Compare the Smearsett (Low Key Race) – Weds 18 May

Seventeen runners turned up to ‘Compare the Smearsett’ yesterday evening – a 5 mile jaunt from Little Stainforth over to Feizor and returning via the limestone outcrop of Smearsett Scar.

Unfortunately the fine weather at the start later deteriorated into rain making for a rather damp finish although a number of competitors found it ‘refreshing’!

With roughly 1000 ft of climbing this proved to be a challenging race with plenty of opportunities for ‘creative’ route finding with several (or perhaps most) runners missing the flagged line to the ridge*. This made for some interesting racing with a hotly contested sprint finish up Dog Hill Brow.

A fun sociable evening was had by all, with those wishing to continue to be sociable adjourning to the Craven Heifer.

Top Meerkats were Mike Egner and Carol Evans.

Well done to all who took part and many thanks for all the help and support.


1 Mike Egner  39.35

2 Martin Holroyd 39.48

3 Sam Griffiths 39.58

4 Tim Jackson 41.12

5 Adam Proctor 41.47

6 Steven Proctor 42.01

7 John Osborne 42.26

8 Tom Humphries 42.53

9 Carol Evans 42.58

10 Mark Rogerson 43.18

11 Nigel Haymes 44.57

12 Judith Marshall 48.28

13 Rachel Avison Fell 49.41

14 Helen Greenep 50.51

15 Julia Murfin 52.01

16 David Alexander 53.25

17 Lee Marshall 1.00.24

*The mystery of the ‘missing’ flags was solved on their retrieval. A number had been moved and/or chewed by inquisitive sheep!