Just two runners last weekend at Hellfield Gala with Alex and Gregan Baker.  Alex won a bronze mdeal and Gregan had a good run in a very tough field (this was the Yorkshire Champs for which both Trawdeners count).  They did get their photos taken with Michelle Keegan from Coronation Street!

The next fell race is this Saturday at Arncliffe Gala, although obviously a number of people are going to the Mid Lancs meeting.  On Sunday there is the BOFRA race at Cray – this is a great race up Buckden Pike but is not a championship counter.  Also on Sunday, for seniors only, there is the Boulsworth Race which is part of Trawden Show.

I have just received this from Christine who is on holiday and having trouble picking up her email – apologies it may be a couple of weeks old.

The race at Pilgrims Cross on 10th August will be added to the championship.  There will be no junior entry fee and the race organiser is aware.

The background, I believe, is that the race at Charlesworth had different age categories and this affected the champs.  That race has now been excluded from those counting.  The orginal replacement was Whittle Pike, which was last weekend, but this was changed due to holidays.

I know that a number of juniors are competing in this series and the Club is doing well.  Apologies for the inconvenience that this has caused.

The Club had runners at four different races over a 4 day period last weekend.  Apart from Ambleside on thursday they were Whittle Pike and Cowling on saturday and the Bofra champs race at Farleton Knott on Sunday.

Cowling results are on www.wharfedaleharriers.co.uk but I don’t have the others at the moment.  Picture of medallist Alex Baker at Cowling below, there are also some good photos at http://www.photos-dsb.co.uk/.  David Brett is also using an excellent Pendle photo on his slide show on the home page, so do have a look.

This weekend there are also racing choices with Hellifield Gala and Arncliffe Gala.  Hellifield is the Yorkshire junior championships for which some Pendle athletes are eligible, courtesy of having been born at Airedale Hospital!  The top athletes will be going to the Hellifield race.

Arncliffe is more laid back but an excellent race.  The fell race is preceeded by a road race and quite a few seniors and U17s do both.

This Saturday (30th July). Registration in the Gala field from 3pm. Races start at 4:15 (U9, U12, U14 with U17 and seniors to follow). Seniors £2 and Junior races free.

Contact Keith Holder offcumdun@gmail.com or mob. 07813 099361. Helping Jeff Emmott on the day.

Twelve Pendle runners yesterday including five adults in the senior race – three in their first fell race, one in her 2nd!  Results on www.bofra.co.uk.  Rydal Round next year?

Some good photos of our runners (for sale) on http://www.athletesinaction.co.uk/photo11667524.html#photo

Results are at www.midlancs.org.uk.  The only report that I have received was that Gregan Baker acheived another PB in the U13 boys javelin and is starting to challenge the club record.  From the results James Blackburn beat local club captain Claude and is also close to the club senior record.  Leah Hillman won all of her three throws, with distances that are consistently long, and again getting close to her own club records in two of the events.

As usual if anyone is prepared to send me a report and/or photos then I will publish them!


A great turnout on a lovely day at the BOFRA championship race at Cracoe on Sunday.  About 14 club members ran including Kate Garner on her first ever fell race and she was smiling at the end. (top photos © woodentops)

The notable result of the day was Richard Marchant’s V50 win, coming 16th overall out of 92 finishers.

Results are on www.bofra.co.uk.  I’m hoping to get some group photos but in the meantime these are the shots from Richard Marchant of one of the wall crossings.

Fell running continues apace with a choice of two races at Ambleside Sports on Thursday 28th July (the Rydal Round and the Guides race).  Some brave folk try both but virtually no one does this again the following year for some reason. We could have three lady runners here for the first time?  On Saturday there is Cracoe Gala, where we had a good turnout last year, and on Sunday there is the Bofra championship race at Farleton Knott (near the A65/M6 junction).  The latter race has the longest and best scree descent in the country, but only for U17s and seniors.

Heywood Children’s Aquathon 23rd July 2011.

 James Marchant continues to enjoy competing in Triathlons, having completed three to date. Today he competed in his first Aquathon at Heywood, comprising of a 400m swim , followed by a 3km run. James took his recent good form on the fells with him to Heywood and came second in the Tristar 3 category (13-14 year olds).

Richard Marchant

Congratulations to Helena Leathley and Amy Moran who have been selected to represent Lancashire at the Northern Inter Counties championships at Leigh on 30th July.

A number of Club members missed Wednesday night training and competed at the Widdop fell race.  The course is a tough one, with narrow moorland paths and some very boggy sections on the senior race.

The evening saw two first places and one second place demonstrating what a strong player the Club is becoming in junior fell racing.

Alex Baker won a gold medal for her first place in the U10s girls coming an impressive 3rd overall.  This was followed by Thomas Marchant winning the U12s.  James Marchant had another good run to come 2nd in the U14s.

Full results at: http://www.cvfr.co.uk/

Next race is tonight (Thursday 21st July) for a cross country at Gargrave and then a Bofra championship race at Cracoe on Sunday.  Anyone can just turn up and enter on the day for these races.

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