Latest news of the Poly fell running section of the club from David Johnson The group seem to be proving even more popular with several runners new to running up and down muddy, heather strewn hills signing up! -Noreen
The Fell Section goes from strength to strength
After forming almost 20% of the field at the recent Alwinton Fell races , the fell section repeated the effort with fifteen runners out of a hundred starters at the Windy Gyle Fell Fell Race.
Going back to Alwinton for a moment, this saw our very own Will Robson win the race against some pretty good opposition, with dad Gary in 3rd. For the ladies, Rachel Inman was first Poly home followed by Rachel Carr thus reversing the order from when they last met at the Cheviot race. Three other club members, Jenny Simpson, Iain Ross and Jonathon Jamison made their debuts at this one which saw a total of seventeen runners take part with Ian Richardson coming 4th in the Kidlandlee 10k fell race.
On to Windy Gyle, where Scott Ellis marked his return to the fray with a fine 3rd place followed by Gary Robson in 5th and 1st V40, with Jon Heaney in 14th after a fine run. Katherine Davis was 3rd lady overall, with Angela Green our latest recruit and competing in her first fell race, 2nd Poly lady home. It was great to see stalwarts Ian Holland and George Adamson in the race too. Julie A Guy and David Johnson also provided some invaluable hindrance to race organiser Phil Green of NFR and Heaton.
In the club championship, only the current leader Chris Rowe can complete every race but based on current form, I suspect the title will be decided between Will Robson and Scott Ellis. Chris and Gary Robson will be waiting to pounce should the youngsters slip up. For the ladies, Rachel Inman leads but as ever, Katherine Davis is ominously placed after scoring maximum points in each of her outings so far this season. Rachel Carr and Lisa Henderson are just a couple of points behind at the very least, the battle for second place will go down to the wire.
In other Polyfeller news, plans are gathering pace for a club Bob Graham Relay round in August. This involves teams of two (or more for our effort), completing each leg of the famous challenge and then imbiding a large quantity of ale afterwards.
Finally we hope to compete in the British Fell Relays Championship held on Saturday 15th October. This is a six person per team event and will be held at Luss by Loch Lomond. It’s arguably the most prestigious event in the fell racing calendar and this would be the first time we have competed. We hope to put out the fastest team we can but depending on the race organisers and demand/eligibility in the club, we will also field a ladies or mixed team. It’s open to all runners who have completed two grade a fell races and are first claim members of the Poly. More details will follow soon.