Members

Meet some of our members

Gwynn Stokes

Gwynn Stokes

I joined DFR 2013 thought I was fit (not) but was made welcome, i don't race a lot but try to fit in a couple of long ones now and then.

Latest runs include the Marathon des Sable, the Bob Graham Round, U.T.L.D 100, Cape Wrath and the Spine Race

Andy Blackett

Andy Blackett Chairman

I joined DFR as a novice fell runner at the end of 2010, with the support of members of the club I completed a Bob Graham Round in 2012 and became NE champion in 2013.

I regularly race in fell races both locally and in the Lake District. I come along to training most weeks.

Frances Berry

Frances Berry

I joined DFR in 2014 with zero fell running experience. I have always been made to feel welcome and included despite being at the sociable end of the field. Last year I entered a fell race most months and am always happy if I finish in the top half!

My favourite events are those that involve a bit of navigation so the Lake District Mountain Trial and mountain based orienteering events like the Capricorn in the Howgills. I also always really enjoy the weekend mountain marathon events like the Saunders and the RAB.

Roslyn Kelsey

Roslyn Kelsey

I've been a member of DFR for about 10 years now, and despite that still occasionally manage to still got lost in Hamsterley Forest.  I joined the club with no experience of fell running and since then have tried mountain marathons, orienteering and various local fell races.

I really enjoy Thursday night running club sessions -  the chat is good and the scenery great.  I don't race frequently, but in the last couple of years have done The Swaledale Marathon, Hexham Hobble, Rosebery Topping and the Cheviot Hedgehope Pendulum, usually finishing about mid-field.

Paul Hodgson

Paul Hodgson Captain

I joined DFR in November 2015 having started running as a hobby the previous year. I’d enjoyed running up until that point and I was keen to improve so I started to look at joining a local club. I knew very little about fell running, but I’d always preferred running the local tracks and trails to running the roads, so DFR seemed like a good fit.

From my first session (pitch black, horizontal rain & hill reps) I’ve been made to feel extremely welcome. Even though I was well off the pace of the front runners during that first session, there was loads of encouragement and helpful advice. When I felt ready to try my first fell race, again I found that anything I needed to know could be easily answered by members of the club. This was very encouraging as I had a lot of questions!

George Cooper

George Cooper

I have been a member of DFR for a couple of years. Since then, my fitness has hugely improved and it is great to learn from a fantastic group of runners, who do a wide variety of challenges and races.

The support of DFR has led me to fulfilling a lifetime goal of completing a Bob Graham Round in 2017. I now enjoy racing in both shorter fell races and longer ultra events, and I am always keen to head out in the mountains.

Andy Berry

Andy Berry

I joined dfr as just a different training session but quickly fell in love with running in the fells both locally in Durham and over in the Lake district. I did my first fell race in 2015 (Fairfield horseshoe) and have never looked back. I have completed summer and winter Bob Graham Rounds with huge amounts of help, training and knowledge from the club. This year won a couple of longer races in the lakes and hope to keep progressing but the love for moving in the mountains is what drives me.

Eddie Peat

Eddie Peat

In the thick of it with DFR in the Dales Trails 30k in Wensleydale. I enjoy DFR even though I have had little opportunity to attend training, the DFR Cronkley race is outstanding and I have met and made friends at many of the races I go to.

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams

I’m Jess, I moved up from Cornwall in late 2017 swapping the coastal trails for the fells. I joined DFR looking to add structured training and social, to improve my running skills and speed and learn a little of the magic of fell running!

I’m not the speediest runner so it’s the longer distances that suit me best as I’ve learned I can dig deep. My races have included; Lakeland 100, Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, Cortina trail and the Arc of Attrition. Probably deserve the title of ‘World’s Greatest Liar’ for the amount of times I’ve said; “Never again”!

James Osborn

James Osborn

I've been a member of Durham Fell Runners since the beginning of 2015. I don't like to do much training but do enjoy a good race, especially a gnarly ultra. I particularly favours boggy conditions. DFR provides some great support with no end of people willing to head out into the hills, come rain, shine or blizzard.

Highlights from 2015 include 2nd in the Dales Trail series, 3rd in the North East Fell Running Champs, 8th in the Lakes in a Day and 31st in the Lakeland 50.

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