Fell Running Year

Year Review  by Tom Ratcliffe.

It’s been a really good year for fell running in the club and great to see the return of the sport.

Fairfield Horseshoe was one of the first mass start races in the fell running calendar last May and we had a good turnout for this classic lakes race with Christian Garvey leading the Knavesmire contingent home.

We had some really solid performances at the National Fell Relays last October in the Howgills – with the men’s team placing 67th out of over 200 teams from across the UK and the mixed team coming in 12th in their category out of 30 mixed teams. This is always a fantastic event and we will look to get a strong team out in October again when we go up to Edinburgh.

There have been some awesome individual successes this year. Rose Mather accomplished one of the great fell running achievements to win the prestigious Three Peaks race in October. She finished the 23 mile race in an incredible time of 3 hours and 47 minutes and took home the prestigious 1st Lady fell running trophy. Other notable mentions go out to Hem Rana for putting in some fantastic performances in off-road ultra running including the Hard Moors series and also Andrew Cummings, inspired by Ursula’s escapades, becoming the second member of YKH to complete the Bob Graham Round in the Lake District with 9 minutes to spare!

Closer to home, we have had some fantastic results in the Esk Valley Winter series in the Moors with some great individual and team performances. The men’s team and women’s team are both currently in third position in this series and the next race is the Heartbeat Hobble race this Sunday at 11am in Goathland.

We also have a regular training group which goes out every other Thursday so if you are interested in coming along to that or doing a fell race speak to Tom or Giles.

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