Murray magic wins Caw fell race
LYNN Murray took the win for host club Black Combe Runners in the Caw fell race after finishing just under three minutes clear of her nearest rival in the ladies' section.
Murray completed the six-mile, 1,800-foot ascent course in 67:57, which was good enough for 22nd overall, with ladies' runner-up Debbie Copley (Dallam AC) and third-placed Kate Ayres (Ambleside Fell Runners) recording 70:53 and 72:02 respectively.
Harvey Lord was just 66 seconds behind overall winner St Bernard's PE teacher Ben Procter (Helm Hill Runners, 53:03) and he was followed by club-mate James Harris (56:17) to complete the top three.
Other finishers for BCR were Simon Rodger (56:35), Josh Hartley (56:50), Mike Vogler (59:52), Rob Browne (60:51), Peter Tayler (62:28), Nick Sebley (63:21), Gareth Brown (66:14), Phil Clayton (68:07), Martin Currie (68:37), Simon Austin (68:54), Mike Jewell (69:02), James Goffe (75:42), Susan Ross (77:11), Julian Donnelly (77:47) and Andy Gittins (97:21).
BCR's inaugural Eskdale Elevation fell race, starting at Boot and visiting the high peaks in the area, saw Ambleside AC's John Helme take the win in just over two hours, with Sue Richmond, of Pennine Fell Runners, taking the ladies' section victory in 2:54.01.
First back for BCR was John Millen in 2:32.41, scoring some very useful points for the club competition. Also doing well were Clayton (2:54.31), William Ross (3:01.30), Sebley (3:06.35), Lynn Murray (3:18.52) and Susan Ross (3:35.56).
Helme won the Sailbeck 15km, 4,640-foot elevation race at Buttemere as well with a 1:36.08 clocking.
Ambleside duo Ben Abdelnoor (82:33) and Garry Greenhow (83:35) took first and third respectively in the Fairfield Horseshoe fell race, with Phil Marsden, of Horwich RMI, second in 83:24.
The top-placed BCR finisher was Josh Hartley in 1:32.35. He was followed in by Rodger (1:38.26), Sebley (1:50.51) and William Ross (2:03.35). Ambleside's Chloe Routledge also took joint-second in the ladies' race with a time of 1:50.38.
Rob Browne was the first home for BCR in 2:00.01 as he steps up his racing for the year ahead. Matthew Rooke clocked 2:00.23 and Simon Austin got back in 2:22.52.
On the road racing front, the Dalton 10km race saw the host club's Ross Campbell take the win for Barrow and Furness Striders in a strong time of 33:43, while another Striders member, Katie Waite, won the ladies' race in 40:42.
Lord claimed a podium finish for BCR after coming third in 37:05 and Millen took fifth just 27 seconds behind him. John Shevelan (45:57), James Goffe (47:22) and Ian Verber (51:19) were the other BCR finishers.
Millen was BCR's only entrant in the Latterbarrow Loop short fell race and got around the 2.4-mile course in 28:23 to finish 13th overall. Karl Furzey also finished the Windermere Marathon in a time of 4:47.20.
BCRs next club counter race is the Caton Windmill 10 mile road run this Saturday at 1pm from the village green. Entry is available at registration on the day.
Meanwhile, the Ennerdale Horseshoe fell race – covering 23 miles and 7,500ft ascent – is their next fell counter event, also on Saturday. This starts at 11am from the Scout Camp, and entry is available on the day costing £15.