Fred Whitton Challenge Photos

Fred Whitton Challenge Photos 2014 will be posted on Racing Snakes photo albums soon after the race, the pictures link will be live once the photos are published.  The photos of the Fred Whitton Challenge can also be seen on my Facebook page here Fred Whitton 2014

The Fred Whitton challenge is a 112 mile challenge cycling sportive around the Lake District National Park.  The Fred Whitton Challenge route starts and finishes from the Showground in Grasmere.  The route goes in an anti-clockwise direction and takes in the Cols (mountain passes) at Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands Hause, Whinlatter, Hardknott, and Wrynose.  This sportive is recognised as one of the hardest cycling sportives in the country, it has 10,779 ft (3285 meters) of ascent.  The ascent over the Harknott pass is one of the steepest roads in the UK with 30% gradient, and this is in the latter end of the route so the legs are tired. The full route of the Fred Whitton Challenge can be seen here

The fastest time will be around the 5 hours and 50 mins mark with the slowest time around double that at 12 hours 30 mins. The Fred Whitton Challenge is expected to attract around 2000 riders.  There are various feed stations and check points on the route.  The ride is very well organised and has become the ‘must do’ sportive of many riders and thus has become one of the most popular rides in the sportive calendar and usually sells out well in advance of the ride.Fred2

PMBA Escape to Gisburn Enduro

Pictures from the  Gisburn Mountain Bike Enduro are available here.  On Sunday 27 April 2014 the Escape to Gisburn Mountain Bike Enduro race took place around the Gisburn Forest with the a stage sponsored by Escape Bikes based in Ingleton.  There were 3 stages to test the riders as they rode round the Gisburn Forest Mountain Bike trails, including on stage one the famous ‘Hully Gully’ black run descent and on stage three. the ‘Leap of Faith’. Results from the days racing are now available on the Roots and Rain website

Escape to Gisburn Mountain Bike Enduro photos

Escape to Gisburn Mountain Bike Enduro

Photos were taken of the second jump on stage two of the Gisburn Enduro and can be seen on   http://racingsnakes.com/Escape1.php  These pictures were sponsored by Escape Bikes, so a massive thanks you to the team.  The pictures are now on the Escape Bike shop facebook page there are over 400 action photos to look through.  So grab yourself a cuppa and head over to  http://facebook.com/escapebikeshop . Please keep the banter clean 🙂

 

3 Peaks Fell Race Photos 2014

On Saturday 26 April 2014 the Three Peaks fell race takes place.  The 3 Peaks Fell race photos from 2014 (pics) can be seen on using this link http://racingsnakes.com/3PeaksFR. Pictures of the 3 peaks race were taken on the top of Penyghent and Ingleborough.

Rick Lightfoot 3 Peaks winner 2014

Ricky Lightfoot mens winner 2014

Victoria Wilkinson 2014 Ladies winner

Results

Pos. No. Name Club Category Progress Result
1st 998 Ricky Lightfoot Salomon International Team M Horton 02:53:16
2nd 513 Tom Owens Salomon International Team M Horton 02:56:13
3rd 52 Robert Jebb Bingley Harriers & AC M Horton 02:59:57
4th 383 Adam Osborne Leeds City AC M Horton 03:03:29
5th 259 Matthew Roberts Eryri Harriers M Horton 03:05:49
6th 512 Thorbjorn Thornson Ludvigsen Salomon International Team M Horton 03:06:09
7th 414 Hugh Aggleton Mynyddwyr De Cymru (MDC) M Horton 03:07:40
8th 79 Chris Steele Borrowdale Fell Runners M Horton 03:09:11
9th 101 Karl Gray Calder Valley Fell Runners MV40 Horton 03:09:29
10th 536 Kenny Richmond Shettleston Harriers MV40 Horton 03:10:48
11th 397 Simon Harding Macclesfield Harriers & AC M Horton 03:11:15
12th 122 Alex Whittem Calder Valley Fell Runners M Horton 03:18:00
13th 410 Pete Vale Mercia Fell RC MV40 Horton 03:18:04
14th 206 Tom Brunt Dark Peak Fell Runners Club MV40 Horton 03:19:59
15th 449 Jayson Cavill Pickering RC M Horton 03:20:45
16th 51 Andrew Jebb Bingley Harriers & AC M Horton 03:21:18
17th 860 Victoria Wilkinson Bingley Harriers & AC F Horton 03:21:32
18th 85 Richard Mellon Bowland Fell Runners MV40 Horton 03:21:50
19th 643 Nicholas Charlesworth Wharfedale Harriers MV40 Horton 03:22:15
20th 33 Nick Treitl Barlick Fell Runners M Horton 03:23:25
21st 701 Nigel Wood FRA M Horton 03:24:36
22nd 204 Will Boothman Dark Peak Fell Runners Club M Horton 03:27:22
23rd 706 Robert Barnby Unattached M Horton 03:27:44
24th 497 Ashley Holt Rossendale Harriers & AC M Horton 03:28:08
25th 282 Lee Knight Helm Hill Runners M Horton 03:29:31

Full Results cab found on the official 3 Peaks Website 

3 Peaks Fell Race stats (Three Peaks Fell Race stats)

  • Distance of the 3 Peaks Fell Race is 37.4km (23.3 miles).
  • The 3 Peaks fell race has 1608 meters (5279 feet) of ascent.
  • Andy Peace holds the fastest time on the current route, he set the 3 peaks mens record on 28 April 1996 with a time of 2 hours 46mins 03 secs.
  • The ladies 3 peaks record was set in 2008 by Anna Pichrtova with a time of 3 hours 14 mins 43 secs.

In 2008 the 3 peaks was the ‘World Long Distance Mountain Running Race ‘The race route has changed a number of times, there was a minor change in 2013 with a path upgrade over Whitber Hill details of the change http://racingsnakes.com/three-peaks-fell-race-new-route-2013 but this was not significant enough to call it a new route (in my opinion the change in 2013 will make the course slightly quicker)

Rob Jebb the three peaks fell race record holder

Rob Jebb

 

Fell Running Photos

Fell Running Photographs – Fell Race Photos

Racingsnakes has a great selection of fell running photos, pictures and images taken at Fell Races throughout the Country. Most of the big fell races have an an album of photos.  The fellrunning photos can be purchased from the website in both digital image or printed photographs.  The images and Photos of the fell runners at fell races  are contained in albums on the racingsnakes website on the photo page.    Many of the fell-running images and photos are also shared as albums on http://facebook.com/racingsnakes  Most fell races take part in the North West of England in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.  Many of the pictures of the fell runners have been taken on Mountain Tops and remote areas to capture the essence of the fell races.  Fell running races are mostly carried out in the North of England on rough mountainous areas.  Fell races are common in The Peaks District, Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland  and the Lake District (Cumbria).  The term ‘fell’ is taken from Old Norse name, fjall, meaning “mountain”.  Fell running races take place throughout the year. The governing body for full running is the FRA (Fell Runners Association).

Ricky Lightfoot, 3 peaks winner 2014

Ricky Lightfoot the winner of the 2014 3 Peaks Fell Race

Each year there is a British and an English Fell running championship.  Details of the 2014 British and English races can be found on this link.

Other notable fell races are the Lake District classic fell races (a series of fell races in the Lake District National Park), which are made up of the fell races, Ennerdale Horseshoe, Duddon Valley, Wasdale, Borrowdale, Three Shires and the Langdale Horseshoe.

The Ben Nevis Fell Race – This race summits the highest mountain in Great Britain.  The Snowdon Fell Race – This race summits the highest mountain in Wales and th The Three Peaks fell race – A 26 mile races around Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales.

fell running photo

Rhys Finley-Robinson at Black Comb Fell Race 2014

Most fell races are listed on the FRA website and also racingsnakes.com although there are some held locally my other running clubs that do not appear on the website.  Strict safety rules usually apply as the fell races often take place in remote and mountainous areas.  This includes carrying some mandatory kit usually including full waterproof body cover, map, whistle and compass.  Apart from the mandatory kit little else is required apart from some grippy running shoes (fell running shoes). Some races are marked out with flags and tape but most of the longer races are not and offer open route choice from control point to control point.   The fastest person to run the course wins, there are often team prizes for running and fell running clubs.

Tour of Pendle Fell Race

 Tour of Pendle Fell race

The Tour of Pendle fell race photos can be seen here http://racingsnakes.com/photos.php.  The Tour of Pendle fell race is an established fell race that sets off from the lovely village of Barley at the foot of Pendle Hill.  I took photos at three locations for the Tour of Pendle, firstly heading up the steep side of Pendle Hill and headed to the South Side to get the pictures of the Fell Runners as they ran over the flat summit with the Yorkshire Dales in the background.

After Photographing every runner on the Tour of Pendle , I jumped on my cross bike and headed to the foot of the steep sided gill at Ogden Clough. I got there just missing the first of the racing snakes as they made good speed up the Clough.  It was an impressive sight seeing the runners descending the steep side of the gill with the occasional excitement of calls as the rocks got dislodged and the calls to warn the other runners echoed around the valley.  I took a number of pics of the Tour of Pendle runners as they crossed the stream and headed up the valley, the pain was starting to show on some of the runners faces.

tour of pendle fell runner fallingAfter most of the runners had passed I made my way to the safety checkpoint (checkpoint 4), this was going to be the next place to capture some great pictures, this location captured the racers as they neared the finish of the Tour of Pendle fell race.  This was the last steep descent of the race and it certainly was steep and slippery with more than one racer coming to grief on the steep slope.  Some great pics can be seen of the runners descending on http://racingsnakes.com. The temperature was dipping as the last of the runners passed through and it was time to call it a day.

Dunnerdale Fell Race Photos

Dunnerdale Fell Race Photos will be published on racingsnakes.com/photos soon after the race. The photos of the Dunnerdale fell race will be taken out on te course with the aim to get the best photos possible that reflect the pasion of the fell race. The Dunnerdale fell race is held on 9 November 2013. The race often attracts around 250 runners, with the fastest runners completeing the course in around 40 minutes. The Dunnerdale fell race is held in the lake district National Park and he start is from Broughton Mills. The Dunnerdale fell race is organised by the Black Combe Runners.  The race is clseed as a ‘short classic’ race, the distance is 8km with 550 meters of ascent (and descent).The racefollows a circular route with checkpoints at

  • The Knott: SD 2233 9195
  • Raven Crag: SD 2229 9294
  • Stickle Pike: SD 2111 9281
  • Great Stickle: SD 2109 9161

The race climbs out of Broughton Mills climbing The Knott and Ravens Cragg, at this point the race descends to the road crossing before climbing back up to Stickle Pike, the route then descends before undulating towards Great Stickle. From here the race descends back to the start at Broughton Mills. After the race there is food provided in the local pub.fell runner lake district

Dunnerdale Fell race Map

Great Whernside Fell Race 2013

The Great Whernside Fell race Photos can be seen on http://racingsnakes.com./Great_Whernside_fell_race.php.  The great Whernside feel race starts at 11:30am on Saturday 26 October 2013 from the old campsite in Kettlewell.  Photographs of the race will be available soon after the race.  Kettlewell is a pretty village in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  The race route of the Great Whernside fell race leaves the old campsite and heads up for a steep start, this gets slightly easier for a while and heads up to summit Great Whernside. (not to be confused with Whernside – one of the Yorkshire three peaks).  The fell runners descend at breakneck speeds and it is great spectators sport.  Although this is a short race of 4miles, the route ascends (and descends) nearly 1600ft of climb with mixed terrain for the runners to cope with. There is a mix of good short grass fields, slippery rocks and boggy marshes which captures out more than the odd runner out.

Whernside fell raceThe fell race is usually quite well attended and the fastest runners can make short work of the course in just over half an hour. The organiser for this race Pete Jebb.  Say hello if your at the race and I will certainly be trying to capture your best side for that great photo.

Rapha Supercross Skipton

Rapha Supercross cyclocross race

Photos now available on racingsnakes.com

cyclocross skipton

Cyclocross photos from Broughton Hall Rapha Supercross cyclocross race, Skipton 2013 will be posted on racingsnakes.  Saturday 19 October 2013 sees the first of the three race series of Rapha Supercross cyclocross racing.  The cyclocross race will take place in the grounds of the majestic Broughton Hall near Skipton. Racing snakes will be to take photos.  The pics will be available to buy in high res. Cyclocross is off road cycle racing, the bikles used are very similar to road bikes in that they have dropped handlebars and the same size wheels as road cycling.  A lot of cyclocross bikes are now using disk brakes (similar to those found on some mountain bikes) over rim brakes.  The clearance between the frame and the wheels tends to be greater than found on road bikes to allow the wheels to shed the mud.  The tyre size is slightly wider than on a road bike.  Some of the newer bikes will have 22 gears and tend to be easier gearing for climbing the steep hills.  Frame size tends to be slightly smaller than road bikes to allow the riders better control.

rapha cyclocross skipton

There are a number of races taking place from kids races to the high energy elete mens races.  For the first time there is also a womens race.  There is also a fun race with added obstacles including the ‘Spiral of Doom’ and the ‘wall of foam’.  Entry to the event for the spectators is free and as well as the racing there will be music and refreshments.  The fun starts at 10:15 with the under 10 and 12 year olds races.  The mens elite mens starts at 1.30pm and the “fun” race starts at 2:30pm.  There is guarenteed to be spills and thrills galore and the event will be well attended.

The racers get little rest as the next in the series is the following day at Phillips Park in Manchester with a similar itinary.  The final race in the series heads South to Alexandra Palace, London on 27 October.

Langdale Fell Race Photos

langdale horseshoe fell race

Langdale Fell Race Photos 2013.  Photos of langdale fell race. On Staurday 12 October 2013 the Langdale Fell Race took place.  I decided I would test a new camera lense out, it was all a bit last minute.  The Langedale Fell Race sets off from near the Old Dungeon Gyhll Inn in the LangDales and sets off in the direction of the New Dungeon Ghyll.  Just a quick plug for a friends bunkhouse which is located here, a great spot and close to two lovely pubs and more adventure than you can shake a stick at http://www.greatlangdalebunkhouse.co.uk/.  The Langdale Fell race continues up the steep gully heading up towards stickle tarn. before heading in an anticlockwise direction taking in Pavey Ark, Pike of Stickle, Bow Fell, Crinkle Craggs and Pike of Blisco.

My plan of action was to climb to the summit of the Pike of Blisco (705m) before the first runners arrived.  The day was better weather than expected with pretty clear visibility on the tops except a bit of cloud cover on Bowfell.  I was hoping to get some shots of the runners of the Langadale Fell Race summiting the Pike of Blisco capturing the stunning backdrop of the Langdale Peaks.  From the summit of the pike you have a great view over towards Crinkle Craggs and it would be psooble to watch the runners descending to Red Tarn before the ascent.  The first of the runners were spotted right on schedule and excitement grew on the peak.  There were about ten people on the summit including marshalls all eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first runners.

langdale fell race photos

I got my camera ready and started taking photos.  There were a couple of routes off the summit which could be taken but most took the obvious line.  I spent 20 inutes on the paek scampering around before descending off the hill capturing photos of the runners as they descended.  The art was guessing which line the runners would take, and there were many variations.  I was kept busy running from spot to spot.  The results of the days work can be seen on racingsnakes.com

Helwith Bridge Duathlon

Helwith Bridge Duathlon takes place om Sunday 13 October 2013.  The photos from Helwith Bridge Duathlon will be posted on racingsnakes.com and facebook/racingsnakes.com soon after the race.  Helwith Bridge is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park close to Horton in Ribblesdale and Settle. Helwith bridge is also the start of the 3 peaks cyclocross race.  I will be taking photographs of the duathlon at various points of the race.  High res photos of the Duathlon will be on sale, please support racingsnakes by purchasing the photos if you like them.

Helwith Bridge Duathlon

The Helwith Bridge Duathlon route starts with a 4 mile run.  The route heads the runners out from Helwith Bridge  to Little Stainforth, there is a great campsite here called Knight Stainforth.  The run route of the Helwith Bridge Duathlon heads down the small lane at the side of the campsite and over the very narrow bridge over the river Ribble (located at the side of the bridge on the campsite side is Janets Foss waterfall, at this time of the year Salmon can be seen jumping up the Foss in their annual trip to spawn).  The runners head up the short sharp hill to the main road, here they turn left and head back towards Helwith Bridge and the first transition.

Once at Helwith Bridge the ahletes put on their cycle helmets and bike shoes and head out on the second stage of the Helwith Bridge Duathlon. The cyclistshead out on loop round ingleborough in an anti-clockwise direction.  The riders head out to Horton in Ribblesdale and continue towards Selside and the famous Ribblehead viaduct.  From here there is usually a head wind as the riders head towards Ingleton passing the White Scar caves.  Just on the outskirts the riders take a left on Clapham Old Road.  The first 2 miles along this road is a good steady climb towards Cold Cotes junction (this is where the 3 peaks cyclocross racers rejoin the tarmac after scaling Ingleborough).  Once at Clapham the riders head towards Austwick.  There is a point where riders have previously had to do a short section on the A65 (a notorious accident blackspot) a new cycle path has been put in place here.  Once the riders reach Austwick it is a steady mostly uphill ride back to the next transition at Helwith Bridge. (except for the last half mile which is downhill).

helwith bridge duathlon bike

The final run retraces the first run route.

The overall distance of the Helwith Bridge Duathlon is 8 mile run and 23 mile bike.  The 8 mile run is actually two four mile runs, broken up with the cycle stage.