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22 May 2006 10:48

Bingley Harriers duo Rob Jebb and Natalie White were again victorious at the third race in the English Fell Running Championships series. The race started from Carlton Bank, near Stokesley in North Yorkshire, running along the ridge to the Wainstones viewpoint. The final climb, which was almost vertical, sorted out the pack.

The wins mean they retain the lead in the senior sectors of the overall championship. Ian Holmes was first vet 40, and he too retains his overall lead in the veteran category.

The men’s team was won by Pudsey and Bramley, and the women’s by Bingley, helped by the fact that White is now eligible to score for them in the team.

The men over 70 and women over 60 run just the short and medium races, with the best three out of four scores to count for the championship. Both Alex Menarry in men V70 and Jan Atkins in women V60 have won all three races so far and are therefore unbeatable. Results

Men: 1 Rob Jebb (Bingley Harriers) 53:58; 2 Rob Hope (Pudsey and Bramley) 54:21; 3 Lloyd Taggart (Dark Peak Fell Runners) 54:41; 4 Ian Holmes (V40, Bingley Harriers) 54:59; 5 Danny Hope (Pudsey and Bramley) 55:33; 6 John Heneghan (Pudsey and Bramley) 56:01; 7 Pete Vale (Mercia Fell Runners) 56:34; 8 Darren Kay Horwich RMI Harriers) 56:37; 9 Dave Neill (V50, Staffs Moorlands AC) 56:41; 10 Mike Whyatt (V40, Bowland Fell Runners) 57:16.

Other vet men … 1st over 60 Dave Spedding (Keswick) 65:13. 1st over 70 Alex Menarry (Durham FR) 86:53.

Women: 1 Natalie White (Bingley Harriers) 64:07; 2 Christine Howard (Matlock AC) 64:35; 3 Jo Waites (Calder Valley FR) 66:04; 4 Kate Burge (Stafford Harriers) 67:06; 5 Elizabeth Batt (V40, Dark Peak FR) 67:15.

Other vet women … 1st over 50 Lyn Thompson (Keswick) 74:36. 1st over 60 Jan Atkins (Chorley) 91:40.


Men (5 to score): 1 Pudsey and Bramley 54 points; 2 Dark Peak 62; 3 Horwich 129.

Women (3 to score): 1 Bingley 18; 2 Dark Peak 33; 3 Calder Valley 43.

Men over 40 (4 to score): 1 Dark Peak 31. Men over 50 (3 to score): 1 Horwich 26.

The latest Juniors’ Championships races were also run on 21 May, at High Rigg, which is one of the toughest set of fell running courses for the juniors. The courses start from the bottom of the valley at St John’s in the Vale, near Keswick, and climb steeply up, gradually getting further up the hill as the competitors move up the age categories. The well-organised event had the benefit of the large barn of Bram Cragg farm, including ice creams (which were still popular in the rain!).

Winners … Under 12 Boy Rory Addison (Helm Hill). Under 14 Boy: Lee Jones (Matlock). Under 16 Boy: Joseph Kelly (Rossendale). Under 18 Boy: Nick Swinburn (Northumberland). Intermediate Men: Chris Doyle (Trafford). Under 12 Girl: Hannah Bethwaite (Ellenborough). Under 14 Girl: Melanie Hyder (Dallam). Under 16 Girl: Hannah Bateson (Lancs and Morecambe). Under 18 Girl: Dionne Allen (Leigh Harriers). Intermediate Women: Samantha Morphet (Cumberland Fell Runners).

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