BCR News

Possibly the best race in the world

posted by Pete Tayler, Tuesday, January 10, 2017

If Carling organised fell races... Once more the most fun run of the year took place at the end, Will's birthday celebration jaunt down Caw followed by a swift pint. As usual it turned into a great club day out with a good number running and drinking, followed by lunch for a pubful in the Newfield. The race was won by Julian this year who overtook Simon on the drink, with Princess John/Leia taking the fancy dress prize. Rob was most colourful.

Tim completes the big 3 in 2016

posted by Pete Tayler, Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Following successful completions of the Paddy Buckley and Charlie Ramsay rounds earlier this year (see below), Tim left it to the last to get round the Bob Graham (again, following his first completion a few years back). After a desperately hard but aborted attempt in feet of snow in late November he was persuaded to have another go in December (well done Beth). Not wanting it to be too easy, he ran the first 14 hours on his own, 10 of which were in the dark. As soon as he had company (Pete) he took a wrong turning and lost a few minutes. Running with Will for leg 4 though kept him on track. Beth joined him for the last leg and they got into a bit of a race when they realised Will's club record time could go - it did when Tim finished in 21 hours 26 minutes to become only the 6th person ever to run all three rounds in a calendar year. And he wasn't even tired so he ran the Caw downhill race the next day. All in a weekend's work...


posted by Pete Tayler, Monday, October 17, 2016

14433033_1509735819040174_134246759681739259_n[1]BCR entered a team into the mixed category of the Hodgson Brothers Relay for the second time. Having come 4th last year, this year WE WON!!! The result was never really in doubt, Becca Rooke and Christina Wiejek led off, handing over to Lizzie Adams and Tim Ripper. Hollie Orr and John Millen ran the third leg while Lord Harvey and Harry Stainton led us home in a new record time. We've been trying to get our best team out for a little while and it's really pleasing that when we do we clearly have an excellent and very competetive team. The mixed team was 15th overall, our open team of Pete Tayler, Pat McIver, Mike McIver, Matt Thompson, Julian Donnelly, Matt Allen, Rob Browne and Matt Rooke were 41st out of the 70 teams.


posted by Pete Tayler, Monday, October 17, 2016

098Our women's team HAVE WON A SILVER MEDAL at the UK Fell Relay held at Luss on Loch Lomond. On a pretty wet and wild day all 6 of the team put in marvellous performances, finishing just behind the Scottish Hunters Bog Trotters team. Lynn Murray, in her first fell race, held her own on a rough first leg. Anna Lupton and Hollie Orr were 3rd fastest on their leg, as were Becca Rooke and Paula Irons on the tough orienteering third leg. Lizzie Adams set off in 4th place at the start of the last leg and blasted past Helm Hill and Ambleside to finish a comfortable 2nd (Lizzie ran the fastest last leg). We first entered the relay in 2008 and first had a women's team only 5 years ago. As well as this great performance, our open men's team finished 20th, our best result, and the new V50 team (yes we're all getting on a bit now) finished 73rd (7th V50 team). Due to last minute injuries our 4th team did not have enough runners to complete the relay, but for a small club like us to win a medal and get 21 runners competing as far away as Scotland is a great sign. It was a great weekend!

New BCR Race - with BCR winner!

posted by Pete Tayler, Monday, October 17, 2016

048Black Combe Runners took on the organisation of a new race this year, the show race at Black Combe Country Fair. The race is on August Bank Holiday Monday and goes from the showfield in Bootle, across farmland and then up and down the Combe. Despite fantastic weather, runners ended up all over the hill, great to see BCR runners leading people astray again! John Heneghan was first winner of the race, our own Beth Ripper was the first women's winner. Perpetual slate trophies were donated by BCR.

Tim's Ramsay Round

posted by Pete Tayler, Monday, October 17, 2016

016Tim Ripper ran BCR's first ever Charlie Ramsay Round, not long after he ran the club's second ever Paddy Buckley Round in Snowdonia. The Ramsay Round is the toughest of the three big rounds with little in the way of track to follow along the Mamores, Easains, Grey Corries and back to Ben Nevis. Tim succeeded with the barest of skeleton crews. He ran the legs off Pete Tayler for 9 hours, ran a few hours on his own and ran the legs off Jamie Baron for the last 10 hours. Beth Ripper and Hazel Tayler fought midges all weekend to support Tim, doing this effectively despite the complete lack of road crossings on the route. Tim finished strongly in something just under 23 hours. Having done two rounds this year, the "triple" is still on if Tim repeats his Bob Graham before the end of the year, currently only 5 others have done that in the history of the world!

Black Combe Fell Race a major success

posted by Pete Tayler, Monday, March 14, 2016

The Black Combe fell race, part of the English Championships this year, was the biggest race the club has ever organised. Of the 750 entries, 499 turned up to race on a misty and drizzly day, with a fair proportion of that number taking a wrong turn somewhere or other. Many of the pre race favourites ended up well down the field, but Vic Wilkinson had a great run in the difficult conditions to win and beat the old record by 20 seconds. Winner of the men's event was a very happy Ben Mounsey. The club has a lot to thank Will for, not many in the club would have had the ambition to think that 750 entries was a good idea, the race was vetted by an FRA liaison officer (Steve Cliff, who organises the Anniversary Waltz races) who had nothing but praise for the overall organisation. Will's company also put a lot of time and effort into the race. The club also owes a great deal of thanks to all those others who helped, some who had a pretty long, cold and hard day on Saturday. There we some good club performances too, Lizzie ran well to place 6th, and Will Rigg broke 80 minutes to finish well up the field in the men's race. And there was some mud around too...

Completion of 2016 winter league

posted by Pete Tayler, Sunday, March 06, 2016

Yesterday saw the last race of the 2016 winter league, on a sunny and snowy Black Combe. Thanks to Matt for organising the series and handling the difficult topic of handicapping. Some decided to have a go at swimming in the snow drifts on top, others took the race a bit more seriously. Tim ran the fastest scratch time, closely in front of Lizzie. Ian V. Took the overall winter league trophy having completed six of the seven races, two points ahead of Will, who was in turn just ahead of John M. None of the ladies completed the required four races, of those who finished three Hazel was first, followed by Jackie and Lindsay. James was pleased to beat Bonnie. And Lizzie was beaten by her Mum.

Black Combe Fell Race coming up

posted by Pete Tayler, Wednesday, February 24, 2016

You're probably all aware that the Black Combe Fell race is an English Championships counter this year, the race is due to start at 12 noon on Saturday March 12th. Will has worked with Silecroft village and many others to enable what should be the biggest race the club has ever run. We have about 700 entries so it promises to be a fantastic day. Many from the club will already be taking on roles to help us run the race; marshals, registration etc., but there are still more roles to fill so that we can give the best experience to all the runners. If anyone else is able to help on the day, please let Will or Pete know as soon as possible.
Gummers How

Pete did eventually get in the boat, and Chris and I did work out what the big sticks were for. Picture by Hazel.

Gummers How: best race of the year

posted by Will Ross, Sunday, June 23, 2013

Black Combe took to the water with surprisingly good results at this weekend’s Gummers How race. Mike Jones came second in the individual event despite arriving unaware that he would have to row and ramming a small yacht on the return leg. He was helped by John Brown of Ambleside, who dithered too long about a jetty and ended up underneath it.

Rich, Harry and Mike then took a very impressive third place in the team event despite Mike going for a swim. The B team of Pete, Chris and me, boat rather lower in the water, followed in 8th place. We were quickest across the water thanks to Pete’s leadership (illustrated), but then everybody had to wait for me to get up the hill.

It’s a fantastic little race. You know everyone there, it’s completely ridiculous, only one person out of the fifty competitors can row (he won) and every finisher is handed an ice-cold bottle of beer as they cross the finish line. From a silver tureen, by a man in a tuxedo. Entries open on 1st March next year and we will be first in line.

ps. Proper report follows in the newsie. And is this the first time that Black Combe has been mentioned as serious competition in the Team Inov-8 blog?