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57th CHEVY CHASE RACE REPORT 6th July 2013

What a scorcher! It was a real contrast to last year’s race, instead of water, water everywhere, we had clear blue skies and uninterrupted sunshine. The Cheviots looked stunning with far reaching views to the coast for those able to appreciate the views.

85 walkers and 147 runners started the event from Wooler Hostel; with competitors from Northumberland  joined by those from across the UK, Holland, Canada and America.

Temperatures exceeded those forecast. There was a cooling breeze on the higher slopes, but the enclosed valleys became stifling as the day progressed. The rugged path along the Carey Burn towards the end of the route proved a real challenge. 
Although there were no official water stations on the course we provided extra water where possible which was welcomed.

In view of the high temperatures it was pleasing to see so many excellent performances and fast times. Cramp was a feature for many competitors and for a few the heat was just too much.

At the finish the weary racers were cheered home. Wet cloths, foot-baths and a hose down helped everyone cool off. Split times and t-shirts were collected before the plentiful tea, buns and cake could be enjoyed on the lawn.

Unfortunately this year we had one casualty, Paul Doxford from South Shields Harriers fell when descending Hedgehope and broke his ankle. Thank you to all those who rallied round to assist and to those were so patient when their race was interrupted by the helicopter evacuation. Paul was airlifted to hospital, his leg is now in plaster and he promises to be back next year!

Josh representing our main sponsor Salomon presented the trophies and prizes. He described the efforts of all the competitors as heroic.

The fell race produced a grand battle between the first three runners.
Charles Hutchinson of Hunters Bog Trotters remained strong to the finish and won in an excellent time of 3:06:04.
In second place was a delighted Simon Johnson of South Shields Harriers 3:10:30, who had to dash off for his night shift once he had cooled down.  John Butters of Northumberland Fell Runners (NFR) was third in 3:11:18. Peter Rooney of South Shields Harriers was took the V50 trophy for the second year running in 3:17:32. Peter Reed of Northumberland Fell Runners (NFR) successfully defended his V60 title for the third successive year.
The V70 trophy was won by Alan Urwin. Bruce Crombie of Alnwick was the first V40 and placed a very creditable 4th overall, he was also the first local runner in 3:15:51.The team trophy was won by the team South Shields Harriers of Simon Johnson, Peter Rooney, and George Bainbridge with 21 points.

Victoria Broadbent of Bearbrook Joggers won the ladies race in a time of 3:30:56 placing a commendable 12th overall. In second place was Beverley Redfearn also first V50 in 3:53:20. Henrietta Bolton Carter of Wooler Running Club was cheered home in third place. Anna Smith of Queensbury RC won the V40 category.  Shirley Cassidy had a great run to place 4th and win the first local lady trophy in 4:03:10.

The walk was fiercely contested with both men and lady walkers vying for the top ten places. Len Glen Davison of Breamish Wanderers was the overall winner with an excellent time of 4:38:35 he was also first V50. In second place was Peter Regier in 4:59:48. Timothy Matthewson took third place. The first MV40 was Keith Robson. 3:51:08. John Callaghan of De La Rue was delighted to win the V60 trophy. Dieter Hofmann again produced an excellent performance to win the V70 category, he was 8th overall!! A trio of gallant men shared the first local trophy.

The Ladies cup was this year won by Fiona Mckenzie who was also the first V50 with a time of 4:59:47. Angela Huddleston was second in 5:19:11, Angela also won the local lady trophy. In third place and first LV40 was Sarah Robson of Wooler Running Club. The first V60 was Sarah Wilson of Breamish Wanderers. The Cheviot Foxes team of Fiona, Peter and Glenn Cartner took the team prize with 10 points. Also well done to the local lads team of Terry Carr, Ian Robinson and Rob Shepherd.

Full results available at www.woolerrunningclub.co.uk

The Geordie Douglas Memorial Trophy is presented to the oldest and boldest competitor and was won by Norman Dodd. This was Norman’s 26th Chevy Chase; wearing the number 26 he strode round the course in a time of 8:16:30 not bad at 78 years of age!

The Alan Gardener Trophy, which celebrates the Spirit of the Chevy Chase was awarded to Bridget Peberdy who has recently relocated to America from Alnwick.  She booked a ticket across the Atlantic especially to compete in her favourite fell race.

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. The Red Cross also provided first aid. 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, or navigational difficulties.

We were happy that Salomon the Mountain Sports Company generously agreed to sponsor all the winner’s prizes again. Spot prizes were kindly donated by Gear For Girls and The Good Life Shop in Wooler.

A final thanks to all the Chevy Chasers for supporting the event, we hope to see you next year on Saturday July 5th for the 58th Chevy Chase. Hopefully the full route in perfect conditions!
On line entries will be available from 1st February 2014.


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





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