Senior Fell Race 2018:
REPORT, RESULTS & PHOTOS
Record entry of 59 runners – Jack Wood wins – New course record (11:25)
The blue sky and afternoon sunshine brought out a record field of 59 to the start line.
In the absence of the current title holder and record holder, the field was wide open. With some top-class local talent on the entry list along with some unfamiliar names and unknown quantities, speculation was rife as to how this would play out.
The race got off to a fast start, with Joseph Dugdale (CFR) and Ricky Lightfoot (Ellenborough) leading the field out to the foot of the fell. Spectators commented on the magnificent sight of the many-coloured vests snaking up the steep climb to the ridge. In less than 10 minutes the front runners were back in sight on the skyline, having fought their battle to the summit cairn and back, raising eyebrows about a potential new course record.
The yellow club vests of Ellenborough and Keswick were easily identifiable in positions two and three, while in overall lead was a plain black vest that didn’t seem to denote any club. Who was it…?
As he crossed the finish line, it was Jack Wood (Ilkley Harriers) who revealed himself as the winner, with a new course record of 11:25. Ricky Lightfoot finished 4 seconds later, and Carl Bell a further 2 seconds behind. The pace was such that all three were inside the previous record, set last year, of 11:33.
The leading woman, Kate Marriot (Keswick), finished 20thoverall in a time of 15:06. This is among the quicker winning times in recent years (the women’s record stands at 14:53).
Joe Richardson did us the honor of setting the runners off and presenting the prizes. Joe is well known to many as a local farmer and, in younger years, as an elite fell runner in his native Cumbria who rose to international competition. This was a busy day for Joe, who had earlier been judging the sheep.
Senior Fell Race 2018 – Full Results
|1||Jack Wood||M||Ilkley Harriers||11:25|
|2||Ricky Lightfoot||M||Ellenborough AC||11:29|
|3||Carl Bell||M||Keswick AC||11:31|
|4||Joseph Dugdale||MU23||Cumberland Fell Runners||11:46|
|5||Alastair Thomas||MU23||Keswick AC||11:55|
|6||Mark Purkis||M||Hunters Bog Trotters||12:30|
|7||Tom Simpson||MU23||Ambleside AC||12:31|
|8||Richard McGrath||M40||Ellenborough AC||12:36|
|9||Dan Mills||M||Keswick AC||12:37|
|10||James Long||MU23||Dark Peak Fell Runners||13:26|
|11||Mike Robinson||M40||Dark Peak Fell Runners||13:33|
|12||Arthur Raffle||MU23||Altrincham& District AC||13:41|
|13||Zak Anderson||MU23||Cumberland Fell Runners||13:44|
|14||Ben Breeze||MU23||Cumberland Fell Runners||13:56|
|15||Chris Knowles||M50||Ellenborough AC||13:58|
|16||Douglas Zininr||M||Calder Valley Fell Runners||14:16|
|17||Andy Wrigley||M40||Cumberland Fell Runners||14:40|
|19||Andrew Shipley||M||Highgate Harriers||15:06|
|20||Kate Marriott||W||Keswick AC||15:06|
|21||Pez Bullen||M50||Keswick AC||15:14|
|22||Luke Melsechko||M40||Calder Valley Fell Runners||15:21|
|26||Ross Butler||M40||Keswick AC||15:47|
|27||Lee Pretlove||M||Royston Runners||15:53|
|28||Brian Thompson||M50||Cumberland Fell Runners||16:17|
|29||David Atkinson||M50||Cumberland Fell Runners||16:18|
|30||Lucy Stobbart||W||Cumberland AC||16:41|
|31||Lyn Thompson||W60||Keswick AC||16:57|
|35||Tom Partington||M||Keswick AC||17:09|
|36||Rose Singleton||W||Northern Fells RC||17:24|
|37||Jim Reid||M40||Manx Fell Runners||17:41|
|39||Ian Swarbrick||M50||Cumberland Fell Runners||17:59|
|40||Helen Davis||W||Steel City Striders||18:08|
|41||Stuart Backhouse||M50||Keswick AC||18:10|
|42||Steve Breeze||M40||Cumberland Fell Runners||18:16|
|45||Nick Moore||M60||Cumberland Fell Runners||18:58|
|47||Tony Jewell||M60||Cumberland Fell Runners||19:46|
|49||Jack King||M70||Cumberland Fell Runners||20:02|
|50||Mike Hind||M60||Borrowdale Fell Runners||20:10|
|52||Philip Hawley||M60||Cumberland Fell Runners||21:00|
|53||Joanne Sykes||W||Harrogate Tri Club||21:57|
|54||Dot Patton||W60||Cumberland Fell Runners||22:11|
|55||Sue Ashley||W60||Keswick AC||22:40|
|56||Margaret Hawley||W60||Cumberland AC||23:13|
Above: Jack Wood (1st) receives his prize from Joe Richardson
Above: Ricky Lightfoot (2nd) receives his prize from Joe Richardson
Above: Carl Bell (3rd) receives his prize from Joe Richardson
SENIOR FELL RACE 2017
‘Record entry – Sam Stead wins – New course record’
Sam Stead at Knock Murton summit on his way to a new course record
Photo: Stephen Wilson, www.granddayoutphotography.co.uk
SENIOR FELL RACE REPORT 2017
Perfect weather and dry ground promised fast running conditions, and with previous winners notably absent the field was wide open! On the start line: a record entry of 46 contenders. Joe Richardson, local sheep farmer and former fell race champion, set the runners off and later presented the prizes. 17 year-old Joseph Dugdale (CFR) set the pace. He flew up the steep initial climb and was first to attain Knock Murton summit. Some 4 places behind, Sam Stead (Keswick) was gradually reeling him in. When Joseph’ s blue vest came back into view on the skyline above the Show Field, Sam was challenging him directly. It was clear to spectators and stopwatch that this would be a very fast finish. Using the steep final descent to his advantage, Sam overtook through the heather/gorse to grasp the men’s title by one second in a new record time (11:33). Both men finished inside the previous record (11:50), set in 2013 by Ricky Lightfoot over a slightly longer course. The M40 category had the most entrants overall (12) and was won by Mike Robinson (Dark Peak). M70 drew a competitive field of 4 and was won by David Fell (CFR). The women’s field, uncharacteristically small this year relative to the men’s, was closely contested by the front-runners with Alison Matthews (Darlington) taking the title and Tiffany Penfold (Copeland) one place behind. Junior courses, set by Neil Atkinson, proved popular with a throng of 26 in the U13 event. In true Ennerdale Show spirit, our youngest fell race competitor was aged 7 and our eldest, 77. Thanks to the participants, helpers and supporters who together made the Fell Race a success. Also to the Ennerdale Show committee who do so much through the year to make this a great day out for all. Eleanor Williamson
SENIOR FELL RACE RESULTS 2017
|1||Sam Stead||M||Keswick AC||11:33|
|2||Joseph Dugdale||MU23||Cumberland Fell Runners||11:34|
|3||Ted Ferguson||MU23||Borrowdale Fell Runners||12:09|
|4||Mario Yeomans||M||Cumberland Fell Runners||12:49|
|5||Mike Robinson||M40||Dark Peak Fell Runners||13:18|
|7||Dan Nettelfield||M||South Molton||13:28|
|8||Tim Irlam||M||Cumberland Fell Runners||13:46|
|9||Stephen Wilkes||M40||Bishop’s Stortford RC||13:49|
|10||Paul Johnson||M40||Cumberland Fell Runners||13:55|
|11||Howard Seal||M40||Cumberland Fell Runners||13:59|
|12||Peter Kemp||M40||Ellenborough AC||14:09|
|13||David McCabe||M40||Trawden AC||14:15|
|14||Andy Wrigley||M40||Cumberland Fell Runners||14:28|
|15||Sam Holding||M||Cumberland Fell Runners||14:34|
|16||Matthew Aleixo||M||Cumberland Fell Runners||14:57|
|17||Alison Matthews||L||Darlington Harriers||15:04|
|18||Tiffany Penfold||LU23||Copeland AC||15:27|
|19||Ross Butler||M40||Keswick AC||15:32|
|21||Paul Jennings||M50||Cumberland Fell Runners||15:40|
|22||Neil Atkinson||M40||Cumberland Fell Runners||15:42|
|23||John Fletcher||M50||Cumberland Fell Runners||16:14|
|24||Jane Reedy||L40||Ambleside AC||16:23|
|25||Roger Gooding||M40||Springfield Striders||16:38|
|27||Nigel Todhunter||M50||Cumberland AC||17:20|
|29||Lindsay Buck||L50||Cumberland Fell Runners||17:54|
|30||Tom Partington||M||Keswick AC||18:40|
|32||David Fell||M70||Cumberland Fell Runners||18:51|
|34||Nick Moore||M50||Cumberland Fell Runners||19:14|
|35||Philip Cottril||M70||Fell Runners Association||19:18|
|36||Tony Jewell||M60||Cumberland Fell Runners||19:50|
|37||Mark Ediker||M50||Salford Harriers||19:53|
|38||Terence Lowden||M60||Cumberland Fell Runners||19:59|
|40||Philip Hawley||M60||Cumberland Fell Runners||20:07|
|41||Mike Hind||M60||Borrowdale Fell Runners||20:29|
|42||Richard Jewell||M40||Cumberland Fell Runners||20:55|
|43||Jenny Jennings||L50||Cumberland Fell Runners||21:02|
|44||Jane Mottram||L60||Cumberland Fell Runners||24:19|
|45||Barry Johnson||M70||Cumberland Fell Runners||25:27|
|46||David Morgan||M70||Cumberland Fell Runners||29:38|
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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|25||Hannah Bradley||LU23||Cumberland Fell Runners|
|26||Richard Lecky-Thompson||M50||Ambleside AC|
|28||David Parke||M40||Cumberland AC|
|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|
|36||David Downes||M60||West Cumberland Orienteering Club|
|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|
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.
- 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!
Ennerdale Show Fell Race – 26/08/2015 – Results
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|29||Paul Wilson||M40||Northern Fells||17:56|
|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|
|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|
|44||David Morgan||M70||Cumberland Fell Runners||22:16|
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!
Ennerdale Show Fell Race – 28/08/2013 – Results
|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|
|10||Peter Newton||M||Ann Arbor Track Club, USA||14:59|
|11||Brian Thompson||MV50||Cumberland Fell Runners||15:24|
|13||Phil Clayton||MV40||Black Combe Runners||15:28|
|14||Brian Cooper||M||Perth Road Runners||15:31|
|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|
|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|
|25||Claire Russell||LV40||Cumberland Fell Runners||17:39|
|28||Jennie Chatterley||LV40||Cumberland Fell Runners||19:35|
|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|
|39||Debbie Watson (late start)||LV50||Unattached||23:29|
|41||Stephen Watson||MV70||Cumberland Fell Runners||27:1|