Fell Races

Ennerdale Show 2016

SENIOR FELL RACE REPORT

Record entry equalled – Rhys Findlay-Robinson takes the title

A field of 45 equalled last year’s record entry for thismid-weekout-and-back race up Knock Murton.

Alongside faithful locals, we were pleased to welcome a good number of visiting runners. Furthest travelled were from Hampshire and Essex (to the south), and from Glasgow (to the north).

After heavy overnight rain and a misty daybreak, race afternoon was clear and dry providing superb running on this grassy, scenic course.

With just 1 rushed hour off work, Ricky Lightfoot (Ellenborough) loyally came to defend his long-held title. In a fast run out, Ricky led thepack up the steep firstclimb with Rhys Findlay-Robinson (Dark Peak) at his heels. On the skyline, Rhys moved through and pipped Ricky to the summit cairn. Holding Ricky in pursuit on the descent, Rhys maintained his lead to secure the men’s title and Jock Ireland memorial trophy.

Rhys Findlay-Robinson, 2016 winner, begins his descent from the summit.
Photo: Steve Wilson, www.granddayoutphotography.co.uk

Rising star Joseph Dugdale (CFR), who placed 3rdoverall, was also the fastest U23 male. Impressively, there were 3 teenagers in the top 10.

M40 showed the greatest depth, with 10 athletes in the category. Phil Davies (Borrowdale) and Darren Fishwick (Chorley) took the prizes, placing 4th and 5thoverall.

M50 winner was Chris Knowles (Ellenborough), and M60 winner wasorienteerPete Nelson (West Cumberland OC). Unusually, there were no M70 entrants.

Kate Apps (CFR), in her first season at L40, placed 18thoverall to win the women’s open title. Hannah Bradley (CFR), second prize, was also the fastest U23 female.

The race made a fitting homecoming for West Cumbrians Dot Patton, Lindsay Buck (L50 prize) and Jane Mottram (L60 prize). The three had beenmedallistsat the World Masters’ Mountain Running Championships in Italy just days before. Lindsay, whobeenunable to attend the medal ceremony in Italy, was presented with her medal at our own prize giving.

We werehonouredto have Joe Richardson start the runners and present the prizes. A local farmer and retired elite fell runner, Joe for many years competed in the Ennerdale Show race alongside showing his sheep. He finally hung up his fell shoes after competing internationally at Masters’ level.

Ennerdale Show is a traditional Cumberland agricultural show, of which the fell race with its friendly atmosphere is an important and historic part. It is great to find the race so well supported by runners and non-running helpers. Thanks to all. Please come again next year!

 Eleanor Williamson

Ennerdale Show Fell Race 2016

Wednesday 31st Aug 2016, at 2:30PM                                          

Distance: 3km / 1.9m

Ascent: 200m / 656ft

Venue: Ennerdale Show Field (The Leaps,nr Kirkland). Grid ref: NY 087182

Minimum age: 17

Entries: On the day only (registration closes 2:15PM). Pay gate entry to Show Field – race itself free.

Ennerdale Show Fell Race – 31/08/2016 – Results

Pos. Name Cat. Club
1 Rhys Findlay-Robinson M Dark Peak Fell Runners
2 Ricky Lightfoot M Ellenborough AC
3 Joseph Dugdale MU23 Cumberland Fell Runners
4 Phil Davies M40 Borrowdale Fell Runners
5 Darren Fishwick M40 Chorley
6 Chris Knowles M50 Ellenborough AC
7 Matthew Proctor MU23 Cumberland Fell Runners
8 Ted Ferguson MU23 Borrowdale Fell Runners
9 James Lurati M Achille Ratti
10 Harry Bolton MU23 Unattached
11 Howard Seal M40 Cumberland Fell Runners
12 David McCabe M40 Trawden AC
13 Paul Connor M40 Wigan Harriers
14 Pete Nelson M60 West Cumberland Orienteering Club
15 Andrew Bradley M50 Cumberland Fell Runners
16 Roger Gooding M40 Springfield Striders
17 Paul Jennings M50 Cumberland Fell Runners
18 Kate Apps L40 Cumberland Fell Runners
19 John Fletcher M50 Cumberland Fell Runners
20 Tom Partington M Keswick AC
21 Neil Atkinson M40 Cumberland Fell Runners
22 Phil Clayton M50 Black Combe Runners
23 Ian Swarbrick M50 Unattached
24 RichardTarrance M Unattached
25 Hannah Bradley LU23 Cumberland Fell Runners
26 Richard Lecky-Thompson M50 Ambleside AC
27 Richard Hurrell M50 Unattached
28 David Parke M40 Cumberland AC
29 Ian Naylor M60 Unattached
30 Paul Wilson M40 Northern Fells
31 Caroline Harding L40 Pudsey & Bramley AC
32 Graham Watson M50 Cumberland Fell Runners
33 Angela Brown L40 Northern Fells
34 Lindsay Buck L50 Cumberland Fell Runners
35 Rhona McMillan LU23 Unattached
36 David Downes M60 West Cumberland Orienteering Club
37 Matt Long M40 Unattached
38 John Ackroyd M50 Unattached
39 Philip Hawley M60 Cumberland Fell Runners
40 Jane Mottram L60 Cumberland Fell Runners
41 Sue Ashley L60 Keswick AC
42 Adam Morris M Stafford Harriers
43 Dot Patton L60 Cumberland Fell Runners
44 Joanne Sykes L Unattached
45 Helen Hurrell L50 Unattached

Description: This out-and-back course is grass and heather underfoot, involves a steep climb and a ridge run to a summit, and will be partially marked with flags. The race attracts elite and novice fell-runners alike, and a wide range of ages from Under 23 to Over 70.

Prizes: Awarded in gender/age categories appropriateto the distribution of entries received.

Course records:

  • Male: R Lightfoot – 00:11:50 – 2013
  • Female: C Spurden – 00:14:53 – 2015

Junior Fell Races

Junior races take place on shortened / lower-level courses appropriate to age.

  • Under 12: 1.30 PM
  • Under 14: 2:00 PM
  • Under 17: 2.15 PM

Ennerdale Show Fell Race Reports

Senior Fell Race Report 2015

Record entry – Ricky Lightfoot retains title – Catherine Spurden sets women’s record

A record field of 45 gathered for thismid-weekout-and-back race up Knock Murton. Our grassy, runnable, scenic course attracts elite athletes and first-time fell-racers alike, and entrants were aged 17 to 71.

Despiteovernight rain, the afternoon brought near-perfect conditions. Good going underfoot, a cooling breeze (becoming blustery on top), and clear visibility to enjoy the wide-ranging views.

Ricky Lightfoot (Ellenborough) – defending title holder – led out to the fell gate, where a narrow trod through shin-high gorse kept the pack closely together up the initial steep climb.

Once on the ridge and into good grassy running, gaps quickly opened. Ricky led Chris Edis (Keswick) who led Howard Seal (CFR) as the race progressed over the first and second brows of Knock Murton to the distinctive cairn on the final summit.

Catherine Spurden (Keswick) placed 14thoverall to clinch the women’s title with a course record, with U23orienteer Rosie Watson in pursuit.

CFR athletes David Morgan and Roger Whitaker, both recently promoted to M70, ran a closely matched race suggesting a competitive class going forward.

We were pleased to welcome runners on vacation in the Lakes. Notable mentions to the furthest travelled – from Inverness (north) and Brighton (south).

Local runners were loyal in their support, and two families – Watsons and Bradleys – each had 3 family members competing together.

Joe Richardson started the runners and presented the prizes. A local farmer and retired elite fell runner, Joe for many years competed in this race alongside showing his sheep.

Ennerdale Show is a traditional Cumberland agricultural show, of which the fell race with its friendly atmosphere is a key part, and it was fantastic to see the race so well supported by runners and non-running helpers. Thank you so much – and come again next year!

Eleanor Williamson

Ennerdale Show Fell Race – 26/08/2015 – Results

Pos. Name Cat. Club Time
1 Ricky Lightfoot M Ellenborough AC 12:09
2 Chris Edis M Keswick AC 13:05
3 Howard Seal M40 Cumberland Fell Runners 13:17
4 Simon Netherway M Keswick AC 13:20
5 Chris Lister M Ellenborough AC 13:47
6 Mario Yeomans M Cumberland Fell Runners 13:47
7 Andy Wrigley M40 Cumberland Fell Runners 13:54
8 Matthew Proctor MU23 Cumberland Fell Runners 14:05
9 Chris Hindmoor M Ellenborough 14:06
10 Stephen Smithies M40 Calder Valley Fell Runners 14:09
11 Paul Johnson M Cumberland FellRuners 14:20
12 David McCabe M40 Trawden AC 14:28
13 Steven Worsley M50 Inverness Harriers 14:43
14 Catherine Spurden L Keswick AC 14:53
15 Tom Eagle M Delamere Spartans 15:04
16 Adam Anderson M Unattached 15:05
17 Robert Bolton M40 Unattached 15:09
18 Andrew Bradley M50 Cumberland Fell Runners 15:17
19 Ross Butler M Keswick AC 15:29
20 Rosie Watson LU23 West Cumberland Orienteering Club 15:30
21 Robert Hinton M50 26.2 RoadRunners 16:11
22 Claire Russell L40 Cumberland Fell Runners 16:34
23 Lee Sice M Unattached 16:35
24 Maria Barrow L Lewes AC 17:03
25 Hannah Bradley LU23 Cumberland Fell Runners 17:07
26 Caroline Harding L40 Pudsey & Bramley AC 17:14
27 Lindsay Buck L40 Cumberland Fell Runners 17:37
28 Tom Partington M Unattached 17:48
29 Paul Wilson M40 Northern Fells 17:56
30 Andrew Hetherington M Unattached 18:00
31 Graham Watson M50 Cumberland Fell Runners 18:04
32 Angela White L40 Cumberland Fell Runners 18:05
33 Nick Moore M50 Cumberland Fell Runners 18:42
34 David Downes M60 West Cumberland Orienteering Club 19:08
35 Nathan Thomas M Unattached 19:12
36 Darren Burns M50 Fell Ponies 19:15
37 Philip Hawley M60 Cumberland Fell Runners 19:19
38 Kim Clark L50 Keswick AC 19:20
39 Debbie Watson L50 West Cumberland Orienteering Club 20:09
40 Jenn Bradley LU23 Cumberland Fell Runners 20:16
41 Chris Clark M60 Keswick AC 21:11
42 Roger Whitaker M70 Cumberland Fell Runners 21:36
43 Alison Bird L40 Unattached 21:38
44 David Morgan M70 Cumberland Fell Runners 22:16
45 Steve Evans M40 Unattached 27:15

Wednesday 28 August 2013, 2:30 pm
The Leaps, Kirkland (distance 3km/ascent 200m)

Record entry – Ricky wins amid strong competition – New course record!

The strong turnout for Ennerdale Show 2013 reflected in a record field of 41 competitors in the Senior Fell Race. Alongside committed locals who had begged time off work to run, we were also pleased to welcome visiting runners on vacation in the Lakes who had earmarked our race via the Internet.

Participant found healthy competition in a friendly atmosphere. Here was true of depth of field with athletes in every age group from 17 to 73.

It was vest-and-shorts weather, with conditions clear overhead and firm underfoot.

Hard running among a strong lead group saw Ricky Lightfoot (Ellenborough AC) pushed by Rhys Findlay-Robinson (Dark Peak), Steve Hebblethwaite (Keswick AC) and Martin Mikkelsen-Barron (Borrowdale).

All four finishedinsideRicky’s 2012 winning time, with Ricky himself setting a new course record of 11:50 – almost a minute faster than he ran last year.

Ricky led the field up the flank of Knock Murton to the skyline, and once the trod widened Rhys was able to overtake Steve into second place. Progressing along the ridge – unbeknown to spectators below – Rhys then edged past and led Ricky to the summit. Ricky retaliated on the return leg, and was first into the final descent with Rhys at his heels. As the pair flew down the steep grass and heather, Ricky opened the gap to finish 8 seconds clear.

Local man Matthew Aleixo (unattached), racing in borrowed shoes and shorts, aced the MU23 class to finish 8th overall – just behind Howard Seal (CFR, MV40 winner) and Chris Knowles (Ellenborough AC, MV50 winner). Stevie Watson (CFR) retained the MV70 title, and David Morgan (CFR) took MV60.

Lyn Thompson (Keswick AC) wasfirst female finisher– giving her LV50 peers a run for their money. Kate Apps (CFR) finished second. Claire Russell (CFR) and Ali Keats (unattached) took LV40 and LV50, with Sue Ashley (Keswick AC) proving competitive in her first season at LV60.

Peter Newton, representing a track club from Michigan, USA, provided an international angle alongside one Scottish and two Welsh entrants.

My appreciation to all who supported the event – runners, helpers, marshals.

Come again and be a part of it in 2014!


Eleanor Williamson

Ennerdale Show Fell Race – 28/08/2013 – Results

Pos. Name Cat. Club Time
1 Ricky Lightfoot M Ellenborough AC 11:50
2 Rhys Findlay-Robinson M Dark Peak Fell Runners 11:58
3 Steve Hebblethwaite M Keswick AC 12:24
4 Martin Mikkelsen-Barron M Borrowdale Fell Runners 12:35
5 Darren Block M Cumberland Fell Runners 13:11
6 Howard Seal MV40 Cumberland Fell Runners 13:16
7 Chris Knowles MV50 Ellenborough AC 13:55
8 Matthew Aleixo MU23 Unattached 14:24
9 Richard Butler M Unattached 14:44
10 Peter Newton M Ann Arbor Track Club, USA 14:59
11 Brian Thompson MV50 Cumberland Fell Runners 15:24
12 Lee Tyrer MU23 Unattached 15:28
13 Phil Clayton MV40 Black Combe Runners 15:28
14 Brian Cooper M Perth Road Runners 15:31
15 Colin Graham M Unattached 15:35
16 Ryan Parker M Cumberland Fell Runners 15:37
17 Ricky Fee M Ellenborough AC 16:08
18 Philip England MV50 M.D.C. (Llandeilo) 16:16
19 Lyn Thompson LV50 Keswick AC 16:29
20 Rob Newton M Pickering 16:55
21 Kate Apps L Cumberland Fell Runners 17:01
22 Neil Atkinson MV40 Cumberland Fell Runners 17:22
23 Paul Mason MV50 Cumberland Fell Runners 17:23
24 Ali Keats LV50 Unattached 17:28
25 Claire Russell LV40 Cumberland Fell Runners 17:39
26 Graham Watson MV50 F.R.A. 18:27
27 CaiEngland MU23 Unattached 19:15
28 Jennie Chatterley LV40 Cumberland Fell Runners 19:35
29 Max Richards MU23 Unattached 19:46
30 Claire Parker LV40 Pennine Fell Runners 20:00
31 Andrew Hetherington M Eden Runners 20:02
32 Sandra Mason LV50 Cumberland Fell Runners 20:06
33 Caroline Cunningham L Borrowdale Fell Runners 20:18
34 Sue Ashley LV60 Keswick AC 20:46
35 Jane Mottram LV50 Cumberland Fell Runners 21:16
36 Dot Patton LV50 Cumberland Fell Runners 22:20
37 David Morgan MV60 Cumberland Fell Runners 23:02
38 John Taylor MV50 Unattached 23:25
39 Debbie Watson (late start) LV50 Unattached 23:29
40 Jonathan Mowday MU23 Unattached 24:42
41 Stephen Watson MV70 Cumberland Fell Runners 27:1