Glendale Fell Race is back for 2013 show

The Glendale Agricultural Society has announced a return of the popular Fell Race at its annual show on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Runners taking part in the age old sport of fell running will take in a route at the base of the Cheviot Hills overlooking the show ground.

Sponsored by local fencers DG & LA Bertram & N Tait Fencing, there will be a total prize fund of £500 up for grabs.

Competitors will compete in one of two classes: 15 and under, which is three miles long, or the five mile adult course.

Organiser Bruce Crombie said: “We are very excited with the resurrection of the Glendale Show Fell Run. It is years since it has been held as part of Glendale Show, however it is still remembered as being one of the foremost Fell Races in the Northern Half of the Country.”

During the race the runners will experience some of the finest upland scenery in North Northumberland.

Although no target in terms of time has been set, it is expected that the leading runner will be returning in approximately 45 minutes.

Bruce added: “Fell runs are increasing in popularity with both the younger generation and adults, so we are expecting a considerable amount of interest.”

Bruce, a Wooler resident, has organised the event with colleagues Glen MacWilliams and Harry Porteous. The gun will go off at 1pm when runners will leave from the show field, through North Middleton to Old Middleton and up to the top of Brands Hill.

Fell running dates back as far as 1040 where the first hill race was recorded in Scotland – it is said that King Malcolm Canmore arranged a race at Braemar to discover a swift messenger to carry out his wants across the country.

These days fell running is a very popular past time in northern Britain and in recent years the Glendal Fell Race has been sorely missed.

The Glendale Show, which takes place this year from 8am to 5pm, attracts 15,000 visitors annually, with its huge choice and variety of attractions.

To enter the race go to www.glendaleshow.com/show.