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 Mountain Challenge 2010 - Report

For the past 28 years the Rotary Club of Upper Eden has organised an annual fell race, called The Yomp, commemorating the famous Yomps of the British Forces during the Falkland Islands war of 1982.

The forecast for Sunday was initially poor, but a long dry spell led to firm conditions throughout the course leading to good times, the threatened rain holding off for most of the day. New course records were set for the Half Yomp by Carl Bell, (1hr 24), and in the under 16’s by Jack Walton, (1hr 49), both local members of the Howgill Harriers. In second place on the Half Yomp was Chris Robinson in 1hr 32, this also being a quicker time than the previous course record of 1h 38.

Though no records were broken on the Full 23 mile Yomp course, 10 competitors achieved times under 4 hours. Peter Brittleton, (local), had the fastest time on the day, 3hr 08 followed by Stephen Moffat, 3hr 23. Fastest lady was K Nash, 3hr 52, and fastest local lady Jayne Bland, 4hr 39. First home under 16’s were K Closs for the boys and Tessa Higgs for the girls. M P McKenna took the Veterans trophy with a time of 3hr 58.

Fastest overall team with a combined time of 11hr 01 for the three quickest was Howgill Harriers A, fastest non-local team, Preston Harriers, 12hr 22, fastest regular service team, 110 Squadron B from Leconfield, 17hr 28 and fastest volunteer reserve team, E Coy 7 Rifles Team 1 who travelled up from Milton Keynes to take the trophy in 14hr 03. Sadly no Rotary Teams took part this year, though several Rotarians did compete.

The Half Yomp welcomed the return of Catering Support Regiment to defend the team trophy they’ve held for a number of years, but were beaten this year by a strong team from Howgill Harriers, Carl Bell (overall winner), Jack Walton (14, under 16 winner), and Trevor Walton. Fastest lady was A J L Ward, 2hr 07, fastest under 16 female E P Proctor, 2hr 30, and fastest veteran Geoff Reed, 2hr 09.

Cumbria Classic Coaches generously donated their vintage double decker bus for the day taking the record number of entrants to the start of the Short Yomp on Tailbridge hill. Fastest overall time on the Short (6.25mile) course was Sarah Atkinson, age 9, in 57 minutes, winning the under 12 female prize followed shortly after by Ben Andrew, 11, in 1hr 05 for the under 12’s male medal. Shaun Atkinson was the fastest adult, in 1hr 01 as he tried to catch up with his daughter, and fastest lady was Lesley Walton, 1hr 29. Under 16’s male winner was Andrew Brittleton, 1hr 06 and under 16’s female winner Susan Goodfellow, 1hr 45. The Pendragon Cup for the fastest Primary School Team was won by Storth School 1 who brought a strong contingent of young Yompers to enjoy a day on the Fells.

We are extremely grateful for the generous sponsorship of J T Atkinson, Builders Merchants, who wanted to put something into their local community as part of their 150th Anniversary Celebrations. Their sponsorship ensured all the costs of hosting the event were met so that all entry fees can be given to charity, this year the main beneficiaries will be Upper Eden First Responders, Help for Heroes and The Flourish Foundation. We were pleased to have representatives from all three charities competing in the event.

In addition, we encourage all participants to use the opportunity to raise sponsorship monies for their own chosen charity. 110 Squadron runners wore Help For Heroes shirts and raised additional funds themselves for this worthy cause. Brough School’s Africa appeal was the beneficiary of 11 year old Ben Andrew’s winning effort. Tim Coburn’s family and friends sold magazines produced by Kibera Girls Soccer Academy and explained the work of the foundation in Nairobi.

Total entries numbered 638, with an encouraging increase in participation of youngsters on the Short Yomp, entries for this being over a hundred more than the previous year – potential winners of the future for the longer courses. Full results and pictures are available on www.yomp.org.

The Yomp would not take place without the generous support of all our volunteer helpers on the day, Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue, St John’s Ambulance, Kirkby Stephen Scouts and the Air Training Corps, to whom we are exceedingly grateful.

Enquiries to yomp@johnandrew.co.uk.

John Andrew
Yomp Chairman