Sunday 15th March 2020 brought high winds to the fells of the Breamish Valley.
A tremendous turnout of 120 runners took on the Brough Law fell race covering 5 miles and 1300 feet of ascent.
Just marking out the course was a task in itself, trying to ensure secure taping at strategic points, but registration was like a well-oiled machine with the help of Mike Steven, Jane and Mike Briggs, and Gary Mason.
Strategically placed Kevin Bray and landowner Mr Wilson out on the course
ensured runners didn’t go astray where they had in previous years.
The start is an immediate leg burning and lung busting climb, and so spread the field out from the off.
It was a close contest between the first two runners on the long descent to the finish.
Chris Larkin of Newcastle University came through for the win with some impressive downhill running,
closely followed by last year’s winner Callum Hanson from Pudsey and Bramley.
Sean Leckey from Ambleside AC was third.
In the women’s race, Gemma Bradley from Saltwell Harriers was 1st,
Molly Pace from Jesmond Joggers 2nd and Lauren Davies-Beckett from Newcastle University 3rd.
Category winners were:
W40, Helen Heaney (NSP);
W50, Kath Davis (NFR);
M40, Roger Sillito (NFR);
M50, Gary Robson (NFR);
M60, Ken Maynard (Sunderland Strollers);
M70, James Tomlin.
Morpeth finishers, several in NFER vests, included Rowan Bennett (8th); Lee Bennett (16th);
Alistair Macdonald (31st); Robyn Bennett (32nd); Richard Kirby (41st); Steve Haswell (47th);
Mike Winter (53rd); Jim Alder (61st); Paul Bellingham (66th); Neil McAnany (84th);
Gwenda Cavill (89th); Jane Kirby (110th); Sue Smith (111th); Margaret Macdonald (113th);
Lindsey Quinn (114th);
Thanks to Jane and Michael Briggs, Mike Steven, Gary Mason,
Kevin Bran and Mr. Wilson for permission to use the course,
and to Phil Green for sweeping.
The race raised over £600, to be split between Northumberland Mountain rescue
and the Northern English Springer Spaniel rescue charity.