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 2013 - Report

For once the weather was kind to us!  It remained sunny throughout the day, with a keen wind that made conditions ideal for the competitors, but rather chilly for the fell-top marshals.  The course timing was again done by SportIdent, but for the first time participants were timed through every checkpoint, and after the race they received a print-out with all their intermediate times.

The field of 212 participants for the Full 23 mile Yomp was the largest for some years, and the Half and Short courses were also very well supported.

Winner of the Full event was Patrick Hanna of Howgill Harriers in 3hours 13 minutes, 16 seconds, followed by Harry Dalby in 3:19:20, and third place went to John-Paul Hopkinson (Keighley & Craven AC) in 3:33:58.

Emma Wood was first woman home, in 4:09:10, followed by Karen Nash in 4:12:51, and third Sallie Holt in 4:19:04.

The team prize went to Howgill Harriers, their team of Patrick Hanna, Jon Richardson and Alistair Hanna, in 10:40:12.

Over 60’s prize went to Peter Kirkbride in 62nd place, in 4:53:03, and mention must be made of our very own Upper Eden Rotary Team, of John Andrew, Carl Hallam and President Lawrence Cowin – the first Rotary team to complete the Full Yomp for a number of years!

There were 142 finishers in the half yomp, a field led, for the second year, by Peter Brittleton, in 1hour, 30 minutes and 35 seconds, followed by Joe Young in 1:38:16.

First woman, in 6th place overall ( and also first under-16 of either sex!)  was Sarah Atkinson of Helm Hill Harriers on 1:56:02, followed closely in 7th place by Howgill Harrier’s Pauline Tyson in 1:59:31.

The Short course saw 106 finishers, with good support from local youngsters, in particular from Brough CP School and Kirkby Stephen primary school.  The Kirkby Stephen under-8 school team (Isaac Robinson, Alistair Barr, Oliver Rose and Bobby Ivinson) won the team prize.  Individual best performances came from Elliott Matier, under 16 male, in first place in 50 minutes 44 seconds, and Wendy Matier in second in 57:57.

The Yomp is a real community event, and our thanks go out to the landowners whose land we travel over, and the small army of organizations and individual helpers who make it all possible,and to our sponsors, JT Atkinson.

This year’s event has raised funds for three charities: First Responders;  Ankylosing Spondylitis: Shelterbox.

Ben Lyon
Yomp Committee Chairman,
Upper Eden Rotary Club.