English Championship Fell Running – Weasdale Horseshoe

The penultimate race in the 2007 English Fell Running Championship took place on Saturday 18th August. The race was the Weasdale Horseshoe, an 8 mile run from the village of Newbiggin-on-Lune in the northern Howgill fells to the summits of Randygill Top and Green Bell. Originally the race was to be part of the local village show but unfortunately due to the recent foot and mouth outbreak the show was cancelled. Weather conditions for the race were wet with strong winds and some mist on the summits, however this provided no real obstacle to route finding, with obvious paths all the way round the route. The race was won by Simon Bailey of Mercia in a new record time of 53.43 with Joe Symmond of Kendal following Simon home in 54.00. Rob Hope, the new British fell champion was third in 55.14. This result means that the battle for the overall title of English fell running champion will go down to the last race in the series with both Simon Bailey and Rob Hope in contention. The ladies race was won by Sarah Tunstall of York Acorn in a time of 1.03.27, second was Candice Leah of Clayton-le-Moors in 1.07.13. Helen Fines of Bristol and West was third in 1.07.47. The series is already won by Janet McIver of Dark Peak, however the battle for second and third placeings is still quite open. Full race results can be found on the UK Results website. The last race in the series is the double English and British Championship counter at the short Great Whernside race on 6th October. An good race can be anticipated with many placings in numerous classifications still open to lots of competition.