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Bowland Fell Runners News: October 2012

News: October 2012

An excellent turn out for this Lakeland Classic with 18 Bowland on the startline. The evergreen Mike Johnson stole the show with an amazing run to come 4th overall and 1st MV40/45/50 .... surely a first for the race?? With Leigh as 1st MV55 and Rowena 3rd LV40 and 2nd LV45/50 and Yiannis 3rd MV65 and the 2nd Team prize, sounds like everyone went home very happy!

The results have been added to the club champs page ... and after a storming run, Mike Johnson hits the top of most of our tables for the first time this year - except for the Ladies in which Rowena has taken top spot. With just two races left - Dunnerdale and Carwags, it's time for those short "sprint" races to sort out the men from the old men and the girls from the ladies!!! Get your headtorches out and enjoy.

Posted: Fri 19th Oct 2012

I thought I’d better let you know that we, as a club, have made a substantial donation to the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue service. The size of the donation is £500 and is made up of the excess from the Fiendsdale race (I know it was back in March but it had completely slipped my mind) and a donation to the club from the family of the late Bill Smith. His family had said that we could use it in any way we liked and I thought that, since the mountain rescue were involved in the recovery of Bill’s body from the hills, it was only right that this invaluable organisation should benefit from the money. I spoke to Yiannis about it and he gave the donation his complete backing. We have had a great relationship with the BPMR for many years and I think that this will cement it even further. I received a message back from their fundraising officer inviting us to meet the team at their Garstang HQ as a way of thanking us for the funds. If anyone would like to go along then let me know and I’ll organise it. I hope you all agree that this is an apt use of club funds. Yiannis has also informed me that Graham Breeze donated £750 to the BPMR from the sale of Bill's books. A great gesture. The mountain rescue are going to use the funds to help refurbishing their HQ......Bowland Secretary

Posted: Mon 8th Oct 2012

Like many others who are still in shock from the tragic news about Darren Holloway, our thoughts are with his family. He was at the start of leg 4 in his Pennine vest and cycling cap as Steve and I set off chasing Ambleside's V40 team. After hearing at the finish that he'd been airlifted off the ridge I still expected to get the news today that he'd pulled through as he was such a strong guy. The only small comfort I can think of is that he died doing what he loved and it was a beautiful day in the lakes. He was known to many of us who race regularly in the lakes and was a true gent.


Quentin and Mark (Leg 2)                                       Chris and Steve hand over to Rich and Steve

2nd MV40 team in such a big race was a fantastic result for the club.

Rich M

Posted: Mon 8th Oct 2012

Just one change to the original line up - Marc Laithwaite replacing Mike Johnson on leg 3 ... all the rest are fit and raring to go I hope!

Support welcomed, but if you want to run, why not try Yiannis' Arenig Fawr race instead ?

The patterdale field (race HQ) has been very wet of late so keep your eye on http://www.ihmr.org.uk/ for the latest information before Sunday.

Posted: Thu 4th Oct 2012