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Round Rotherham 50 2017 – updated 23 Oct (Nick’s photos)

The Race


Saturday saw the last of the Long Runfurther races for 2017, and the 10th race of the year.  Round Rotherham is loved by many, and dreaded by some.  At least there was warm weather this time.  Karen’s race report is on her blog here, and the results are up on SportIdent here.  Nick’s photos are here. First home was our own Ken Sutor (Cheshire Hash House Harriers) in 7:01:13, with last year’s winner Kevin Hoult (Calder Valley FR) unable to keep up: he finished 2nd in 7:20:35, 50 minutes slower than last year.  3rd was Kevin Doyle (Kimberworth Striders) in 7:32:22 – he was 2nd last year.  First woman home was Elly Woodhead (also Kimberworth Striders), 17th overall in 9:18:38.  2nd woman was Karen Nash in 9:21:00, and 3rd was Sharon Gayter (N York Moors AC) in 9:25:02.  169 finished, which I think was slightly down on last year.


Runfurther Standings

There are 2 races to go now:  the Jedburgh Ultra and the White Rose Ultra.  Jedburgh has been full for a while, and the entry list is available online.  The White Rose Ultra is still open for entries.  So, assuming that nobody else can get themselves on the Jedburgh entry list, I’ve done a bit of analysis trying to predict who’s going to win what…

The women

I’ve started with the women’s competition because it’s a bit simpler than the men’s.  Nobody can catch Karen Nash now, and of course she’s top FV50 as well at first overall.  Sarah Smith is currently second, and the only runners who can catch her are Charlotte Smith and Debbie Cooper.  Charlotte’s chance is a theoretical one only: she would need an unbelievable result at the White Rose Ultra to catch Sarah.  Debbie on the other hand only needs to run her usual race at Jedburgh and she’ll have that 2nd place in the bag.  Nobody else can catch Sarah for 3rd place though, and she’ll be 2nd FV50 whatever happens.  4th and 5th places overall depend on who runs the White Rose Ultra.  Katherine Rogers is currently 4th, but there are a few runners who could bump her out of the top 5 (or Debbie if she doesn’t finish at Jedburgh).

The men

The first two places in the men’s competition will go to Kevin Hoult and Ken Sutor.  The only question is which of them will win: Kevin is currently 5 points ahead of Ken.  Neither of them has entered Jedburgh, but of course either or both could run the White Rose Ultra.  In practice if either runs they just need to make sure the other doesn’t finish ahead of them.  Unfortunately all this is a bit clouded by events at the Long Tour of Bradwell.  The Runfurther points are based on the official results of the races, and Ken finished 3rd in that race, giving him 928 Runfurther points.  It has recently emerged that the two runners who finished ahead of Ken failed to record a time at CP14 in that race – a control that is difficult to locate.  If they didn’t visit that control, then the race rules state they should be disqualified.  On the other hand the race rules don’t state they must record a time successfully at each control.  All this is very unfortunate for Ken, but we can’t override the results of the race.  We can’t contact the two runners concerned, as they aren’t Runfurther members.  And of course we have no idea whether they visited the control or not.

Third place may well go to David Chetta, who is currently 3rd.  Stewart Bellamy or Daniel Page could catch him though, if they run well at the White Rose Ultra.  Other runners could theoretically come 3rd, but only if they ran much faster than they usually do.  The other main contender for a top 5 places is Adam Worrallo: Chris Davies could get there though, if he ran well at the White Rose 30.  Martin Terry is probably going to be 1st MV50, although Chris Davies could catch him with a very fast White Rose run.  If Peter Agnew runs the White Rose 30 he’ll probably be the 3rd  MV50.  If not, Kevin Smith will take the 3rd place, unless Alwyn Nixon runs the WR30 fast.  Chris Davies is confirmed as first MV60, Alwyn Nixon is 2nd, and Bob Nash 3rd.  Bob’s also first MV70, with Dick Scroop 2nd.  Barney Nikolich will be first under 25, provided he finishes at Jedburgh to get his 4th counter.



Currently, Team Krypton is leading the team competition with 8201 points from 10 results, Calder Valley FR are 2nd with 7846 points from 9 results, and Mercia FR 3rd with 7678 from 9 results.  These are almost certainly going to be the top 3 teams.  My expectation is that CVFR will win, as Ian Symington has entered Jedburgh, and if he runs a decent race then that will bump Krypton down into 2nd place.


Round Rotherham 2016

The Race


Well, I wasn’t there.  I’m down with a cold & decided I’d better not run.  I went over to Rotherham for a Runfurther committee meeting on Friday evening at the Staithes, but then I came home again – I’ve been in no state to run 50 miles.  Plenty of others were though, although not everyone will have been happy with their performances I’d guess.  Andy Davies, who was challenging for top Runfurther place on the men’s side, failed to finish (I don’t know why), and Ken Sutor, the other potential challenger finished well off the pace.  Kevin Hoult, on the other hand ran a blinder, finished first by almost an hour in a 6:29:50 personal best, and also ran himself into an unbeatable lead in the Runfurther Championship.

1st:  Kevin Hoult (Stadium Runners), 6:29:50

2nd:  Kevin Doyle (Kimberworth Striders), 7:27:39

3rd:  Martin Terry (Clayton-le-Moors), 7:43:56, 1st MV50

21st:  Karen Nash, 8:35:54, 1st woman, 1st FV50

26th:  Tara Spillings, 8:51:12, 2nd woman

28th:  Lisa Walbridge (100 Marathon Club), 8:51:44

45th:  Alwyn Nixon, 9:43:15, 1st MV60

97th:  Bob Nash, 11:47:24, 1st MV70

98th:  Janet Hill (Springfield Striders), 11:48:14, 1st FV60

The full results are available on the SI website.

Karen Nash has written up her race and you can find that on her blog here.  I’ve pinched the photos on this page from her too.  Nick Ham was taking photos as well as running: you can find his photos here.  He seems to have run a lot better than he was expecting to!


The top women: Lisa Walbridge (3rd), Karen Nash (1st), Tara Spillings (2nd)

Runfurther Championship results

With only the Warrington Way race to go, it’s becoming a bit clearer who’s likely to be winning what, although there’s still more hanging on the last race than I was expecting there to be.  Warrington has been full for ages, but it looks like the waiting list has gone now, so last-minute entries may be a possibility.

Don’t forget the AGM and Prizegiving are on Sunday 13 November, at 2:30 at the George Hotel, Youlgreave, in the Peak District.  This is timed to be after the nearby Leg It Round Lathkil fell race, and is the day after the Warrington Way race.  Please be there – we need a quorum for the AGM, and we need people to give the prizes to.  And we’ve ordered chips.  And there’ll be cake…  And spot prizes (thanks Si!)…

1st man:  Kevin Hoult.  Kevin’s run at Rotherham means he can’t be caught now.

2nd man:  Andy Davies.  Andy failed to finish at Rotherham, but he’s now guaranteed 2nd place.  Ken Sutor can’t catch him.

3rd man:  Still up in the air.  Ken Sutor if he runs well at Warrington, but David Greenwood, Adam Worrallo or Martin Terry could end up 3rd quite easily, and there are others who could get in there if the circumstances were favourable to them.

1st woman:  Karen Nash has been guaranteed this for a while already.

2nd woman:  Debbie Cooper’s likely to be 2nd, but she needs to maintain her form at Warrington to do it.  Otherwise it’ll probably be Michelle Brooks.

3rd woman:  Will probably be Michelle or Debbie, although Alison Brind would take it if Debbie doesn’t finish at Warrington.

MV50:  The first 3 places will probably be between Chris Davies, Martin Terry and Ned Lammas, although if Ned doesn’t finish at Warrington, someone else will be 3rd, probably Glen Davies.

FV50:  Karen Nash is 1st, Alison Brind 2nd, Janet Hill 3rd.  That is, unless Janet gets a last-minute entry for Warrington and runs the race of her life, in which case she could overhaul Alison.

MV60:  Chris Davies can’t be caught, with Glen Davies 2nd and me 3rd.  Unless I run a blinder at Warrington – in theory I could still beat Glen.  And if Alwyn Nixon enters Warrington late, he’s theoretically in that mix too.

FV60:  Janet Hill, and MV70: Bob Nash.  Bob may not have it all his own way in 2017 though, as Dick Scroop turns 70 in February!

Max points:  Karen Nash (women), me or Chris Davies or Dick Scroop (men).  It’s mine if I finish at Warrington, probably Chris’s if I don’t and he does.  If we both fail, Dick would still have to run the race of his life to take it.

Grand Slams:  Nobody.  Dick & I both tried, but for different reasons couldn’t finish them all.

Team prizes:  I’m sticking my neck out a bit here, but I think Mercia Fell Runners are going to be both first and second, with either Trawden or Clayton-le-Moors third.  I haven’t gone through all the possible outcomes though.

See you in Lymm, or at the Prizegiving!

Round Rotherham 2014

Saturday saw the last race of the Runfurther 2014 year, the Round Rotherham 50.  I think we were just about all surprised at the weather, as we couldn’t believe it would still be warm and dry, but yet again we got really good running weather.  It was only wet from the knees down.  A bit of a mud-fest then, but even the mud could have been worse.  The main thing that spoiled it for me, apart from my bad running form, was the amount of rubbish over so much of the course.  Flytipping all over the place, and so much of the course strewn with windblown junk.

Anyway, there were some excellent performances.  Kevin Doyle (Kimberworth) was first in 6:52:42, ahead of Ian Symington (Calder Valley) in 7:11:28.  Kevin was 2nd last year, but was 10 minutes faster this time.  Last year’s winner Kevin Hoult came in joint 3rd with Michael Hyde.  It was good to see Fraser Hirst back running again: he’s been off the running scene due to working in Warsaw.  First woman was Helen Pickford (Sheffield RC) in a great time of 8:02:55, 9th overall.  Joint second were Elizabeth Hutson and Susan Keens in 8:56:36, which was particularly impressive as their previous ultra running experience had been just one 30-mile run each.

No time for more of a race report from me as I need to get the final Runfurther standings up as well before I leave for the OMM tomorrow.  Just time to say that Emma David and Nigel Aston both ran Rotherham, so they each achieved their Runfurther Grand Slam – congratulations to both of them.

Nick’s photos of the day are here. Nigel’s written a race report and that’s here.  Karen’s written a race report, and it’s on her blog here.  And here’s a photo I pinched from it: