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Mr Jackson has allowed us to park in the field as usual, and there will be a box at the entrance for donations to the Air Ambulance which recently used his field to deal with an accident. Please give generously. Also there will be a raffle and we will be very grateful for any donations of raffle prizes.
Wharfedale's Ted Mason used all his fell running abilities to storm home, in front of 56 other senior runners, at Saturday's Alva Games Fell Race. The day started out as the perfect Scottish summer's day, by the time the seniors ran there was torrential rain adding to the Highland challenge. This classic race has all the necessary ingredients of a lung-busting ascent, followed by a hair-raising, sharp, buttock bouncing descent.
Ted's win steals the crown held by Alastair Dunn of Helm Hill since 2006, and notches up another impressive win for his 2014 season so far. The win also relegated Alastair to second place with Sam Watson of Wharfedale Harriers being third man home.
The first lady to slide down the sheer incline, made more treacherous by the rain, was Ambleside's Hazel Robinson with Christina Rankin of Kilbarchan in second and Judith James third.
The U17s contended with heavy rain as they scrambled up to the top of this steep sided fell. The equally steep descent revealed the first boy in the arena to be Thomas Nelson, with brothers Harry and George Muir in second and third places. All three are from Wharfedale Harriers. The first and only girl back to the arena was Wharfedale's Ellamae Gibson.
The U14's merely had to deal with drizzle as they took on this Scottish Fell adventure. The first three boys, all of Wharfedale Harriers, were Robbie Johnstone, Logan Hargreaves-Madhas and Adam Gibson. First girl home was Kate Gallagher of Central AC with Wharfedale Harriers' Keera Nelson second.
The combined U12s and U9s had it comparatively easy as they raced first, and in the sun. First boy was Kendal's Fraser Sproul, followed by Settle Harriers' Thomas Marshall and Wharfedale Harriers' Jack Muir in third place. The first girl back to the arena was Lauryn Gregg of Rossendale Harriers and second was Wharfedale Harriers' Mollie Smith.
Full results can be found here
We need volunteers to help with registration, the Start, and Finish. The plan is to set up three or four teams of two or three members to help in one of these areas. If you can help please send in your name and contact number via email to Results. I will then collate some teams and publish it on the WEB site.
There are free entry passes for Alva. To get them please telephone Tracey on her mobile 07516209335 as you are approaching the car park, and she will send out a runner with them. Alternatively they can be collected from Witches Craig Campsite where she and her family are staying.
Kirkby Gala is one of the highlights of the BOFRA calendar and runners are made extremely welcome there. The gala committee has asked me to inform BOFRA members are very welcome to camp on the field for a nominal charge of £5 per vehicle or tent (i.e. not per person), including free hot showers (the showers have been refurbished since last year and now work well). You can arrive any time in the afternoon someone will be about to point you in the right direction.
There will be a barbecue from around 6:00pm on On the Saturday night. You pay for what you eat and drink, but the music is free, (although they will be accepting voluntary contributions in the bucket in the marquee!). Unfortunately there are no fireworks or bonfire this year.
Registration and presentation will be outside the Blue Bell and all races will start over the bridge by the gate except for the U9 which will be from the usual place above the gate in the field. For those travelling from the West there are traffic controls in Long Preston causing long queues. Other options are to go from Settle via Langcliffe, Malham Tarn and Arncliff, or via Rathmell and Wigglesworth, Halton West and Hellifield.
Please remember that parking for the Coniston Gullies Race is in the school grounds at the John Ruskin School, Lake Road Coniston.
The local residents are extremely sensitive about parking on the lane up to the Gullies. So please do not park on it and if you see anyone else parking in the lane, then please ask them to park at the school.
Race registration will open at 11:00am and will be in the school grounds. Please allow 10-15 minutes to get to the start. The start will now be through the stile at the beginning of the original race route and along the wall.
Please note that the date of the Badger Stone relays has changed to Wednesday 18 June 2014. The new race organiser is Mark Mon-Williams who can be contacted on 01943 602614.
Full details can be found on the Ilkley Harriers Website
Please note an amendment to the race details for the Weets Fell Race which takes place on Saturday 7 June 2014. There are no longer any junior races at this event. Minimum age to enter the senior event is 16 years. Apologies for the inconvenience.
As we approach the start of another exciting season of BOFRA events, I am happy to tell you that a production team from the One Show will be coming to Sedbergh Gala to do a feature about the relationship between fell running and local communities. This is particularly relevant to BOFRA since the organisation was set up many years ago to combat the rising tide of discrimination against 'professional ' athletes and to keep the fell races which form such a large part of local village shows, such as Sedbergh Gala, alive.
Presenting the feature will be Olympic Gold medal winner in the 4x400m relay and current UK 400m record holder; Iwan Thomas MBE, who may well be tempted into having a go at taking on Winder and adding 'Sedbergh legs' to his athletic experiences. The show's producer Nick Small is also rumoured to be limbering up ready to take on the mountain with camera in hand. There may well be a scattering of prominent figures from the world of fell running taking part in the feature, so keep your eyes peeled for some of our fell running greats.
Needless to say, the races will go ahead as normal, starting with the under 12's at 1.15pm followed by the under 14's and under 17's. The senior race will start at around 2.30pm Sedbergh time.
Those of you who have experienced 'Sedbergh legs' in the past, will be pleased to hear that I will providing free post race massages to anyone who can wait for me to get back down the mountain! As usual, any donations received will be passed on to local mountain rescue charities which keep us safe on the fells throughout the year.
Please remember the new safety requirements in terms of equipment which you MUST bring with you to each BOFRA race and be prepared to carry/wear if required to do so by the race organiser.
There have been a number of changes within BOFRA this year and in order to ensure effective operation.
With two weeks to go before Sedbergh Gala we have only received 2 thirds of the expected 2014 membership applications from our members, which means there are lots of you still to join.
If you are planning to run at Sedbergh Gala, we need your application NOW!!!. Any membership applications received after Saturday 10th May 2014 race numbers will not be posted back, but will taken to Sedbergh Gala where they can be collected.
Coniston Gullies is confirmed and will take place on the 1st June 2014.
We have secured an alternative location for parking for the Coniston Gullies Race. Parking will be in the school grounds at the John Ruskin School, Lake Road Coniston. Cost of parking will £2 per car, a bargain considering the local car parks are charging £1.80 for an hour.
Please do not park on the road up to the Gullies, because it makes access difficult for the residents living up the road, and makes us and the association very unpopular with them and the locals.
Race registration will be in the school grounds and all competitors and spectators MUST walk to the start. Please allow 10-15 minutes to get to the start. The start will now be through the stile at the beginning of the original race route and along the wall.
We have tried to preserve the original race routes, but some routes will change to ensure that the original race distances are maintained for the younger junior categories.
Please can you send in your Membership forms and membership fees ASAP. We need these as early as possible to give us time to allow them to be processed and the numbers to be sent out before the first race. Please don't leave it until the week of Sedbergh Gala race, because we may not be able to process your membership before the first race and you may not get onto the registration sheets and therefore your first championship race may not be a counter.
Please note that any applications presented on the day of a race will not be processed until the following day and you will not qualify for championship points for that race.
The BOFRA AGM took place on Sunday 9th March. It was a good turnout which allowed a healthy debate on all of the issues. The main changes agreed during the meeting are as follows:
Efforts to negotiate use of the start field for Coniston Gullies remain frustrated. However it was agreed to use an alternative location for parking and registration and create a modified route. This is ongoing and although the race has been included in the calendar as a senior and junior championship race, further details will be posted on the website once they have been decided.
Reeth Show was a success in 2013 on the Bank Holiday, so it was agreed to continue to use the race as both a junior and senior championship counter. The result of this is that the senior championship is best 8 out of 16 and the junior championship is best 8 out of 15.
If it is not possible to stage Coniston Gullies, then the senior championship will be best 8 out of 15 and junior championship will be best 8 out of 14. In the unlikely event that more than one race is cancelled, the formula for both seniors and juniors will be best 8 out of 14 then best 7 out of 13.
After keeping membership and race entry fees at the same level for many years, it was agreed that there was a need to make some increases. This is mainly due to increasing the number of prizes for juniors, aligning the male and female prizes in the seniors and adding prizes for the increased number of senior sub-groups in recent years. Despite increased attendance at virtually every race last year, overall takings were down on the previous year.
As a consequence, membership fees are now as follows:
Race entry fees are as follows:
Once again, we have been supported by UP&RUNNING who have provided us with all of the race numbers for the season and 2500 race calendars.
BOFRA rules remain as 2013, having aligned many races with the FRA and therefore we have a strict set of rules to adhere to. It is sensible to extend those rules to all other BOFRA championship races for consistency. These can be found on the FRA website
Some concern was expressed regarding parents running with their children in many of the age categories, putting other runners at risk. It was agreed that it is not in the spirit of BOFRA for parents (or siblings) to run with their children in any age group.
Under 9's races are included at many events to provide an introduction to fell racing for the younger children and make the event more inclusive. Whilst an increasing number of children at the top end of the age category compete fiercely, this is not the case for all runners and the emphasis in this age group is on fun. Minimum age to compete in any BOFRA race is 6 years on the day.
It was reiterated that where there is no under 9's race, parents may enter their child in the under 12's race. However there is a significant difference between the ability needed to compete in these two age categories. Parents should therefore only enter their child in the older age category if they are entirely satisfied that their child can negotiate the course without causing danger to themselves or other runners.
Every competitor must wear shoes and equipment which are appropriate for the race in which they are competing. In some cases it will be necessary for runners to carry full body cover depending upon the weather conditions. All competitors must follow the race organiser's direction.
All competitors must wear their race WHOLE race number; not folded or cut down on the front of their chest and this should be displayed at all times during the race.
The date for the presentation has been provisionally set as Saturday 8 November 2014. The venue has not yet been decided and further details will be posted on the website in due course.
The BOFRA website is YOUR website to post news and stories of interest to BOFRA members and followers. However it is not the responsibility of the webmaster to seek out or write the stories on your behalf - there is more than enough work to do sorting out results and statistics. Without interesting content then much of the website becomes redundant as stories and photos are posted on facebook and other social media in a random and uncategorised manner. All web content is categorised and posted in a logical location which can be accessed long after the facebook frenzy has passed by.
Whilst it has been great to see some new members come forward to take up roles on the committee, we still need the wider support of our members and supporters to help put on races. There are numerous roles which still need to be filled to make each race run smoothly and take some of the weight off the small number of individuals who work tirelessly to put on fantastic and well organised races for you all.
Race calendars and membership forms will be available very shortly on the BOFRA website.
Good luck with your running; hopefully 2014 will be another great year for BOFRA.
UWFRA Wharfedale Three Peaks Challenge Saturday 28th June 2014. The Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association needs your support. Join us for the challenge and a family day out.
All walks start and finish at Kettlewell Village Hall Certificates with times, medals, T-shirts, badges, prizes, refreshments.
Please consider being sponsored for the event and help us to raise money for this important organisation
You will be able to download application forms from the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association website: uwfra.org.uk/node/533
The book signing has had to be rearranged and will now take place on Thursday 10 April 2014
At 7pm on Wednesday 12th March, Waterstones Books at Deansgate, Manchester are having an evening with Richard Askwith, author of the fabulous 'Feet in the Clouds'.
The event will be a talk followed by a question and answer session and an opportunity to get a signed copy of Richard's new book "Running Free".
Tickets are £5 or £3 to Waterstones loyalty card holders and can be obtained in store, by calling 0161 8373000 or tweeting @waterstonesmcr.
The BOFRA AGM will take place on Sunday 9th March 4pm at Ingleton Working Men's Club. It would be great to see as many people there as possible.
The BOFRA series of championship races is only possible due to the hard work of a handful of dedicated individuals. To ensure that the organisation can continue to operate over the coming years, we are reliant on help from members and supporters, without whom there would be no races at all. As the series gets more popular, the more we need your help.
BOFRA roles include chairperson, vice-chair, secretary, membership secretary, press and media officer, marketing, sponsorship, webmaster, results updater, statistician, registration, starters, timers, number recorders, flaggers and marshals. At present all of these roles are covered by around 10 people!. So take the time to come to the AGM, give your input on the decision making process and pledge your support through the next season; either as a committee member or helper.
Thanks to Geoff and Su Thompson for their photos from this season. They have finally been uploaded to the Photo Gallery. Photos include:
We still have a few Championship t-shirts available for sale, on a first come first served basis. Sizes are Medium Men's/unisex £10 each and Junior Large (9-11) £8 each. Please contactTim if you want me to reserve one for you.
For those who did not attend the presentation, your t-shirts will be posted/passed on to you shortly.
Did anyone pick up a kid's zips up denim jacket, by mistake, after BOFRA presentation on Saturday evening? Su Thompson has a "Zara Kids" age 7 - 8 zip up denim jacket with "SEB" written on the care label. Alexander has lost a similar one but in a bigger size.
If you have taken Alexander's jacket by mistake, could you get in touch to arrange a swap. Thanks
Just a reminder that there will be a raffle at the BOFRA presentation on Saturday. All contributions will be gratefully received
Could anyone who has qualified for a championship t-shirt and wants to confirm or amend the size, please let me know ASAP as the order will be placed on Thursday.
Anyone who would like to buy a championship t-shirt must contact me (details below) before Thursday with the number and sizes required. Payment should be sent in the form of a cheque made out to BOFRA. If postage is necessary, please add the postage cost to the total.
Unfortunately we are working to very tight deadlines, so any requests made after the deadline given may not be successful.
With just one race to go, we are now preparing to order the BOFRA T-shirts which will be awarded free of charge to all competitors who have completed 8 races.
As quite a number of people have only given a rough idea of the size of T-shirt required, may have changed their size since completing the membership form, or not included a size at all, now is the time to consider whether you have provided accurate information. eg 'age 10' can be widely interpreted as 10 year old children vary considerably in size.
T shirt sizes can be emailed to tim at
For those members who did not manage to complete the required 8 races, you can purchase a t-shirt at £10 for men's and ladies' sizes and £8 for junior sizes.
If postage is required, it costs £2.80 for the first item and £1.30 for each additional itemOrder information will be published shortly
Sizes are as follows:
The fell races at Wasdale show commence at around 3pm. This year, we will have the company of Steph Payne from Cambridge University who is conducting research into the relationship between leg length and uphill fell running capability. Steph will be present at registration to take a few measurements from our senior fell runners and recording split times at the summit of Kirk Fell. This is valuable research towards a PhD thesis which BOFRA has fully supported, so it would be appreciated if as many runners as possible can support Steph and spend just a few minutes at registration to fill out a very short questionnaire and have their leg measurements taken prior to the race. Further information can be found here
Anyone who has taken on Kirk Fell will be familiar with the post race muscle stiffness affectionately known as 'Wasdale Legs'. This year we have local massage therapist, Kerry Wright at the show to provide pre and post race massage treatments. Massage has proven to significantly reduce post race stiffness and shorten the duration of any discomfort experienced, so seek Kerry out and book yourself a time slot. There will be a small charge for the treatment, but it will be worth every penny.
Please note that this race traverses private land. As a consequence, NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED on the fields or race route.
We have also had complaints from the Elm Tree pub about runners parking in their private car park. Therefore, could runners please avoid using the car park, toilets and beer garden.
The fell races have been a feature of Bradley Family Day and in recent years, they have become increasingly popular. The fast 3.6 mile course takes in a wide range of terrain and pushes runners to their limits. This feature is one of the reasons why the under 17 race was selected as a trial race for the England Fell running team ahead of the home internationals in Aberfoyle on 21 September 2013. Publication of the race details also brought out huge numbers of runners in all age groups, making this year the biggest turn out in the history of the fell race.
Due to the small time frame in which to fit all of the races, 35 Under 17's set off 5 minutes ahead of the 99 senior, giving each age group opportunity to watch the elite runners as they passed on the main track to High Bradley.
Whilst the under 17's had a slightly shorter course to negotiate, they had no intention of being caught; indeed 24 of them made it back before the senior winner; Jack Simpson from Leeds City who beat the course record by 4 seconds in 23:17. On any other day, James Hall from Wharfedale Harriers; in his first year in the senior category, would have won this race, but the U17 record holder had to settle for 2nd place in 23:32. Third man was fellow Wharfedaler; Dave Kirkham in 25:09.
England Team selector Bashir Hussain from Stockport Harriers decided to join in the race and his time of 26:36 put him in 9th place and first Veteran 40 runner. Adrian Pickles, formerly of Settle and now running for Mercia was first MV50, whilst Maurice Smith was first MV60. John Wootton of Wharfedale Harriers was first local home in 29:06 in 30th place.
The senior field comprised 24 lady runners including an in-form Caroline Lambert from Wetherby Runners. Despite a very strong field of runners, she finished in 11th place overall in 26:50, taking 49 seconds off the ladies' record. Second Lady was Zara Knappy with a strong run in her first year as a senior in 28:38 and last year's winner Clare Pearson from Wharfedale Harriers had to settle for third.
In the veteran categories, Rebecca Mon-Williams from Ilkley Harriers was first LV40, with club mate; Diane Haggar first LV50. Local lady Claire Kearns is more familiar with Ironman Triathlons, but the Craven Energy runner finished well as first local lady in her first time in the Bradley Race.
The under 17's race was started on the road due to the numbers competing, so it was expected that they may have a few seconds advantage. However the winning runner; Jack Willis from Middlesbrough and Cleveland finished in 20:36, 18 seconds inside James Hall's record and 45 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Jack Denton of Calder Valley. Emile Cairess of Bingley Harriers was 3rd place in battle to the line, finishing just 3 seconds ahead of Sam Convery and Liam Burthem.
First under 17 girl was the reigning under 16 English Fell Champion; Elizabeth Greenwood, who really showed her form finishing the 3.4 mile race in 24:04 nearly 2 minutes faster than the girl's record. Indeed such was the quality that second girl, Rosie Dale from Lancs & Morecambe was also inside the record time. Third place went to Jenni Willison of Derby AC. With such a strong field of runners, you have to give credit to the local runners and Alex Lulak finished in 27th place to gain the fist local trophy.
The under 14 race almost had a brother and sister holding the records as Matthew Merrick from Bingley Harriers was just 3 seconds away in10:40, with record holder James Lund having to settle for second this year, 15 seconds behind. Robbie Johnstone from Wharfedale Harriers was third boy with the local prize going to Alex Blake of Keighley & Craven. Victoria Merrick followed in 4th place as first girl, knocking a further 44 seconds of her own record set last year. Second girl was Scarlet Dale from Lancs & Morecambe, with Shauna Williamson of Wharfedale Harriers in third.
The under 12 and under 9 categories are where the future champions will come from and in less than 5 years, some will be competing for that coveted England vest. Whist 5 years is a long time, Katie Atkinson showed some remarkable promise in the under 12's, winning the race outright ahead of 42 other runners in 6:15, beating the girl's record by 49 seconds and just 7 seconds from the overall record. The first three boys followed her in, in close succession, with Alexander Thompson from Keighley & Craven taking first place ahead of Ciaren Crabtree from Wharfedale Harriers and Max Bradley from Ilkley Harriers. Second girl was Mia Walsh from Helm Hill, just two seconds ahead of Lucy Fryers from Keighley & Craven. First local boy and girl were Toby Meynell and Charlie Coughlin.
A total of 48 runners competed in the under 9's race and just 5 seconds split the first three runners; Evan Mills from Keighley and Craven led the charge, with club mate Charlie Whitehead in second. George Milner of Wharfedale Harriers was third, just one second ahead of Beth Roberts from Keighley & Craven who beat the girl's record by 17 seconds. Second girl was Hannah Jackson from Keighley & Craven, with Maddie Walsh from Helm Hill in third. First local boy was Charlie Teale.
Whilst it was an honour for Bradley to be chosen for the England trial race, it was the outstanding competition and performance which made this increasingly popular fell race a success. Thanks must go to all of the helpers, marshals, competitors and parents for making it just that.
Bethany Murray was at the race and has produced a great video of the event which can be found at www.athleticos.org
Early Saturday morning the BOFRA WEB site was compromised with a script used to send spam mail using our e-mail server. This was detected by our WEB server hosting provider, who immediately closed the WEB site, firstly to protect their service and customers and also to protect the BOFRA organisation. Once the site was closed it could not be re-opened until all the files on the WEB server had been checked and then deleted. This was to ensure that the WEB site could not be compromised again. Before the files could be deleted a backup had to be taken so that the WEB site could be re-built following the removal of all the files. This was around 75000 files totalling about 3GB of data, which took most of Sunday. The WEB site was re-enabled around midnight Sunday and it is currently being restored minus the scripts that compromised it. The site is available but the restore process will take until about 6pm on Monday. So if you find that a page is not displaying on Monday please try again on the Tuesday and if it still not displaying, then please drop email to Tim or Richard and it will be investigated.
Pre-entry for the fell race is now CLOSED!
There are still about 30 places left for seniors to enter on the day, but once the limit (30 more than last year) is reached, unfortunately you will not be able to run, so please arrive early. Juniors can of course still enter on the day. Minimum age to compete is 9 years on the day.
Registration opens at 1pm.
Anyone wishing to assist with marshaling along the route, please let me or Ted Mason know ASAP.
Gargrave Show Fell Race continues to gain in popularity and there was a record turnout of one hundred and fifty six runners on Saturday. The five age group race categories attracted runners of all abilities from far and wide, London, Surrey, Kent, Wolverhampton and of course club runners and individuals from the North West and much closer to home.
The first race was the under nines, one of the youngest competitors was third generation Wharfedale Runner six year old Nathan Hird who is following in the footsteps of his father Matthew and his grandfather David. The Wharfedale club also provided the eldest runner on the field, Graham Breeze, suffice to say he is a veteran over sixty but he proved that he can still show the younger runners a clean pair of heels. The Junior sections were bursting with both talent and determination and it is worth noting that for those contemplating a future in athletics and competitive sport that Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee was a winner in the under seventeens section back in 2002- it all started at Gargrave!
Local competitors faced some strong opposition with the appearance of club runners from Blackburn Harriers, Ilkley Harriers, Rossendale, Holmfirth Harriers, and Mercia Fell Runners. However the Gargrave area is producing some fine talent and non more so than Keighley and Craven runner Beth Roberts of Gargrave who was first girl in the under nines and also first runner overall marginally ahead of William Nichols from Horton-in-Craven.
There was some sibling rivalry in the under twelves race which is generally known for being the most competitive age range. Brother and sister Katie and Will Atkinson of Keighley and Craven were both aiming for supremacy and both are enjoying a highly successful season on the BOFRA race circuit. However it was Ilkley Harrier Max Bradley who led home the twenty seven competitors just points of a second ahead of last years race winner Wharfedale Harrier Logan Hargreaves. Nine year old Will picked up the third prize and first local award whilst eleven year old Katie was the first girl home in overall fifth position.
Numbers took a slight dip in the under fourteens section but there was a strong winner in the form of Wharfedale Harrier Robbie Johnstone from Colne who had an impressive winning time. Second was Holmfirth Harrier Harry Shelbourne and Blackburn Harrier Natalya Irvine was the first girl. First local was Reagan Atkinson of Hill Top Farm, Coniston Cold in eighth position.
The under seventeens were led home by fourteen year old Billy Starling of Mercia Fell Runners. Second was Josh Atkinson of Coniston Cold. Twins Lucy and Joanne Williamson of Ilkley Harriers were first and second girl respectively.
The Senior race saw an incredible turn out of eighty three competitors. Initially it was thought that last years winner Jack Simpson a member of Leeds City AC would be unable to defend his title due to injury but recovery prevailed. There was a strong contingent of Wharfedale Harriers also aiming for the title and some hitherto unknowns from all parts of the country. There were participants from Craven Energy, the Triathalon club from Skipton and as the skies darkened it looked like they may be in their element with the water feature of the race. Adding some fun to the proceedings was Andy Holden who chose to run in a Sumo suit and with the wind behind him a quick descent looked likely. Also taking part was Skipton AC runner Julian Hood who only the day before had ridden the one hundred and thirty mile tour de France cycle route.
It was thus with great anticipation that the crowd awaited the arrival of the runners back from the fells after encounters with a variety of ground on the course. A river crossing, meadowland, ploughed field, pasture, a tunnel of rhdodendrons, woodland and a climb to the shoulder of Sharphaw and a turn at the Trigg point. Jack Simpson proved to be just too good again and crossed the line in a time of 22.23 bettering his 2012 winning time. Second was Wharfedale Harrier and this years co-organiser of Kilnsey Show fell race, Ted Mason. Team mates Mark McGoldrick of Settle and Jimmy Craig of Hellifield were third and fourth. Giggleswick`s Claire Lilley, a Skipton AC member was first lady. Jim Roberts of Wharfedale was first local man and Jayne Butterworth was the first local lady and third lady home smashing a massive three minutes off last years time.
Full results can be found here
This year, The Bradley Fell race on 1 September has been selected to host the Under 17 trial race for the Junior home international at Aberfoyle on 21 September 2013
The England team compostion is 4 U17 boys and 4 U17 girls (age at 31 December 2013 - this includes athletes born in 1997 and 1998).
Subject to appropriate standards second development teams may be selected in all age groups.
Selection criteria for the U17 team: The first two athletes from the FRA U16 Championships and the first athlete from the trial race will be selected with the remaining places to be decided by the selectors.
As with all events, the race can only be successful with the support of our volunteers who give up ther time to support the organisation and running of the race. If you would be able to assist with marshaling on the day, please contact Tim Done
It was a great turnout for the guides races on a baking hot day (apart from the splash of rain during the senior race). Once again, Rob Jebb from Bingley Harriers turned out as the winner in 14:32 having led strongly from the start, Second man was Shaun Godsman of Calder Valley in 15:00, with Ted Mason of Wharfedale Harriers in third, ten seconds later after a fantastic descent. First lady was Lauren Munro Bennett of Helm Hill in 19:35 with Louise Mercer of Gala Harriers in second in 19:53, just 12 seconds ahead of Wharfedaler, Kirsty Hall in third.
In the under 17's, Chris Richards from Helm Hill was dominant taking first place by almost a minute from Jacob Boyle from Hyndburn, with Harry Muir from Wharfedale Harriers just 6 seconds behind. First Girl was Rosie Dale of Lancs and Morecambe, 24 seconds ahead of Jenni Willison from Derby AC. Third girl was Katherine LAwson of Helm Hill18 seconds later.
Run of the day has to go to Joshua Boyle of Hyndburn, who won the under 14's race in 9:55 breaking the junior record (which has stood since 1975) by 4 seconds in the process. Second boy was James Lund from Keighley and Craven whose time of 10:34 would have been sufficient to to win the race on any other day. Third place went to Luke Bowen of Ambleside. First Girl was Victoria Merrick from Bingley Harriers in 12:26, with Shona Hastings from Wharfedale Harriers in second in 12:59. Imogen Burrow from Helm Hill was third.
If one record was not enough, Fraser Sproul from Kendal just missed out on the 1992 under 12 record by 2 seconds, finishing in 7:15. Ciaren Crabtree from Wharfedale Harriers was comfortably in second, with Eric Beaumont from Keighley and Craven 9 seconds behind in third. First girl, Mia Walsh from Helm Hill had an outstanding run to finish in 5th place overall in a field of 100 runners in 8:15. Second girl was Amy Proctor of Harrogate Harriers in 8:44 just 2 seconds ahead of third girl Chloe Rylance from Ambleside in third.
For 2013 the following changes are being made to the Halton Gill race:
The gala will be staged in a different field. The fell race will therefore start and finish in a different place, meaning that new race times will be set
There will be a short mountain bike race of approx 3 miles after the fell races, so bring your bikes and join in the fun.
There will be a new fell race course so if anyone would like to help set up a new course, please contact Annette Hirst on 01756 770245 or 07973 164514.
The gala starts at 1pm with a dog race, the fell races start from 2pm and the mountain bike race is later (there will be time for fell runners to recover so that they can do both).
Due to unforeseen circumstances, it has been necessary to change the date of the Cray Fell race from Sun 11 August 2013 to Sun 18 August 2013. If you have any queries, please contact on 01282 813211 or email
There have been a few changes to the organisation of the fell race at Kilnsey Show this year. The race is now being organised by Mick Hawkins and Ted Mason and entry to the senior race will be limited to 100. As the race is also advertised on the FRA website, I anticipate that the maximium number will be reached before the show.
Entry can be secured by completing the entry form and returning it to the show secretary at your earliest opportunity. Cost of entry is £3 for adults and free for children and includes free entry into the show ground.
Juniors should be able to enter on the day, with a minimum age of 9 years on the day
Could anyone planning to enter any of the races at Alva Games this year, please update their details ASAP (name, category, club and home town) on the BOFRA facebook post. If you do not have facebook, then please email Tim
Kirkby Gala ia one of the highlights of the BOFRA calendar and runners are made extremely welcome there. It is only about a month away now, and the gala committee has asked me to reiterate that BOFRA members are very welcome to camp on the field for a nominal charge of £5 per vehicle or tent (i.e. not per person), including free hot showers (the showers have been refurbished since last year and now work well).
On the Saturday night there will be the same hog roast as last year, and a bar and music from Oddsox. You pay for what you eat and drink, but the music is free, (although they will be accepting voluntary contributions in the bucket in the marquee!). Unfortunately there are no fireworks or bonfire this year, but otherwise it is much the same line-up as last year. The committee are also trying to establish whether the hog-roast company can add something veggie to their menu.
There is a ceilidh on the Friday night but for that you do need tickets - if any BOFRA members would like to go to that please contact or ring 01229 889354 and he will try to get you tickets.
The Honours Board for the Senior winners from 2000 on has been made and will be on display for the first time.
Dogs on leads are allowed on the field at Gala weekend only.
The gala committee could do with a reasonable estimate of the numbers likely to be staying on Saturday night, so can I ask that you contact Roger with your details if you are intending to camp. The committee rather hope that there is a growing tradition of BOFRA members making a weekend of it in Kirkby and hope to see you all on the day.
The first race of the season got underway with a fantastic run from Rob Jebb which saw him take first place in 19:38, just 13 seconds off Alastair Dunn's 19:25 record. Considering the damp conditions, this was a great performance. Alastair had to settle for second place this year, with Joe Forrest in third. First Lady was Hazel Robinson in 25:37, with Kirsty Hall in second and Jann Smith in third. Full results can be found here.
But who was the fastest on the descent; and did everyone need to be?. Thanks to Ian Nixon at the summit and a few calculations, you can judge for yourself here.
Next race is at Kettlewell on 9th June
After a bit of a delay; which was unfortunately outside of our control, we will be sending out your race numbers, calendars and car stickers this week.
Many thanks to Up&Running for sponsoring both the numbers and calendars once again
Time is pressing now, with just over a month to go to our first race, so if you have not already submitted your application , please do so ASAP to avoid overload before Sedbergh Gala.
I will also start allocating consecutive numbers from our list, so if you want to have the same race number as 2012, I will need you application by Saturday 20th April.
Following the Coniston Gullies race in 2012, we received a number of complaints from the new land owners regarding poor parking and a number of other issues, which jeapordised our use of their land for future races. A number of attempts have been made to resolve the issue with the land owners without success and we now have confirmation that they will not give permission for us to use their field to stage the race this year. Whilst it has never been confirmed that it was BOFRA members who had caused obstructions on the road and track by their inconsiderate or inappropriate parking, it is a timely reminder that we all need to act responsibly when representing BOFRA, as the effects can have implications for the organisation as a whole. We are all volunteers, giving up our time to stage races for the enjoyment of our fellow runners, so please consider who will have to negotiate on your behalf when things go wrong.
Coniston Gullies was a classic race and every effort will be made to reach a resolution which will allow us to stage it again
As a consequence of cancelling the race this year, the senior championship race will be held at Reeth Show and in the absence of a suitable alternative for the junior race, the junior championship will now consist of the best 8 out of 14 races.
This is a new fundarising event which Isle of Skye Rotary Club is organising on the Trotternish Ridge on Sat 29th June to raise funds for local charities and good causes on the Isle of Skye.
The website is www.thetrott.org.uk and full details are available on that site. For runners there are two routes, a long endurance route of 36k and a shorter route of 21k.If anyone is interested, please visit the website or contact the organisers.
The second Kendal Winter League race; that relentless pursuit around Firbank Fell, was won by Steve Swarbrick from Bowland, making it 2 wins out of 2. First lady home was Carol Evans from Settle.
Full results can be found on the Helm Hill website
Further photos of the Silsden New Year's Fun Run added here
The AGM will be held at 3.00pm on Sunday 3 Febuary 2013, at the Ex-Servicemans Club, (bottom club), Ingleton, North Yorkshire.
If there are any issues that you would like to raise, then please contact the chairman Ian Newbold or any of the committee by Friday 25 January 2013.
If you wish to join the committee or vote on any of the issues; or raise issues of your own, then you MUST be at the AGM in person.There are number of vital roles which do not require a position on the committee, but which are nonetheless vital to staging the races. These are:
The first KWL set off with a bang, with 172 competitors in the senior race. The race was won by Steve Swarbrick of Bowland and Edie Hemstock from Pennine was the first Lady. Full results can be found here.
Further information about the Kendal Winter League can be found on the Helm Hill Website
This years race was won by Lucas Lee of Keighley and Craven in a time of 18:12. First Lady was Louie Pickles of Wharfedale Harriers in 20:05 and 10th place overall out of 97 runners. Results can be found here. The following is a note from the organisers
Sounds like a broken record but thanks to Beth, Linda, Alison and Brian, without whose good offices we couldn't function. Thanks to all the runners for coming and for bringing stuff for Santa's sack. We have already forwarded the profits to Silsden and Bramley. Waterproof numbers worked a treat (it didn't rain) but are invisible if you fasten your jacket over them! If you can help fill the gaps we would be very grateful. There are excellent photos available from David Brett and from Dave and Eileen Woodhead at woodentops.org.uk. Thanks to all the folk who turned up in their jimjams and the x-dressers in nighties!
Cheers Paul and Jean
The hardy perennial which is the Silsden New Year's Day Fun Run will take place on Tuesday January 1st the 29th staging of the event. Once again in deference to the fact that many runners suffer from bad backs on New Year's Day (they can't get them up off the bed!!) the organisers are encouraging participants to turn out in their sleepwear, thereby negating the "got nothing to wear-my kits dirty" category of excuses for not turning out and providing an opportunity to wear ones Christmas Onesie in public.
Proceeds from the event will once again be split equally between Silsden AFC and Bramley Buffaloes RLCC. Helping to keep grassroots sport alive.
The event normally attracts some 60 to 100 hardy souls assembling at The Green in Silsden to begin the ascent of Bradley Road and Hole Lane, a climb of some 500'. They then cruise along Heights Lane before the tumultuous descent down Horn Lane and Bradley Road.
As ever each runner will receive a timed certificate, a mystery prize from the ever eclectic cornucopia and, donations permitting, a surprise from Santa's sack. Competitors traditionally have donated small wrapped donations.
As a special incentive to seriously challenge Dave Throup's 22 year old record there will be a cash prize of £1 per second shaved off the record of 15mins 25 seconds. A similar deal is on offer for any lady who can challenge Carol Greenwood's 20 year old record of 18mins 18 seconds.
The event starts at 11.15 am from The Green (Bradley Road ) Silsden with entries on the day at £2.50 being available from the start at 10.30 am.
Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome at this friendly family event. Enquiries about the event or offers of clerical assistance to Paul or Jean on 01535 655766.
The prize giving will take place in the Sunnybank Social Club afterwards.
Contributions of raffle prizes will be gratefully recieved for the Grand Prize Draw (well raffle) at the Presentation Night on Saturday.
Time is running out for you to book your place at the Presentation Night all tickets and menu selections must be with Sharon Newbold by the 27th October. Please click on BOFRA Presentation Night and fill out the application form and send it in ASAP.
Please do not park in the Lister Arms car park for the Malham Relays
Please note there are road works in Long Preston, which will delay your journey, if you are coming from Settle and beyond, using the moor road out of Settle to Kirby Malham will save you some time.
It was a mixed forecast for the 2012 Family day, but in the end it turned out to be a fine sunny day, in fact the conditions made the fast course all the more challenging.
As is usual practice, the races were started with the Under 9's race which attracted 25 runners, including 7 locals. The grass on the race route was quite long slowing down the runners, but Alexander Thompson from Keighley & Craven came through as winner in 3:01, just 4 seconds ahead of Will Atkinson. Third place went to Sam Smith. In fifth place in 3:23 was Emma Lloyd; who won the prize for first female runner as well as the first local girl trophy donated by Bradley Brownies. In doing so, she beat the existing girl's record by just one second. And one second behind on the day was Toby Meynell who took the trophy for first local boy. Second Girl was Katie Handley, with Niamh McInnes from Bradley in third.
The second race of the day was the under 12's which traverses the fields for half a mile to the Heath and back. 38 runners took part, but it in the end it was a convincing win For Elliot Brett of Keighley & Craven in 6:35. Second place went to Logan Hargreaves Madhas, with Wharfedale Harrier clubmate Jack Muir in third. Richard Done was first local. The girl's race saw a strong run from Katie Atkinson to finish as first girl in 7:46, 8 seconds ahead of Keera Nelson from Wharfedale Harriers in second and Laura Knowles from Keighley & Craven 4 seconds behind in third. Fifth girl was Lucy Fryers who collected the first local girl trophy.
The Under 14's race included some talented runners, including the under 12's record holder James Lund, who showed that the fast course suited him well. The Keighley & Craven runner was comfortable winner in 10:55, with Matthew Merrick from Bingley Harriers in second and Josh Newbold from Wharfedale Harriers in third. Next runner back was Victoria Merrick, keeping the trophies in the family by winning the girls' race in 12:06, pushing last year's winner; Sarah Pickering from Ilkley Harriers into second. Eleanor Robinson from Keighley & Craven was third girl, with Josh Swift taking the trophy for first local.
The senior race takes runners over the fields to High Bradley, where they join a farm track to the foot of the moor, followed by a sharp climb to the summit. The under 17s run with the seniors along the same route, but turn around 400m below the summit. This year the resident livestock made it necessary to re-route part of the course onto adjacent fields. The long grass and additional obstacles made slower times inevitable. Despite this, the race set off at a furious pace, and with last year's winner and record holder Tom Adams unable to compete due to injury, local runner Luke Maude set off from the front. Despite a chasing pack of four Wharfedale Harriers, the Skipton runner held on to his lead for the whole race to finish in a very credible time of 26:55 on the extended course. Dave Kirkham was just half a minute behind to finish second, whilst Gareth Hird managed to pass Jonny Bradshaw on the descent to claim third place by just 10 seconds. Next home and completing the Wharfedale quartet was Jason Hemsley to finish 5th and first MV40.
Ian Rowbotham from Ilkley Harriers has been quiet on the circuit this year, but his 7th place finish showed that he was still in top form to claim the first MV50 prize, whilst club-mate Geoffrey Howard was first MV60. Since Luke Maud has recently moved out of the village, he has had to give up his first local trophy, which was claimed this year by fellow Skipton runner Robbie Swift in 18th place.
The ladies' race included the winners from the last two races, but it was a strong performance from an in-form Clare Pearson to take first place and another win for Skipton AC in 31:35. Last year's winner Emma Barclay from Ilkley Harriers was the first LV40 runner but had to settle for second place in the open race this year. Kirsty Hall from Wharfedale Harriers was third, with club-mate, Lynn Whittaker as first LV50.
Whilst the seniors were battling it out, the under 17's were there in the mix. However with the benefit of a shorter course, the first two under 17's had no intention of being caught by the senior pack. First runner back was Declan Bulmer from Wharfedale Harriers followed by Jacob Boyle from Hyndburn. Ruaridh Mon-Williams was just caught by the first senior to finish in third place. Next under 17 was last year's winner Georgia Malir from Ilkley Harriers ahead of teammate Lucy Williamson in second and Zara Knappy from Keighley and Craven in third. First local boy was Phil Done in fifth place and Jenny Hutchinson completed the local line-up as fifth girl.
Thanks must go to all of the runners, helpers and supporters who made this a really enjoyable and successful event.
The fell race at Gargrave show on Saturday 18th August did not disappoint. The multi terrain course had stood up to the rigours of the weather well and on the day the clear skies and sunshine; all apparently down to the 'Spanish plume', had further improved the conditions underfoot.
The event is normally included as a championship points race in both the British Open fell runners and the Wharfedale Harriers calendar but this year both BOFRA and the Harriers opted to take their points at other fell races in the circuit. Initially the organisers thought that this combined with the clash of the English championships race at Weasdale Horseshoe would affect the race numbers particularly in the Junior sections but this was certainly not the case. A good indication of the popularity of the race. A good feature of the event is that it attracts runners of all abilities and those with little or no experience can enjoy racing against the more experienced, often throwing up some surprise results.
The under nines race was the first to leave the show ring and eight year old Jath Lee of Keighley and Craven led home the twenty two runners. Alice Jones of Wharfedale Harriers was the first girl.
Seasoned campaigner ten year old Logan Hargreaves from Ilkley and a member of Wharfedale Harriers was the first boy in the under twelves category. His fellow club member Shona Hastings from Grassington was the first girl.
Numbers dipped a little in the under fourteens race but there was some strong competition. The winner was Thomas Nelson from Mytholmroyd a member of the Wharfedale Harriers. First girl was Kelsey Rutherford of Blackburn Harriers.
A former prominent school boy boxer with the Sandygate club at Burnley was the winner of the under seventeens event. Wharfedale Harrier Declan Bulmer gave up his boxing to concentrate on his fell running so this has obviously paid off. Ten years ago the winner of this category was a certain Mr. Alistair Brownlee. Declan may be pleased to know that his time was just under two seconds faster than Alistairs! First girl was Yorkshire champion Lucy Williamson of Ilkley.
Sixty eight competitors gathered for the Senior race which is run over a distance of approximately 3.3 miles with an ascent of 274 metres. The athletes endurance is tested to the limit as they encounter a variety of ground, a river crossing, meadowland, ploughed field, pasture land, bracken, a tunnel of rhododendrons, woodland, a climb along the shoulder of Sharphaw to the Trigg point and back to half a circuit of the show ring with a last burst of energy for the waiting crowd; the best multi terrain course in the North of England.
Twenty three year old Jack Simpson, a farmers son from Pateley Bridge led the runners home. It was only the second fell race of the season for the talented athlete who normally competes in 10k road races. Jack a member of Leeds AC, he had a couple of minutes advantage over former England Junior fell running champion Luke Maude of Skipton AC. Twenty two year old Wharfedale Harrier James Craig was in third position. First lady was Claire Pearson of Skipton AC.
A successful event which was enjoyed by one and all.
Results attached here
Application forms to pre-enter the Kilnsey Show Fell race are now available here.
Please note that the forms must be received by the organisers by 12 August 2012
Pre-entry guarantees entry into the show, but not your place in the race. You will still need to register on the day before declarations close and before the race becomes full!!
All enquiries should be directed to the race organisers as per the entry form
Message from Cathy Bradley:
In 1 weeks' time I will be taking part in the 50-mile ultra distance mountain race, called the Lakeland 50. This is quite a challenge I've taken on to raise money for Macmillan Cancer. The Craven Herald ran an article about it 2 weeks ago which makes an interesting read!
If anyone would be interested in sponsoring me to raise money for this very worthwhile cause, I would be really grateful. There are 2 ways you can sponsor me. Either:
As an added bonus for anyone who sponsors me, you can also 'guess my time' and be in with a chance of winning a one night stay including dinner, bed and breakfast for 2 at The Angel Inn, Hetton - just let me know what time you think I can complete it in. A clue for you - anything between 11 and 15 hours!
You can or phone me on 07977 463924
Thank you all and happy running!
If you are competing in any of the forthcoming BOFRA races, you have an opportunity to take part in a some academic research into the effects of leg measurement on fell running ability. We have agreed to assist Cambridge University Student, Danny Longman in his studies and would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part. It is a simple process and full details can be found on the attached link.
Alva Results now available here. Conditions were challenging on the day, with much of the bottom of the course muddy and further up the course it was overgrown with bracken, gorse and thistles. After a heavy rainfall, the descent was very slippery.
Congratulations go to Alastair Dunn on his 7th consecutive victory and to Christina Rankin for setting a new Ladies record of 25:12 on her second consecutive win.
Despite some heavy rainfall in the highlands, there are currently no signs of concern that the weather will adversely effect the games. However, the show committee are making regular inspections of the ground and providing updates on the Alva Games website. I will be heading North on Wednesday, so suggest that you use that website as a resource in the event that the weather takes a turn for the worse. Whilst I may not be in a position to place updates on the website, I will be close contact with the games secretary, Craig Dunbar and will ensure that the BOFRA facebook page is updated with any significant changes.
There have been a number of queries regarding the times of the Hill Races, so the following shall act as a rough guide:
Entry to the games is £6 for adults and £3 for juniors, with entry to the hill races being free of charge. Everyone must register at the BOFRA registration point on the west side of the arena prior to the races. The Games provide free passes to competitors, which I will collect in advance. There will be a BOFRA representative available on race day to hand out passes in the small car park near to the toilets on the west of the site. This will be for a limited period only, which will be announced on the Facebook page (but likely between 1200 and 1230 on the day). Those camping locally, can collect their passes from me on the Friday or Saturday.
Another great day at the Helm in very hot conditions brought a convincing win for Helm Hill runner Tom Addison on his local course. Ted Mason kept the BOFRA championships wide open finishing in second place to claim maximum points, with Todd Oates in third. ANother title contender; Matt Lockyer did not finish, so hopefully he can return strongly at forthcoming races. In the ladies' Jann Smith took her first BOFRA win, with Helm's Lauren Munro-Bennett, Diane Haggar and Ali Richards finishing close together for the next 3 places.
James Hall kept the pressure on, winning his 5th BOFRA race ahead of clubmate Declan Bulmer in second and Jacob Byrne in third. Lucy Williamson from Ilkley Harriers competed in her first BOFRA race of the season taking first place ahead of Zara Knappy in second and Sally Handford in third.
Chris Richards put on a storming performance on his home course to win the under 14's by 26 seconds ahead of Wharfedalers, Josh Newbold and Thomas Nelson; who were just 2 seconds apart. In the girls, Helm Hill runners; Katherine Lawson and Heidi Murray got the better of championship leader; Ellie Lambert to take the first two places.
In the under 12's Joshua Boyle completed his second BOFRA race of the season with a second win ahead of Wharfedale's Robbie Johnstone, with Elliot Brett from Keighley & Craven close on his heels. Helm Hill then excelled with the next two places, where Imogen Burrow inched ahead of Mia Walsh to win the girl's race. Third place was club mate; Katie Thurlow in 12th overall out of 48 runners.
The under 9's had 44 runners, with a strong turnout from Helm Hill and Ambleside. Ryan Whitehead was first back ahead of new BOFRA member Jack Hughes in second and Vaughan Sampson in third. First girl was Chloe Rylance from Ambleside ahead of Islay Aitken and Maddie Walsh. Unfortunately a timer malfunction meant that only the first time was recorded.
Thanks once again to Helm Hill for putting on a great race and for flagging the complicated senior course so well. Full Results have been added here
The next race is Alva Games in a weeks time.
At the BOFRA committee meeting on 13th June 2012, it was agreed that the ladies' prizes should be adjusted to mirror their male counterparts and that all veteran categories should be rewarded on the day. As a result commencing at Hawkswick Dash, the prize list for all BOFRA championship races (but not shows, where they supply the prizes) will be as follows:
Please note that these changes to the prizes do not affect your respective championship points
Work is ongoing to improve the parity between Men and ladies at the shows and there has been considerable improvement in this respect in recent years.