A Great Day Out

The Old Crown Round took place on Saturday 22nd July. Despite appalling conditions creating extreme challenges of navigation and endurance for the participants, 160 souls braved the conditions to attempt the round. The winner of the fell race was Alasdair McLeod with an incredible time of 3 hours and 47 minutes, a new record! The 'fastest woman' was shared by Natalie Hawkrigg and Suzy Brett who both finished with a time of 4 hours and 50 minutes. Full results can be found below.

On High Pike

The Old Crown Round is a 24 mile round of the Caldbeck Fells which have lent their name to beers brewed by Hesket Newmarket Brewery and sold in the Old Crown (the pub next door).

There were two events running together, a Fell Race operating under FRA rules which started at 9.05am. and a Walkers' round. 'Walkers' set off in their own time from 6.00am.

2017 Fell Race Results

  Name Time Position
Alasdair McLeod 03:47 1
Charlie Lowther 03:50 2
Duncan Coombs 03:57 3
Neil Talbot 03:58 4
Jack Eyre 04:32 5
Noah Hurton 04:42 6 (joint)
Harvey Lord 04:42 6 (joint)
Tim  Ripper 04:42 6 (joint)
Philip Pearson 04:43 9
Natalie Hawkrigg 04:50 10 (j)
Suzy Brett 04:50 10 (j)
Anna Lupton 05:10 12
Scott Morley 05:12 13
Derek Hurton 05:13 14
Patrick Wooddisse 05:17 15
Dave Sargent 05:18 16
Rob Allen 05:21 17
Chris Curtis 05:31 18 (j)
Ian Race 05:31 18 (j)
Richard Walker 05:33 20
Marcus Gates 05:36 21
Paul Haigh 05:39 22 (j)
Karen Parker 05:39 22 (j)
Ian Horne 05:41 24
David Spence 05:42 25
Dan Parker 05:43 26
Michael Cooper 05:45 27
David Dicks 05:46 28
Steven Okeeffe 05:47 29
Paul Heeley 05:51 30
Bruce Owen 05:52 31
Rick Ansell 05:54 32 (j)
Jon Underwood 05:54 32 (j)
Rowena Browne 05:58 34
Mark Ellithorn 05:59 35 (j)
Steve Fraser-Lim 05:59 35 (j)
Richard Wilkinson 05:59 35 (j)
Bill Beckett 06:00 38
Jim Clapp 06:03 39 (j)
Nick Robertson 06:03 39 (j)
Tom Smith 06:04 41 (j)
Robin Stones 06:04 41 (j)
Melanie Williams 06:06 43
Jenny Russell 06:08 44
Matt Hutchinson 06:10 45
Kevin Smith 06:19 46
Tyrrell Basson 06:20 47
Jason Everett 06:23 48 (j)
Stephen Hartley 06:23 48 (j)
Neil Wilkes 06:23 48 (j)
Denise Tunstall 06:38 51
James Cooke 06:49 52
Jed Field 06:50 53
Tanya Coates 07:12 54 (j)
Jo Gruchy 07:12 54 (j)
Emma Jennings 07:13 56
Sarah Keane 07:15 57 (j)
Patrick Keane 07:15 57 (j)
John Morley 07:15 57 (j)
Greg Pagan 07:18 60 (j)
Mark Proudlock 07:18 60 (j)
Peter Hayle 07:19 62
Gary Allen 07:30 63
Simon Purdy 07:30 63
Alison Clark 07:35 65 (j)
Debs Cripps 07:35 65 (j)
Nigel Coates 07:45 67
Darren  Burns 08:05 68 (j)
Lindsay Harrod 08:05 68 (j)
Chris Roberts 08:17 70
Alastair Cowell 08:24 71 (j)
Eleanor Duckworth 08:24 71 (j)
Joanne May 08:52 73 (j)
Alison Phillips 08:52 73 (j)
Justine Carruthers 08:54 75 (j)
Chris Lockley 08:54 75 (j)
Lisa Spratling 08:54 75 (j)
Emma Winter 08:54 75 (j)
John Nunn 09:23 79
Paul Dagnall 10:05 80

Walkers' Times

Name Time Position
Neil Prior 06:39 1
David Findel-Hawkins 08:39 2
Jon Lamey 08:41 3
Richard Smith 08:48 4
Tony Griffin 09:08 5
Phil Kew 09:44 6
Jacqueline Cooper 09:45 7 (j)
Sarah Patrick 09:45 7 (j)
Kevin Parnham 09:50 9 (j)
Mark  Lennon 09:50 9 (j)
Anne Wilson 09:52 11 (j)
Gill Douglas 09:52 11 (j)
Tim Matthews 10:00 13 (j)
Simon Bevis 10:00 13 (j)
Tom Phillips 10:05 15
Linda Chilton 10:06 16
Jeff Ford 10:19 17
Julie Collins 10:35 18 (j)
Martin Southwick 10:35 18 (j)
Mike Richardson 10:49 20
Daniel Sayer 11:00 21
Dan Kidd 11:05 22
Megan Lindeman 11:12 23
Samuel Cooper 11:14 24 (j)
Dan Hughes 11:14 24 (j)
Andrew Mitchell 11:14 24 (j)
Carrig Suleman 11:14 24 (j)
Alison Scott 11:32 28
Caroline Knox 11:33 29
Joe Ashburner 11:51 30
Rosie Dias 14:30 31 (j)
Mark Fehrenbach 14:30 31 (j)
Helena Gergory 14:30 31 (j)
Birgit Jeretzky 14:30 31 (j)
Ray King 14:30 31 (j)
Jonny Patrickson 14:30 31 (j)
Ben Pawle 14:30 31 (j)
Julian Gill 14:55 38 (j)
David Stephenson 14:55 38 (j)

Also making a partial Old Crown Round were:
Carolyn Burns, Mary Beckett, John Horne, Gavin Stewart, Russ Tattershall, Lynne Taylor, Richard Abbotts, Elena Anderson, Ross Anderson, Simon Arbon, Gregory Bailey, Mally Barclay, Sally Brading, Paul Broadhurst, Carl Brown, Kim Chapelhow, Sheelagh Delaney, James Dotchin, Clare Edgar, Alison Gate, Rosie Heavens, Joseph Huxter, Julia King, Gillian McDougall, Geoff Renyard, Carolyn Rigg, Dave Jack, Stewart Smith, Shirley Teasdale, David Wilde, Sebastian Zoledziejewski, Vanessa Connor, Cath Fairlam, Sarah Grundy, Elaine Stockdale, Louise Kershaw, Kerry Gray, Beth Hygham, Amy Renyard, Susie Wilson, Brian Woodall, and Ali Ambrose.

Registration
Skiddaw House Marshals

Special thanks to the marshals who stayed on the fell tops in the rain to see everyone safely through. Carrock: Richard and Marie Slack, Blencathra: Stuart Miller and Pam Andrews, Skiddaw: Tim Nicholl, Paul Chuter and Karen, Knott: Jonathan Hughes and John Porter, High Pike: Dave Riggs and Karl Farkas. Thanks also to Chloe Johnson, Gemma Waterworth, Michelle Cheah, and Holly Wilson, who provided hot drinks and motivational smiles at Skiddaw House; and to Mal and Sheila Hilton, who kept everyone safe at the fording of the Caldew. Thanks to Hesket Brewery for supplying the beer, and to Henry Little, Peter Wilson, Paul Chuter, David Witson, and Alan Coultard for getting it to the fell tops. Thanks also to the base camp manager, Clive Bush, abley assisted throughout the day by Theresa Bridges, Yvonne Booth, Bill Goldsmith, Tom Partington and Rachel, and Keith Bridges. Huge thanks to Si and Helen, Landlord and Landlady of the Old Crown for hosting the event. Finally, thanks to everyone who took part, undeterred by the weather.

Old Crown Round Route

Old Crown Round route map
OCR: Total distance: 24 miles. Total ascent: 7220ft.

The Round starts and finishes at the Old Crown pub in Hesket Newmarket. After climbing Carrock, Rounders must ford the River Caldew before climbing accross Bowscale fell to Blencathra. Then its down again to the feed station at skiddaw House before climbing Skiddaw. From here the OCR follows the Bob Graham to Calva before heading out across Knott to the final felltop checkpoint on High Pike. Checkpoints: (1) Old Crown, (2) Carrock, (3) Blencathra, (4) Skiddaw House, (5) Skiddaw, (6) Knott, (7) High Pike, (8) Old Crown

Fundraising for the Great North Air Ambulance

GNAA
Air ambulance in action

As well as having a great day out on the Caldbeck Fells, drinking Hesket beer, we were also raising money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

The GNAAS operates three helicopters, 365 days a year, across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria and is funded entirely from charitable donations. GNAAS helicopters, whose crews include specialist trauma doctors and paramedics, respond to around 1,000 call outs each year and having this service means that Cumbrians are never more than 15 minues away from hospital, even those in the most rural areas.

This year the Old Crown Round raised £2,200 for the Great North air Ambulance Service from entry fees and donations at the Old Crown on the day. A fantastic effort!

Presentation of funds raised to the Great North Air Ambulance at the Old Crown

Cheque presentation to GNAAS

Director of Wandering Aengus Treks, Pete Royall presents a cheque for £2,200 to Spphie of the Great North Air Ambulance.

With the fastest women

At the Old Crown with Natalie Hawkrigg and Suzy Brett, the fastest women on the Caldbeck Fells.