The North East’s Premier Fell Club Website by Merlin
With many races being cancelled this weekend due to the threat of the coronavirus it was unclear what effect this would have on the size of the field. However, the race went ahead under current government advice and despite the risks being communicated to competitors there was a good turnout. Exactly 100 of the 120 or so runners who had signed up for the race were not deterred by the risk and most had the attitude that this might be their last race for quite a while. This view was confirmed the following day whenthe government updated their advice on non-essential travel and social distancing. The weather was near perfect being cool, clear and calm in the valleys; although there was a fair breeze on the tops and the ground was much muddier than normal making the going tough in places. The race was delayed by a couple of minutes when the RO got a phone call on his way to the start from Bob whom he had locked in the village hall! A quick return to free Bob and he was back on his way to get the race started. In the men’s race Lee Kemp set off at a cracking pace and appeared to already have a winning margin by the time he had reached Check Point 3 in 47 minutes. However, the leading positions in this race changed frequently as runners got tired or lost or both. The actual winner was in 6th place at this point nearly 5 minutes behind Lee. Fell running is more than just being able to run fast, though, and being able to navigate is a key skill. Navigational errors led to Lee losing the lead as he headed up to the Falconer Seat at Check Point 5 and then down to Check Point 6 when he ended up at Lordstones café despite specific pre-race instructions not to go here! Full Bilsdale report Mike Quinn “Step by Step to Success” Winter Series Final Category positions Winter Series Final Team positions Bilsdale report Bilsdale results v2 Heartbeat Hobble results                                      In these unprecedented times taking into account the views of race organisers, help and guidance of the Fell Runners Association, and the latest information from UK Government we have taken the difficult and ultimately necessary decision to cancel the remaining two fell race events in the Dave Parry Lets Run Winter Series 2019/20 (Maybeck Three Crosses and Blakey Blitz).        With uncertainty around when restrictions will be lifted we have also decided to cancel the Summer Fell race Series 2020, this will not prevent individual organisers for holding their events once the future becomes clearer.        Thank you to Lets Run for their race number support.        The series situation will be reviewed in the late summer.        Regards and best wishes,              Robert Lillie, Clive Thornton and race organisers. Event Postponed. Guisborough Three Tops map Race details                                    NZ 616155