Silent Night results 2023

PositionGender positionAge cat positionNameClubCategoryTime
111Chris AlboroughDurham Fell RunnersMSEN00:37:51*
222John WoodhouseDurham Fell RunnersMSEN00:40:21
333Max WilkinsonCalder ValleyMSEN00:40:48
444Joseph AddisonDurham Fell RunnersMSEN00:43:13
551Tim GrimwoodSwaledale RunnersM4000:44:09
662Ian HutchinsonDerwentside ACM4000:45:27
773Paul HodgsonDurham Fell RunnersM4000:51:05
884Aaron DobrianskiDurham Fell RunnersM4000:51:20
995Martin WilsonDurham Fell RunnersM4000:52:45
10101Adrian WilsonSunderland StrollersM5000:54:10
11116Ross RobertsonNorthumberland Fell RunnersM4001:01:30
1211Alison GouldingDerwentside ACW4001:03:51
13122Simon TibbittsM5001:04:56
* New Course Record

Bollihope Carrs 2023 results

PositionGender positionAge cat positionNameClubCategoryTime
111Hamish CarrickDurham Fell RunnersMSEN00:54:55
221Danny HopeHorwich R M I HarriersM4000:55:38
332Max WilkinsonCalder ValleyMSEN00:56:41
442Richard BatesonNorthumberland Fell RunnersM4000:57:14
553Tim GrimwoodSwaledale RunnersM4000:57:51
664Roger SillitoNorthumberland Fell RunnersM4000:58:15
773Scott MorleyEden RunnersMSEN00:58:26
885Ian HutchinsonDerwentside ACM4000:59:06
994Rory WoodsDurham Fell RunnersMSEN00:59:43
10106Martin WilsonDurham Fell RunnersM4001:00:08
11115Tim CalderMSEN01:02:37
12121Ed GambleCheshire Hill RacersM5001:03:03
13132Darren FishwickChorley Athletic and Triathlon ClubM5001:03:33
14143Garry RobsonNorthumberland Fell RunnersM5001:06:22
15156Jack FullerMSEN01:06:31
16167Will LloydTynedale Harriers & ACMSEN01:07:02
17171David AllisonNorth York Moors ACM6001:07:07
1811Katherine DavisNorth Shields Polytechnic ClubW5001:08:17*
19182Joe BlackettDark Peak Fell RunnersM6001:08:40
20198Nathan ButlerMSEN01:09:33
21207Kevin AshurstDerwent Valley Trail runnersM4001:09:34
22214David JamesElvet StridersM5001:09:52
23223Geoff DavisNorthumberland Fell RunnersM6001:11:01
24235Alan SimpsonThirsk & Sowerby HarriersM5001:11:13
25248Mick MonkmanM4001:11:21
26256Jim DurransHolmfirth Harriers ACM5001:11:27
27267Michael KeavneySwaledale RunnersM5001:12:34
28279Ross RobertsonNorthumberland Fell RunnersM4001:15:50
2921Alison GouldingDerwentside ACW4001:16:49
30288Gavin CoventryEsk Valley Fell ClubM5001:17:01
312910Ian DanbyM4001:17:34
323011Owen LoweryM4001:17:46
33319Graeme WaltersMSEN01:18:08
343212David GibsonEsk Valley Fell ClubM4001:19:29
35339Adrian WilsonSunderland StrollersM5001:21:20
36344Trevor SymondsNorthern Fells Running ClubM6001:22:02
373513Bruce SawyerM4001:22:03
38365Colin ValentineKeswick ACM6001:22:32
393714Karl GordonM4001:25:06
403810Paul EdwinTynedale Harriers & ACM5001:26:25
4132Denise TunstallDurham Fell RunnersW5001:26:49
42396Eddie PeatDurham Fell RunnersM6001:29:10
4341Shonah HollandWSEN01:38:19
4452Sarah NewmanWSEN01:38:43
* new course record

Chapelfell Top – Entry information

Details of the 2023 English Fell Running Championships counter race can be found following the link below.

Enter via SiEntries here 

Entries for those on the guaranteed entry list will open on Saturday 13th May at 0800. To be guaranteed an entry you should enter by 09:00 on Friday 19th May.

Entries for FRA members only will open at 10:00 on Friday 19th May and close at 09.00 on Friday 26th May or when 70% of the places have been filled.

Entries for all remaining places will open for all at 10:00 on Friday 26th May and a waiting list will be used if the event becomes full (500 limit).

Silent Night Results 2022

PositionGender positionAge cat positionNameClubTimeCategory
111Chris AlboroughDurham Fell Runners39:38MSEN
222John WoodhouseDurham Fell Runners42:15MSEN
333Joe StringerNorthumberland Fell Runners42:36MSEN
444William BowersOchil Hill Runners43:13MSEN
555Andrew ArminSaltwell Harriers43:52MSEN
666Martin WilsonDurham Fell Runners46:55MSEN
771Matt WalkerDurham Fell Runners47:00M40
887Max WilkinsonDurham Fell Runners47:34MSEN
992Mark DavinsonDerwentside AC50:26M40
10108Harry Madgwick LawtonCroydon Striders50:27MSEN
11113Adam MalloyNorthumberland Fell Runners53:22M40
12124Graham Lewis-DaleNorth Shields Polytechnic Club53:54M40
13135Paul HodgsonDurham Fell Runners54:15M40
14146Andrew StimsonDurham Fell Runners54:28M40
15157Ian HutchinsonDerwentside AC55:17M40
16168Adam BridgesDurham Fell Runners57:02M40
1711Helen HeaneyNorth Shields Polytechnic Club59:30W40
18179Jonathan HeaneyNorth Shields Polytechnic Club59:31M40
19189Joe WinstanleyNorth Shields Polytechnic Club1:01:07MSEN
201910Ed Walker1:03:47MSEN
21201Pat McIverHowgill Harriers1:07:24M50
2222Alison GouldingDerwentside AC1:08:22W40
23211Andrew CharlesDurham Fell Runners1:25:14M70

Bollihope Carrs Results

Early Leaders

It was a very cold morning for the 2nd running of this medium length race in Weardale. The ground was frozen hard and very icy in places. Visibility was generally good, but the cloud came down on the summit of Carrs Top leading to some more challenging nav. DFR runner John Woodhouse was first to the summit of Catterick, but suffered with an injured ankle on the descent to finish in 6th. Hunwick (and occasional DFR) runner Joseph Addison found a good line on the descent to take the lead and finish first just outside the course record time which was set last year. Jennie Dinwoodie finished first of the ladies in a time of 1:13:36 making good running throughout the course.

Bollihope Carrs - 11 Dec 2022 Results

PositionGender positionAge cat positionNameClubTimeCategory
111Joseph AddisonHunwick Harriers53:17MSEN
222Martin WilsonDurham Fell Runners53:34MSEN
333Paul BrungerDerwent Valley Running Club53:41MSEN
444Hamish CarrickDurham Fell Runners54:00MSEN
555Michael Lumb54:04MSEN
666John WoodhouseDurham Fell Runners55:15MSEN
777Max WilkinsonDurham Fell Runners55:30MSEN
888Edward O’Toole58:37MSEN
991Paul HodgsonDurham Fell Runners59:10M40
10101Graham PearsonDerwent Valley Trail Runners01:01:32M50
11112Richard VeitchEsk Valley Fell Club01:01:39M40
12122Julian WardmanEsk Valley Fell Club01:01:53M50
13139Joshua BennettLow Fell RC01:03:39MSEN
14143Andrew StimsonDurham Fell Runners01:04:40M40
15154Jay Thorpe01:07:40M40
16163Michael KeavneySwaledale Runners01:11:52M50
17171Stephen LumbDurham Fell Runners01:12:02M60
18182Paul Revell01:12:37M60
191910Tom RobertsonTyne Bridge Harriers01:12:44MSEN
20204Dean BarnettLangthwaite SC01:13:17M50
2111Jenny Dinwoodie01:13:36WSEN
22215Nigel Martin01:14:40M40
23226David GibsonEsk Valley Fell Club01:15:01M40
242311Howard CurtisHunwick Harriers01:16:55MSEN
2522Meghan McCarthyDurham Fell Runners01:18:01WSEN
2631Alison GouldingDerwentside AC01:18:11W40
2741Suzanne BudgettHorwich R M I Harriers01:21:23W60
2851Claire StewartSwaledale Runners01:25:36W50
292412Christopher Powell01:39:49MSEN
30255Dan Mitford01:55:00M50
31263Paul Goundry01:55:11M60
Event Details: DFR Bollihope Carrs Fell Race

Results as PDF

New ‘Durham Hewitts Round’ Record for Duncan

Duncan Archer went out on Saturday at took 41 minutes off the record for the Durham Hewitts Round. If you aren’t familiar with the route it takes in all the mountains over 2000 feet and with 3o metres prominence in County Durham. The record has been held since 2011 by Will Horsley.

Duncan completed the round in 9:58:39s

Read all about it here.

Cockfield Chase Results

60 runners turned out for this years Cockfield Chase, in what might be a fell running first, the female runners outnumbered the male by 31:29, the majority were enjoying their first fell race. Huge congratulations to all who ran, it was a wonderful evening and great to see you all out enjoying The Fell.

Sam Rhodes-Dawber finished first, completing the race lap in 13:40, he was 9 seconds ahead of Matt Walker (Both DFR).

Meghan McCarthy (DFR) finished in a time of 17:58, taking the ladies race by 15 seconds from Joanne Raine

Profits from the race will be donated to Cockfield Primary School defibrillator fundraising campaign and any other local charities suggested by entrants – please let me know your ideas.

Cockfield Chase - 29 Apr 2022

PositionGender positionAge cat positionNameClubTimeCategory
111Samuel Rhodes DawberDurham Fell Runners13:40MU21
221Matt WalkerDurham Fell Runners13:49M40
331Stephen JackWolf Pack Running Club14:04MSEN
442Phil TicknerDurham City Harriers & AC15:17M40
553Ian HutchinsonDerwentside AC15:40M40
662Michael SturlaDurham Fell Runners15:43MSEN
772Rory Hart15:53MU21
881Alistair HartHunters Bog Trotters16:13M50
992Andy BiggsDurham City Harriers & AC17:04M50
10104Leon CurryWolf Pack Running Club17:25M40
11113James FutersWolf Pack Running Club17:30MSEN
12124Stanton GibsonDurham Fell Runners17:38MSEN
13133Paul DelaneyDurham City Harriers & AC17:41M50
1411Meghan McCarthyDurham Fell Runners17:58WSEN
1522Joanne RaineCrook & Dist Sports AC18:13WSEN
1633Steph DobbingQuakers Running Club18:14WSEN
1744Alison GouldingDerwentside AC18:20WSEN
18145Paul Dickinson18:29M40
19156Paul WestWolf Pack Running Club18:33M40
20167Martin GreensittDerwent Valley Trail Runners18:57M40
21178John HollidayTeam caterpillar18:59M40
22184Darren FaircloughCrook & Dist Sports AC19:03M50
23195Digby HarrisPennine Fell Runners19:16M50
2451Angela HallDurham City Harriers & AC19:32W40
2565Sarah CookElvet Striders19:52WSEN
26209Darren StockdaleDarlington H & AC20:26M40
27211Eddie PeatDurham Fell Runners20:30M60
2876Emily Bonnett20:36WSEN
29222Andrew TurnellCrook & Dist Sports AC21:46M60
3081Martha McBarronSwaledale Runners22:19W60
3192Lynne CarruthersDurham City Harriers & AC22:29W60
32107Helen Bonnett22:31WSEN
33231Alan WilksAycliffe Running Club22:32M70
342410Blaine PattonWolf Pack Running Club23:02M40
35118Gemma Robertson23:14WSEN
36129Ellie Tucker23:14WSEN
371310Kimberlie Hitchcock23:24WSEN
38256David StothardAycliffe Running Club23:26M50
391411Lizzie LuptonDurham City Harriers & AC24:11WSEN
401512Debra Harland24:28WSEN
41161Barbara CrawleyTeesdale AC25:11W50
42172Susan JacksonRedway Runners26:01W50
43182Rachel EdmundsBlackhill Bounders26:03W40
44193Fiona HarringtonElvet Striders26:20W50
45263John HarrisonSwaledale Runners26:21M60
46272Charlie TaylorRunnation Running Club26:26M70
47203Sandrine HewittAycliffe Running Club26:28W40
48214Lesley Kipling26:54W40
49224Claire Weighell26:54W50
50235Diane LockhartQuakers Running Club26:55W40
512811Kevin Sugden27:38M40
522413Louise FranksTeesdale AC31:03WSEN
53297David RaymondTeesdale AC31:03M50
54255Louise HarringtonWeardale Flyers31:20W50
55266Lynda Kempsey31:23W50
56277Catherine Bonnett31:29W50
57288Amanda PettittTeesdale AC32:27W50
58296Helen SpavenQuakers Running Club1 lapW40
58309Mandy HarrisonTeesdale AC1 lapW50
583110Janet StablesTeesdale AC1 lapW50
Cockfield Chase - 28 Apr 2022

Andy’s Winter Hewitts Round

2nd January 2022
84km, 2300m ascent
15 hours 42 minutes

The Hewitts round was first run in 2006 by Stu Ferguson and Steve Lumb. It covers around 80km and 2300m of ascent over every mountain in County Durham over 2000 feet with 30m prominence.  Will Horsely completed the route in summer 2011, Tony Wimbush did the route with Simon Richardson and there have been two further attempts which have both bailed at Cow Green.  The ground is incredibly rough, around 80% pathless and crosses significant sections of peat bog. In August 2021, Paul Hodgson suggested an attempt at a winter round as a celebration of my upcoming 40th birthday. I started to look at sections of the route from early September, keeping an eye on how wet the bogs were getting and trying to predict what the ground conditions would be like by mid-Winter.

By mid-November I was fairly certain the route would ‘go’ in Winter and had looked at all the sections on various training runs. The longest of these was 55km around the Stanhope 10 trigs, which while not covering any of the same ground, is partly over very similar terrain.  It’s worth mentioning at this point that this sort of long run is not what I do, I did the Bob Graham Round 9 years ago and at that point retired from ultra-running , it being something I wasn’t good at or particularly enjoyed.  I don’t think I have run over 50km since my BG, so being fit for 80+km in 4 months wasn’t in anyway a foregone conclusion. 

Given the uncertainties over my ability to complete the route and with the risk of going for an unplanned swim in a bog I decided to do the round supported, both at road crossings and on the fell.  This gave the added bonus of it being a slightly more sociable way to celebrate my 40th birthday. In the weeks preceding the attempt I was feeling confident and discussed that I would go solo if Covid rules or other issues prevented support from coming out.  This would turn out to be a significant over-estimate of my abilities.

Being part of Durham Fell Runners, support fell into place easily.  Everyone I spoke to was very positive about the attempt and everyone I asked, offered to help if they could.  I decided to start at 4am, in the hope that I would be finished by around 4pm as it was getting dark, a very approximate 12 hour schedule was drawn up – another over-estimate of my abilities!

Paul Hodgson met me at 0345 in St John’s Chapel, it felt good to be meeting at a silly time in the morning to be going on an adventure with friends. We started at the war memorial, and as Will had done 10 years previously, paused for a few seconds to reflect on the real, rather than self-imposed, desperate struggles that the names we were reading must have gone through.  We set off at 4am, keeping the pace very steady, walking all the up-hill sections.  It was very difficult to follow the vague grassy trods around Black Hill, and we lost a few minutes here relocating ourselves and decided on a slightly rougher line following the fence North to the 607 trig point rather than the 570m contour path which gets to the first summit via slightly easier ground.  Middlehope Moor (named Burtree Fell on Stu and Will’s account) was reached in around 1hr 10.  The next section to the road crossing at Killhope Cross via Killhope law has a bit of everything, deep peat groughs, thick heather and tussocks the only thing it is lacking is any trods.  Another minor navigational glitch left us a couple of hundred metres further West than my planned route, meeting the fence line which took us to Killhope Cross, 16km, in around 3 hours.  The only victim of the first leg was my water bottle, which was lost when Paul fell in a bog early on, leaving us only 500ml of water between us for the first two legs. 

Paul was also designated support for L2 (this was his idea after all).  At least we weren’t going to get lost on L2, as it mostly follows a fence line for 15km and it was going to get light soon.  Hewitt 3 is Deadstones which was reached around 45 minutes after the road crossing. Hewitt 4 on the round is generally regarded as Burnhope Seat, however, the Database of British and Irish Hills records Burnhope Seat as being in Cumbria.  There is a very fine trig point in County Durham which I visited and is a few hundred metres from the summit, but I was on the Durham Hewitts Round and I didn’t fancy a detour for a Cumbrian one, so I didn’t visit the top of Burnhope Seat. Stu visited the trig and the true summit, Steve just the trig and Will doesn’t remember which top he visited so I think it’s within the spirit of the round to take your pick.

Sunrise on L2

After Burnhope Seat the fence was followed to Great Stony Hill, the sun had risen, weather was calm and all was going well.  We left the fence to cross the bog to Three Pikes, then made the quick direct descent to the lay-by at Hill Top where Will Horsley was waiting on road support duties with James Osborn and Dan Hoyle ready to take over on L3. Total time for L1 and L2 was 5h 30 min.

L3 starts with some fiddly farmland nav, which James got spot on, then past the fascinating ruined church on Harwood beck, and the rough climb/contour to Viewing Hill.  The OS map seems to call this area Herdship Fell, naming the small prominence at 639m Viewing Hill, however the Database of British and Irish Hills calls the main summit at 649m Viewing Hill, and that is the one we visited before the easy run off to join the path to Cow Green, and onwards along the Pennine Way. We discussed where to cross Maize Beck. The logical point below the line of boundary stones at 791 262 is ‘balls deep’ at the best of times and there had been some heavy rain. We didn’t fancy getting wet and cold or getting swept along the river so we opted for a detour to cross at 774 267 which added around 4.5km to the route.  As we made our way back along the beck it was clear we could have crossed safely a few hundred metres above 791 262, but a prudent judgement call should never be regretted in the mountains. My legs were feeling tired and tight at this point, I was struggling to get going but was still managing sub 7min km’s on the good running along the Pennine Way.

The section from the Pennine Way to Bink Moss is through Warcop firing range, which is only open for public access on some days. Check MoD website for details of public access days.

Climb of Viewing Hill with some spectators

I was slow ascending Mickle Fell, the 250m climb taking 40 minutes, which included a stop to put waterproof trousers on as the rain got really heavy, showers were forecast but this was proper rain and it stayed with us for most of the rest of the round.  Mickle Fell is the high point of the round, we reached the top at 1310, around 9h10 after my start. The run along the Mickle Fell top is my favourite section of the whole route. It feels so remote, the views to all sides are vast and there is generally a stonking tail wind.  This time though, it was also sheeting down with rain, so we plodded along and made the best of it.

Good running along Mickle Fell

The good running soon runs out, followed by a descent to Arngill Head, which is some of the worst terrain on the route. Some newly constructed rope dams across the peat gruffs provide some verifiably safe terrain, apart from that, it’s a huge bog-fest, followed by deep heather to the top of Bink Moss which we reached 10.5 hours in.  Good running along wooden boardwalks off Bink Moss took us down to the nice tracks to Holwick which were crossed by two or three ‘run, jump, and hope for the best’ stream crossings which were all now significantly more fierce than I imagined they would be. Through Holwick over the bridge and into Newbiggin for the end of L3, 11h 40 minutes in.  

‘enjoying’ the refuelling stop at Newbiggin.

L4 support Adam Bridges shuttled James and Dan back to their cars while I had a full outfit change and some food in the van.  I set off refuelled along the road towards Watson’s Bridge as it was getting dark with Martyn Farnsworth and Fran Blackett – my wife. I was feeling good at this point, moving well again and enjoying myself.  Adam soon caught up as we followed the track to the ruined Flushiemere House, finding time for a game of quoits – utilising a large box of industrial staples, which Adam was victorious in. It was now fully dark, and my pace slowed, the 200m climb took around 30 minutes.  The wind was strong and the rain heavy, as we battled to the top of James’s Hill (Westernhope Moor) after 13h15.  This is the last major climb, however the head wind along the next section was atrocious, every step was a struggle. I was still moving, but very slowly by now only managing 12-15minute km’s. Fran took charge of the navigation on this section, and also of feeding me.  Which isn’t a duty I would normally expect her to undertake but I was in full ‘head down and get it done’ mode and wasn’t much interested in eating.  She did both roles expertly and we didn’t put a foot wrong for the whole leg.

Game of quoits at Flushimere House

Chapelfell Top is a hill which is very special to me and Fran, having both organised fell races up there for the last few years. Reaching the top 14h50 after leaving St John’s Chapel as the last top on this huge challenge was a moment I won’t forget.  At race pace, the descent is around 15 minutes, today we took 52 minutes.  I did run at times, but it was more of a walk for the most part.  We were out of the wind and slowly warming up at this point, and there didn’t seem to be much of a rush.  A very minor navigational disagreement as the three men without a map were convinced it was this way and Fran calmly corrected us to reach the wall corner in the other direction.  Down the stone track, over the road and back to the war memorial which I had last seen 84km ago, 15 hours 42 minutes 2 seconds previously.

Chapelfell Top “can we go home now”.

People have asked me if I will go back to do a summer round of the Hewitts, I’m not going to say never – it’s a great route and one which I hope others will explore and challenge themselves on but I certainly have no plans.  I found my limits on this run, and that’s a big part of why I did it.  To go back and find the same limits again doesn’t hold much appeal.

I do hope that others follow in my footsteps and attempt this route in Winter. It’s remote, high, serious terrain which is rarely visited – everything a mountain challenge should be.  I only saw 2 others on the route over the course of all my reccies and my round. The ground conditions mean a Winter round is always going to present a significantly different challenge to a summer one and I like that aspect of it.

A minor point on style.  Unlike previous attempts I chose to run this route supported, I don’t think the bogs are sufficiently dangerous to make an unsupported winter round out of the question for someone with the right experience.  I chose to not use GPS for navigation on the round. I also chose not to use poles. I came into this sport through fell racing in FRA events, GPS and poles are not permitted in fell races. Perhaps it’s because I’m a traditionalist.  Perhaps it’s because I enjoy a set of rules.  For reasons I can’t fully explain I chose to apply the no GPS, no poles ethic to this challenge.  Others are free to take the challenge in whatever style they see fit. 

Andy Blackett

Finish at St John’s Chapel,_Wales_and_Ireland