Sat 6 April 2019, Sedbergh
The Howgills Fell Race from Sedbergh is an extremely tough long fell race of 14.3 miles and a colossal 6,791 feet of ascent. In low cloud or mist, it can be a navigational nightmare, as there are few clear tracks. This season`s race was held though under clear skies, but it was very warm and that took its toll on the runners on the often long and steep climbs.
Over 300 took to the start line as the race was included in the English Fell Championship series for 2019. Colin Shuttleworth finished in 3 hrs 54.25 as 9th vet 60 and John Rainford completed the race in 4:09.47 for 247th. Carl Bell of Keswick AC won in an amazing 2:28.05. Host club were Helm Hill and they had the 2nd placed runner in Rob Jebb. Despite the warmth, the first nine ladies finished inside the old record of 3:10.26. Vic Wilkinson of Bingley won and Nichola Jackson of Ribble Valley was 2nd.