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Jack runs for England in Junior Home International – Brian wins Sandman Full Triathlon – Helen tackles the Glencoe Skyline – John is on Scaffell Pike

Junior Home International (U20 and U17) – September 17th

Jack Hindle ran a great Race at Skiddaw on the 27th August – finishing 2nd – to automatically qualify for an England Vest at the Junior Home International last weekend having already been selected to run for England on three previous occasions.

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RESULTS (awaiting)

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Jack was happy about how the race went for him and reflected back on his time as a Junior International for England, telling the Club I remember back to my first fell race years ago and would never have thought I’d go on to race 4 times for England on the mountains. It’s been an absolute pleasure and junior fell running is something I’m really going to miss. After the trial I knew I was in really good shape, and just had to get through next two weeks well before the taper. Everything went pretty much according to plan, and soon I was stood on the start line. Looking around in the warm up there where multiple top class lads, and I knew it was going to be hard. I’d planned to set of quite reserved so that I could keep something back for the hard parts of the climb. The start was fast, but I kept comfortable and soon found myself picking through the field and closing in on the podium positions. All the way up I was so close to 3 lads battling for 3rd. But Tristan from Scotland pulled away to eventually take the last podium position. With me in 4th really close behind. I’m really happy to end my junior mountain running career with such a strong run, and team second”.

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2016 Sandman Full Triathlon – September 18th

Four hundred and seventy Triathletes finished this Race at the weeknd and top of the pile was Blackburn Harrier Brian Fogarty (competing for the FITT Team) winning in a time of 2hr 23.58, a minute and a half in front of the 2nd placed finisher. Other Blackburn Harriers running for the Fitt Team in the event were Ian Cox 14th in 2hr 41.42, followed by Paul Guinan in 29th (2hr 50.00), Paul Slone (89th) in a time of 3hr 01.54 and Richard Fogarty (174th) in 3hr 15.40.

RESULTS

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The Glencoe Skyline is not a Race for the faint hearted – covering some 35 miles and close to 5000m of climbing. As athletes go, they don’t come much tougher than Blackburn Harrier Helen Leigh both physically and mentally, and she needed all those attributes on a day where the course, weather, ill-health and injuries combined to make ‘survival’ the optimum thought. Even so, Helen managed to finish 16th Woman and 107th overall.

Video showing Curved Ridge

This is how the Race Website describes the event “Soaring ridges, exposed traverses and precipitous drops. Fast and light over rough and technical terrain. A fusion of alpinism and mountain running. Welcome to Skyrunning. The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious Skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course.The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times impossible to retreat from and may be subject to severe and rapidly changing weather. The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors and all entrants are vetted for experience”.

RESULTS

“Soaring ridges, exposed traverses and precipitous drops. Fast and light over rough and technical terrain. A fusion of alpinism and mountain running. Welcome to Skyrunning.”

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious Skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course.

The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times impossible to retreat from and may be subject to severe and rapidly changing weather.

The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors and all entrants are vetted for experience.

– See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Glen-Coe-Skyline#sthash.cwZJVNXp.dpuf

“Soaring ridges, exposed traverses and precipitous drops. Fast and light over rough and technical terrain. A fusion of alpinism and mountain running. Welcome to Skyrunning.”

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious Skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course.

The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times impossible to retreat from and may be subject to severe and rapidly changing weather.

The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors and all entrants are vetted for experience.

– See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Glen-Coe-Skyline#sthash.cwZJVNXp.dpuf

“Soaring ridges, exposed traverses and precipitous drops. Fast and light over rough and technical terrain. A fusion of alpinism and mountain running. Welcome to Skyrunning.”

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious Skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course.

The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times impossible to retreat from and may be subject to severe and rapidly changing weather.

The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors and all entrants are vetted for experience.

– See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Glen-Coe-Skyline#sthash.cwZJVNXp.dpuf

“Soaring ridges, exposed traverses and precipitous drops. Fast and light over rough and technical terrain. A fusion of alpinism and mountain running. Welcome to Skyrunning.”

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious Skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course.

The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times impossible to retreat from and may be subject to severe and rapidly changing weather.

The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors and all entrants are vetted for experience.

– See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Glen-Coe-Skyline#sthash.cwZJVNXp.dpuf

“Soaring ridges, exposed traverses and precipitous drops. Fast and light over rough and technical terrain. A fusion of alpinism and mountain running. Welcome to Skyrunning.”

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious Skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course.

The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times impossible to retreat from and may be subject to severe and rapidly changing weather.

The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors and all entrants are vetted for experience.

– See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Glen-Coe-Skyline#sthash.cwZJVNXp.dpuf

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The photo shows a smiling Helen but after the Race she told the Club The Glencoe Skyline was one of the toughest days I have ever had. And that includes the water maker setting on fire in the middle of the atlantic! The race was 55km/4746m of climb. The day started well with a run over from Kinlochleven into Glencoe. It was good running and I found myself in 5th going up Curved Ridge. The weather was good but all set to change as the clag, rain and wind set in. After about 2 hours of happiness the injuries I’ve battled with all year started to creep back in and I struggled going up hill with my hip for the rest of the race and that kind of spoilt what was already a super tough day out. After sliding back through the field I just wanted to get back before dark and Anoch eagach took forever to get across as the rain made it lethal. Think nothing but stubborness and the fact that my van was parked all the way back at Kinlochleven got me round! One ticked off that I’ll never have to do again!

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John Orrell loves the Fells. Just two weeks after tackling Ben Nevis, John decided to take on Scaffell Pike in a 127 strong field and on a glorious day –  the Race being won by Josh Jardine (57.33). V50 John came home in 104th spot with a time of 1hr 43.24

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RESULTS

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(photos courtesy of Grand Day Out Photography)