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British Fell Relay Championships – report

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Fresh from winning World Triathlon and European Duathlon titles as a junior, English Schools’ Cross Country Champion Alistair Brownlee anchored Bingley Harriers to victory in the senior men’s race at the British Fell Relay Championships on Castle Carr Estate, West Yorkshire, on Saturday 14 October.

 

Men: 1 Bingley (M Peace / A Peace, M Whitfield / I Holmes, R Jebb / A Brownlee) 3:44:53;  2 Mercia (T Davies / T Werrett, T Owens / P Vale, R Stafford / S Bailey) 3:48:19;  3 Horwich (J Kevan / D Kay, B Bolland / J Logue, C Heys / R Maddams) 3:49:11.

 

Women: 1 Calder Valley (J Buckley / J Waites, S Newman / J Scarf, C Mills / C Kenny) 4:44:09; 2 Bingley (N White / S Becconsall, B Whitfield / H Jackson, C Sanderson / S Taylor 4:49:15); 3 Dark Peak (D Smith / K Davison, J McIvor / K B Jones, J Johnson / L Batt) 4:50:37.

 

With four legs of varying distance, two of which are run in pairs with one an orienteering style, there is much more fluctuation in teams fortunes than will be expected in, for example, the National Road Relays in Sutton Park next Saturday. From 135 entries, 111 teams completed the course. As the leading teams finished the race, the estate fountain was turned on; at 135ft, it is one of the highest in GB and was an impressive sight. Early mist on the fells cleared as the day warmed and the race finished under clear blue skies and bright sunshine.