Lingmell Dash

I’m having a problem with the Stats for the PFR Champs following Lingmell Dash. The results are on the Wasdale MRT website at but they are difficult to read, some runners’ names are missing, and some are entered twice.

If you were at the 2015 Lingmell Dash race, please can you let me know who was running and the finishing order (if possible).

At the moment I have Jane Mellor, Nic Barber Barber, Ric Houghton, Dave Soles (twice – different times), Steve Watts, Ron Rees and Rob Taylor. No sign of Roger Ashby or Paul Hills, and there may be others who were running but who are unlisted.

NB in split races like this I usually factor women and men together for the champs using the recorded times – could be difficult for this one!!!!

Flower Scar Report – First English Champs Counter

Holly at Flower Scar - Photo Courtesy of

Holly at Flower Scar – Photo Courtesy of

7th March and the English Championship races are back; boy, it’s been a long winter!

A total of 27 Pennini’s travelled to Todmordon to contest Flower Scar, one of the short counters for this year’s championship. Just under half of those met in the Royal car park at 8.45 to make the journey in the Hayfield fun bus, expertly piloted by Ian Wolfendale. Spirits were high as we made our way over to the Calder Valley (although, mercifully, no singing) with the prospect of some good results for the club. After a winter of solid training for our established stars and a successful recruitment drive bringing in some top talent, we had high hopes of getting the year off to a good start. And so it proved. Continue reading



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Photo by Dougie Nisbet.

Coniston fell race is the second of six races in the English championship and also a Pennine champs race.An AM race of 8.7 miles and 3494 feet or 14 km and 1065 metres if you are under 20 years old.

       Hurrah it’s a clear day and it is actually possible to see where you are going. The RO said at the start, that the village of Coniston had recently had 70 days of consecutive rain.Funnily enough Coniston features in this months edition  Country Walking magazine and apparently it was part of Lancashire until 1974.( I’ve got a big pile of old  CW magazines if anyone wants them, if not I’ll bring them along one Thursday night). Continue reading

Ras y Moelwyn Part 2


Its Easter Saturday, 5 Pennine, I Glossopdale and a Glossopdale dog are crammed into my landrover. The dog (Zena) is threating to Vomit and Glossopdale man (Carl) is threating to uleash his mackerel sandwiches – but we don’t care, we’ve finally reached Blaenau Ffestiniog the starting point for Ras y Moelwyn.

Blaenau is, by it’s own admission not the prettiest place in the world, huge slag heaps of slate and rows of terrace cottages in a similar hue are testament to its industrial heritage but, go not to far beyond the town and you have a range of rugged little hills which match anywhere in North Wales and give fantastic views over the estuary and sea beyond. Continue reading

How to spot a turnip at 30 paces – and other Haworth Hobblings

If you don’t know your Mankinholes from your Lumbutts (one of those involves a shot of Jura and a doughnut), then this is the race for you.

As this is ostensibly a walking event (aka the Wuthering Hike), our start time was 8am, which necessitated a 5.45 pick up to make our way over to God’s own country. Four of us packed into Stefan’s car for the journey.

As our respective metabolisms warmed up (and the car windows went down), the ice was well and truly broken between us. Conversations around crystal meth and corporate fraud soon followed and before we knew it we were in Haworth, where we arrived just after 7.20 to find the queue for registration stretching out into the car park. It would be a late start. Continue reading