Sunday 15th March 2020 brought high winds to the fells of the Breamish Valley. A tremendous turnout of 120 runners took on the Brough law fell race covering 5 miles and 1300ft of ascent. Marking out the course was a task in itself trying to ensure secure taping at strategic points. The start is an immediate leg burning and lung busting climb, spreading out the field from the off. Registration was like a well oiled machine with the help of Mike, Jane, Mike and Gary. We had Mr Wilson and Kevin out on the hills to direct runners where previously some have gone astray.
It was a close contest between the first two runners on the long descent to the finish. Chris Larkin of Newcastle University came through for the win with some impressive downhill running, closely followed by last year’s winner Callum Hanson from Pudsey and Bramley. Sean Leckey from Ambleside AC was third.
In the women’s race, Gemma Bradley from Saltwell harriers was first, Molly Pace from Jesmond Joggers was second with Lauren Davies-Beckett from Newcastle University in third.
Category winners were: W40 Helen Heaney (NSP), W50 Katherine Davis (NFR), M40 Roger Sillito (NFR), M50 Gary Robson (NFR), M60 Ken Maynard (Sunderland Strollers), M70 James Tomlin.
Many thanks to Jane and Michael Briggs, Mike Steven, Gary Mason, Kevin Bray and Mr Wilson for permission to use the course. Also thanks to Phil Green for sweeping. Over £600 was raised which will be split between Northumberland Mountain rescue and the Northern English Springer Spaniel rescue charity.
Hope to see you again next year.