News from Dave Johnson regarding the Poly fell running championships. Excellent news that the Poly will be represented at the British Fell Relay Championships at Loch Lomond. Noreen Rees
The Poly Fell Running Championships reached their traditional conclusion at the Thropton Show fell race last Weekend. Gary Robson was crowned male champion for the third year running and Katherine Davis took the ladies title. There was a close battle for second place amongst the men with just eleven points between the next four competitors. In the event, newcomer Jon Heaney, by virtue of some good runs in the second half of the season, just pipped Chris Rowe to the runner up spot. Rachel Inman easily clinched the ladies runner up spot with Rachel Carr and Lisa Henderson scoring heavily in the races they took part in.
It was another record season with male numbers up by 20%. Whilst the number of ladies taking part was the same as last year, they were more competitive this year entering many more races. When Trevor Wakenshaw, Barry Young and I started this four years ago we had no idea how popular it would become. This is something born out by the fact that in 2013 there were only twelve runners and the best attended race had six runners.This year we had thirty eight runners with fifteen or more at four of the races.
However, the season isn't quite over, there are two major events to come. On the 29th September the section will be having an end of season bash at the Monkseaton Arms with a curry to follow. (Please get in touch with Jon Heaney if you haven't booked a place for the meal). Then and almost as important, in October on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, six hand picked Poly fell runners will be representing the club at the British Fell Relay Championships. This will be the first time the club has taken part in this prestigious event. I'm sure we all wish them well for this.