The sun shone on Alva on Sunday as 93 teams from all
over the UK took part in the 17th British Fell & Hill
Running Relay Championships. The teams faced 4 tough legs
over the Ochil Hills with the route covering over 10,000ft
of climbing in 26 miles.
outstanding performance on leg
1 came from Joe Symonds
AC who completed the very tough 6 mile and 2500
ft of climbing in a staggering 46 minutes, nearly 2 minutes
ahead of English international Danny Hope of Pudsey & Bramley
and Sean Bolland of Bowland. Joe is obviously on great
form at the moment having followed up his 17th place
at the World Mountain Running Trophy in New Zealand with
a convincing win at the Pentland Skyline race last weekend,
where the course record could have been threatened had
he known the best route.
First vet home was Alan Bowness of CFR who led the field
for a while on the first climb. He obviously has a liking
for Alva having run the fastest leg 2 at the 1999 relays.
Jackie Lee of Welsh club Eryri Harriers finished first
lady with home favourites Carnethy Ladies lying in 4th.
2 saw a shorter, more runnable route over the Nebit
Hill. Defending champions Dark Peak seized their chance
to take the lead with Rob Little running the fastest leg
and pulling them up 5 places to first with Pudsey consolidating
their position in second.
In the vets race, CFR and Pudsey were now well clear
in 3rd and 4th overall with British
vets Champions Carnethy slowly gaining some places to
move up to 6th vets. Angela Allen of Horwich
posted the fastest ladies leg moving them up 5 places
to 4th, with Jane Lloyd posting the second
fastest ladies time to retain the Eryri lead.
The runners had to engage their brains as well as brawn
for the navigation leg 3. Luckily for the runners the
sun was now out so there were no problems with visibility.
Dark Peak consolidated their lead, running the second
fastest leg behind Mercia. The Mercia pairing of Andy
Yapp and Pete Vale moved the midlands team up 9 places
in the open category into 4th.
The stand-out performance of the leg came from Carnethy
Ladies Angela Mudge and Lyn Wilson who ran the 12th fastest
leg overall, 15 minutes faster than the next fastest ladies
team Helm Hill, giving them a lead of 7 minutes over Eryri.
Carnethy also did well in the vets category with Adam
Ward and Adrian Davies running the fastest vets leg moving
them up to 3rd vets behind Pudsey and CFR.
leg saw the runners face 3700ft of climb with
the ascent of Wood Hill, The Law and Ben Cleuch. Dark
Peak were never going to be caught with English internationals
Tim Austin and Lloyd Taggart posting the fastest leg time
by nearly 3 minutes to finish in a total time of 3hrs
42mins, ahead of Pudsey & Bramley and Ambleside.
First Scots to cross the line were Lothian in 5th with
junior orienteer Oleg Chepelin joining Carnethy 5 winner
Murray Strain on the anchor leg. In the vets race, Carnethy
were pipped by Pudsey and Bramley with only 40 seconds
separating the teams after 4 hours of racing.
In the ladies race however, Carnethy went one better
with Jill Mykura and Lucy Colquhoun running the fastest
leg to secure victory over Ilkley and Keswick. There was
also an outstanding performance from World silver medalist
Tracey Brindley who ran with fellow international Alasdair
Anthony of local club Ochil Hill Runners to post the
leg time, only 6 minutes down on the Dark Peak pairing
Austin and Taggart. Cosmic Ladies from Aberdeen brought
up the rear of the field finishing in 6hrs 44mins.
Prizes were presented by local Councilor McGill, Provost
Stewart, Sports Council Chair Enid Barton, in recognition
of the great support the race received from the Clackmannanshire
Council and Sports Council.
huge thank you to all those who helped the event run
(in no particular order and apologies for
Sponsors : Clackmannanshire Sports Council, Clackmannanshire
Council, Pete Bland Sports
Clackmannanshire Council : Karen Kirkwood, Marjorie MacFarlane,
Sheila Bulloch (Admin assistance)
Army Cadets : Sgt. Jim Brown & team
Clackmannanshire St Andrews Ambulance Corp (First Aid)
Staff at Dalmore Centre and Cochrane Hall
Presentation Guests : Provost Stewart, Councillor McGill,
Enid Barton (Sports Council), Alan Barlow (FRA), Robin
Morris (UK Athletics), Dave Armitage (scottishathletics
Harvey Maps : Marcus Pinker, Susan Harvey
Ochils Mountain Rescue : Kevin Mitchell
Help was received from members of the following clubs
Carnethy, Ochil, Fife, City of Edinburgh, HBT, Ilkley,
Westerlands, Falkirk VH and Lothian
Entries : Moira Stewart
Results : Andy Spenceley, Jane Robertson
Changeover : Keith Burns
Controller : Ken Daly
Permission : Ron McCraw
PA : Bob Fray
Presentations : Gordon Cameron, Adam Ward
Markings : Martin Hyman, Richard Robertson
Radios : Jon Broxap
Marshals : Dave Francis, Frank Cation, Joe Holden, Alex
McEwan, Andy Laycock, Ian Nimmo, Anne Nimmo, Ailish Nimmo,
Hilary Spenceley, Barbel Burns, Helen, Eddie Dealtry,
Derek Robertson, Alex Menarry, Nigel Rose, Kate Friend,
Steve Fallon, Keith
Helpers : Tracey Brindley, Megan Priestley, Andrea Priestley,
Mark Priestley, Joanne Anderson, Cali Ingham, Bob Waterhouse,
Denis Bell, Robin Thomas, Willie Gibson, Angela Mudge,
Janice Mudge, Pete Buchanan, Jamie Thin, Colin Pritchard,
Karen Meikle, Lars Ottemoller, John Blair Fish, Willie
Mykura, Paul Ritchie, John Stevenson, Pete Baxter, Mark