Slieve Donard - British Championship Rnd 1
News in from Ireland; Tom Addison wins the first race of the British championship and another stunning run from Josh Jardine in 3rd, and the evergreen Billy Procter takes 1st v60. More to follow but here are the results and some pictures on the BARF Facebook page.
New Dungeon Gill race
This short sharp race straight up and down Harrison Stickle, has varied in its route over the years with the direct line up and down the hazardous crags now discouraged. Nonetheless a really good turnout for Helm, with a number of prizes won; Josh Jardine was edged out into second by Carl Bell of Keswick, but came away with 1st u23. Tim Cowin was 2nd v40 in 5th overall with Keiran H 8th and Paul Reilly 16th helping us to the team prize. Good runs also from Ben Kent 3rd u23 and Jim Andrews 3rd v50. Results.
Long Mynd Valleys - English Championship round 1
Shropshire is apparently the inspiration for JRR Tolkien's 'Shire', and on a warm spring day, standing on the start line for this year's English championship opener, it was easy to see why. With a race profile that looked distinctly like it had come straight out of Billy's imagination, many of us felt daunted and strangely reassured at the same time. Tom A won here in 2014 and so it was to be again as he paced his race perfectly to out-descend his rivals on the final run in. If Tom's wasn't run of the day then it had to be Josh Jardine, who made many sit up an take note as he ran in 6th and 1st u23 in his first champs race. Helm had taken a strong team across all the categories and hopefully we will be well placed when the team results appear. The men's open team look to be placed second with Mark A, Mike A, and Adam P, coming in next for Helm. Sharon Taylor was first lady home for Helm in 7th with Hannah Russell continued her fine form to come in 10th and 1st u23, and of course Billy enjoyed this route to win the v60 category. Too many other great runs to list here so you'll have to check out the results.
This was the first time this race had been held, and with such varied terrain and a beautiful setting hopefully it is destined to become a regular fixture. Tom A (1) and Josh J (2) and Hannah R (1) warmed up nicely for the champs race at Long Mynd. Results
Runners in the Mist
Another opaque Black Combe race for the runners meant navigation skills were needed, add to that some mud wrestling in the start and finish fields and you have the recipe for a great race. 23 Helm Hill runners put on the vest for this Club Championship race. Ben Proctor was the highest Helm finisher in 8th, Hannah Russell continued her great form with 2nd female. Full results on fellrunner.org.uk
A tough weekend -High Peak Marathon and Cautley KWL
42 miles around the Peak District' boggy and wet hills, in winter, setting off at 11pm at night?! Are you mad?! Clearly Helm Hill Runners' Adam Perry, Shane Ohly and Garry Beardwood are. Major congratulations to Adam and Shane who, partnred in their team of 4 by Jim Mann and Nick Barber, WON in just under 8.5hrs. Congrats also to Garry's team who finished in a creditable 10th position.
Sunday's Cautley KWL saw Helm's Josh Jardine continue his winning streak to romp up and down the brutal slopes of Gt Dummock in an impressive first place with Hannah Russel equally impressive run for first woman and Jacob Aubrey leading the U21's coming home in 4th overall. The lost property collection also grew impressively this week.
A busy weekend - High Cup Nick - Sedbergh KWL and Badger Blast
There were some great performances over the weekend and first up was the club championship counter at High Cup Nick. Tom A continued his good form with a win and was backed up for the team prize through Adam Perry (6th), Josh Jardine (7th) and Tim Cowin (15th) and 3rd v40. Rick Stuart had a fine run to take 1st v50 after 'lying around ill' for months.
Sunday saw Mark Addison come 2nd at the Badger Bar blast, (same time as the winner?) and Sedbergh KWL delivered it's usual less than expensive mud experience, with Mike Ainsworth quickest to the shower, followed in second by Tim Cowin. Hannah Russell took the ladies honours, with Imogen Burrow in 3rd. Bianca Dyer and Ali Richards continued their battle for LV40 and this time it was Bianca.
A special belated well done to Josh Jardine who last week dominated the KWL Cunswick race.
Once upon a time winning the claymore at Carnethy seemed unattainable, but now we have done it twice in three years. This year two minibus' of Helm runners made the trip north more in hope than expectation, being fully aware of the quality of runners that we would meet on the start line. 'Run of the day' would have to go to.....err....everybody who got around the course in what can only be described as arctic conditions with the organisers confirming 40 - 50 mph winds and a windchill of -20C. Such is the strength in depth of Helm we won both the men's and ladies' team prizes which includes of course the claymore - can anyone think of a better trophy? The men's quartet consisted of Tom A (2nd) Mark A(7th) Josh Jardine (13th) and Adam Perry (14th), and the ladies were led by a stunning run from Hannah R who won the race outright with Sharon T(4th) and Catherine N. Both teams were ably supported by many who helped by pushing the counters of other teams further down - truly a team effort. Special thanks to Carnethy RC for the day, who had so many marshals out in such conditions allowing the race to go ahead.
See here for a report and results.
Well done to Mike Ainsworth who took the honours at Birkrigg in the KWL, leading home Luke Bowen and Jon Rylance of Ambleside, and in the ladies Nina Walkingshaw of Howgill held off Imogen B and Carol Evans (Settle). Results
KWL 2017 off to a flyer
After all the organisation over the winter months, not even the most optimistic of us would have foreseen the popularity of the first two races; with both Scout Scar and Giggleswick attracting over 200 senior runners. Garry Greenhow, Sam Watson, and Charlie Lowther took the first 3 places on the scar with Kieran H coming 4th (1st v40) and 1st Helm. Hannah R led us home for the ladies with Catherine Slater coming in 2nd in her 1st race for Helm, with Ali Richards 1st v40. Results.
Giggleswick race saw Alistair Russell (Kendal) hold off Adam Perry for Helm and Mark McGoldrick (Wharfedale) edge ahead of Kieran H again 1st v40. The ladies saw Bingley's Victoria Wilkinson come in 1st with Imogen Burrow for Helm 2nd lady and 1st u23. A fine run from Bianca Dyer took the LV40 for Helm. Results.
Great pictures by Andy Holden of Stuart Allen and Ali Richards.
Tour of Helvellyn and Helvellyn 10k
Well done to the Helm runners in both these events Andy Horrobin came a superb 2nd overall and 1st v40 in this endurance event with Stuart Allan, Emma Jennings, Emma Dent and Sharon Hutchinson also competing. Results.
Also Sharon Taylor kept up the pace in the 10k race around Thirlmere coming in 1st followed by Jonny Marchant, Gill Ramsey and Lyndsay Harrod.
Fancy Dress run
The rain held off this year and Allsorts assembled at the Rifleman's for the run that startles walkers out on Cunswick scar. The winners this year were Paul and Sarah Senior's Smurfs who just shaded it (in blue) from Jonny's wee willy Winkie and Paul and Jenny's where's Wallys. Thanks to Ali and Rick for organising especially the 'refreshments' at Cunswick hall to aid the return ascent of Gamblesmire lane. Photos and videos on Twitter. Pic by Duncan Richards.