Once upon a time winning the claymore at Carnethy seemed unattainable, but now we have done it twice in three years. This year two minibus' of Helm runners made the trip north more in hope than expectation, being fully aware of the quality of runners that we would meet on the start line. 'Run of the day' would have to go to.....err....everybody who got around the course in what can only be described as arctic conditions with the organisers confirming 40 - 50 mph winds and a windchill of -20C. Such is the strength in depth of Helm we won both the men's and ladies' team prizes which includes of course the claymore - can anyone think of a better trophy? The men's quartet consisted of Tom A (2nd) Mark A(7th) Josh Jardine (13th) and Adam Perry (14th), and the ladies were led by a stunning run from Hannah R who won the race outright with Sharon T(4th) and Catherine N. Both teams were ably supported by many who helped by pushing the counters of other teams further down - truly a team effort. Special thanks to Carnethy RC for the day, who had so many marshals out in such conditions allowing the race to go ahead.
See here for a report and results.
Well done to Mike Ainsworth who took the honours at Birkrigg in the KWL, leading home Luke Bowen and Jon Rylance of Ambleside, and in the ladies Nina Walkingshaw of Howgill held off Imogen B and Carol Evans (Settle). Results
KWL 2017 off to a flyer
After all the organisation over the winter months, not even the most optimistic of us would have foreseen the popularity of the first two races; with both Scout Scar and Giggleswick attracting over 200 senior runners. Garry Greenhow, Sam Watson, and Charlie Lowther took the first 3 places on the scar with Kieran H coming 4th (1st v40) and 1st Helm. Hannah R led us home for the ladies with Catherine Slater coming in 2nd in her 1st race for Helm, with Ali Richards 1st v40. Results.
Giggleswick race saw Alistair Russell (Kendal) hold off Adam Perry for Helm and Mark McGoldrick (Wharfedale) edge ahead of Kieran H again 1st v40. The ladies saw Bingley's Victoria Wilkinson come in 1st with Imogen Burrow for Helm 2nd lady and 1st u23. A fine run from Bianca Dyer took the LV40 for Helm. Results.
Great pictures by Andy Holden of Stuart Allen and Ali Richards.
Tour of Helvellyn and Helvellyn 10k
Well done to the Helm runners in both these events Andy Horrobin came a superb 2nd overall and 1st v40 in this endurance event with Stuart Allan, Emma Jennings, Emma Dent and Sharon Hutchinson also competing. Results.
Also Sharon Taylor kept up the pace in the 10k race around Thirlmere coming in 1st followed by Jonny Marchant, Gill Ramsey and Lyndsay Harrod.
Fancy Dress run
The rain held off this year and Allsorts assembled at the Rifleman's for the run that startles walkers out on Cunswick scar. The winners this year were Paul and Sarah Senior's Smurfs who just shaded it (in blue) from Jonny's wee willy Winkie and Paul and Jenny's where's Wallys. Thanks to Ali and Rick for organising especially the 'refreshments' at Cunswick hall to aid the return ascent of Gamblesmire lane. Photos and videos on Twitter. Pic by Duncan Richards.