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A popular fast 10 mile road race organised by Border Harriers & Athletic Club. It’s usually possible to get EOD and the club puts on a coach making it a regular favourite for those chasing the purple jersey.

Border Harriers 66th Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile Road Race, Sunday, November 19, 2017

Jonathan Hamill

Running the Strider funnelAlthough some may not see the appeal of a wintry run along main and minor roads which are not closed, I relish the prospect of this, the oldest 10-mile road race in Britain. Slick organisation, a net downhill course (albeit with a few negative decline challenges!), friendly atmosphere and the lure of a carvery afterwards – what’s not to like? As B2C is a firm favourite on the club GP calendar, this also ensures a good purple contingent.

Last year I had a good run, which left a time of 1:20:33 to beat. My plan this time was to nudge just under 5 min/km pace, which would break 80 minutes. Above all, I told myself to avoid the error of my ways last year – setting off like a scalded cat, which caught up with me later in the race.

There had been some planning ahead of this day in the spectator department too – my Son Patrick was really looking forward to spending the day with Lewis, and watching the racing. The Strider bus weaved along the countryside to reach Brampton and upon arrival at the William Howard School, there were earnest discussions about the prevailing conditions, and whether long or short sleeves were the order of the day. I settled for my club vest but with the comfort of my gloves, beanie and as I’d had a niggle in my left calf, my fetching compression socks.

Compulsory posing (Mr Hart)After the team photo, we moved towards the start on Longtown Road. Having been before, I knew to expect a ‘surprise start’ – the road closed at the last minute, and a starting pistol fired rapidly to despatch some 500 runners on their way.

The first stretch downhill with a sharp right turn to join the Carlisle road has a habit of encouraging a bit of an overly keen pace. This year was no different, and as I ran along for the first 4 km or so at ~4:30 min/km with Graeme Walton, we remarked on how we had diverted a little from the plan. I knew the climb up to the Newby back road would settle me down, and it did.

As I ran along these minor roads, thanking the volunteers on my way, I reflected on the remarkably dry conditions compared to the wading experience of the 2015 race. Natalie was in front of me and provided me with a purple vest to keep within my sights – try as I might, however, I could not catch her.

Through Low Crosby, we re-joined the A689 towards Carlisle. I knew there were a couple of undulations to come, and I told myself to keep calm – last year I’d developed a horrendous stitch in the last 2 miles which had been hard to recover from.

Bobble hat brigadeI could see the houses on the outskirts of the City, and pressed on. To my left and ahead, I started to see the River Eden, and finally the Eden Bridge. I passed Andy and Mike who spurred me on, just before the final descent to the Bridge. On the Bridge, I was determined not to let the chap in front beat me, and to my left, I saw a welcome sight of two bobble hats – Patrick, and Lewis. As I got closer I realised this was a Strider funnel, and I gave it everything I had left to get ahead of the white shirt in front. I rounded into the finish funnel and smiled from ear to ear – job done! A hugely enjoyable race, with a PB of 1:15:37 and well done to all Striders who ran!

Probably the best post-race carvery in the worldNo medals for this race – I think I got a pair of socks in 2015, a lovely coaster last year which is on my desk, and this year’s prize was a race mug. Thanks to the organisers who also let Patrick and Lewis have a mug each for their cheering efforts.

Position NumberNameCategory Position Time
1527Robert Danson
(Wesham Road Runners & Ac)
28344Sophie Cowper
(Rotherham Harriers And AC)
22406Stephen Jackson54:45
64420Michael LittlewoodV4091:00:27
73301Matthew Archer1:01:11
103459Phil Ray1:03:50
21223Michael BarlowV40341:11:44
230507Graeme WaltonV45281:13:09
253309Natalie BellL371:14:54
267382Jonathan HamillV40361:15:37
300386Peter HartV40401:17:44
312315Jean BradleyL6011:18:58
364366Mark Foster1:21:40
366480Chris ShearsmithV40441:22:02
427318Alex BrownV45491:25:39
432475Lisa SampleL35241:26:20
506492Debra ThompsonL50161:33:01
558512Karen WilsonL45331:46:16
562353Sophie DennisL1931:47:25
573494Margaret ThompsonL6551:59:45
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Brampton to Carlisle, Sunday, November 20, 2016

10 Miles

Tamsin Imber

Photo by Helen Linton
Pre race

Well, what a top day for a run! Cold yes, but blue skies and the sun is coming out as we arrive in Brampton. I enter the school and join the throng of club runners-it is buzzing with a cheerful vibe! And it’s warm inside! After bumping into a few Striders here and there, I head outside as there is still half an hour before the start-so time for a short warm up around Brampton. Brampton is a pretty village indeed. I find a few quiet side streets to run along. I bump into a man walking his dog and his dog starts to run with me, so I offer to take him to Carlisle :-). Further about the village I spot a few other runners warming up-they are all male and not wearing much-they look like fast runners! Noting the time I head back to base to catch Mr Walton.

The Plan

Prior to now I have always ran how I feel. In races this has sometimes worked, and sometimes resulted in ‘the Crash’ when I have set off far too fast! So today, Graeme has very kindly agreed to run with me using his watch to pace us. So I get to see how it feels like to run a paced run and also to see how to use a watch. We finalise our plan just before the race. We were going to go for 71 minutes with a negative split pacing, but Graeme suggests trying for sub-70 as we seemed comfortable at 6.55min/m on the track for 10minutes on Wednesday … I’m always up for a challenge … so why not. We can always drop back to even splits if it doesn’t work out.

The Start

Graeme and I join the crowd, squashing in behind Stephen and Matt at the start-line. After ‘the wait that is before every start’ everyone moves forward like at a music gig when someone comes on stage … and we are off! Down the hill, round the sharp bend and out of Brampton. It’s a bit congested. Graeme keeps looking at his watch, and I just follow Graeme!

Mile 1

Congested and following Graeme.

Mile 2

The sun comes out. Nice views across the fields. Still a bit congested. I am warm now. I angle through a gap in the runners to throw my £4 hoodie that got from the British Heart Foundation charity shop last week to the roadside. (We’ll drive back this way and pick it up if it’s there, if it’s not that’s fine).

Mile 3

Nice. We are into a steady pace now. I’m enjoying this. A down followed by an up and then onto the smaller road.

Mile 4

Running. Nice country road, nice weather, what’s not to like? Graeme keeps looking at his watch, he is keeping us in a good steady pace. As we go round a bend I notice 3 girls ahead. Hummm. I wonder if Graeme has noticed? Probably not. I wonder if his watch will notice if I speed up just slightly and creep past them? Hummm, we are not supposed to increase pace until Mile 5.

Mile 5

Excellent I can see the mile 5 marker! Ha. I increase pace a bit and get past those girls . Graeme looks at his watch.

Mile 6

Graeme looks at his watch.

We have a mile 6 sign and then a 10k (6.2 mile) sign. It confuses me as I have done quite a few half marathons recently and this is half way, I remind myself it is a 10mile race. Graeme now suggests we don’t increase pace til after the bridge, hummm maybe we went off too fast for a negative split for my level of fitness, I guess that is the danger of aiming too high. Well, if we can do even split that is ok.

Mile 7

This mile was hard. I am not sure why! I just had to grit my teeth through it!

Mile 8

This was a good mile. Graeme shouts out that we only need to do 2 more miles at 7 minute pace. Excellent! I can do this. Towards the end of mile 8 Graeme seems to be running faster and faster! Suddenly it feels like a time trial! Is this really still 7 min mile pace? It is uphill, maybe that’s why it is hard?. I have also noticed 3 more girls ahead, I get behind them but it’s hard to get past as they are running astride. Graeme is urging me on. A quote I read somewhere flits into my head. ‘Racing hurts, get over it’ that was easy to accept when sitting on the sofa ha ha!, however I’m not stopping now, I try and keep up with Graeme’s legs!

At this point it is clear Graeme could run the last bit faster than me, I think he should just go, but he doesn’t as he is a Gentleman.

Mile 9

I wish I knew where the finish was, then it would be mentally easier I think. But, its only 4 laps of the track I tell myself. Graeme is being very encouraging all the time. Why did they build The Sands so far away? We are now running with 5 ish other guys. My breathing is really loud! so I am pleased there is background traffic noise! Graeme urges me past them, and I try and manage an increase in speed for a bit, but I don’t know where the finish is so slow down again. Graeme shouts out it’s just round the corner, but I’m not sure which corner he means, there are people in the way! Aghh! And then the path is lined with people and low and behold the finish line is just ahead! Mr Walton is ahead but lets me pass just 1m from the line! What a good sport! … And ooo it’s so good to stop! ..After recovering Graeme checks his watch for one last time-wayhay! 1hr 09 mins! We did it!

Post race

Thanks so much Graeme! This was really helpful! Graeme’s watch showed that we did even splits. .. ha. It’s funny how different a 7 min mile feels at the start compared to at the end! I really enjoyed this race and I would definitely do it again! It’s a nice route and a good club event!

Extract from the book Running My Way by Tamsin Imber with permission from Pitch Publishing.

Lucy Herkes

Brampton to Carlisle 10m today has been a weird day with a weird run and a mix of emotions… I woke up this morning feeling just quite bleurgh about the day. It was more that I just felt like I couldn’t be bothered to run 10 miles. I just wanted to stay in bed. My legs were tired from the thousands of steps I had walked delivering leaflets this week and my mind was tired because.. Well just because…. But I battled on and got up. Task 1 complete. Task 2 was to actually get ready for the race. Loads of self doubt just kept giving me this mental block. Even down to the smallest things like which gloves to wear and which top and the thought of these things was giving me a sense of dread ! It was weird! I got ready anyway and made it to the bus. Our running club puts on a bus for some of the races and this was one of them. As soon as I got on the bus and saw my friends I felt better. I think it’s being around other people. And when those people are smiley and happy, I think that’s infectious. They build my confidence. Not only around running but all aspects. I don’t think I’ve ever had so many people believe in me. So when I’m asked what’s helped in my recovery I have to say not only running but the friends I have made through running. I’ve only known them maybe 18 months but already they feel like family. We arrived in Carlisle an hour before the race started. Luckily the start was next to a school so we were able to keep warm inside and use the toilet (only 4 times I think this race, it’s getting better!) Anyway, the ‘ideal’ in my head was to keep the race pace at around 9:15 min/miles. I figured that if I could do that, it equates to a 2:01:00 half marathon. My next half marathon is in York in January and it’s totally flat so I was going to try and push for 2 hours. This felt like such a good plan. I ran alone, I wanted to just see what I was capable of. Running alone was good in a way as I was able to focus on what I was doing, but at times it was lonely too and not so good for my motivation!! Anyway, for the 1st 3miles I was running around 9 minute miles. I knew this was faster than what I had planned but I felt good so I kept at it. That was the mistake I made I think. I went off too fast for the first 10k and so after that I really struggled. (I did get a 10k PB!) With me, I never know what goes first, mental strength or physical strength. Or in other words do I become physically tired or mentally tired ? Or does one cause the other and vice versa..? For the last half I really struggled. I can’t even explain what with. My breathing was fine, it wasn’t that. My legs, yes were tired but not overly tired but my mental strength did disappear. All I could hear inside was …

“He’s walking just have a walk!”
“You haven’t made your time anyway so just stop.”
“You are so slow!”
“You won’t do well, you won’t continue, you’re useless, people will be finished and you’re still struggling.”

positively split times

For some people they say that they can give themselves a boot up the backside and when people pass in a race it motivates them to catch them. But it is the opposite for me. If someone passes I think “well screw it, I’m shit!” It’s like I go into a self-doubting, weak mental frame of mind where my thoughts turn from “this feels good, keep going,” to “you’re shit, just stop.” Once I’m in this mindset I don’t seem to be able to pull myself out. A couple of friends caught me/I caught a couple and that gave me a little boost, enough to get to the end. I just wish my mind was as strong as my legs. I don’t think it’s just me who experiences this though, right? So I finished. My average pace was 9:25 which I was disappointed with but it did teach me what I need to do about pacing for this half marathon in January. I just wish I could get some sort of magic pill that kept my mind strong. Overall I had a great day. Even though I was slightly disappointed in my time, thinking about it, I really beat myself up and criticise myself and I think I need to be kinder. I keep trying to think that I wouldn’t criticise a friend for going slower than hoped for and I would be proud of their achievements. Just wish I could think like this for myself. The day was rounded odd perfectly – dinner, pudding and wine with friends and then a few gins, Xfactor and I’m a celebrity. Not the most healthy food and drink choice but hey ho we all need a treat. Here are my splits from yesterday – they’re hilarious and certainly shows where I went wrong!


positionnamecatcatposchip time
1Nick Swinburn (Morpeth Harriers & AC)50:18
45Tracy Millmore (Birtley AC)L158:35
21Stephen Jackson56:08
33Gareth Pritchard57:23
65Jason HardingV4591:00:10
113Matt Archer1:04:44
152Simon GardnerV45221:06:50
207Tamsin ImberL4061:09:44
208Graeme WaltonV40291:09:44
341David Case1:16:57
342Stuart Barker1:17:12
351Nicola WhyteL651:17:40
358Jean BradleyL6011:18:12
381Jonathan HamillV40471:20:33
413Victoria BrownL35181:22:32
414Katy WaltonL35191:22:33
427David Browbank1:23:03
481Helen ParkerL40211:26:24
486Angela GreatheadL40231:27:05
493Robin Linton1:27:24
501Mark Herkes1:27:52
502Anna SeeleyL1301:27:53
503Catherine SmithL40251:27:55
527Diane HaroldL40291:29:26
561Deborah McFarlandL1671:33:57
563Jane DowsettL45181:34:03
569Lucy HerkesL1711:34:13
575Joanne PattersonL1771:34:29
577Christine FarnsworthL6511:34:46
584Katie DavisonL1811:35:35
617George NicholsonV65221:38:58
618Katie-Louise FinneyL2031:39:12
621James NicholsonV65231:39:20
625Teresa ArcherL2091:39:46
627Huw DixonV55381:39:54
635Karen ChalkleyL50231:40:16
636Debra ThompsonL50241:40:54
642Kelly CollierL2211:43:05
653Kerry BarnettL45261:46:44
655Aileen ScottL45271:49:44
656Julie JarrattL45281:50:12
659Stan WhiteV55391:52:00
661Margaret ThompsonL6521:53:11
665Neil JenningsV50511:55:33
666Laura GibsonL40451:55:52
667Sophie DennisL2411:56:46
670Natalie JohnsonL35501:58:56
673Lisa HallL2472:02:41
676Rachel Leigh-FirbankL40472:16:12
677Elaine JenningsL50282:16:12

Finishers 677.

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Brampton to Carlisle, Sunday, November 15, 2015

10 Miles

position name cat catpos chip time
1 Lewis Timmins
Morpeth Harriers & Ac
44 Joanna Zakrzewski
Dumfries Running Club
L35 1 1:01:19
27 Stephen Jackson 58:56
101 Matthew Archer 1:06:22
159 Elaine Bisson L35 5 1:10:39
223 Louise Warner L35 11 1:15:06
231 Fiona Shenton L55 1 1:15:40
268 Fiona Jones L35 16 1:17:19
350 David Spence V65 5 1:22:24
362 Karen Jones L45 10 1:23:08
381 Lucy Cowton 1:24:43
382 Anna Seeley L 90 1:24:43
464 Eric Green V50 41 1:33:22
499 Stephen Ellis V60 19 1:37:16
505 Andy James V65 11 1:38:17
511 Christine Farnsworth L60 4 1:39:20
513 Jonathan Hamill V40 64 1:39:57
515 Gillian Green L45 30 1:40:37
516 Debra Thompson L50 15 1:40:48
517 Robin Linton 1:41:11
518 Lesley Hamill L40 30 1:41:12
521 Katie-Louise Finney L 173 1:41:25
522 Jill Young L 174 1:42:22
523 Deborah McFarland L 175 1:42:22
527 Karen Hooper L35 32 1:43:02
529 James Nicholson V65 12 1:43:28
532 Mike Elliott V65 13 1:46:00
545 Caitlin Mooney L 189 1:49:52
546 Kathleen Bellamy L35 34 1:51:17
547 Lindsay Craig L45 32 1:51:17
550 Margaret Thompson L65 1 1:54:16
552 Kelly Collier L 195 1:57:39
553 Laura Chapman L 196 1:57:39
554 Alison Simms L40 35 1:57:40
555 Joanne Parkinson L40 36 1:57:40
556 Neil Jennings V50 47 1:57:53
559 Sophie Dennis L 200 2:04:43

560 finishers.

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Brampton to Carlisle, Sunday, November 16, 2014

10 Miles

Gareth Pritchard

Running the race is normally the easy part – getting to the start line injury free and in good shape is the real challenge. After the race our weekly club roundup email started like this: “Still injured; out of shape; a few weeks off the pace; aiming for sub-70 [are] all phrases issued by Gareth Pritchard in recent weeks!”.

So I guess I should put this into context and hopefully add some colour to what was another great day on the beautiful tarmac for the Striders. Almost 2 months ago I injured my achilles quite badly and have struggled ever since then. The run/walk half at Haltwhistle finally shot it to bits in September where I came 2nd from last and had to walk over the line.

Gareth speeds towards a sub-60 minute finish at the Brampton to Carlisle road race 2014
photo © Alister Robson

Even after this it took me another 3 weeks of failed self-taught rehab before I finally admitted defeat and went to see a physio like I should have done from the start – some big lessons learned.

Race day was almost perfect for running: fresh, dry and guaranteed to be mud free for my fellow PB hunters. Striders always put on a bus for this race which I highly recommend to everyone thinking about this next year. It’s a great chance to catch up with fellow striders and a well earned pit-stop for Sunday lunch on the way home (they do a great chocolate cake).

After only managing 2 training runs and having to tape up my achilles for the race, I was trying to be realistic with my goals. So a slow start, then build to 5 miles and if my achilles is OK, push hard to hopefully be home in around 65 mins. That was the plan but as I always expected, it went out of the window as soon as the race began.

I started near to my fellow speedy striders, Grahame, Matt and Stephen then my natural racing instinct got the better of me. After clocking a suicidal first mile at a 5K PB pace I finally caught up with the marathon king, Stephen (the start is downhill so you have to take advantage, but we both suffered from this super speedy start).

I reigned myself back in and started to clock 6 minute mile pace. Still faster than I planned and I knew I was not in shape to hold it but no way was I pulling back from a race. Half-way came in about 29:30 and my achilles still felt good but my lack of fitness was really showing on the undulating course as my pace started slowing towards the end.

As I slowed and people passed I kept expecting to see a purple strider top and was mentally getting ready to dig in and race hard. Thankfully the last mile is all downhill but I had no real idea of my race time until I heard Alister’s booming voice saying that sub-60 was still on as I neared the finish. A last mad sprint and and I was home – in 59:58! First strider home and still able to walk! I was very happy to say the least and only 45 seconds slower than last year – a total shock!

Stephen was 2nd strider home in 60:36 and looking a dead cert to break sub-60 next time after another massively impressive run. PB’s were had by multiple striders so a big well done to all. Congratulations to Fiona Jones as first female strider home with an impressive sub 1:15. A special mention also for Sophie Dennis who had a horrible fall in the first mile but continued for another nine to finish. Two bloody knees but she was still smiling as she crossed the finish line showing true strider grit and a credit to the club.

There was no t-shirt or memento but there were two pairs of running socks in the goody bag, so I can’t complain. As always, it was a well organised event, not all the roads were closed off but that really didn’t make a difference. Another great day and one I will definitely be looking forward to again next year.


Pos Name Club Cat Cat Pos Time
1 Tadele Geremew Elswick Harriers 1 49:48
56 Alex Sneddon Jarrow & Hebburn AC L 1 59:42
58 Gareth Pritchard 59:58
69 Stephen Jackson 1:00:41
131 Matt Archer 1:04:16
163 Graeme Walton V40 29 1:06:11
313 Fiona Jones L35 9 1:14:03
335 Elinor Butler L 47 1:15:15
340 Michael Downes 1:15:33
354 Lesley Charman L40 8 1:16:07
368 Jackie McKenna L45 9 1:16:55
379 Richard Hall 1:17:25
396 Anna Seeley L 65 1:18:33
408 Mark Dunseith 1:19:19
422 Greta Jones L45 16 1:19:54
426 Jean Bradley L55 5 1:20:10
440 David Spence V65 11 1:20:48
462 Paul Beal V50 42 1:21:39
489 Brian Ford V45 56 1:23:51
542 Lindsay Rodgers V45 61 1:28:28
557 George Nicholson V65 12 1:29:46
558 Sarah Fawcett L50 21 1:29:47
560 Rebecca Fisher L35 18 1:29:51
569 Andy James V65 13 1:31:03
582 Karen Chalkley L50 22 1:34:04
585 Claire Hunt L50 23 1:34:14
603 Christine Farnsworth L60 4 1:36:49
606 Denise Benvin L45 41 1:36:58
611 Jacquie Robson L35 20 1:38:30
612 Jill Ford L45 42 1:38:30
613 Victoria Downes L35 21 1:38:30
625 Karin Younger L50 27 1:39:32
632 Karen Hooper L35 26 1:42:10
635 Margaret Thompson L65 2 1:46:59
637 Anita Dunseith L 2 205 1:48:52
638 Sophie Dennis L 2 206 1:49:43
639 Sue Jennings L45 44 1:50:07
640 Kathleen Bellamy L35 27 1:50:08
641 Laura Gibson L35 28 1:51:35
642 Natalie Johnson L35 29 1:51:36

646 finishers.

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Brampton to Carlisle, Sunday, November 17, 2013

Grand Prix Race - click flag for current league tables. Endurance Champion Race - click flag for more information. 10 Miles

A great turnout for this one ...


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Andrew Wiles New Marske Harriers Club 1 00:50:50
18 Joanna Zakrzewski Dumfries Running Club L35 1 00:57:00
43 Gareth Pritchard 00:59:13
139 Graeme Walton V40 26 01:06:24
176 Michael Tait 01:08:54
203 Paul Pascoe V40 34 01:10:23
251 Alister Robson V40 42 01:13:08
258 Anna Seeley L 32 01:14:02
266 David Brown 01:14:24
279 John Hutchinson V55 16 01:15:05
280 Juliet Percival L40 8 01:15:05
304 Megan Bell L35 10 01:17:09
335 Jean Bradley L55 3 01:18:52
357 Lucy Cowton L 71 01:19:52
359 Jackie McKenna L45 11 01:19:56
368 Brian Ford V45 53 01:20:27
369 Stephanie Walker L35 19 01:20:28
394 Chris Hedley V55 23 01:21:53
401 Jan Young L60 1 01:22:14
419 Mark Dunseith 01:23:44
423 Phil Owen V45 60 01:24:01
425 Claire Readey L35 24 01:24:07
426 Kirsty Anderson L35 25 01:24:12
432 David Spence V65 7 01:24:51
433 Jacquie Robson L35 27 01:24:53
441 Greta Jones L45 19 01:25:45
442 George Nicholson V65 8 01:25:46
471 Karen Chalkley L50 9 01:28:25
479 Kate Macpherson L40 23 01:29:01
480 Kathryn Sygrove L45 24 01:29:02
486 Victoria Downes L 143 01:29:37
488 Nicola Whyte L 145 01:29:39
491 Joseph O’Neil V60 19 01:30:36
501 Christine Farnsworth L60 4 01:32:55
502 Andy James V65 11 01:32:55
516 Jill Ford L45 30 01:36:40
517 Mike Elliott V65 14 01:36:49
519 Emma Detchon L 165 01:36:55
525 Deborah McFarland L 170 01:38:49
538 Margaret Thompson L60 6 01:46:50
542 Anita Dunseith L 183 02:02:33

543 finishers.

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Brampton to Carlisle, Sunday, November 18, 2012

Adam Walker

Now normally, I’m not very good at the long stuff, and as I was wanting to concentrate on the short stuff, I was kind of regretting entering this race. Got the club bus down bright and early (for a teenager) and arrived at the startline. Usual procedure, baggage bus, stabbing myself with safety pin and jumping up and down to keep warm. Was a bit busy, 600 runners packed into a small school, but it was manageable.

My prep for this race wasn’t the best, decided to try and run 19 minute pace for parkrun yesterday as that’s normally a bit faster than the winning time when XC is on, but there was a faster runner and got a bit carried away up until 3k when I let him go, 18.28, 2nd place. Had a small breakfast early on on race day morning, the race started at 11.30, running through my normal lunchtime, and I’d forgotten the race gels I got for my birthday (this would be a rare time that I’d get to use them, I don’t do long stuff). Also, I didn’t really have time to warm up, just jogged on the spot at the startline.

THE BIG PLAN: right, as I’ve never run this distance on purpose before, only accidentally in training where I’d gone to run 8 and got lost, doing about 11, I decided to start out easier that normal, 7 minute miles, then making my way down to 6mm as I get further through the race. Bearing in mind, the last races over 5k I’ve done I’ve broken my mile PB in the first mile, this is alien to me. I’d been told if I’m fine at 10k, I’ve cracked it.

1st mile: 5.55. Whoops, guess the plan’s out the window then. Had a bit crack on with this bloke about how he’s doing 1 hour 5ish, there’s a guy to stick with. He then shoots off. I don’t want to start individual races with people that would feck my pacing up so I don’t follow.

2nd mile: 6.04. Right, new plan, this pace doesn’t feel too hard, try and stick under 6.30 for mile pace and that should bring me in under 1 hour 5, sorted.

3rd mile: 6.18. Biggest hill of the race, overtake about 5 people that are struggling, including the guy who I cracked on with, lets call him stripeman (club vest colours).

4th mile: 6.21. Off the main road, onto country roads. Stripeman overtakes me, once again I don’t follow. Water station, I take a slurp, no one else seems too. I normally crack my teeth off the bottle, seems like I have perfected the art. Starts to drizzle a bit, then stops after a minute or so.

5th mile: 6.21. Halfway, all is ok. I’m not even close to being out of breath but its my legs that are letting me down, they’re tired and are like concrete. Have to shout to warn people of cars coming past, no one else seems to have any care for the car or other racers safety, howay guys, I’m talking too much here, do your bit.

6th mile: 6.27. Through a village or something, not sure, too busy watching the clock as I go through 10K, as I pass the 10K marker… 38.49,1 SECOND PB! yesss! considering it was at 10 mile pace and I didn’t speed up it shoes improvement! Apart from the 10 metres beforehand, shouting YESS, then returning to normal pace, runners around me an spectators looked a bit confused.

7th Mile: 6.27. Feeling fresh enough at this people for a bit of this. Would buy the photo if it wasn’t £10. But you can’t beat a bit of aeroplaneing, need a haircut though. Another water station, choose not to drink on this one.

8th Mile: 6.24. In a group of four other guys, its a bit windy, decide to shelter behind them, they’re big lads, if I sheltered them they wouldn’t get much cover, might as well. One guy trys to make a break for it, I’m well past the 10k mark, I’m still feeling great cardiovascularly, screw this, I’m going with him.

9th mile: 6.14. Right, this guy’s struggling, time to move onto the next guy. And then the next guy, and then the next guy, and then the next girl, stick with her for a bit… Spot a guy up ahead that finished just behind me at the bridges of the tyne 5 mile race, I can’t let it be 1-1 !

10th mile: 6.00. Pass the guy I know, he recognises me, and tries to stick with me but I have far too much left, the next past is the only other noticable hill, many others complained about this bit, I think I overtook 6 people on it! Now a bit of a downhill, absolutely pelt it down here, lots of spectators, but still can’t see the finish, overtake another two, turn a sharp bend and it is about 20 metres ahead of me, sprint this bit at 100m pace and DONE.

Nice paperweight memento. I’ll put it in minutes form so it sounds faster … 62.39! OOSH! over the moon with that time, and thinking back, I REALLY enjoyed this race! considering long stuff isn’t normally my forte, or is it? It gives me a 74.24 percentage age grade, which is alot more than I thought. I’ll definitely stick to 5K’s as the main concentration, but this has given me so much more confidence for future longer ones. I definitely could have kept the pace up for another 3.1 miles …

Wait at the end of the finishing funnel with my very snazzy paperweight momento (looks a lot better than it sounds, 3D runners inside) to chat with the bloke I recognised, I think I had a longer distance rival now, oh dear. Find an Elvet Etriders cheering point and start to shout at all the people I know. Graham was in shortly after me and Anna was the first lady Strider back. An honourable mentions goes to Andy James, who had a cracking run, and thanks to Andy for organising the bus. The majority of striders PB’d on a lovely flat course.

After everyone is in, and changed, we all board the club bus and head to Gisland Spa Hotel, about 15 minutes away for a carvery that they kept open just for all 40 of us, what nice people. Opted for the 3 courses, of course, everything tastes so good. Don’t know if its because I haven’t eaten for 7 hours, or if its actually good but enjoyed it nevertheless, good club social too.

A sleepy coach journey home with the Striders gang and home. An awesome day.

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Brampton to Carlisle, Saturday, November 19, 2011

Grand Prix Race - click flag for current league tables. Endurance Champion Race - click flag for more information. 10 Miles

Dougie Nisbet

Every year I read with bewilderment the reports for Brampton-Carlisle. As far as I can tell it involves running from one town to another town along main roads that aren’t closed. What’s the attraction of this bafflingly popular event that every year entices dozens of Striders to head west for this tiresome 10 miles of tarmac? Perhaps it was time I found out. So this year I entered this decidedly unappetising sounding race.

Kathryn worships at the feet of the master. Or else just can't take her eyes off his enormous banana-holder. When the coach pulled into Brampton I had to admit it wasn’t the grimy little town I’d expected. I followed Angela who seemed to know by sixth sense where chip registration was and a chirpy series of signs directed us along the corridors to a hall with well-organised queues for the timing chips. Signs. Nice. Enjoy them while you can.

Chipped and numbered I set off to look for the baggage bus. There were lots of coaches but none were announcing themselves as a baggage bus so I followed some runners with baggage who seemed to queueing with purpose at one particular coach. I negotiated the gridlock, got on the coach, and put my bag on the, well, the baggage rack. Crazy thinking I know, right outside the box. Back through the chaotic contraflow to get out the coach and then some hanging around before kick-off.

Happy Striders before the off, confident that their luggage, at least, was safe and sound. The start of the race was a big jolly affair but things went pretty much downhill after that. A few timing chips scrunched underfoot as I set off with Barrie, Sue and Angela at the back of the field before I tentatively tested my knee and began progressing through the field. As George says, when you start at the back and steadily pass people you rather tend to think you’re doing a lot better and going a lot faster than you really are. The Garmin doesn’t lie though, and I could see that my 1:20 goal (8 min/miles) was an unrealistic target and at an unmaintainable pace.

What’s there to say about the course? What’s not to like? What is to like? Er, nothing. Lots of roads, traffic, exhaust, noise, roads, cars, pavements, and roads. My race went ok and my knee was completely pain-free for this first time in several few months so although slower than I would’ve liked I was reasonably happy. The marshalls were generally very encouraging and it seemed to me they had a pretty tough job with this course dealing with irate and impatient runners and drivers at the numerous side-junctions. I didn’t envy them their jobs. Good crowd at the finish funnel with most vocal support coming from Greta and Alister.

After finishing and watching while the remaining Striders came in (great sprint finish between Sue and Angela) I started wondering where the luggage was. No signs, no arrows, nowt. I knelt down and put my ear to the ground and heard ‘squash courts’ mentioned. So where were the squash courts? I wandered into the sports centre, out again, then in again, and followed people without luggage until I eventually found the squash courts. What I didn’t find was my bag. I was disconcerted as I hadn’t expected the bags to be unloaded; I thought we’d all just pile back on the coach and locate our own in true GNR style. In a moment of post-race clarity I realised at once what had happened. I was probably the only person to put their bag on the baggage rack, and on the baggage rack, on the coach, is probably where it still lay. No problem. Let’s find the coach.

I didn’t find the coach, but I did find Ken, the organiser, who seemed to want to walk through the script for Airplane. He kept asking which coach I’d arrived on, and I kept saying it was a Gillingham’s one from Durham but that wasn’t important just now. My baggage wasn’t on my coach, it was on the baggage bus. He sucked air in through his teeth and I thought he was going to tell me I needed something very expensive done to my car but instead he cheerfully told me that the coach had gone, and not just round the corner neither. We headed into the sports centre on a fact finding mission; what was the name of the coach company, and how could I get in touch with them? Apparently there were two baggage coaches, from two companies. After a few fruitless phone calls to unanswered phone numbers and voicemails left, I was still none the wiser.

Still, our coach was here and ready to take us to the pub, where a plucky waitress (“we were expecting you, just not all at once”) did a pretty decent job of cheerfully and single-handedly dealing with a sudden influx of hungry and thirsty runners. Wish she’d been organising the race. On the journey back to Durham cosily ensconced in Alister’s Hoodie (nice fabric softener) the rotund ray of sunshine that is our regular Gillingham coach driver only found occasion to shout at another driver once, so all in all it was quite a soothing end to the day.

Today my phone rings and it’s Liam from Messengers coaches. They’ve found my bag! Excellent. Until this moment I’d been pretty mellow about the whole business. Mistakes are made, accidents happen, Alister bought me beer and lent me his hoodie, nobody died. But when Liam then asked me if I wanted him to ‘dig out a price’ for posting my bag back to me, my goodwill evaporated. He rang off saying he’d leave me to think about what I wanted to do next. I thought if they’d done what they were meant to do, this wouldn’t have happened. Perhaps they could have offered to split the postage with me, as a gesture of goodwill. Perhaps they could have said sorry; a simple apology goes a long way. Just perhaps, they could have admitted that they were, in some way, responsible.

Tadaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Still, who cares. Four hours and about 20 quids worth of diesel later and and I’m just back from a round trip to Carlisle. I’ve got my bag back, with its de-registered Kindle, cancelled credit cards and cold coffee. I had begun to think the chances of ever seeing it again were about as likely as Kathryn giving up her seat on a bus, but all’s well that ends well. Despite this race having no redeeming features whatsoever I shall no doubt have forgotten about it all in a year’s time and be back for more.


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 YARED HAGOS Wallsend Harriers M 0:47:51
35 DANIELLE HODGKINSON Wallsend Harriers F 1 0:58:33
83 JAMES GARLAND M 1:02:07
144 SHAUN ROBERTS MV50 1:06:34
271 GRAHAM DAGLISH MV55 1:12:12
317 ALISTER ROBSON M 1:15:00
370 KATHRYN SYGROVE FV45 1:17:33
403 PETER BROOKS MV40 1:18:31
444 JEAN BRADLEY FV55 1:21:06
473 LIZ LAMB FV50 1:22:33
521 DOUGIE NISBET MV45 1:24:22
551 BARRIE EVANS MV65 1:26:20
576 GRETA JONES FV45 1:28:10
601 JIM NICHOLSON MV60 1:29:44
619 ANDY JAMES MV60 1:31:39
623 KAREN CHALKLEY FV45 1:33:32
633 CLAIRE READEY FV35 1:34:59
638 MIKE ELLIOTT MV65 1:36:13
652 ANGELA PROCTOR FV35 1:39:05
653 SUE JENNINGS FV45 1:39:07

680 finishers.

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Brampton to Carlisle, Saturday, November 20, 2010

Grand Prix Race - click flag for current league tables. Endurance Champion Race - click flag for more information. 10 Miles

Kathryn Sygrove

Fiona in the money. A merry band of Striders set off yesterday on the coach, and a few others came independently – about 20 all in all. It poured en route, I envisaged running torture for 90 minutes, and only my hot flask of tea and Karen Chalkey’s pleasant chat kept me awake! Was not in the mood at all, I wanted to go back to bed …

It was brighter at Brampton, a bit nippy and a few tiny showers, but I liked the feel of the place from the start. Lots of people millling around, all very friendly and chatty. I made a fool of myself -NEVER! – by holding my Garmin up to the sky to locate the satellites, till Alister told me just to leave it on the wall a wee while!! I ignored him and continued doing the same, till another (unknown) lady did likewise, and we were challenging the skies together…yes, a friendly (mad??) buzz converted my weary mind to a state of eager readiness for the start …

Bang went the gun! Vamoose down the hill…and we were off…Allan’s words of wisdom rang in my ears..hill at 4 miles…don’t go off to fast…bit of undulation 7-9 miles..then downhill…think I can hack that, I thought. But my legs had other plans…I kept wanting to get by people early on, and couldn’t stop myself. Hills, fading too early, pace..an attempt at common sense kept running through my mind, but I couldn’t temper my legs to slow down …

At about 3 miles (and already after a hill!) we turned a corner into glorious sunshine, and it was almost too hot for running…flat steady roads kept on coming, and my legs refused to slow down. You will notice that I separate my legs (the physical) from my mind (the mental) [Very good idea. Ed.], which didn’t know what the heck had hit it. I tried to think “pacing” thoughts, but just knew it wasn’t gunna happen….was it the mini Mars bar just before the start, or the fact that I hadn’t run as much that week due to extra work?

Who was breathing down my neck at 6 miles? I had been yo-yo-ing with another runner a few times, and thought it was him. Round the corner off the little bit of gravel path came Flip…grrr, it wasn’t 9.7 miles where he usually turns up. How dare he! I shouted “PIG!” at him, and told he he wasn’t allowed to run past without a word. Then shrieked out my 10k time at him, only to realise I had just run past the only water station and it was too late to go back … oh well …

Onwards and upwards..well, not really, although there were more slight gradients in the last 3 or so miles than I liked. Legs were starting to get weary, but on I plodded, amazingly still pretty much maintaining the pace from the start. Just when I thought I had reached the tip of a slight gradient, another one appeared, then the 9 mile marker came in sight, and I knew I was homeward bound. But still another small gradient, till the final drop down into the Sports Stadium. What a wonderful noise to hear Striders yelling and shouting encouragement at that last corner, it really does your heart good when you need the extra will to speed to the finish. 3 seconds behind Rich Hall…never would have believed that in a million years!

Sorry for the one-sidedness, I am still so very excited after yesterday, but there were great runs by many of the Striders yesterday, new PBs, wonderful support (thanks Angie and Jacquie) and a great feeling of camaraderie. What a great club to run with, I thought on the way home. I do hope Lindsay is fine after someone ran into her early on and she fell..and still got a PB! And let’s wish Michelle well, who was ill whilst we tucked into the hotel food and continued to be all the way home…

Mostly down hill


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 James Douglas Border Harriers & AC M 0:50:33
28 Mhairi Duff Dumfries Running Club L 1 0:58:49
167 Fiona Shenton L50 1 1:07:58
307 Alister Robson M 1:17:23
343 Christopher Hedley V50 1:19:33
351 Barrie Evans V60 1:20:01
351? Phil Owen * V40 1:20:02
361 Richard Hall V50 1:20:31
363 Kathryn Sygrove L40 1:20:34
429 Jane Ives L40 1:25:19
433 George Nicholson V60 1:25:38
435 Lindsay Tarn L 1:25:45
438 Michelle Langley L 1:26:01
451 Denise Mason L 1:26:46
461 Karen Chalkley L45 1:27:46
482 Jim Nicholson V60 1:30:22
511 Emma Detchon L 1:37:14
522 Christine Farnworth L55 1:40:06
526 Maggie Thompson L 1:42:19
535 Anita Clementson L40 1:45:39

* Subject to stewards’ inquiry.
536 finishers.

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Brampton to Carlisle, Saturday, November 21, 2009

9.2M [shortened course]

Shaun Roberts

With all the reports of horrendous flooding in the days before this one, it was with a slight sense of trepidation that I travelled over to Cumbria on the Saturday morning. The organisers’ website had said that the course might have to be shortened if water levels didn’t recede, and when we got to Brampton they confirmed that we were to follow a shorter route to Carlisle, entirely on the main road, as there was a lot of lying water on the quiet loop to the south that is normally taken. On the positive side, weather conditions were … perfect! There was a bit of drizzle about, but it was quite mild, a bit breezy – but the wind was from the south-east, and so pretty much behind us.

Off on time, and the usual gallop down the road into town, before heading west. I checked the watch at the first mile, and saw 5:55, and thought I’d better hang on a bit! Then I got a couple of ideas. If I was on for a quick one, it was a right pain that this was a short course – a PB for 9.2 miles is hardly one to tell the grandchildren about! So I wondered about actually legging it round the soggy southern loop through the puddles, and doing a full 10 miles. Crap idea obviously, and the race organisers wouldn’t have been too chuffed. Then I remembered that last time here I’d actually clocked a PB for 10K at the same time, so I thought I’d push pretty hard for a good 10K time, hang in there for a couple more miles before legging it down the last hill. Much better idea.

Bit of a hill up to about three miles, and my times were slowing down quite a bit by now. Not great running conditions either, as the race car was making it very difficult for traffic to get past us all, so we were alongside cars and the odd wagon for most of the way – cyclists dodging in and out didn’t help either. A purple vest came up on my shoulder – it was David Gibson, newly-joined Strider. We exchanged pleasantries, but then I managed to pull away again, pushing a bit harder. Then 10K hove into sight, and I was more than delighted to see that I’d gone through it in 39:46, what I call a “recent PB”, and finally a 10K time under forty minutes. Hallelujah!

Slowed up a bit on the way into town. I looked back over my shoulder as we passed Rickerby Park – the whole thing looked full of water! Hammered down the hill half-expecting David to be coming past at any moment, but got home in a shade under the hour, as did he. I dashed straight into the showers to keep warm – quite cosy in there – then came out to see Barrie, Anna and Chris, all of whom said they’d done about 71 minutes, as had Phil, who’d outsprinted Anna to the finish. Saw Christine finishing well coming down the hill, before heading up to the Cumbrian Hotel for a pint of Guinness and a good lunch. A good race!


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Ben Gamble Tipton Harriers M 0:46:37
28 Jane Blackett Morpeth Harriers FV45 1 0:53:03
134 Shaun Roberts MV50 14 0:59:36
141 David Gibson MV40 23 0:59:51
345 Barrie Evans MV60 11 1:11:03
350 Phil Owen MV40 37 1:11:26
352 Anna Pethybridge F 78 1:11:29
356 Chris Hedley MV50 39 1:11:55
455 Christine Farnsworth FV55 8 1:27:45

473 finishers.

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Brampton to Carlisle, Saturday, November 15, 2008

10 Miles

Barrie Evans

The 57th running of this classic run took place in bright sunny and pleasantly mild conditions though with a noticeable headwind. In years gone by international class and top regional runners flocked to the event and sub 50 minute times did not guarantee a finish in the top ten or even top twenty. In earlier years super fast times have been posted by among others Jimmy Alder 46mins+ and for the women Jill Hunter and Angie Pain raced to wins in 51mins+ (beating recent winning times for the men). Results and times in this event over the last decade or more reflect the general decline in standard particularly at the sharp end which is mirrored in races throughout the country.

Numbers on the start line were slightly down on the last couple of years and may be highlighted by just 2 Striders taking part (with Phil Owen warming up for a half marathon next day joining me on my 25th start) We have for many years run buses to the event and had competition amongst ourselves attempting to earn grand prix points prior to socialising over a meal and a welcome and deserved beer.

Phil without regard to the morrow started fairly swiftly and I never saw him again until the finish. I plodded my way round the course feeling comfortable but not overly so. Racing as a way and means to fitness used to work but somehow my legs have forgotten this tactic and seem set to go at their own pace!! Still proved to be enjoyable and chance to meet old adversaries again and vow to do better next year.


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Ricky Lightfoot Ellenborough AC 53:29
50 Philippa Wakefield Border Harriers & AC F 1 1:01:44
435 Phil Owen MV40 48 1:22:20
456 Barrie Evans MV60 18 1:24:04

572 finishers.

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