Simonside Cairns Fell Race: 9th December 2012

Well done to all those who took part in this year’s Simonside Cairns Fell Race, situated just outside of Rothbury.

Although weather conditions were fine for running, the same couldn’t be said for conditions underfoot. To describe them as ghastly would be an understatement of the highest order. Snow, ice, waist deep bogs and foot high exposed tree stumps were just some of the obstacles competitors had to contend with. And I haven’t event got on to the couple of half mile long ascents that had to be tackled with the first two miles of the course.

Saturday’s cross country race was a walk in the park compared to this beastly event.

Despite the fantastic efforts of Sparrow Morley, Rob Clark and Paul Turnbull, Northumberland Fell Runners (NFR) narrowly beat Tyne Bridge to the Men’s team prize.

(NB: several members were running for NFR as their first claim fell running club :-( )


Members results:


201:18:55Louis GoffeNRF
801:22:23Sparrow MorleyTBH
901:22:24Rob ClarkTBH
1601:25:28Paul TurnbullTBH
2001:27:58David DanielsTBH
2101:28:51David BeechTBH
2201:28:54Mark HallTBH
3201:31:51Jonathan PowellTBH
3301:32:17John TollittNFR
3901:35:56Gareth HuxleyNFR
4301:36:26Alan WallaceTBH
104RetiredClaire RowleyNFR



Full race results can be found here


Many thanks to Vicki Deritis for the following photographs.


David Beech (left)


Sparrow Morley

Paul Turnbull


Louis Goffe

Rob Clark


(far left) DD in hot pursuit


Mark Hall (l) and Jonathan Powell (r)


Gareth Huxley

John Tollitt


Alan Wallace (left)


Claire Rowley (3rd in line)

Rob Clark


Sparrow in full flight


Paul Turnbull


DD looking at a patch of ice ahead and thinking ‘don’t slip’. But he did!!


Mark Hall


David Beech (hampered by knee and thigh injuries)


John Tollitt


Jonathan Powell

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    • John Tollitt on 10th December 2012 at 17:55
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    Great performances from all the TBH Fel Division on what was a tough old route
    Special mentions to Louis for finishing second, Gareth for running with a broken rib and Sparrow for choosing to run with twice his bodyweight in kit and still finish 8th.

    • Brother Louis on 10th December 2012 at 19:19
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    This is developing into a nice little battle between TBH and NFR!

    I would also like to give thanks to chap who happily watched me take the wrong route down a track, which more than got the competitive juices flowing.

    It was another beautiful day out with great company and I’ve not had such a well earned and great tasting pint as the one downed in the Newcastle Hotel post race for a long time!

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