Record-breaking times set by runners in Yetholm Hill Race

British Championship Yetholm hill race organised by Norham RC. Charles Hutchinson pictures leading the pack
British Championship Yetholm hill race organised by Norham RC. Charles Hutchinson pictures leading the pack

Norham running club recently hosted their annual Yetholm Hill Race.

This year’s race had the added attraction of being the Scottish counter for the British Fell Running Championship and consequently attracted a record 321 entries from all over the UK to Yetholm.

The race route covers 8 miles of the Cheviots with a total 2500 feet climb starting at Halterburn.

Conditions were near perfect, if a little warm, for most of the runners but there was clear visibility.

Race winner was Borrowdale’s Morgan Donnelly in a record breaking time of 60 minutes and 19 seconds followed by Joe Symonds from Edinburgh’s Hunters Bog Trotters in 61.54. Bingley Harriers Rob Jebb was third in 62.58 with all three runners breaking the previous course record.

First lady and 28th overall was Bingley Harriers Victoria Wilkinson in 71.33, followed by Calder Valley’s Helen Fines in 74.50. Judith Jepson from Dark Peak Fell runners was next lady in 76.45.

Host club Norham had a great turn out of runners despite many being involved in race duties. First Norham runner was Tim McCall 76th in 80.46. The other Norham runners were Andrew Brown 86th in 81.55, Bill Pikett 141st in 91.24, Ewan Walker 143rd in 91.34, Mike Jones 169th in 98.07, Steven Simpson 171st in 98.45, Paul Marynicz 184th in 100.23, Allan Macaulay 190th in 10.21 and Gareth Owen 206th in 107.04.

The race proved to be a huge success with £1000 presented to The Borders Search and Rescue Team who provided race support and also £500 to the Yetholm Macmillan Support group who proved excellent post race catering at Yetholm Hall.

Last weekend Tim McCall was back in great form at the Hawick Hill Race finishing fifth overall and first V50 in 36.11.

The club would like to thank everyone who supported the event.

On the same day Steven Clough returned to his native Yorkshire to take in the Swaledale Marathon. This gruelling race takes in 23 miles of some of Yorkshire toughest fells. Steven finished an impressive 126th out of 444 finishers in 4 hours and 49 minutes.