This report comes from David Johnson, our fell running correspondent-Noreen
On a perfect day for any sort of running, Katherine Davis and Graham Lewis-Dale took the honours for the Poly at the Brough Law Fell Race, the second championship counter of the season. There was a record Poly turn out of 15 for this race and a record turn out for any race of 7 ladies. There was also an unprecedented number of 4 debutantes, namely Helen Heaney, Kerry Swindon, Heather Gould and Huw Parry. There was also a record turn out for the race as a whole and with a remarkable 167 entrants, twice as many as last year, a lot of money was raised for the local mountain rescue team.
A visiting Keswickian runner won the race but our own Katherine Davis won the ladies race, not a bad effort for an old biddy (please note this is not my report, Katherine!-Noreen). Graham Lewis-Dale had his best finish in a fell race coming 9th, although critics will say that this was only because the first dozen runners went the wrong way. However, going the right way is a necessary skill for a fellrunner, so I guess Graham was lucky there as well. Next in for the ladies was Jenny Simpson with a very impressive run and she is definitely one to watch out for once she gets her downhill head installed. Our third lady home was Suzanne Lewis-Dale. For the men, Gary Robson and Richard Hanley were second and third back.
Another prize was picked up for the club when the medals were given out for last years' North East Championships with Gary Robson winning the V40 category. After today's race, the early championship leaders are Gary Robson and Suzanne Lewis-Dale.