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Wansfell Mountain Race 2018

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The Wansfell Mountain Race is in its third year. Originally put on for the Ambleside Festival of the Fells, now an entity in its own right.

A great little gaggle of runners turned up for the 3rd edition of this tough, but route marked, mountain race. We had international mountain running champions and world class OC racers at the winning end and all other types of runners throughout the field. First time fell runners, trail and road runners, generally we had some runners, who came to test themselves against 600+m of ascent, gruelling ups, fast and exciting downs and a little tarmac to keep everyone on their toes.

Annie Conway dominated the ladies race winning in a fantastic time of 1:03:23 beating the previous record set by Sally Houghton [1:13:29] by over 10 minutes. Catherine Slater kept the pressure on, finishing in 2nd place [placing 6th overall], with Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn taking the 3rd place.

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Credit: Paul Nelson

James Appleton dominated the mens race, smashing the record by over 7 minutes which was set by Mark Likeman in 2016 [1:04:13]. Simon Sampson and Tom Collins kept the pressure on, but from the off it seemed clear that James was ahead and would stay ahead. Simon and Tom came in 2nd & 3rd respectively.

Position

Name

Race Number

Time

1

James Appleton

46

58:02

2

Simon Sampson

25

1:01:27

3

Tom Collins

28

1:01:36

4

Matt Green

19

1:01:54

5

Annie Conway [1st Lady]

9

1:03:23 f

6

Catherine Slater [2nd Lady]

24

1:06:03 f

7

Oliver Wade

18

1:07:17

8

David Blackshaw

32

1:09:10

9

Peter Rutherford

3

1:09:21

10

Howard Dracup

23

1:09:48

11

Kevin Brennan

14

1:10:03

12

Daniel Cheetham

45

1:10:11

13

Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn [3rd Lady]

2

1:11:24 f

14

Robert Bennett

47

1:15:00

15

Andrew Sutherland

44

1:15:00

16

Gary Barstow

1

1:15:54

17

Annabel Ralph

21

1:16:47 f

18

Laurie Steptoe

12

1:16:49

19

Matthew Fitzgerald

29

1:17:38

20

Emily Simpson

36

1:18:54 f

21

Stephanie Harrison

30

1:20:11 f

22

Geoff Crossland

43

1:22:52

23

Ruth Besford

17

1:23:27 f

24

Annette Brown

13

1:23:28 f

25

Gary Spriggs

20

1:23:37

26

Faye Taffen

48

1:23:46 f

27

Chris Vincent

5

1:28:25

28

Andrew Plummer

35

1:28:48

29

Dale Knight

31

1:28:55

30

Kieron Wilson

22

1:28:55

31

Mary Jenner

26 f

1:30:43

32

David Johnson

8

1:31:21

33=

Guy Lingford

7

1:33:31

33=

Elizabeth Arden Lingford

6

1:33:31

35

Jack Bradford

4

1:38:04

36=

Ian Thompson

10

1:40:40

36=

Wendy Thompson

11 f

1:40:40

38

Claire Blennerhassett

34 f

1:44:19

39

Simon Poole

16

1:44:27

40=

David Lyon

39

1:49:34

40=

David Barden

40

1:49:34

42

Steve Monaghan

42

1:51:25

43

Carla Langley

15 f

1:57:41

44

Vicky Johnston

41 f

2:03:05

45=

Gavin Brundrett

37

2:19:55

45=

Suzanne Brundrett

38 f

2:19:55

47

Rachel Donaldson

27 f

2:23:39

48

Kat Ford

33 f

2:23:39

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James Appleton Summiting for a second time Credit: Paul Nelson

Thanks to all the competitors, land owners and marshals for making the race possible again.

A big thanks also to our sponsors, The Climbers Shop, Mountain Fuel and Cowmire Hall Cider for the prizes and free-bee's.

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