Wasdale team members before the run

Wasdale team members before the run

A small but select band of runners assembled at the Wasdale Head Inn on Saturday for the tenth running of the 4.5 mile 2500ft Lingmell Dash Fell Race. This race combines fast flat running on the valley floor with a lung bursting climb to the summit where race organiser Tim Brooks (Wasdale MRT member) was sitting waiting for the runners ahead of the plummeting drop back to the finish.

At 1400 Adam Naylor proprietor of the Inn, race sponsor and long time supporter of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team, set the field of 30 on their way with a resounding ring of the dinner gong.

First to turn at the summit and first back was Tim Ellis (Edgeworth Cricket & Recreational Club) in 52.34 over six minutes outside Rob Jebbs 2007 record of 45.36. Ian Davies of the Keswick club (55.10) followed in second place with Graham Ivory in his first fell race (57.02) 1st V40 in third.

For the ladies, Gosforth’s Lindsay Buck LV50 of Cumberland Fell Runners held off all other challengers to finished twenty second overall in 73.50 ahead of Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team Member’s Debs Carter LV40 (74.50) and Saffron Price-Walter (86.53)

After the run and ready for another callout.......perhaps not for a couple of hours

After the run and ready for another callout… …perhaps not for a couple of hours

Other local runners featured strongly with the Gosforth trio of Dave Atkinson of CFR fourth overall and 1st V45 ducking under the hour in 59.32, Chris Cripps (67.09) first WMRT member and Larry Abel also CFR V45 (69.14). Other Cumberland Fell Runners included Roger Whitiker who climbed well for the 1st V65 prize in 73.27 and Terry Lowdon was 3rd V60 in 96.48. Will Holden a crew member at the Inn ran strongly to finish in 67.13 and must surely invest in a pair of fell shoes after his encouraging debut. Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team members Julian Carradice V50 (69.56) Richard Harrison M55 (72.09), Peter Bains M55 (72.33) Stephen Walter (76.02) all finished strongly without incident.

Cumberland Fell Runners with Lindsay as fourth counter took the overall team prize ahead of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team. Both teams received beer kegs from Howard Christie of the Great Gable Brewing Company. All funds raised from this race go directly to the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team and at the prize giving ceremony thanks went to all the runners, Lindsay Buck and Jim Davis for coordinating the entries and prizes, Mel Abel for time keeping and local businesses Lingmell House B&B, The Wasdale Head Inn, Branthwaite Farm B&B, the Great Gable Brewing Company for providing a bottle of his prize winning ale for all the runners, and the ‘Barndoor Shop’ for supporting the race.

Runner Cat Club or Organisation Time
Tim Ellis M Edgeworth Cricket & Recreational Club 52.34
Ian Davies M Keswick AC 55.10
Graham Ivory M40 U/A 57.02
David Atkinson M45 Cumberland Fell Runners 59.32
Samuel Dalby M FRA 62.00
Robert Fox M50 Long Eaton 65.57
Paul Hindle M45 Keighley & Craven 66.41
Chris Cripps M Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team 67.09
William Holder M U/A 67.13
Eddie Lesniak M55 Achillie Rattie 67.21
Danny Hazell M23 U/A 67.30
Dicky Wilkinson M50 Dark Peak 68.27
Larry Abel M45 Cumberland Fell Runners 69.14
John Hazell M50 U/A 69.56
Julian Carradice M50 Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team 69.56
Andrew Vais M Holmfirth 70.33
Steve Ellis M55 Edgeworth Cricket & Recreational Club 71.40
Richard Harrison M55 Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team 72.09
Peter Bains M55 Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team 72.33
Roger Whitaker M65 Cumberland Fell Runners 73.27
Phil Walters M40 Dark Peak 73.25
Lindsay Buck F50 Cumberland Fell Runners 73.50
Debs Carter F40 Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team 74.50
Stephen Walter M Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team 76.02
David Wilson-Timmings M60 FRA 81.36
Saffron Price-Walter F Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team 86.53
Alan Taylor M55 Cumberland Fell Runners 87.17
Sean Gauton M40 Long Eaton 91.29
Lee Hopkins M40 U/A 93.07
Terry Lowdon M55 Cumberland Fell Runners 96.48
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