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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Johnny romps to Jarrent Jaunt win

PERFECT running conditions greeted the competitors for Saturday’s Jarrett’s Jaunt run by Cumberland Fell Runners on the fells near Wath Brow.

Runners start on Nannycatch road and ascend Flat fell before crossing to Dent Fell and a fast finish through the woods. Taking 4.5miles and 1500 feet of ascent the race is a good test of runners’ legs early in the season.

The race is run as a handicap with runners setting off at one minute intervals according to ability however slower runners may face being overtaken on the vicious climb up Dent known as The Chimney.

Allowing for handicapping the winner on the day was Johnny Walkingshaw and first handicapped lady was Sandra Mason. Outside the handicaps the fastest runner on the day was another result for Ellenborough runner Ricky Lightfoot and Pippa Madams of Keswick was fastest lady.

Story of the day was probably the third fastest run of the day by Gavin Bland. Bland is a twice former English champion and nephew of fell running legend Billy Bland but has not run at his best for some years. His run on Saturday could indicate a return to form for 2012. Forty-six runners took part and prizes were won by many. Cumberland Fell Runner’s next race is the Two Lakes Trail race on February 19 at Crummock.

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