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Duddon Fell Race – 4/6/11

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The Duddon valley in the south-west corner of the Lake District is usually a quiet backwater far from the madding crowds, but on Saturday the tranquility was temporarily disturbed as fell runners from all over the country arrived for the Duddon Fell Race, the third round of this year’s English Championships. Starting from the Newfield Inn at Seathwaite, the eighteen mile race visits seven Lakeland summits, involves an arduous 6000 feet of ascent and is widely regarded as one of the great Lake District races. About 300 runners assembled in the start field under clear blue skies and a blazing sun – they would be in for a gruelling race.


Injury & other commitments meant that just 9 Harriers had travelled in search of Championship points, with Helen Berry the best placed, lying third in the senior Ladies table before the race. Finishing a very creditable 86th overall & 5th lady in 3.38.50 has kept her Championship campaign on track, where she will be hoping to improve on last year’s sixth place. Also in the ladies, Paula Gould claimed her first English Championship points, finishing 28th lady in 4.21.53 – a well-deserved reward for some hard training.


For the men, the outstanding performance came from Andy Hauser who finished 56th overall in 3.24.51 and won the V55 category - barring disasters he should be on course for an English Championship medal. In the senior men Tom Brunt was hoping to break the elusive 3 hour barrier, but faded a little over the last hour and ended up 21st in 3.03.19. Julian Rank, a Duddon regular, had a typically solid run finishing 50th in 3.21.35. Bill Hunter was nursing an injured ankle, so decided to run the short course instead and unfortunately Sophie Barraclough was also feeling under the weather and was forced to retire, so it was left to Ian Shuttleworth and Phil Hobbs to complete the Holmfirth representation and pick up some valuable and hard-earned points in the club’s own championship series.


All the Harriers benefited from excellent support at various points along the route with the vocal Holmfirth contingent providing food, drinks and much-needed encouragement to raise flagging spirits!


The next English Championship outing is also in the Lake District - the little-known Loughrigg and Silver Howe Chase on Sunday 26th June. Many others will also be in action closer to home in the next club championship counter – the Kinder Trog on Sunday 19th June.


Results: 1st Rob Jebb (Bingley), 2.43.54; 21st Tom Brunt, 3.03.19; 32nd (1st lady) Lauren Jeska (Todmorden), 3.14.26;  50th Julian Rank, 3.21.35; 56th (1st V55) Andy Hauser, 3.24.51; 86th (5th lady) Helen Berry, 3.38.50; 180th (28th lady) Paula Gould, 4.21.53; 196th Ian Shuttleworth, 4.27.40 & 221st Phil Hobbs, 4.39.57 (268 finishers).








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Welcome to the fell running section. If you have an aversion to tarmac and the prospect of scrambling up steep-sided hills and careering down the other side on paths mainly populated by nimble-footed sheep, come rain, shine or snow sounds like fun, then fell running is for you. Holmfirth Harriers has a long and glorious history of running on the fells. Recent individual achievements include three consecutive wins in the Old County Tops for Tom Brunt and a silver medal in the Yorkshire championships for Helen Berry. On the team front we have had a series of solid performances in the FRA relays and the Ian Hodgson. In the 2009 Calderdale Way Relay the women were 4th and the men equalled their best ever performance with a magnificent 3rd place.



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