Hope Winter Fell Race Result

Race Date: Sunday 5th March 2017

The Hope Fell Race is now in its 10th year, and for the last two years has incorporated both winter and summer ascents of Win Hill from the village of Hope. The winter version of the race this year was staged in blizzard-like conditions – not for the faint-hearted and certainly a baptism of fire for any new recruits to fell running.

Chris Arthur of Bowland Fell Runners was the first finisher through the sleet and icy rain, completing the course in 44:43, and Caitlin Rice of Ribble Valley Harriers was the first lady over the finish line in a time of 54:45.

Eleven Striders braved the conditions, including a number of first-timers amongst them. Let’s hope that the thrill of the race outweighed any post-event frostbite! First finisher was Simon Cotterell in a time of 62:47, and first lady back was Heather Wallis in 73:42. Judging by the photographs from the day, however, I think all those who took part deserve high kudos!

P Name Cat Time
 60  Simon Cotterell MSEN  62:47
 70  James Norton MSEN  65:06
 71  John Rawlinson M40  65:10
 76  Robert Davies M50  65:35
 82  Neal Pates M40  67:17
 93  Colin Hardy M40  69:13
 118  Heather Wallis WSEN  73:42
 125  Bob Grocutt M60  75:42
 136  Victoria Hawkins W40  79:04
 168  Blaine Quigley M40  95:00
 171  Richard Garton M50  117:06

Full results can be found here.

Striders gather for a photo opportunity before the start of the Hope Winter Fell Race, though judging by the looks on some of their faces you would think that they knew what was in store for them on Win Hill (photograph courtesy of Andy Davies on Facebook)

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