The John Donneky Snr Memorial Fell Run (Bolts Law Basher)

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Report submitted by Sara Sarginson

The Event John Donneky Snr Memorial Guided Fell Run (Bolts Law Basher)
Overall Score (out of a possible 30) 25.5
PB Potential n/a
Atmosphere 4
Organisation 4
Scenery 5
Value for Money 5 (completely free!)
Beginner Friendliness 2.5 (there’s some tough old hills, so those very new to running may find it difficult)
Club Support & Social 5
In Short  
In Full: Whilst this isn’t a race, it definitely deserves to get a mention as it was a lovely social event. It is run annually in memory of John, of Derwentside AC, “who passionately believed everyone should enjoy the scenery and terrain of the wilder areas of the North East as part of their training regime.” This year’s event also signified what would’ve been John’s 60th Birthday.

 It’s a circular route, of about 7.5 miles, starting and finishing in Rookhope. It was a bit of a cruel start, straight up Rookhope Incline, but this naturally sorted the “men from the boys” so to speak, and we were split into 3 groups at the top. We continued along the track for a bit, skirting round the back of Bolts Law. Bounders being regular visitors to this particular fell; it made a nice change for us to take this different approach. We eventually hit a road, and after a short spell on the tarmac, it was off-road again, picking up the track that takes you past the Bounders Christmas tree. It was a long, hard slog to the top, where we posed for the obligatory photo, before the decent back down the other side of the fell, and back into Rookhope. 

Afterwards, it was back to the village hall for sandwiches and a bottle or two of beer/cider provided by our hosts. There were members of a few other local clubs, including Crook, Elvet Striders, Birtley, and Northumberland Fellrunners.Definitely one to consider next year. Bounders in attendance: Sara Sarginson, Bianca McElrue, Karen Bousfield, Vicki Brown, Amanda Phillips, Nick Hattrick, John Million, Mike Gill, John & Yvonne Bosson and Graham Burns.


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