Trans Gran Canaria win is seventh heaven for Sandes

Posted in Dishing the Dirt on Wed 06 Mar ’13

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Ryan takes the 2013 Trans Gran Canaria 83km race

Last weekend saw South African ultra trail star Ryan Sandes win the ‘advanced’ race at the Trans Gran Canaria festive of trail running, and thus meant that the Salomon athlete has now won an ultra trail race on all seven continents…

Here he explains how his week at the TGC blew the cobwebs away as his 2013 season gets underway, and how the last 10km or so of Sunday’s 83km race were a little creaky!

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Face the Storm

Posted in Rated or Slated on Thu 28 Mar ’13

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This season The North Face have launched a set of waterproofs that will help trail and mountain tackle the elements with confidence. Here Ian Corless reviews the AK Stormy Trail Jacket and Pants…

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As the main sponsor of the TNFUTMB, The North Face fully understands the needs of every runner when embarking on an epic Alpine journey. Irrespective of distance, the mountains can be a cruel and a hard place.

Look at the history of the UTMB race. For several years the TNFUTMB has been hampered by bad weather. Just last year, 2012, the race was shortened at the last minute and ‘mandatory’ kit was increased to 4 layers to ensure the safety of every runner.

Two pieces of mandatory kit are a fully waterproof jacket with hood and taped seams but also over trousers. Now many runners, particularly the elite runners think… “I will never wear over trousers”. The 2012 edition of the TNFUTMB confirmed to many that mandatory kit, (although sometimes one may think it is over the top) is absolutely necessary.

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To this end, The North Face have created two new items that tick all the boxes. The AK STORMY TRAIL JACKET and AK STORMY TRAIL PANTS. Available in Black & Yellow

Key Features
It’s simple really…. a tailored fit to reduce excess material and flapping. A reduction in ‘extras’ as these only add opportunities for onward problems or areas were leaks may appear. Lightweight and small pack size.

Box TICKED
The AK STORMY range does all the above and then some. Of course that doesn’t come cheap. But you get what you pay for and I certainly wouldn’t want to compromise when I am several thousand feet up in the rain and snow. Expect to pay £160 for the jacket.

The North Face Men’s AK Stormy Trail Jacket is a waterproof, breathable, hooded running jacket for maximum protection in the foulest weather. It features FlashDry technology, which has microporous particles to improve and accelerate the removal of excess moisture from the skin. This means a drier and more comfortable performance for longer, in a range of weather conditions.

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The jacket has a reflective brimmed, stay-put hood with an adjustable hood cinch at the rear. It has a reflective drop-tail hem for increased coverage and weatherproofing. It has minimal ‘additional’ features to ensure that 100% weather protection is guaranteed. It has a small pack size and low weight and can be rolled up so that you can store the jacket in its own hood.

In Use
The jacket is a snug fit. I am a 38”/40” chest and I have a small. It is perfect. The important thing is to try this jacket with the anticipated under clothes you will use when running. I wore a TNF long sleeve run top, as this would probably be my normal under garment when wearing a jacket like this.

I also then added a TNF thermal layer. The AK Stormy allowed room for both underneath without restrictions. Under the arms have been tailored to allow for movement. A big plus. It is a no frills jacket, so, don’t expect pockets! It has a small chest pocket, which has been glued in place again reducing any possibility of leaks.

Gluing means no seams. No seams, no leaks. The zippers are fully waterproof and the neck goes high but not too high. The hood has a brim and an adjustable toggle on the rear to get a good fit.

I personally found the hood was most comfortable when wearing a peaked cap underneath. This is a personal thing. The addition of a peak stops the hood working forward and offers additional protection.

© Ian Corless

I have been out in the wind, rain and snow and the AK Stormy has been spot on. Full comfort and 100% protection. It is most definitely designed for rough weather but not at the compromise of additional weight. A difficult balance to get right. As such, this jacket will always be in my pack when heading out for longer days or most definitely when heading to the mountains.

It has no ventilation but I was extremely surprised that I never found the jacket too hot. If you are racing in the UK when our weather is extremely unpredictable, I couldn’t recommend this jacket enough. Certainly, it would be the perfect kit for the Lakeland 50 or 100.

It goes without saying that The North Face have designed this jacket (and additional over trousers) with the UTMB in mind and without doubt it would be at the ‘top of the list’ when full weather protection and light weight is required.

Specs
▪ Reflective brimmed hood

Crunch time for World Cross hopefuls

Posted in At the Races on Fri 08 Mar ’13

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Ryan McLeod leads the men’s race at the Inter Counties 2011

The World Cross Country Championships come but once every two years these days, so for those hoping to gain a GB vest in Bydgoszcz in 2 weeks, timing of form is now critical if they are realise their ambitions of racing at the World Cross…

This Saturday sees the annual Inter Counties XC / McCain Cross Challenge final round taking place at Birmingham’s Cofton Park, and this year doubles as those World Cross Country Trials.

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Though many of the main protagonists were prevalent at the National XC mud bath a week or two ago, some (such as Andy Vernon) have been keeping their powder dry for this one.

No more to say other than direct you towards this preview over at British Athletics, and keep tuned-in to the BA social media outlets this weekend too, along with the likes of athleticos, Athletics Weekly and AW ed. Jason Henderson.

The sky’s the limit for ISF and Talk Ultra

Posted in At the Races on Thu 28 Mar ’13

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The ISF and Talk Ultra have teamed-up to bring readers the ‘Skyrunning Interviews’, A new section… publishing interviews with skyrunning personalities – top runners… potential top runners, those behind the scenes, organisers and lots more.

The series kicks-off by featuring Phillip Reiter and a transcribe of the interview Ian Corless conducted with the young German at the recent Trans Gran Canaria race.

More here

SHR navigation course

Posted in Dishing the Dirt on Fri 08 Mar ’13

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Scottish Hill Runners are putting another of their excellent navigation courses on at the beginning of April, following on from the the success of previous courses and “in an effort to help more runners run safely in the hills”

The course will take place on the Pentlands on the weekend of the 6th/7th April and will be based at the Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Hillend, Edinburgh.

Full course details

Introduction

An outside and classroom based course over a weekend, aimed at developing hill runners’ navigational skills with regard to races and general trips to the hills when the cloud is down and the wind is up, as well as mountain safety. The course is intended both for runners who have limited experience of hill running and for experienced hill runners who wish to brush up their skills.

Elements that will be covered include:

  • Map interpretation (particular emphasis on contours and judging distance)
  • Compass work
  • Tricks to successful navigation
  • Relocation (finding your position if lost)
  • Pre-race navigation planning
  • Safety on the hills
  • Nutrition for longer days out
  • What should be in everyone’s bumbag

Course instructor

The principal instructor will be Steven Fallon (Carnethy HRC). Steven is a full-time mountain guide with over 25 years experience exploring the Scottish mountains and has ‘compleated’ the Munros 15 times. Qualified as a Mountain Leader (Summer and Winter), he is a familiar face on the hill-running scene. Steven has won various races and recent mountain marathon categories, including the LAMM ‘A’ and ‘Score’ classes with Jon Ascroft.

Provisional programme

The course will start at 0900 on Saturday and finish at approximately 1700 on Sunday.

  • Saturday 0900-1300: Classroom – map interpretation, compass work. Pre-race navigation planning, safety on the hills, nutrition. 1300-1700: Applying morning classroom skills outside.
  • Sunday 0900-1300: Classroom – tricks to successful navigation, relocation, balancing map and compass use against speed over the ground. Plotting the route for the afternoon session. 1300-1700: Hill based – putting it all together, longer leg navigation, race practice.

Location

We will be based at Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Hillend, just south of Edinburgh. Our practical time will take place on the Pentland Hills directly behind the centre.

Cost

The cost of the course will be £35 for SHR members (£60 non members*) and excludes accommodation. For those not able to travel each day to the course, help in finding accommodation locally can be provided.

For those who book but are not able to attend, a full or partial refund may be available depending on whether someone else is able to take their place.

Items for participants to bring

  • Compass which ideally has a 1:40,000 scale on the baseplate and with degrees and not mils on the housing (the Silva Expedition 4 is highly recommended – see http://www.stevenfallon.co.uk/navigation-skills.html for a link to the Amazon page to purchase one)
  • Pen/paper for note taking
  • Lunch (also available from the Cafe 360 at the ski centre)
  • Hill running kit (to be able to run but also to stand about and chat i.e. fleece and tights, waterproofs, hat, gloves, extra food).

We will supply

  • Maps of the areas we intend to navigate on
  • Marker pens

SHR membership currently costs £8 a year, so non-members who join before the course will clearly make a saving. Information on how to join is here

2013 British Athletics MR Challenge announced

Posted in At the Races on Fri 29 Mar ’13

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Steve Vernon at the UKA Trial 2011

The dates have been set for the 2013 British Athletics Mountain Running Challenge with three events across uphill and up and down mountain running disciplines. The Inter-Counties kick things off in May at the Settle Hills race…

2013 will see the fourth year of the Mountain Running Challenge – this will be an open three race challenge, with two races required to count in the overall standings (for which prize money will be available).

The Challenge races are:

Inter Counties race (Up & Down) – Settle Hills, Yorkshire, Sunday 19 May

European Championships Trial (Uphill ) – Keswick, Cumbria, Saturday 25 May

World Championships Trial ( Up & Down ) – Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria, Sunday 11 August

For information on selection policies for International Mountain Running championships, please visit the World Class Performance section by clicking here.

This weekend…

Posted in At the Races on Fri 22 Feb ’13

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Plenty for fell runners to get their teeth into this weekend, with some really nice races from the Yorskshire Dales to North Wales, and the Quantocks. Your full weekend line-up is online at the FRA here, including High Cup Nick and Moel y Ci…

Both of which should see good entries, especially as the weather looked pretty settled and dry, if a little on the chilly side! So wrap up warm, carry the appropriate kit as ever, and enjoy.

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Carl Bell in action at High Cup Nick 2012

Hope continues good form at Pendle

Posted in At the Races on Mon 11 Mar ’13

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Rob Hope

At the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round there was a good quality field for this excellent 10 mile race which takes in Scout Cairn, Calf Hill and Pendle, with 3-time British Fell Champ Rob Hope taking the win from Lloyd Taggart…

According to his report below Hope was strong in this one and took the course record on the way to the win, and put some top-class runners behind him (3rd Carl Bell, 4th Ian Holmes, 5th Tom Brunt).

Great to see that the Pudsey and Bramley man appears to be heading back to something like the form he had between 2008 and 2010 when he took those three British crowns.

We’re still awaiting full results and images, but thought our readers would like to hear how it panned out at the sharp end from the man himself, Rob Hope:

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Had a really good run out in typical conditions of recent times with rain, snow blizzards on the tops, strong winds and mist. This is only the 3rd running of this course as a replacement for the classic half Pendle race, which had to be changed primarily as a result of erosion issues.

Consequently the route is still evolving somewhat and there was much discussion pre-race regarding optimal lines and navigation worries.

Carl set off at a pace (as usual!) but I reeled him in on the first big climb up Pendle’s big end (I’ll just make it clear that Pendle is a hill) and got a gap at the top. Lloyd closed me back on the plateau, shortly followed by Carl, and we disappeared further into the mist.

Fortunately, we’d all reccied parts of the course in the lead up to the race so we had a vague idea. The course then took a tricky line across open no man’s land and we were relieved to get across (in a round about way) to some more obvious vantage points in clearing mist.

I thought the lads then started to drop too low and I decided to gamble on my own route to the next check (3) thinking I knew better. Number 1 mistake, I’m a Pudsey runner, why would I be an expert at route choice on Pendle!!

Consequently I ended up 10-20secs adrift and having to play catch up for a good section of the back course. Fortunately still feeling good I caught them back and tucked in for a while before pushing away on the first of 2 tough little climbs before the run in to the finish. The only other mishap was slipping big time onto my back on a super smooth but rather hard piece of flagstone when crossing Upper Ogden Dam. My back is pretty sore this morning.

The course record was well beaten and I think there will be scope for further reductions with refinements of the best navigation lines and better weather conditions although it was reasonably firm underfoot. Salomon Fellcross were perfect for the largely grassy course with lots of fast running.

Another well organised race with many thanks as usual to the organisers, and marshalls out there braving the elements. Great tea and cake in the village hall afterwards.

Top internationals set for Buttermere

Posted in At the Races on Sat 30 Mar ’13

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The Buttermere 10 Trail Race is scheduled for Sunday 7th April and with a number of Great Britain mountain runners and fell internationals in the field, it is set to be a classic race.

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The line up includes Ricky Lightfoot (Salomon Racing) and Chris Steele (Borrowdale Fell Runners) last year’s first and second place finishers, Carl Bell (Keswick AC) winner of both the Borrowdale 21k and Ennerdale 25k, and to ensure these local runner’s don’t have it their own way, Salomon international Rob Samuel.

In the women’s race, ultra runner and winner of the Ennerdale 50k Vicci Mousley (9Bar) will test herself against the likes of Jenn Mattinson (Keswick AC) and Rennell Brennan (Hoad Hill Harriers) a previous winner of the Grizedale Off Road Duathlon.

Buttermere is the first event in the 2013 Salomon UK Trail Tour Series and set amidst a dramatic landscape of high fells, wooded slopes and waterfalls the setting could not be more appropriate.

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Starting from the iconic setting of Buttermere lake, the course is a 10 mile undulating route along the shores of Buttermere & Crummock Water. Although relatively low level the route incorporates 1050’ of ascent with a great combination of off road terrain ranging from hard packed rocky trails, sections of bog (plenty!), woodland singletrack and spectacular scenery every step of the way.

2013 will only be the second edition of this event and with over 200 runners already entered is proving to be very popular. Last year’s race was an epic battle throughout with Ricky only pulling away from Chris in the final mile to win by a mere 8 seconds.

Salomon will be supporting the event with £700 worth of fantastic prizes including trail shoes, running backpacks, hydration belts and will also be on hand on the day to provide expert advice.

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Buttermere is also the first event in the Lake District Trail Running series organised by High Terrain Events in partnership with the National Trust. One of the aims of the series is to highlight the vital conservation role of the National Trust and the work they carry out, and encourage trail running in these beautiful areas.

Registration is to be based from Croft House Farm Cafe who will be opening up early to provide runners with pre event caffeine and fuel. Last year many runners took advantage of the clear waters of Buttermere lake to cool off after the run. However, with the recent wintry conditions the icy waters will be ideal cold water therapy for anyone brave enough to venture in!

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Gerrard repeats at a gruelling National

Posted in At the Races on Mon 25 Feb ’13

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Keith Gerrard kicks away from Steve Vernon

Keith Gerrard retained his English National XC title on Saturday on a snowy, muddy, cold and frankly gruelling Sunderland course, which also saw Louise Damen retain the women’s crown in emphatic style…

Gerrard edged away in the last couple of miles of the race, from long-time co-leader Steve Vernon who won yet another medal at these championships. Speaking to AW the Newham runner stated at the finish:

“Steve pushed me so hard. We were kicking the hell out of each other for 12km. But in the last 200m something just got into me and I just managed to find enough to win. This was my trophy and I didn’t want to let anyone take it!”

Bedford’s Neilson Hall was third.

It was a different story in the women’s race as Louise Damen romped to the win, some 60 seconds clear of Sonia Samuels and 2012 champion Gemma Steel. Mountain and fell runners wallowed in the Herrington Country Park mud too, with Emma Clayton (4th) and Olivia Walwyn-Bush (5th) having storming runs.

Emelia Gorecka was amongst the winners once again as she took the U20 women’s title, and in the process her 7th National XC win – amazing.

All of the reports, videos, images and reactions that you could wish for are now online via the following:

Power of 10 results
Athlctics Weekly
athleticos
Images by Adrian Royle

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Louise Damen

Tickner and Damen book World Cross places

Posted in At the Races on Mon 11 Mar ’13

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Frank Tickner wins the World Cross trials 2013

Frank Tickner, Louise Damen, Emelia Gorecka and Jonathan Davies were amongst those making sure of their World Cross Country Championships berth on Saturday, at a muddy Cofton Park in Birmingham…

The final round of the McCain Cross Challenge included the trial race for the Champs in Poland on the 24th of March, and also once again coincided with the Inter Counties XC too, meaning that competition was high as pretty much all of the UK’s elite XC runners descended on Birmingham.

Tickner was pretty majestic in his running, as he took command of the race in the last third of the 12km, after leading (along with second place man Steve Vernon) for much of the race. It was the other Vernon, Andy, who looked most likely to catch Tickner with around 3km to race after powering his way through the field having started way back. However, lacking a little in race fitness the Aldershot runner settled for third behind Steve Vernon.

In the women’s race there was to be no repeat of the National two weeks ago, when Loiuse Damen raced away to take the English crown by almost a minute. On Saturday it wasnt until the last kilometre that the winner looked certain as Damen managed to get away from Gt. Manchester’s Elle Baker.

Gemma Steel continued her comeback to form with a solid 3rd place, also booking her ticket to Bydgoszcz.

In the junior (U20) races there was no surprise in the women’s race, as multiple junior champion Emelia Gorecka once again trounced the opposition as she looks to improve on her 15th place from two years ago at the World Cross.

In the U20 men’s event there was a similar story for Jonathan Davies, as the Berkshire runner took the trial, the Inter Countoes crown and the overall win in the McCain series.

Full report via British Athletics is online here, with Power of 10 results here.

This weekend…

Posted in At the Races on Fri 08 Feb ’13

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Rich Roberts at Long Mynd 2012

There is an air of ‘the season is getting started’ about this weekend, with a curtain raiser on the Welsh scene at Tarren Hendre, the excellent Wadsworth Trog, the stunning (and tough) Long Mynd Valleys and the cracking Devil’s Burdens relay in Scotland…

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Nicky Spinks at the Wadsworth Trog

Other races include the Sidmouth 4 Trigs Challenge down in the South West, the Wild Night Run on Dartmoor, Titterstone Clee on the Shropshire / Wales border and the classic Norman Matthews Winter Hill Race nr Rivington.

More info on racing for the rest of the year online from respective Welsh, English and Scottish associations via the WFRA, the FRA and the SHR sites. The weekend weather looks to be reasonable on Saturday, but changing to be wet and even snowy again on Sunday, so whether racing or just running on the hills for pleasure take plenty of good kit and enjoy!

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A misty lead group at the Winter Hill race

Andy puts his back into it at The Spine

Posted in The Sweat on Thu 17 Jan ’13

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Andy Mouncey at the 2013 Spine race

Ultra-runner and coach Andy Mouncey has posted a mighty fine blog on his experience at The Spine this year, and though the Lancaster man didn’t complete his designated distance of the full 270 miles his 105-mile effort in trying conditions was a job well done…

So of course the fact that Checkpoint 2, at 105 miles, was a 40 minute drive away from home helped. Would I have continued if that wasn’t the case? We’ll never know. What I do know is that as well as some long overdue internal re-modelling, I took a bundle of personal firsts away with me.

Read Andy’s full re-count here and as the race continues, follow events at The Spine via:

The Spine website updates page
Twitter
and
Facebook

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The OMM heads for the Beacons

Posted in At the Races on Sun 10 Feb ’13

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The 2013 OMM comes to Wales this year, and the Brecon Beacons. The exact location of the event on the 26th-27th of October will as ever be a closely guarded secret until a week or so before the event…

The OMM site proclaims the race as “the largest and most prestigious Mountain Marathon event” and few would argue, and with potentially some of the most hostile terrain in the UK, chat is already underway on the FRA forum as to where the route will visit.

More here.

Olson joins TNF

Posted in Dishing the Dirt on Wed 09 Jan ’13

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Tim Olson

Western States 2012 winner Timothy Olson has been unveiled as a North Face athlete for the coming season. The 29-year old has a big future in ultra-running and will have been courted by many of the big brands over the last few months we suspect…

The full story on the North Face blog states:

“Timothy has the passion exploration that we all share at The North Face, “ said Aaron Carpenter, vice president of marketing for The North Face. “The joy he gets from running in the outdoors, and pushing his mental and physical limits is inspiring to the entire The North Face family. We are excited to work with him in accomplishing his goals.”

The North Face ultra-running Team includes Jez Bragg, Sébastien Chaigneau, Lizzy Hawker, Tsuyoshi Kaburaki, Dean Karnazes, Nikki Kimball, Hall Koerner, Kami Semick, Diane Van Deren, Michael Wardian and Mike Wolfe.

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Olson strolls across the WS100 line for a new course record

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  1. Tony Mollica
    Jan 10, 01:32 AM

    Nice signing for TNF. Good luck in 2013 Tim!

Weekend racing?

Posted in At the Races on Fri 18 Jan ’13

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Yes, we’d be surprised if all of the planned racing this weekend goes ahead. For a start the Endurance Life CTS race on Anglesey has fallen by the wayside, due to rare blizzard and drifting snow conditions on the North Wales island…

Other races in the ‘snow path’ are the Mercia Hill Trial which at this stage looks to be on, the classic 32nd running of the Box Hill race which again has been posted as ‘on’ at 5pm this evening (Friday) for the Saturday AM race. Tomorrow also sees the Feel the Burns Hill race in Scotland.

Sunday sees the 30th running of the Woodentops promotion, the Soreen Stanbury Splash, with the website stating:

Tom Adams winner of The Stoop race will be defending his Soreen Malt Loaf run title and it could be a Tom – Tom battle. Tom Addison second at the ALS to Jonny Brownlee will be looking to improve on his fifth place of last year.

Sixteen times winner Ian Holmes is away skiing, ha, ha should have stayed at home! Does this open the door for another V40 to do well? Jo Buckley will be looking to make it a hat trick of wins, but she may not have it all her own way as Stoop winner Helen Fines is planning to race.

More info here.

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Big guns amass early on in the 2011 Stanbury Splash

A little bit of history…

Posted in Through the Lens on Wed 13 Feb ’13

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On a wintery day in February, this film on Channel Run – posted on the FRA fbook page by Andy Holden – gives us all a glimer of warm summer days and a traditional Lakeland show race from 2002.

Of course the Kilnsey Crag race is one of the best and the oldest, and part of that ‘treble’ in close proximity on the calendar which are Grasmere, Burnsall and Kilnsey. Though over 10 years old now it typifies the atmosphere and friendly nature of the race perfectly, with the likes of Ted Mason blasting up the hill and youngsters flying off the Crag towards the finish.

As the filmer says, “It’s bin a good day!”

Big Welsh Trail is on track…

Posted in At the Races on Fri 11 Jan ’13

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This year will see the Big Welsh Trail taking place at Coed Landegla, in Denbighshire, on the 1st of June – the very latest addition to Always Aim High Events growing portfolio of exciting outdoor events.

Racing will feature both a half marathon and 10km route that will take in some stunning and awe inspiring trails through the 650 hectares of this beautiful forest. Coed Llandegla is already a mecca for mountain bikers and walkers, and with its proximity to the Welsh/English border it is set to provide a fantastic backdrop for this new and exciting event.

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Entries to both events go live later today (10th January 2013) with ‘early bird’ prices available to those who enter before the 1st of March. Always Aim High Events’ Tim Lloyd is expecting a great deal interest in the new event:

“We’re very excited about adding the Big Welsh Trail to our event line-up. Runners can expect the same great organisation and atmosphere that pervades all of the Always Aim High Events and the environment and accessibility in and around Llandegla means that we are expecting a great deal of interest from trail and road runners alike.

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“We are very grateful to the team at Coed Llandegla and all of the brand partners that have helped make this exciting new event happen.

“2013 will be an incredible year for us. We now have eight events for our growing and loyal followers to take part in. Whether it’s the Slateman, the Island Race, Etape Eryri or the Snowman, we think that we have something for all tri, run, bike and swim enthusiasts. 2012 was great, but 2013 will be even better!”

Entries to the Big Welsh Trail will open on Thursday Jan 10th, 2013 and can be accessed by clicking on the Register Now button on the Big Welsh Trail website.

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It’ll be true grit at 2013 Accelerate fell series

Posted in At the Races on Sun 20 Jan ’13

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Sheffield retail specialists Accelerate know a thing or two about event organisation too. The successful Gritstone series returns for 2013 with 8 races, and includes a 4-race series for juniors too – the Gritty Series!

With a New event included in the series, it is now five events to score from eight.. The Series kicks off in March with Wolf’s Pit Fell Race, including the juniors with the Gritty Series. Inov-8 will once again be supporting the Series prize list. There will be a new website at the end of January 2013 www.gritstoneseries.co.uk and you can follow the chat on Twitter using #GSSeries. Let the running begin…

Get involved here.

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UK’s elite head to Carnethy 5

Posted in At the Races on Fri 15 Feb ’13

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This Saturday sees one of the biggest races on the calendar as a stacked field head to the 42nd Carnethy 5 Hill Race. Though only 6 miles the race takes in 5 peaks and in wet weather is known to be extremely demanding…

Over 600 runners once again toe the line, in what is year on year a sell-out race. Last year’s race saw legend Angela Mudge take an astonishing 13th win at this early-season classic.

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Angela Mudge – win number 13 at Carnethy 5

There isn’t much to be said about Angela that hasn’t already been said, but another win will make it 14 at this famous race and would see her add another the seal on a record that will surely never be matched.

The Carnethy runner will have some stern competition in the form of her team-mate – and one of the most improved hill runners over the last 12 months – Jasmin Paris, along with top England GB international Victoria Wilkinson, Moorfoot Runner Sarah McCormack and top Scottish junior Scout Adkin.

Other women to look out for are HBT’s Eilidh Wardlaw and Claire Gordon, and Carnethy runners Helen Bonsor and Jacqui Higginbottom.

In the men’s race 5-time winner Rob Jebb returns looking for number 6, as does 2011 winner Tom Owens – though the Shettleston Harrier has had PF issues recently so it remains to be seen if Tom lines-up.

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Tom Owens winning Carnethy 2011…

Also in the hunt will be top-Scot Prasad Prasad, Helm Hill’s Tom Addison – who has had a very good last 3 months or so, Pudsey men Danny Hope and Darren Kay, Al Anthony, Oleg Chepelin and Andy Fallas plus others.

Racing gets underway at 2pm and you can view the full entry list here.

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  1. Nic
    Feb 15, 08:40 AM

    Sarah McCormack on the start-list as well, high quality field!

  2. Matt MST
    Feb 15, 08:45 AM

    Thanks Nic! Will add her, should be a cracker…

    Matt

  3. Alec
    Feb 15, 10:45 PM

    I see Finlay Wild also on the start list, on a rare trip down from the North.