Team Dallam Results 2010 – 2018 inclusive

Photo of Previous Dallam Record Holders


Leg 1

2010 Susan Goodfellow, Ruth Webster  4:38  (with wind up cow torch)

2011 Dawn Gill, Victoria Kirkwood 4:52

2018 Elizabeth Rocke, Jessica Goodfellow, Penny Attwood 5:05

2010 Steven Jeffs, Mark Bell 3:38

2011 Martin Benson, Richard Jarvis 3:48

2012 John Leech, Dave Barnes 3:45

2018 Graham Beaumont, Richard Simpson 4:26

Leg 2

2010 Helen Whitehouse, Ella Jeffs  4:30

2011 Susan Goodfellow, Sandra Ashton 4:53

2018 Karen Gates, Sharron Hutchinson 5:10

2010 Stuart Hurst, Mick Pearcy  3:20

2011 John Leech, Steve Jeffs  3:33

2012 Martin Gardiner and Neil Woods 4:50

2018 Mark Bell, Michael Smith 5:10

Leg 3

2010 Cerys Jenkins, Vicky Kirkwood 7:35

2011 Debbie Copley, Jessica Goodfellow  6:22

2011 Catherine Gill, Helen Heap 7.44

2018 Jenny Lyon, Sue Goodfellow 9:03

2010  John Leech, Dave Deason  4:46

2012 Richard Jarvis, Dr Martin Benson 6:20

2018 Andy Bryan, Ray Gill  7:48

Leg 4

2010 Debbie Copley, Jessica Goodfellow 4:57

2011 Julie Pearcy, Helen Deason  5:21

2018 Debbie Copley, Grace Leedham 5:27

2010 Ray Gill, Andrew McCraken  3:18

2011 Mike Smith, Mark Bell 3:51

2012 Steve Jeffs 5:21

2018 Tyrone Lewis, John Wallbank 4:52

Leg 5

2010 Dawn Gill, Helen Smith  3:18

2011 Helen Smith, Helen Whitehouse 2:31

2012 Lorna Hewitt, Susan Goodfellow 2:54

2010 Richard Jarvis, Andrew Leadham 2:12

2011 Ray Gill, Mike McKenna 1:43

2018 Mike Collins, Wilf Goodfellow 1:47


Ray at Honister after 3:18 run of leg 4 with Andrew McCraken


Sunny weather, Dawn, Mick Pearcy (3:20 Leg 2) and Mike McKenna at Dunmail 2010

Debbie and Jessica starting leg 4 2010









John and Dave after leg 3 at Wasdale

John and Dave at Wasdale 2010








“I’ve lost the Batton” Leg 1 2010 Ste and Mark

Speedy Leg 2 runners 2010











2018 Report

After an absence of 6 years, Dallams mighty wheels were activated from their slumber and churned out two finely honed teams, partly consisting of previous BBC runners, but also some new runners some of whom were younger than 25, a strange oddity for Dallam.  No Dallam records were broken,


2011 Brief Report by Ray

Dallam Batons make it all the way round and are believed to be not lost, though I only have one.

Text messages fly about at the start, Dawn worries about leg hair and gets cramp, Vicky rubs the legs better, Susan and Sandra make a speedy start, Debbie and Jessica chat at Dunmail,  Julie and Helen surprise themselves, Helen S and Helen W storm through and halt the police in order to finish in 23:59.

Martin feels ill, Jarve collects the baton from the tree left by Dawn and Vicky, John and Stephen are happy, Cath showboats down screes and Heapy has rock problems, Mike Smith makes a cairn and Mark Bell sits about, Mike McKenna worries about his car, Ray gets to Moot Hall covered in slobber.

Running a team of girlie VETs from a single club round the Bob Graham course is no mean feat in itself, but to also finish with a time of 23:59 is excellent.  This is a new record and 1 minute less than the imagined 24hr barrier.   Each leg team did well with no significant delays.  In particular Helen Smith and Whitehouse must have arrived at the Moot Hall with steam escaping from every orifice.  By all accounts Helen Smith held back the police at a Keswick road junction in order to let Helen Whitehouse have a clear run to the finish.  Interestingly Debbie and Jessica chatted to the leg 2 finishers for about 5 minutes before setting off on leg 3, something about giving each other hugs, if only they knew how critical those minutes were, though it added to the excitement in the end.  Leg 1 was noticeable due to the number of BGers on the course.  Many knew about the Billy Bland Challenge and gave much support to the Dallam team.  All seem to have spotted the Dallam baton hanging from the tree left by Dawn and Vicky.  One girl from another club huffed when I told her we had 12 woman running the BBC, she had trouble persuading any woman in her club to go on the fells.

Our mixed team started off quite well, with good performances.  Leg 1 had a few cramp problems again, probably caused by great speed up Skiddaw pushed on by Jarve, but better to try for speed than play it safe.  Steve had some worries before the start but came in at Dunmail elated having done leg 2 in 3:33.  John was also pretty happy to see his new camper van at Dunmail, having been transported from Threlkeld to Dunmail by a complete stranger. Due to an injury of a leg 3 runner, Helen Heap offered to run leg 3 within hours of the race start, nobody else from Dallam could do it.  Helen is an excellent runner and had never run leg 3.  It turns out Helen is not suited to runs with lots of rocks and like Dawn turns into a snail when balancing from rock to rock.  I think we lost about three hours here.  Cathy navigated the course well and did an excellent bit of showboating coming down the scree off Sca Fell.  The time was put to good use in Wasdale with the making of a new cairn and extensive water works in the river.  Legs 4 and 5 had delayed starts.  It was quite funny seeing Mike Smith with his long poles descending Grey Knotts at speed like some sort of giant insect, closely followed by Mark Bell.  Leg 4 was completed in 3:51.  Mike McKenna and I set off up Dale Head with Mike pulling away toward the summit.  Climbing towards Robinson in the mist we had a little trouble finding the top, as did a group of about 12, supporting an Achille Ratti BGer.  I suspect those Ratti men shun all navigational aids preferring to depend on shafts of light or burning bushes.  In this case the divine light was in the form of a brief glimpse of the angelic Mike McKenna who showed them the way. Our run into Keswick seemed fast, with Mike opening and closing gates for me on the way.  On arriving at Keswick we were led in by Mike Smith with his cow bell who rang it out through the centre of Keswick.  Our leg time of 1:43 represents a record for the event.  Mike could have shaved a few minutes off this.  The reception at the Moot Hall was exceptional, the afterglow of the girls achievement was still plain to see.

Thanks to Dawn for her manic production of text messages keeping people informed throughout.

Thank you to all the teams, we did a grand job.

If you wish to write a report for inclusion please send it to me or to Shinny.