2023 Senior Fell Championship Update & Final Standings

For the Men, it was close, but not close enough, as Adam Sunderland went one better than last year, holding off the challenges of Michael Sanderson & Bob Dickinson, to top the leader-board with an excellent 233 points, having taken part in 10 races, as well as all 5 Fell Relays, so many congratulations to him. Well done also to Michael, who scored 215 points and Bob, who scored 206 points – better luck next year guys! Special mention to Phil Hewitt and last year’s champion Tim Brook, who both took part in all 5 of the fell relays we entered, helping to make the Team Captains’ job a little easier! For the Ladies, Sophie Cromwell also completed 10 races, as well as taking part in 3 of the Fell Relays, amassing an impressive 216 points, so well done to her on her deserved title. Follow the link to the results here.

During the year, we’ve had some 85 Harriers taking part, with 25 racing or relaying at least 3 times and it was good to see some new faces venturing onto the fells. Hopefully 2024 will tempt even more of you out there – Sophie definitely needs some competition!

The calendar for 2024 has already been published (see link), so start planning your diaries! We’re trying to get as many Harriers to take part in these races as possible, in particular the English Championship events. First up for seniors & juniors alike is an old favourite, the Stanbury Splash over at Haworth, on Sunday 14th January. It’s always wet & muddy, there’ll be plenty of people taking part (so no danger of getting lost) & there’s nothing too technical, so an ideal way to start your fell-running career! This is followed by another reasonably local race, Windy Hill in Denshaw on Sunday 11th February – chances are you’ll see why it’s called Windy Hill!! Entries are open now, so get yourselves signed up.

Phil Hobbs

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