell race on Wednesday evening – 20th June, midsummer’s day. Dex and I have been keen to promote a fell race based from Haydon Bridge for sometime; the low fells around and about make for great social and training runs and a few potential routes have been discussed. These ideas started to crystallise with the thought that it could be a fundraiser for the local First School, and use the school as a base for parking, registration, changing etc. I finally took the plunge back in February and made the commitment by seeing the head of Shaftoe First School, getting in touch with landowners and the race administrator at the Fellrunners Association.
We were blessed with almost ideal weather conditions; it became a pleasant sunny evening as the runners starting coming in at the finish. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the race, including the school PTA members who helped with marshalling – I think it was a new experience for them. We raised over £200 for the school with the entry fee and donations for the refreshments.
In the race, Steve Birkinshaw, ex Haydon Bridge resident but now living in the Lake District and running for Borrowdale Fell Runners, won comfortably on familiar terrain. Ian Bromley was first Tynedale home, in 4th place overall. He was followed by Peter Murphy in 6th (and 2nd V40), Neil Cassidy in 11th (1st V50), Mike Broadhurst in 14th and Steve Hill in 16th. Rachel Vincent was next Tynedale in 22nd place and 2nd lady overall. Karen Robertson, running for Northumberland Fell Runners, was first lady, despite taking a detour in Langley Woods. Other Tynedale runners Were Joanne Marsden, Sam Burnish, Lucy Dunlop, Nicky Jeffrey (first Lady Vet50 – I’m sorry this was missed at the prize-giving), Ian Gibson, Bridget Broadhurst, Kim Firstbrook and S Devlin.
The were 54 runners in all – a great turnout for a mid-week fell race. Big thanks due to the landowners and farmers who were very supportive, all the helpers; marshalls out on the coarse, PTA members who helped with car parking and refreshments, Christine and Lindsey on entries and results. All seemed to go very smoothly!
Loads of great pics – this must have been one of the most photographed races ever! Links below:
Jo and Lucy on the climb up to Humbleton Cottage Photo:Ben Bates