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54rd CHEVY CHASE RACE REPORT 3rd July 2010

With plenty of warm, sunny weather leading up to the event this year and unbelievably dry conditions underfoot we were predicting fast times. As competitors arrived to register it was already very warm with clear skies. Visibility was good, but there was quite a brisk wind which cooled competitors down, but also hindered progress in the first half of the race. The Cheviots were looking especially fine, with the green hills and purple heather brilliant in the sunshine.

Our 300 places were filled by the first of April with many on a waiting list. Thank you to every one who told us they were unable to compete as we were able to assign their place to someone else; any entry money from this will go to the NNP Search and Rescue Team in addition to our usual donation.

94 walkers and 171 runners started the race. Both registration and kit checking went very smoothly with competitors reminded to carry plenty of fluids. Conditions underfoot were excellent. The heat and headwind on the ascent of Cheviot were the toughest challenges on the day. There were many tired finishers more interested in a cold drink than receiving their split times and event t-shirts! Photos taken at the start and various points on the course were shown and up to the minute results were available on screen in the hostel. The warm weather meant that the lawn was a favourite place to stretch out tired legs and talk about journeys though the Cheviots; whilst drinking gallons of tea and enjoying the buns and cakes. Congratulations to all who completed the course

We were able to hold the prize giving outside. Josh representing our main sponsor Salomon presented the trophies and prizes and congratulated the winners on their inspiring performances.

In the run Matthew Roberts of Eryri Harriers Phil Sanderson of NFR were battling for first place, with Matthew finally passing Phil on the final stretch into Wooler; the winning time was 3:01:21. In third place was experienced Chevy Chaser John Boyle from Dark Peak FR in 03:06:35. Keith Mackay V50 from South Shields Harriers had a strong run to win his category and take 10th place. A very trim Gordon Reavelly of LDWA was delighted to win the V60 category. First local runner was Bruce Crombie who was also placed 8th overall.

The team trophy was again hotly contested between South Shields and NFR with victory going this year to the NFR team of Phil Sanderson, John Duff and David Gunning with 31 points.
Eleanor Hurrell an unattached runner enjoyed her run and led the women home in a time of 3:51:00. Sue Mitchel of NFR elegantly crossed the line in second place, she was also the first LV40 in 3.55.09. Emma Curtis Smith of Flying Ferrets had a great run to come in third in a time of 4:09:02 . Debbie Thompson from Keswick took the LV50 prize. Pam Brown Wooler RC was a popular winner of the first local lady trophy.

Once again there were some excellent performances in the walk with competitors from Cheviot Angels and Breamish Wanderers teams striding out well. Len Glen Davison of Breamish Wanderers V50 repeated the last two year’s victory, with an excellent time of 4:33:12. In second place and first V40 was Bill Bolton in a time of 5:04:21. Third place went to Keith Davison of Breamish Wanderers. A cool looking Dieter Hofmann strolled in to claim the V60 trophy 5:20:25. The Ladies cup was once again shared as Angela Huddleston V50 and Fiona Mckenzie V40 both Cheviot Angels crossed the line together in 5.01.20. In third place was Joyce Guthrie another Cheviot Angel in 5:10:50. Elizabeth Anderson of Breamish Wanderers took the V60 trophy in a time of 07.09.31. Angela Huddleston was the first local lady and Brian Adamson first local man. The Cheviot Angels were delighted to take the team prize.

The Geordie Douglas Memorial Trophy is presented to the oldest and boldest competitor and was won by Norman Dodd, who at 75 finished his 25th Chevy Chase in a time of 7:11:59.
The Alan Gardener Trophy, which celebrates the Spirit of the Chevy was presented to Simon Wild of Norham Running Club; Simon was seriously injured in a bike accident exactly a year ago and was determined to walk this year’s Chevy Chase to celebrate his recovery. Simon completed the course well and reported that it had been an emotional, but great day out in the hills.

The Chevy Chase would not be possible without all the volunteers who help. This year there were over 30 people marshalling or assisting with safety in the hills, another 30 volunteers were busy at the hostel manning registration, the finish and preparing and serving the teas. I am sure all the competitors will join us in thanking them all for their hard work and unfailing cheerfulness.
Thanks also to the landowners for supporting our event and allowing us access to the Cheviots.

We are very grateful to Dave Perkins and his Northumberland National Parks Search and Rescue Team, who were busy on the day assisting those with injuries, heat stroke or navigational difficulties. Thanks also to Medic One North East for providing Emergency Medical Technician Support during the day.


We were delighted that Salomon the Mountain Sports Company generously agreed to sponsor all the winner’s prizes again. Spot prizes were kindly donated by Breeze, Gear For Girls, Start Fitness, The Good Life Shop.

A final thanks to all the Chevy Chasers for supporting the event, we hope to see you next year on July 2nd for the 55th Chevy Chase. 

Best Wishes,
Claire Bagness and Mary Logan
and all at Wooler Running Club




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