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All things fell running related. Nick Stringer and some others are keen on such masochistic pastimes so see him if interested.

Passing Clouds Fell Race, Near Leek, Sunday 10th June 2018 Print

Roughly 10 miles with about 1700ft of assent over 3 serious climbs. The race had a similar amount of climb as the lads Leap race in May but spread over a longer run thus presenting a different challenge. Hard work but wonderful surroundings with plenty of ups and downs (see what I did there). Tahir joined Nick, Andy and Barry from the last race and we generally regrouped regularly so we could enjoy the event rather than race all out.

If you are strong enough and enjoy the hills then this would be greatly recommended.

 Tahir Ahktar 
 90 Nick Stringer 
 91 Andy Law
 92 Barry O'Neill

Full results can be found here and some really impressive photos here .

Alan kirk memorial Lads Leap fell race, Glossop, Sat 19th May 2018 Print

There is something about ageing that seems to be attracting some of us to hills. That, and the glorious countryside that Britain has to offer.

This was the first fell race that Barry and Andy had done. We were ably chaperoned and cajoled by Nick, who has a wealth of experience to tap. This particular event was stacked with some very able runners and doubled as the inter-counties championships.

First fell race and Barry's very first selfie

The roughly 10k course itself was an out and back affair with a vicious climb at the start and another at 3 miles.  It covered some rocky hillsides, spongy peaty ground and some grassy parts that were akin to park paths. The only problem with the event was you could not just look around and take in the glorious scenery as no two footings were the same and you ran a great risk of going a-over-t if you did not concentrate.

As this was our first event we were never in it to race and came in towards the back of the field thoroughly beaten by the hills and the heat.  Thanks to Nick for looking after us and stopping to keep us together. Next year we will make it a proper race - we have some training to do.

 Nick Stringer 
 133 Edward O'Neill 
 134 Andy Law

Full results can be found here ..

A simple introduction Print
For those with an unhealthy curiosity, there is an interesting introduction to the subject on runners world . Also check out the Fell Runners Association on the links page.
Orienteering Print

Ok, its not fell running but it's somewhere in the same bracket along with adventure racing. Sue me if I'm wrong ....

I had an email from an Adrian Baily which I have posted below which some might find interesting. If anyone wants more information then I can email him

We'd be pleased to see your members at events. I've blogged the latest list at
Anyway, a good intro to the sport is here:

Fell Running with Nick Print

The red and black vest of Sparkhill Harriers has started to infiltrate the ranks of fell runners thanks to the efforts of intrepid harriers Paul Murtaugh and Nick stringer last year. They took part in various Fell Runners' Association fixtures in the peek district, which they are sure enhanced their performance during recent cross country races.

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