Rotary Club of Upper Eden
Sunday 4th June 2017

KIRKBY STEPHEN

Run or walk on Cumbrian Fells

23, 11.5 or 6.5 miles
Official Yomp Sponsor

Yomp 2008 Report

Conditions were firm under foot but a change in the weather caused difficult going later in the morning with strong winds and driving rain slowing progress on the return leg. Local runner and member of the Howgill Harriers, Alex Birtles, took the overall title in a time of 3 hours 20 mins clinching the Wild Boar Cup in this popular event organised by Upper Eden Rotary. Fastest female was Helen Mavin, 4 hours 21, while Tanya Mellor won the Nateby Trophy for fastest local female.

The veterans trophy went to David Coles of Penrith Rotary Club, 4 hours 49, the team which took the High Seat Cup for a fastest team of Rotarians.

S J Fisher was the fastest male under 16 on the full course, while Claire Huck and Frances Leach tied as fastest females under 16.

Catering Support Regiment A fielded a strong team on the 11.5 mile course with D Waterhouse, still recovering his fitness after multiple fractures sustained in a cycling injury last October, took the trophy for fastest male overall beating the course record he set the previous year by 1 minute with a time of 1 hour 38, and the team he was a member of Yomped home in a new course record best three time of 5 hours 06 minutes.

AJL Ward from Catering Support Ladies Regiment was the fastest female on the half Yomp, while local youngster P H Hanna knocked 13 minutes off the course record for under 16’s, and Rachel McHugh was the fastest young female.

The Short, (6.25 miles!), Yomp was won again by local Howgill Harrier Jack Walton, in 1 hour 1 minute, while Alexander Bell was fastest in the under 12 category, with Georgina Harrison fastest female under 12, and Angela Ross fastest female under 16.

Runners on the Short Yomp were taken on a vintage double decker bus to their starting point on the limestone plateau below Nine Standards, thanks to Cumbria Classic Coaches.

The event took place thanks to generous sponsorship by Out of Eden, and invaluable support from around 90 volunteer helpers on the day. St John’s Ambulance provided medical support, Air Training Corps provided radio cover, and Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue were on standby to address any issues on the fell.

Main charities to benefit from the proceeds this year are Water Aid, Macmillan Nurses and Hospice at Home.

The Rotary Club would like to give a heartfelt thank you to ALL those who have helped make this premier event for Upper Eden a success once again.