Keswick AC runners took the top five places in its iconic 14.9 mile (6,240 ft  ascent) Helvellyn and the Dodds fell race on Sunday. Carl Bell won the event in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 26 seconds, Mark Lamb, was second (2:17:01) and James Appleton third (2:19:08). Hannah Horsburgh was first woman through to take fourth place overall with an impressive 2:33:03. John Battrick completed the quintet in yellow and green, finishing in 2:34:10.

On an almost perfect day, weather wise, the tops were blowy (race numbers were blown from their competitors’ vests), but this acted as a welcome cooling device for the runners. 

147 runners completed the course, with seven retirees. Race director, Cat Evans said “although there were no records broken due to the high winds, we were really pleased with the turnout of 154. Keswick AC can be incredibly proud of its runners and marshals alike.”

Keswick AC runners who finished:

1: Carl Bell 2:14:26

2: Mark Lamb 2:17:01

3: James Appleton 2:19:08

4: Hannah Horsburgh 2:33:03

5: John Battrick 2:34:10

11: George Foster 2:43:39

16: Jonny Hume 2:46:51

24: Cat Spurden 2:54:38

25: Craig Smith 2:57:51

29: Jenn Mattinson 3:00:39

48: Keith Loan 3:11:47

61: Paul Fullwood 3:17:28

84: Chris Little 3:23:57

94: David Burton 3:30:01

98: Jo Gillyon 3:32:43

128: Lesley Malarkey 3:56:04


Carl Bell and Mark Lamb of Keswick AC at Raise summit (pic: Nic Wiseman)