The official opening of the Northumberland Fell running season began yesterday in the beautiful Breamish valley for the annual Brough Law Fell race. Given the extreme weather conditions over the past few weeks, the gods were smiling on us all and brought us a fantastic clear and sunny day. There was a little frost on the route early doors while flagging the course but this thawed in time for he race itself.
A total of 154 runners turned up and paid their £3 with the news that no kit was required other than an advisory windproof as it was quite breezy up top.
Young Matthew Briggs of NFR stormed home in first place closely followed by Will Robson (North Shields poly) with Conor Carson from Kenilworth Runners in third. Kurt Heron was leading up to the top of Cochrane Pike but unfortunately went the wrong way and ended up in 12th overall.
The women were led Home by Emma Holt of Morpeth harriers with Robyn Bennett (NFR) and Georgia Campbell from Jarrow and Hebburn in third.
Lee Bennett was claimed first M40 prize, Colin Donnelly first M50, Gary Owens first M60 and Bill Milborn first M70. Freda Summerfield won W40, Katherine Davis first W50 and Jessica Anderson first W60.
Massive thanks to the volunteers especially Mike Steven, Jane Briggs, Jane’s daughter, Paul Steven, Barry Kemp and Ross Wilson. Great to see Joe Garbarino in good spirits. Thanks to Northumberland National park for the use of the facilities.
£470 raised, great work everyone!