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Dentdale Run, Saturday, March 10, 2018

14.1 miles


PosbibNameCatcat poschip timegun time
1702Steve LittlerM401/321:22:281:22:28
5389Gareth PritchardMSEN3/781:25:571:25:58
16301Michael LittlewoodM403/321:31:271:31:31
2212Matthew ArcherMSEN13/781:33:031:33:09
26417Stuart ScottMSEN16/781:33:271:33:35
9630Michael BarlowM4518/431:47:031:47:08
9746Elaine BissonF402/341:47:161:47:23
128370Mark PayneMSEN43/781:53:361:54:01
129231Peter HartM4015/321:54:061:54:18
131274Fiona JonesF404/341:54:181:54:28
186228Jonathan HamillM4018/321:59:572:00:08
187191Mark FosterMSEN57/781:59:592:00:13
205141Andrew DaviesM4023/322:02:362:02:48
20942Natalie BellFSEN11/212:03:522:04:01
23061David BrowbankMSEN62/782:06:492:07:02
233316Nina MasonF4014/342:07:032:07:20
27931Stephanie BarlowF4516/312:15:052:15:14
290419Anna SeeleyF3513/232:17:052:17:14
29162Alex BrownM4536/432:16:592:17:15
298293Camilla Lauren-MaattaF509/222:17:402:17:49
301182Sarah FawcettF556/162:18:002:18:18
315432Catherine SmithF4023/342:20:052:20:14
321174Stephen EllisM655/72:20:592:21:12
353522Jan YoungF652/32:26:492:27:24
40833Kerry BarnettF4530/312:52:092:52:41
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Dentdale Run, Dent, Cumbria, Saturday, March 11, 2017

14.2 miles

David Browbank

Grand Prix Race. Endurance Champion Race.

Having previously only run one half marathon (the GNR) before this year I had decided that I was going to enter more longer races for 2017and having seen that the Dentdale race was on the GP list and was relatively cheap I entered with the thought of using this as a good training run and to go and just enjoy the scenery. Also the fact that the proceeds of the race went to the local school swayed my decision to enter. Having car shared with fellow striders Vicky Brown and Lesley Charman we arrived in Dent a good hour before the race so decided to have a coffee and a scone in the local visitor’s centre/museum. We sat opposite the rather eerie looking life-size model of a Victorian lady whilst we enjoyed our food and drinks and I must say that I was intrigued by the artefacts in the visitor’s centre which did take my mind off those hills for a time.

We made our way to the start line and a few fellow striders were already there. I had decided that I would try and run with Peter Hart And Fiona wood as they too were going to run this as a training day race however upon the start I lost sight of them both and started the race alongside Vicky. The race started on a gentle down-hill and proceeded to wind out of the village and into the countryside. The weather was pleasant and I started to feel my rhythm so continued to run alongside Vicky. On the 2 mile point we reached a rather sharp hill which tested the legs somewhat. Once up this first hill I still felt good and continued to go at a steady pace, glancing to the side and still seeing that Vicky was still going strong beside me. Between miles 4-5 I got separated from Vicky on a decent and was starting to feel in a good rhythm with various songs popping into my mind as I was plodding along. Jan Young, who was running the shorter race (still 7.9miles), went striding past me on mile 5 giving words of encouragement as she went by. I decided to keep Jan in my sights till the cut- off point for the short race which kept me focused on my now race strategy of 8min/miles downhill and 10min/miles on the uphill sections. I got back to Dent and saw Jan peel off to the right to finish her race whilst the route crept round to the left and started on a gradual uphill section. A lady in a green vest was my next point of focus and I kept my mind on her, gradually closing her down on mile 9 and overtaking. At this point Nina Mason caught up and we exchanged a few pleasantries with me pointing out that the local disco had put up various flyers along the route. This had amused me somewhat, possibly it was the fact I was starting to tire and needed to think of other things rather than the now slog up to the highest part of the course. Having pulled away from Nina just before the turn I decided that my mind was wandering and needed a new focus, the runner in the light purple vest was my next target and I slowly started to reel her in between miles 10-12. At this point I realised that I was on for my HM PB if I kept the pace going. Having never ran a sub 2hr HM before I was determined not to slow down. I passed the lady I the purple vest on mile 13 and was now feeling the pain but continued at my current pace of just below 9min/mile. Just after the HM point I started to relax and saw that Nina had again caught me up. We turned a slight bend and came face to face with a little stinker of a hill which we both decided that we had to walk up. Encouraged further on by Jan, who had now finished her race and was cheering on the striders I got back to my routine pace and headed for the finish only to feel a sharp pain in my left calf literally 100yards from the line. My sprint finish was now out of the question but I still crossed the line in 2hr 7mins 29secs which I was really pleased with. On checking my watch I’d also got my HM PB of 1hr 57mins which I was delighted about. Once changed we all met in the school for sandwiches cake and coffee with was put on by the event organisers.

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable day and one I will definitely be back to.

Position Bib Name Club Time (chip) Time (gun) Category Category position
8 267 Gareth Pritchard Elvet Striders 1:26:59 1:27:00 MSEN 4/57
204 288 Anna Seeley Elvet Striders 2:00:05 2:00:16 FSEN 5/20
238 82 ANDREW DAVIES Elvet Striders 2:03:37 2:04:08 M40 75/98
245 53 Lesley Charman Elvet Striders 2:04:37 2:04:48 M40 77/98
261 223 Nina Mason Elvet Striders 2:06:31 2:07:17 F35 22/46
264 36 David Browbank Elvet Striders 2:07:29 2:07:47 MSEN 52/57
309 42 Vicky Brown Elvet Striders 2:13:55 2:14:12 F35 27/46
315 297 Catherine Smith Elvet Striders 2:14:52 2:15:04 F35 29/46
348 304 Ian Spencer Elvet Striders 2:20:34 2:21:06 M50 73/81
387 360 Fiona Wood Elvet Striders 2:31:39 2:32:24 F35 41/46
388 156 Peter Hart Elvet Striders 2:31:39 2:32:25 M40 96/98
399 106 Christine Farnsworth Elvet Striders 2:37:19 2:37:50 F65+ 2/2
414 19 Kerry Barnett Elvet Striders 2:44:04 2:44:51 F45 60/60
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Dentdale Run, Dent, Cumbria, Saturday, March 12, 2016

14 miles 379 yards

Penny Browell

A couple of years ago a friend of mine recommended I run the Dentdale race – “just your kind of thing” she said, so it was one that had been on my radar for a while. When I discovered I had a Saturday where I wasn’t needed for ferrying to children’s parties I elected to give it a go. It was a bit of a last minute decision and I had no thoughts on pace or race strategy – I decided I just wanted to enjoy it.

When I got to the pretty village of Dent I was happy to see a good number of Striders, discussing how many layers we needed and warning each other of the hills ahead. The race started at 1pm which caused me all sorts of quandaries with regards to eating. As we lined up to start I realised my stomach was already rumbling and asking for lunch but it was too late to do much about it. Whilst waiting for the gun I spotted a Swaledale runner who I knew was pretty speedy and has beaten me on a number of occasions but I’d just manage to squeeze past her at the Viking Chase last year so knew she was a good target for me. I decided to try and stick with her as far as I could.

Penny and Swaledale friend.
photo courtesy and © Andrew Thrippleton

The race starts with a deceptively speedy descent but before long the first of many climbs kicks in. I managed to tuck in behind my Swaledale friend and began to enjoy making my way through the beautiful countryside. The course is a kind of figure of 8 (without crossing at the centre) so at the half way mark I caught sight of my car in Dent. Much as I was enjoying the race I was beginning to tire and was aware of more hills approaching but I resisted the temptation to just jump in and drive home. Around this point my Swaledale friend slowed down to have a gel. I pulled up next to her and we chatted about other races we’ve done and plans for the future. After a couple of minutes she waved me on, saying she felt she’d started too fast. Not long before, one of the many fabulous local supporters had told us we were second and third ladies and I began to worry I too had gone off too fast.

photo courtesy and © Andrew Thrippleton

The second half includes one very long climb and then you get lulled into a false sense of security as you approach the half marathon point with a nice descent. The 13 mile marker hails a killer little hill and the last mile seemed to go on for ever. Eventually we were back in the village and the crowds were fantastic shouting us in so I managed a bit of a sprint finish (ish). I was delighted to see Gareth and Jack who had both had great runs and after a bit of refreshment we cheered in the other Striders.

All in all an absolutely beautiful, runnable yet challenging race and definitely one I’d recommend. My friend was right it was definitely my sort of thing and I hope to be back

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Dentdale Run, Dent, Cumbria, Saturday, March 8, 2014

14M 379Yards

Graeme Walton

Grand Prix Race. Sprint Champion Race.  My second attempt at this one after last years’ effort was hindered by a lack of mileage due to injury in the weeks running up to it. In my car I was joined by Mark D, Kathryn S, Alan S and Fiona KJ and so across we travelled to the picturesque Dent arriving in good time before meeting up with more Striders. A refreshing cuppa together with some of Fiona’s homemade flapjack had me ready for the 14 or so miles ahead.

11 o’clock bang on and we were off, starting off downhill before a beast of a hill arrived after half a mile. This didn’t cause too much trouble however when looking back on my splits you could certainly tell where the uphill sections had been. After the uphill a lovely quick downhill section helped quicken the pace up. Now I could describe the rest of the course in detail but basically it was up, down, a little bit of a flat section, down, up, up, flat, down, etc etc. A longer hill at about 8 miles and some little steep killer hills in the last couple of miles. The views – if you had the energy to lift your head up were absolutely breathtaking.

I came home in an improved time from last year so I was very content. There were some stunning Strider performances – I won’t single anyone out as everyone did fantastically well. Our reward was a cuppa, sandwich, cake and some flapjack. Poor Kathryn was poorly on the way home – more down to the effort she had put into her run rather my driving I hope! A great run, cheap and always well supported by Striders, I’ll be back again next year.


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Ian McBride Royton Road Runners M 1 1:18:01
29 Catriona Probert Edinburgh AC F 1 1:31:32
78 Graeme Walton MV40 1:40:23
187 Alister Robson MV40 1:53:38
211 Fiona Jones FV35 1:55:48
236 Mark Dunseith M 1:58:37
306 Kathryn Sygrove FV45 2:06:43
315 Jean Bradley FV55 2:08:15
355 Alan Smith MV60 2:14:23
370 Jan Young FV55 2:16:52
420 Brian Ford MV40 2:30:52
424 Jacquie Robson FV35 2:31:08
426 Jill Ford FV45 2:31:16

438 finishers.

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Dentdale Run, Dent, Cumbria, Saturday, March 9, 2013

14M 379 Yards

Jan Young

Grand Prix Race. Sprint Champion Race. Rachel approaches the top of yet another hill ... Having run this 14.5 mile road race sixteen times since 1992, old habits die hard, so I gave it another shot, instead of joining the Bunkbarners on the snowy fells.

Dent weekend was always a Striders weekend away; first accomodation being Margaret’s caravans, until we decided holiday cottages were more comfortable.

Today, Margaret’s caravans are still there; the lady herself was marshalling a car park, but only Aaron and his family ‘cottaged’ it. Hope you followed Striders’ tradition and sampled the Dent beer. New kids on the block now pound the Dentdale lanes-with success- Rachel Terry 1st FV40 and 8th female in this challenging rural run. Katy and Graeme Walton, Linsay T and Aaron G all put in good performances on their debuts, while experienced Dentdalers also clocked GP points.

Villagers help out at the run as timekeepers, marshalls, water station volunteers. Every runner gets tea and buns in the village hall, entry fee at £10/£12 goes to school funds and the event regularly attracts 350 runners. You have an unofficial option to complete only the first half of the route, as did Barrie E and I think Maggie T-as she’s not in results! Striders ladies appear to be first female team, with 84 points, unless I’ve missed something. Rachel may tell her own tale about the puzzling prizegiving; can she keep it, no she can’t?


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Breton Holdsworth Clayton Le Moors Harriers M 1 1:24:42
42 Heather Tuffs York Acorn F 1 1:39:08
96 Rachel Terry F 8 1:48:50
100 Graeme Walton M 1:49:24
113 Aaron Gourley M 1:51:02
189 Katy Walton F 32 2:01:18
218 Stephanie Barlow F 44 2:05:00
257 Jan Young F 59 2:12:04
258 Lindsay Tarn F 60 2:12:09
296 Alan Smith M 2:21:58
326 Christine Farnsworth F 2:32:10

341 finishers.

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Dentdale Run, Dent, Cumbria, Saturday, March 10, 2012

14 Miles 379 Yards

Shaun Roberts

Grand Prix Race. Endurance Champion Race.

What are they all looking so happy about ... don't they know what's coming?

Well, a picture tells a thousand words, but to be honest the one below’s a bit surprising. I’d thought some of the biggest hills were towards the end … and although there are a few rises, it’s clear that the worst climbing, by far, is in the eighth mile. Yes, it’s another weekend of staying in a lovely Dentdale cottage (well organised, Jan!), avoiding drinking too much on the Friday night, and then celebrating in a state of mild exhaustion on the Saturday night.

A Tale of Three Bridges.

The start was a bit dramatic. James and I were talking about how fast to go off, adrenaline kicking in, that sort of thing, as you do. Then off we went, but within a couple of seconds, James, a yard or two in front of me, gets a trip and after manfully trying to stay upright – legs and arms flailing everywhere – he has no option but to hit the deck … sensibly aiming for someone’s ‘front-garden gravel’.James, on his way to another ten Grand Prix points ... I carried on, hoping he’d quickly get back on his way, and lo, there he was, legging it past me at full pelt, heading for the sharp end of the field. I, too, was going quite fast … I got through the first five miles in 34′ or so, and 10K in 43′, at which point I’m thinking this may turn out to be too quick. I was right, and slowed more and more as the temperature rose heading towards that big bump shown above. This is not a good part of the race … a long drag, and mentally, you’re thinking,’We’re still heading away from Dent’, which frankly doesn’t help. Anyway, it’s always a relief to get to the bridge at about 10.5 miles, turn round and head for home. Also, although there are a few steep rises, I always like the run-in, and now that profile explains why …

James was first Strider home, with a great time, and not too worse for wear after his encounter with the gravel. I was happy with my run, a bit faster than last year. Nina (or ‘Nina Jane’, as the results have it), also had a good run, also faster than last time and worth a third prize for her age group. Dougie got the right side of the two-hour mark this year, after just missing out last time around, as did Alister, on the first part of an epic weekend’s racing. Phil Owen also had a good run, getting back on the road to recovery, followed by Jan, who got a third in her age group as well. Good runs, too, from Jean, Stef and Margaret, but two more special mentions: Jacquie really wasn’t looking forward to this one … mainly due to us all winding her up about how hard it was going to be … but she had a great run, and got a half-marathon PB on the way round. Finally congratulations to Yusuf, who made good use of George’s number, ran very well, and put over sixty runners behind him – well done mate!


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Ian McBride Unattached M 1 1:18:23
36 James Garland M 1:37:49
41 Clare Pearson Skipton AC F 1 1:38:30
69 Shaun Roberts M50 1:43:50
111 Nina Jane Mason F35 1:51:16
178 Dougie Nisbet M40 1:59:21
183 Alister Robson M40 1:59:57
222 Phil Owen M40 2:06:09
238 Jan Young F55 2:08:19
246 Jean Bradley F55 2:09:15
275 Stephanie Barlow F35 2:13:02
281 Yusuf Kuruner M 2:13:57
314 Jacquie Robson F35 2:23:36
341 Margaret Thompson F55 2:39:47

345 finishers.

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Dentdale Run, Saturday, March 12, 2011

14M 379Yards

Jan Young

Grand Prix Race. Endurance Champion Race.

Nina soon after the start. Fourteen miles of up and down,
Thats’ the race from Dentdale town.
Along the road, up the hill,
Across the bridge, ten miles still.

The seven mile bridge – a cheer goes up,
Keep on now, we wish you luck!
Along the road, up the hill,
Across the bridge, four miles still.

Dig in deep, Dent is in sight,
We’ve worked hard for beer tonight.
Afterwards, we’re in the hall,
Well done, well done to one and all.

Lots of chat, cakes, tea and tea,
Celebrate friends’ victory.

To Alan R: Roz collects the F55 prize.

“If I’m beaten by Batman
My running’s going down the pan.”

But, head up, you’ve no disgrace,
The speedy dressers won the race.

And as they are younger than you,
You can have your victory too.



Thanks for all the encouraging support along the route, lovely to meet up again.



Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Peter Parker * Altrincham M 1 1:18:23
19 Joasia Zakrzewski Dumfries RC F35 1/32 1:30:19
86 Shaun Roberts M50 17/65 1:44:59
140 Nina Mason F35 7/32 1:53:02
147 Roz Layton F55 1/16 1:54:16
201 Dougie Nisbet M40 69/91 2:00:13
244 Jean Bradley F55 7/16 2:06:38
262 Jan Young F55 9/16 2:09:34
331 Alan Smith M60 25/35 2:20:12
382 Margaret Thompson F55 15/16 2:37:41
384 Christine Farnsworth F55 16/16 2:38:35

392 finishers.

Congratulations to Roz for winning the F55s! Honourable mentions, too, to Alan Rowell (1:40:03, and first M60), and Geoff Watson (2:06:40), both running in orange.

* Quite possibly not the winner’s real name – see ‘superhero’ photos on event website, below. Luckily, ‘Wonder Woman’ doesn’t feature on there – she rather let herself down by not wearing a bra, or indeed any form of upper-chest covering, which was a bit discombobulating during the pre-race warmup. Still, saves on the Vaseline … Ed.

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Dentdale Run, Saturday, March 13, 2010

14M 379Yards

Shaun Roberts

Nina finishing strongly.Striders flooded over the Pennines for this one in huge numbers! Nine ran the full race, but several more ran a ‘Half-Dent’ (Barrie, Christine, Mary C), others got out for a run on the morning (Pam, Yvonne, Peter M) and we were very well-supported round the course. We had no less than four cottages being occupied for the weekend, which meant you couldn’t pop out for a paper without tripping over drunken or hungover Striders in the street.

The race? Well, it all augured well on the morning. A nice cool start to the day, but very bright. We set off into a light breeze – I got a good start, and it was all looking good until near the halfway point, by which time the breeze had gone and it was all getting rather warm. Blew up. Vest off, took on board all the water that was on offer, but it didn’t help much. Alan Rowell went past round here – he said later I was “looking crap”, and he was right. Turning the corner at the top end helped – the breeze was back, and as I cooled down I speeded up again. Actually, Jan said later she was bloody freezing along here, so one way or another we had quite a mix of conditions.

I ended up five minutes down on last time, and was glad to get to the finish, to be honest. Coming in topless raised a few eyebrows for some reason. Fiona had said she needed to take this one very carefully, given her recent injury problem, but despite being eight minutes down on two years ago, she still won her age group. Nina had a good strong run, well under two hours, followed soon afterwards by Roz, who was second in her age group.

Jan was along soon after, fifth in her age group with a good run, though she didn’t really need to be engaged in conversation until quite a while after the finish. She soon perked up once she knew the ladies had scooped a team prize. Well done ladies! And many thanks to the very many supporters around the course – always very welcome.


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Steve Littler Wesham RR M 1 1:17:59
24 Jo Waites Calder Valley Fell Runners F40 1 1:34:24
74 Shaun Roberts M50 14/57 1:45:45
82 Fiona Shenton F45 1/38 1:46:15
142 Nina Mason F35 10/37 1:55:07
156 Roz Layton F55 2/13 1:56:57
228 Jan Young F55 5/13 2:06:57
273 Jean Bradley F45 16/38 2:12:12
287 Frank Coffield M60 20/36 2:14:52
304 Dougie Nisbet M40 89/95 2:18:06
351 Margaret Thompson F55 12/13 2:34:24

369 finishers.

Honourable mentions, too, to Alan Rowell (1:43:24, and first M60), and Geoff Watson (1:49:00, and doing well to drag his fast-twitch muscles round this one), both running in orange.

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Dentdale Run, Wednesday, March 4, 2009

14 and a bit miles

Shaun Roberts

Driving over the Pennines, it seemed as if we were going to be setting off into quite a wind. Luckily it settled down a bit and conditions were pretty good by the start – dry, cool and with more of a breeze into the face than a gale. Fourteen Striders lined up at the start – I was hoping there’d be enough back at Prudhoe to make the numbers up – there were, luckily – but this one was always going to be my one and only missed XC.

I always forget how many hills there are in this one, and sure enough, half a mile down the road we were directed up the side of the dale for the first climb, followed by a nice downhill section. So the whole race goes. I kept a good pace up for the first five miles (34′) and went through ten miles in 70 minutes. Thought I might have to slow up a bit then, but more nice downhill bits made up for some quite steep bits in the final stretch, so I kept going and was well chuffed to get round in 1:40 or so, a full three minutes up on my PB for this one. The marathon training must be working …

Quite a few Striders came in just after the two-hour mark, led by Alan Smith, but with Jan Young not far behind. Amanda gave her legs a first outing in the sun for the year, and enjoyed most of the race – possibly excepting the last few miles. Barrie Evans and Mike Elliott also ran half the course, stopping at the bridge – great to have lots of support there, by the way – I saw Pam, Mandy, and Barry Bird, to name just three.

Excellent race!


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Matt Barnes Altrincham M 1:12:53
15 Jo Waites Calder Valley Fell Runners F 1:32:55
55 Shaun Roberts M50 1:40:39
251 Alan Smith M60 2:03:33
260 Jan Young F55 2:04:35
262 Stephanie Barlow F35 2:04:42
267 Phil Owen M40 2:05:08
285 Nina Mason F 2:07:39
295 Jean Bradley F45 2:08:55
296 Wendy Rowell F55 2:09:09
331 Amanda Hunter F35 2:14:17
376 Yvonne Jones F55 2:22:35
387 Mary Coffield F55 2:26:27
409 Margaret Thompson F55 2:39:49

421 finishers.

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Dentdale Run, Saturday, March 8, 2008


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Steve Littler Wesham RR M 1:18:15
43 Fiona Shenton F/F45 1/1 1:38:38
126 Steven Lindsay M50 26 1:49:59
324 Dave Robson M50 52 2:00:38
273 Frank Coffield M60 13 2:06:33
284 Wendy Rowell F/F55 44/4 2:07:40
289 Yvonne Jones F/F55 47/5 2:08:23
298 Philip Owen M40 95 2:09:17
348 Alan Smith M60 21 2:14:12
361 Jan Young F/F55 64/6 2:15:17
441 Mary Coffield F/F55 111/16 2:29:26
452 Margaret Thompson F/F55 118/17 2:33:52

467 finishers.

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