Charlie sets new best time for Melmerby Scar Challenge

Date: Thursday 3rd January 2019

THE 11th Melmerby Scar Christmas Challenge was the most successful to date, raising £971.30 for Melmerby village hall funds.

A record-breaking 155 entrants — including a good number of runners — set off from the village hall in dry and reasonably clear conditions and made their way through the village and up the fell.

The field included people from Melmerby and surrounding fellside villages and also a huge turnout of junior and senior members of Eden Runners.

In first place was Charlie Lowther, from Askham, who completed the course in an incredible time of 54.40 minutes — 11 minutes faster than the previous course record. Second was Jack Eyre in 56 minutes, and third was 17-year-old Eve Pannone in 1.06min.

All competitors completed the event safely and enjoyed a post-race meal and refreshments in the village hall.

A spokesman said: “The organisers would like to thank the team of marshals who ensured the safety of all entrants on the fell, Mr and Mrs R. Toppin for allowing access over their land, John and Amanda Batey for use of the safety quad bike, and all the villagers who provided food and helped at the village hall afterwards.”