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Membership Fees 2016

Well – it’s that time again….2016 DFR membership fees are due now – with deadline for payment 1st April 2016. As EA fees have risen again, this year there will be 2 membership options:

  • £25 for those member who DO want to be registered with England Athletics
  • £15 for those members who DON’T want to be registered with England Athletics

What are the benefits of being registered with England Athletics:

  • Entitles you to a discount (typically £2) for some EA registered road and trail races
  • Receive regular email updates from EA (if you supply me with your email address) – these emails occasionally contain special discount offers
  • Entitles you to run for DFR in the British Fell relays. (You need to be EA registered to compete for DFR in this event)

Payment:
For those who want to pay by direct bank transfer – please email BOTH dfr-danr@virginmedia.com (Membership Sec) and jon7@taltalk.net (Treasurer) – and we’ll provide DFR bank account, sort code and payment ref. details. In your email, please let us know if you will be paying £25 (requiring EA registration) or £15 (not requiring EA registration). Please do send an email before making any payment to assist record keeping.

As usual you can also pay by cheque or cash (please hand to Dan at training) or post to DFR Membership Secretary – details as shown on the membership form.

Dan

Published: 18/01/16

Training Program 2016 - Unleashed

The training program for 2016 has now been published - something for us all to look forward to. It contains a mixture of sessions at Hamsterley and further abroad (DFR On Tour).

Stu

Published: 23/11/15

Training Venue 17/09/15

The training schedule has been changed and this week we will be meeting for DFROT: Cronkley Lite instead of the advertised 'Andicap (which is now scheduled for next week).

John

Published: 15/09/15

Cronkley Fell 2015 - Results

The race results for Cronkely Fell 2015 have now been published on the race page. Congratulations to this year's winners: Harry Coates (setting a course record) and Karen Robertson - and thanks to everyone who helped organise and make the day go so smoothly. Please send us any feedback or share photos/post comments through our Facebook group.

John

Published: 28/06/15

Cronkley Fell 2015 - Volunteers Required

The FRA requirements for organising the race require us to have approximately 14 marshalls out on the course as well as the usual registration/starter/car parking and results team. We are asking for volunteers to make a firm commitment to marshall points throughout the course or help in any other capacity. Let us know through the usual channels - committee meeting/AGM, Facebook forum, telephone, training nights or the contact us page.

Andrew

Published: 29/05/15

Club AGM 2015 - Wed 25th March

Advance notice of the DFR AGM which will be held on Wednesday 25th March at 7.30 pm - send a contact us email for details. The AGM is an open meeting, where there will be the election of Officers, and reports from the Chair, the Treasurer, and the Membership Secretary.

Andrew

Published: 10/03/15

DFR Championships 2015

The race selection for the DFR Championships 2015 is finally ready. The selection has been extended to include 12 races throughout the year with the top 6 results counting towards the points total. Even more reason to get out there and compete. The general DFR championships page including the guidelines and rule are available here.

Andrew

Published: 10/02/15

Swaledale Series of Races

A new series of three races organised by Swaledale Outdoors in Reeth, full details at: http://www.dalestrailseries.uk/ entry on sportident. Please support them if you can - they look like good challenging routes

Patrick

Published: 10/02/15

Details of the NECAA Fell, NEHRA championships 2015 race selections

Details of the 2015 championships have been released.

Patrick

Published: 09/02/15

Membership Fees 2015

Well – it’s that time again….2015 DFR membership fees are due now – with deadline for payment 1st April 2015. As EA fees have risen again, this year there will be 2 membership options:

  • £15 for those member who DO want to be registered with England Athletics
  • £10 for those members who DON’T want to be registered with England Athletics

What are the benefits of being registered with England Athletics:

  • Entitles you to a discount (typically £2) for some EA registered road and trail races
  • Receive regular email updates from EA (if you supply me with your email address) – these emails occasionally contain special discount offers
  • Entitles you to run for DFR in the British Fell relays. (You need to be EA registered to compete for DFR in this event)
  • Sweatshop - £15 off running shoes (one redemption offer valid all year), 10% off all full price shoes & apparel (offer valid all year on unlimited purchases by EA card holder)

Payment:
For those who want to pay by direct bank transfer – please email BOTH dfr-danr@virginmedia.com (Membership Sec) and jon7@taltalk.net (Treasurer) – and we’ll provide DFR bank account, sort code and payment ref. details. In your email, please let us know if you will be paying £15 (requiring EA registration) or £10 (not requiring EA registration). Please do send an email before making any payment to assist record keeping.

As usual you can also pay by cheque or cash (please hand to Dan at training) or post to DFR Membership Secretary – details as shown on the membership form.

Dan

Published: 04/02/15

Harthope Valley Race - 12th April 2015

NFR are organising a fell race with a unique route - it is the only event of its kind to take in the highest point in Northumberland, The Cheviot. It will also be ideal training for those taking part in the Chevy Chase. It is also a great location for spectators as they can get a great view of the final decent of Hedgehope. The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team will be operating safety check points along the route, and a portion of the entrance fee is donated to them.

Basic race information:

  • Date - Sunday 12th April 2015
  • Time - 11:00 (registration from 10:00)
  • Location - End of the Harthope Valley, Northumberland, Grid Ref - NT 954 , 225
  • Distance - 9.5 miles
  • Total ascent - 2778 feet
  • Entrance fee - £4, Charity donation included.

Here is the route on Plotaroute

Jack McWilliams (NFR)

Published: 03/02/15

Training Programme 2015 - Unleashed

The Training Programme has been 'unleashed' for the coming year 2015. Lots of fun sessions to look forward to - make 2015 a Fell Running year to remember. See you up the forest.

Stu

Published: 12/12/14

Christmas Meal 2014

Another year is coming to a close and there is a lot of winter training and preparations to be made. DFR has set the 18th of December for the Christmas Meal - an endurance event in itself (by the time you get to the pudding).

Karen is kindly organising this year's meal - so please contact her if you wish to join us.

John

Published: 20/11/14

DFR TEN - Not published in Fellrunner Autumn 2014 magazine

By popular demand we are publishing the DFR at Ten article to highlight the clubs past and development. Ideal reading material for the cold nights after a tiring hill session.

DFR - 3 Chairmen(persons) - Alex Menarry - Rob McSherry - Patrick Bonnett

A photo of DFR's chairmen since the club's inception: Alex Menarry - Rob McSherry - Patrick Bonnett

Stu

Published: 10/11/14

Cronkley Fell 2014 - Results

Cronkley Fell Race for 2014 has been run and the results are now available.

Well done to all the competitors who took part and helped raise so much money for the nominated charities.

Many thanks to all those who helped with the organisation and marshalling of the event.

Andrew

Published: 29/06/14

Change of venue for 19th June session

Unfortunately this run has been cancelled but an alternative session has been arranged in Hamsterley forest starting at the usual time of 7pm.

Apolgies for any inconvenience.

Steve G

Published: 17/06/14

May the Forces be with you: Change of venue for 15th May session

As the Forestry Commission keep chopping bits of Hamsterley Forest down it means our orienteering maps of the Forest are now as accurate as most Icelandic maps (ho ho...) & consequently the session wouldn't work very well.

So next week's session will be a scenic watery variation on the Cronkley theme. meet at the Strathmore Arms, Holwick, (near Middleton in Teesdale, Co. Durham GR 909268) at 7pm . Option of calling into the pub afterwards, purely for race planning purposes...

Hopefully we'll also organise an urban orienteering session in Barnard Castle in a few weeks time if I can get the route sorted. Details to follow when confirmed.

Patrick

Published: 10/05/14

DFR on Tour - Thursday 24th April

DFR on tour this Thursday - circular route of 9 miles, featuring the rarely visited trig point of Five Pikes at 478m the highest point on the route. Meet at Bollihope picnic site, well next to the road and river at GR 006349 North Pennines explorer map OL31. Ready to leave prompt 7pm or 1900 hours.

Stu

Published: 21/04/14

Reeth Trail 20K

We're happy to announce a new trail race set in the beautiful surroundings of Swaledale on Sunday 4th May 2014 - 10am start. It takes a challenging circular route. Superb setting and stunning scenary throughout. Entry fee is £16

Online entries are available here - Reeth Trail 20K

Richard - Swaledale Outdoor

Published: 24/03/14

Cronkley Fell 2014 - Volunteers Required

The new FRA requirements for organising the race require us to have approximately 14 marshalls out on the course as well as the usual registration/starter/car parking and results team. We are asking for volunteers to make a firm commitment to marshall points throughout the course or help in any other capacity. Let us know through the usual channels - committee meeting/AGM, Facebook forum, telephone, training nights or the contact us page.

Please 'watch this space' for further updates.

John

Published: 27/02/14

AGM - 30th April 2014

The DFR Annual General Meeting has been set for the 30th April 2014 at 7pm (at Karen's House). This provides an opportunity for members to share their views on the focus and direction of the club.

The club currently welcome volunteers for the all posts of DFR - we thank all the current incumbents for their dedicated service. If you want to get involved in an official capacity then please contact us to put you name forward for a position.

Amendments to the DFR constitution have been proposed - here is your chance to review those changes and provide your input during the AGM.

All members are welcome to attend and find out what happens behind the scenes at DFR.

Hope to see you there.

John

Published: 24/02/14

Trio of Races

Three races have been sent through the website that may be of interest to our members (and those beyond).

Hutton Roof Crags fell race for 2014. The event is taking place on Saturday 24th May 2014 and, as usual there will be the adult race and junior races for under 8s, U10s, U12s, U14s, U16s & U18s on specially designed courses. Details: Hutton Roof

The Foundation of Light, the official charity of SAFC, will be hosting its annual Lambton 10k run and 3k fun run on Sunday June 29. Entries are now open and are charged from £12 per person for the 10k and from £6 per person for the 3K. Details: Lambton 10K Race

After a year's hiatus, the classic Buttermere Sailbeck fell race in back on! It is scheduled for 10th May as 12 noon. Details: Buttermere Sailbeck fell race

Thanks to all those who sent details in.

John

Published: 11/02/14

Research Assistance

Below is a request for assistance with a research project. Anyone interested can participate.

I'm currently studying my final year of Psychology at Aberystwyth University and have chosen to do my dissertation study on the effects of exercise on mood. I'm hoping to get various members of different running clubs to take 5 minutes to fill out my questionnaire before and after a run.

There is an online version of my questionnaire that people can fill out online.

Any help would be really appreciated

Danielle

Published: 10/02/14

Club Championships 2014 - Race Selection

The races for the club championships 2014 have been selected and have been published on the website. Many thanks for all the suggestions and discussion regarding the range of interesting events considered.

Matt

Published: 30/01/14

DFR on Tour - Sunday 29th December

Elephant trees, 10 miles of mainly good tracks and trails. Maybe joined by some snow? Meet in Hamsters car park, ready to run at 10:00am. Cafe afterwards.

Stu

Published: 26/12/13

DFR on Tour - Sunday 22nd December

Top of the Forest, 12 miles of steady off road running , bit of trial, bit of fell. Taking in the notorious Snake Alley and Dangerous Hill. Meet of Hamsterley Forest Visitor Center at 10:00am. Café afterwards.

[Ed. - suggest extra loop for those eating Christmas or Sticky Toffee pudding at Xmas meal due to high calorific values.]

Stu

Published: 18/12/13

Club Championships 2013 - Final Results

The DFR club champs are now complete, with an excellent turnout of DFRers at the Hexham Hobble on Sunday. There is a clear winner in each section - with Andy Blackett and Denise Tunstall both managing to get 80 points out of a maximum of 80 - well done to them both! In total 22 club members competed in at least one of the 8 races, with Andy B, Denise, Dan and Paul all finishing 4 races. We'll be putting together a list of next years races soon, any suggestions then let me know, or put them on the facebook page. See the list of all results from the races.

Ros

Published: 04/12/13

2014 Training Program - Unleashed!

Just when you thought it was safe to relax before Christmas - Stu has published the training program for 2014. It may just encourage you to eat a bit more at the lunch table on Christmas and Boxing day; look at it as training - you'll need the calories and the rest! See full details on the training page.

John

Published: 26/11/13

DFR Christmas Do - 19th December 2013

Karen has kindly arranged out Christmas do on the Thursday 19th December. Those who are interested in joining us should contact Karen through the usual channels or I will pass on any messages sent via the site's contact/enquire page. See you there!

John

Published: 26/11/13

DFROT Weekend: 16-17 November 2013

Before autumn and winter fully set in all are welcome to join me on a scenic run from Patterdale taking in Angle Tarn, High Street, Caudale Moor and Kirkstone Pass. As per last year the following is entirely optional so please feel free to come along simply for the run, a pint, or both. See full details of the weekend.

Steve G

Published: 23/10/13

Club Championships 2013 - Results after 5/8

We're 5 races in to the Club Championships, and congratulations go to Denise - she's not only stormed the women's title, but also ran all 5 of the races so far. In the men's title, it's all still to play for - can Dan keep up the momentum and win for the second year in a row, or will Paul, or Andy steal it from him........... Watch this space, next race is Roseberry Topping. See the list of results and remaining races.

Ros

Published: 11/09/13

Cronkley Fell 2013 - Results

Cronkley Fell Race for 2013 has been run and the results are now available.

Well done to all the competitors who took part and helped raise so much money for the nominated charities.

Many thanks to all those who helped with the organisation and marshalling of the event.

Patrick

Published: 30/06/13

Cronkley Recces

The next two Thursday training nights have been set as Recces for Cronkley Fell Race. Meet at the Strathmore Arms for 7pm start.

John

Published: 19/06/13

Brush up on your navigation

Saunders Mountain Marathon is coming up; brush up on your navigation with a run out at Barnard Castle on Sat 8th June when Cleveland Orienteering Club will be holding an event. If it works for Duncan & Pippa.....

Full details at:
Urban Event in Barnard Castle
www.clok.org.uk

Patrick

Published: 25/05/13

Call for Marshalls

Cronkley Fell Race is coming up fast - Sunday 30th June. One of the conditions of getting permission is that it needs quite a few marshalls out on the fell.

At the moment we are short of marshalls. Can anyone not intending to race and who is able to help let me know.

Thanks

Patrick

Published: 25/05/13

Well done Andy

Well done Andy in the NECAA race, it looked tough.

Well done to Nick Swinburn too (I know he is NFR but he was representing the north east) who seem to lead all the way in the video only to be outrun at the end.

Any one who wants to see Andy running for the North east can see it here http://www.athleticos.org/video/710546-Inter-Counties-Fell-Running-2013 from about the 4 minute mark, 8.30 minute mark.

Mark Bevan

Published: 26/05/13

Summer Andycap - race 1

Times from Summer Andycap race 1.

Andy 25:16 *
Jim Mann 26:16 **
Stu Ferguson 29:59 **
Dan Rhodes 29:59.9 **
Jon West 32:31
Patrick Bonnett 33:18
Alan Hunt 33:32
Denise Tunstall 33:32 ***
Andrew Charles 34:29 ****

PB's all round - Woot woot.

*Course Record!
** Estimated, these folks either didn't bring a watch or forgot to stop it.
*** Ladies Record!
**** including a pit stop

Anyone who didn't run tonight, I will estimate a handicap for you from your winter time. Anyone who I think wasn't trying tonight I will give you a 5 minute bonus! Thanks for running.

Andy

Published: 25/05/13

Tandem LeJoG

You probably know that I haven't been running recently, because I have been out training for a bike ride!

Today May Liz and I are heading down to Penzance on the train with our Tandem and will be spending the next 3 weeks pedalling our way north to John O'Groats. We've wanted to do this for very many years and thought that we better get on with it before we are too decrepit! We didn't set out with the aim of raising money for charity but the County Durham Community Foundation has recently set up a fund to help farmers in the County who have suffered severe losses due to the dreadful Spring weather, and this on top of the problems caused by last year's wet season. So we're hoping to raise some money for this fund and if you'd like to donate, please go to: http://www.justgiving.com/AndyLizTandemLEJoG

Going public and knowing we are supporting a good cause will, I hope, help us to keep going at the times when various bits of anatomy are hurting, the wind is against us, it is tipping down with rain etc etc - I know from experience these times will come! If you've got nothing better to do, you can follow our progress on twitter: @AndyLizLEJOG.

Best wishes

Andrew Charles

Published: 24/05/13

Captain's selection

A couple of things to start planning for....

As part of the captains role I have decided to try and encourage more of you to race. A lot of the races I am doing are pre entry, and already full, but a couple of belters are comming up on Sunday 2nd June. Mallerstang Yomp - 37km 1300m, DFR Champs. I believe it has to be the full Yomp to qualify for the champs. https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=501

Or if that is a bit far then Yetholm Hill Race - 13km 750m, Medium Race in the British Championships - but don't let that put you off, there will be plenty of people at the back. Pre entry only, here https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=975

If you have never done a British or English championship race before, I would urge you to have a go at this one, it's quite exciting to see the front fellas fly off at the start. In how many sports do you get to compete with the worlds best for £9?

Andy

Published: 20/05/13

Andy selected for NECAA team

Our men's captain, Andy Blackett, has been selected to run for the NECAA (North East Counties) in the intercounties fell running championship in the Settle Hills Race on 19/5. Other team members so far are Nick Swinburn, Lee Bennet and 1 other (tba). He's really excited to be selected and looking forward to romping home to raise the flag for DFR!!!

John

Published: 01/05/13

DFR subs now due

DFR subs are now due. We have been forced to raise the annual subscription to £15 due to English Athletics increasing the levy they charge the Club for each member of DFR by a further £5/member per year. Unfortunately the Club does not have the financial reserves to be able to absorb this increase imposed on us by EA. Despite this, the subs remain amongst the lowest of any running club in the region - and with the regular (qualified) coaching sessions and friendly banter on offer we believe that you would be hard pressed to get more enjoyment from £15 spent anywhere else....

Make life easy for our long suffering Membership Secretary, who spends his life chasing those members who seem to think that paying subs is an optional extra, by sending him a cheque IMMEDIATELY for £15 made payable to Durham Fell Runners to 12 Whaggs Lane, Whickham, Newcastle, NE16 4PF.

So don't delay - renew your subs today!

Patrick

Published: 01/04/13

Another exciting DFR Competition....

The latest (Spring) edition of "The Fellrunner" will have dropped through the letterbox of many DFR members. Within it are photos of four DFR members. Name the members...the lucky winner will be awarded one of DFR's fabulous chocolate based products. E-mail your entries to the usual DFR address. Closing date for entries is 21/3/13.

Patrick

Published: 07/03/13

DFR AGM - Wednesday 20th March 2013

DFR's Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th March at 7pm at Karen's house in Fir Tree.

All members of DFR are invited, this is your chance to have a say in the running of your club.

Once again all Committe places are up for re-election, elections will take place on the night. Everyone is welcome, the club is now large enough that we ought to be seeing not just the usual faces at Committee meetings and would benefit from new ideas and feedback. At some stage in the near future the present Committee members will be standing down so we need to get new people involved in the running of your club.

So come along - (and also have the opportunity to eat your own body weight in biscuits which are kindly provided by Karen).

Patrick

Published: 03/03/13

Bob Graham Round weekend - June

We are planning a Club weekend in mid June (Fri evening 14, Sat 15, Sun 16 June) to run the Bob Graham Round in the Lake District as a Relay. The idea is that each leg would be run by teams of at least 2 (ideally 3-4 to allow for any last minute drop outs). At the end of each leg the finishing team for that leg would hand over to the next team and on it goes....

The idea is NOT to run the route in as fast a time as possible (although if people who want to run a leg fast opt to do one leg together fast they could do), but rather to have a good social weekend, with each leg team running the leg at their own pace. This way we can accommodate DFR members of all speeds and each participant enjoys the day rather than feeling pressurised to 'do it as fast as possible'.

We would intend to start at about 22.00 on the Friday night in Keswick (running the route clockwise) and, ideally, finish within 24 hours, but that isn't essential (but would be good in order to get to the pub for last orders). Sunday would then be spent doing whatever people wanted - another run, kit shopping, assessing the quality of local cream teas etc. Those wanting to be involved would be responsible for organising their own accommodation, but we can suggest some local to Keswick camp sites which have good facilities. Participation could involve running one of the Legs, helping out at leg changeovers, supporting at a point on a leg with warm words and goodies or simply spectating.

If there is interest it would also provide a reason for some informal runs in the Lakes over the next few months to recce the various Legs of the route.

Let us know if you want to be involved by the end of Feb and we'll then see if there is enough interest to make it happen.

Patrick, Steve and Andrew

Published: 12/02/13

Club Championships 2013 - Race Selection Complete

At last, the information that you've all been waiting for, the club championship races are now available. Eight races have been selected this year for club members to have a go at. We've tried to take on board your suggestions, and mix up distances, height gains, and locations. Why not make your running resolution this year to be trying one, two, or even all eight of them?? First race in the series is the Coledale Horseshoe, no excuses about not knowing the route, as a group went round it at the last DFR away weekend. Good Luck! Oh, and an extra nudge to the ladies - last year Denise won without any challengers, in any of the races, lets try to make it harder for her this year! See the list of races.

Ros

Published: 12/02/13

Cronkley Fell 2013 - is GO!

Cronkley Fell Race for 2013 has been given the Green light from the land-agent and the date has been set for the Sunday 30th June. It will be one of the race counting towards this year's NECAA and NEHRA fell running championships. A new webpage has been set up with provisional details and will be updated with further information on the race.

Here's looking forward to another successful event,

Patrick

Published: 24/01/13

Club Championships 2013 - Race Selection

There is a DFR committee meeting on Wednesday 15th January, where we will be discussing the next set of club championship races. If anyone has any suggestions for races that they'd like to see included, please can you email them to me using the DFR Enquiry/Contact page, or add a message to the thread on the Facebook page. We will try to include some of your suggestions.

Thanks,

Ros

Published: 04/01/13

 

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