For the second year running, Morpeth Harrier John Butters, who was competing
in his Northumberland Fell Runners colours, won the annual Angus Tait Memorial
Hexhamshire Hobble Fell Race, which on Sunday 3rd December, was being run for the 24th occasion.
Taking nearly a minute off his 2016 time, Butters crossed the finish line in the 16.8k event in 68m37s,
winning by twenty seconds from Tyne Bridge Harrier Cees Van Der Land, who finished fourth in 2016.
The event, which also reached a gradient of 1,250ft (379m),
had a total finishing field of 150 hardy competitors.
Just over four minutes behind Butters was his Morpeth Harriers club
colleague, young Matthew Briggs, who finished in sixth place.
Other Morpeth Harriers finishers were,
Paul Banks (29th) 83m27s, Richard Kirby (45th) 86m51s, Mike Steven (66th) 95m10s,
Jane Briggs (95th) (20th Woman) (6th O/40) 105m32s,
Claire Bruce (126th) (38th Woman) (7th O/50) 117m16s,
Clare Walker (145th) (47th Woman) (15th O/40) 130m53s,
Jane Kirby (146th) (48th Woman) (16th O/40) 130m54s,
and Carol Parry (147th) (17th O/40) 130m55s.