Sunday, 13 November 2011

The stars shine brightly on the FRA's biggest night

Getting ready for the party

Dunnerdale Fell Race
Set in the glorious Lake District's high fells, the Broughton Mills Resort and Health Farm played host to some of the runners for an afternoon of relaxation, gentle exercise and nutrition. The Broughton Mills Health Farm have thier own in house dietary expert who advised on the post exercise menu. One of the stars told Fell Running Briefs, "that pie was one of the tastiest I've ever had".

Chris Newman being chased by Gary Devine at Dunnerdale - Picture by  Mrs Thompson
Top Ten
1. Tom Addison - Helm Hill - 39:18
2. Danny Hope - Pudsey and Bramley - 39:41
3. Mark Addison - Helm Hill - 39:48
4. Carl Bell - Howgill - 40:22
5. Ben Abdelnoor - Ambleside - 40:32
6. Jim Davies - Borrowdale - 41:16
7. Mike Robinson - Dark Peak - 42:59
8. Chris Newman - Wharfedale - 43:15
9. Gary Devine - Pudsey and Bramley - 43:18
10. Francis Brunt - 43:21

1. Lauren Jeska - Todmorden - 46:15
2. Sharon Taylor - Bingley - 49:13
3. Steph Curtis - Pennine - 49:56
4. Hazel Robinson - Ambleside - 50:23

Full results

The Wadsworth Half Trog
Many other award winners attended the Hebden Bridge Mud Sanctuary and Wellness Centre for their essential pre-dinner spa and treatments. The mud on Wadsworth Moor is reknowned for its extremely good and peaty qualities, and all the runners agreed, the freshwater duoch stream is the best north of Bath.
Shaun Godsman leading the race out, making it look easy. Picture thanks to Tom Rattray.
Top Ten
1. James Logue - CVFR - 1:07:25
1. Lloyd Taggart - Dark Peak - 1:07:25
3. Shaun Godsman - CVFR - 1:09:17
4. Lee Athersmith - Bingley - 1:14:52
5. Tim Black - CVFR - 1:14:57
6. Mark Goldie - CVFR - 1:18:38
7. Steve Smithies - CVFR - 1:18:42
8. Matthew Athersmith - Wharfedale - 1:18:45
9. Ed Gamble - Cheshire Hill Runners - 1:18:49
10. Philip Taylor - Rossendale Harriers - 1:19:32
James Logue broke away with a clever route choice, Lloyd Taggart had it within him to chase him down. Picture Tom Rattray.

Shaun settles for 3rd in the race but winner of the 'Biggest Splash' award. Picture Tom Rattray

1. Sarah Ridgway - Eryri - 1:22:27
2. Jackie Lee - Eryri - 1:24:46
3. Anne Johnson - CVFR - 1:24:59
4. Helen Fines - CVFR - 1:29:11
5. Gill Myers - Wharfedale - 1:30:31
Full results and more of Tom's stunning pictures

The evening
Roll out the red carpet

A vision in white - Anna Lupton (2009 and 2010 winner of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Race) looks lovely in this Armani tunic, Erikson Beamon Swarovski crystal necklace, and shoes and handbag by Jimmy Choo.

Lou Roberts looks stunning in this vintage Mary Quant dress and Biba accessories. This year Lou won an individual bronze medal winner in the English and shared a bronze medal in the British Championships. But we can't forget that Lou is a gold medal winner too. She won the English Championship in 2003 and 2004 and the British Championship in 2002 (joint) and 2003.

A chat before dinner

Mrs Tamara Hemsley (Captain of Wharfedale Ladies and bronze medal winner in the Lakeland Classics this year) looks fabulous in this gown by Versace and shoes by Christian Louboatin. Ian Holmes (this year's English Vet 45 Champion but winner of 16 championship gold medals since 1996) is interrupted from giving Mrs Hemsley a few tips about downhill running to share with her ladies. Ian strikes a pose in this season's Tom Ford two piece.

This year's joint British bronze medal winner, and first lady at Wadsworth today, Sarah Ridgway looks perfect in this teal gown by Oscar De La Renta. She shares a joke with Paul Cornforth, captain of Borrowdale Fell Runners. Under Paul's expert leadership Borrowdale have medalled seven times this year (five golds and two bronze).

Come on let's hit the dance floor

Hazel Robinson, this year's winner of the Lakeland Classics, gets into the groove in this Alexander McQueen 'honister slate' gray wrap dress, with shoes and 'bag' by 'Stella' McCartney. 

The FRA's Jeans for Genes Ambassador, and 2007, 2008 and 2009 British Champion and 2005 (joint) and 2010 English Champion, Rob Hope sports a Katherine Hamnet Organic Cotton Tee featuring the legendary Pudsey and Bramley runner Gary Danny Graham-Hope. Rob is a true gentleman as we see him carrying Hazel's handbag for her.

Time to go back to the bar

Black and White - Natalie White (English Champion 2006 and 2008 and British Champion 2006) makes a clear statement and looks great in the classic 'little black dress by Dior'. Mark Roberts (1997 English and British (joint) Champion and 2002 (joint) and 2003 English Veterans Champion) looks dapper with this classic 'shirt and trouser' ensemble.

Fell Running's Bright Young Things - Winner at Dunnerdale today and this year's England Under 23s Champion, Tom Addison in Dolce and Gabbana. Lauren Munro Bennett (who recently represented England in the World Mountain Running Association International Youth Challenge in Slovenia) is wearing a Prada cocktail dress with Miu Miu peep toe heels.

Wow what a great night! - Fell Running Briefs was exhausted by half eleven and had to go home, but the fell runners went on partying until the small hours and still got up in the morning for a run. These guys are something else!

More pictures of the presentation are here.

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