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Welcome to the Fell Section
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Fell Championships 2012
Last year's (2011) Junior race calendar below.
Fell news and results
Junior Fell Championship update & final standings - 12 December 2011
Senior Fell Championship - update & final standings - 12 December
23rd UKA British Fell & Hill Relay Championships – 15/10/11
Viking Chase - 25 september
Three Shires Fell Race - 17 September 2011
Junior Fell Championship update & current standings - 13 september 2011
Senior Fell Championship - Update 5 September
Sedbergh Hills Fell Race, English Championship counter (21st August)
Yorkshire Junior Fell Championships – Hellifield (6th August 2011)
Whittle Pike Fell Race, 30 July
Snowdon International Mountain Race
English Junior Uphill Championships – Sedbergh (16th July 2011)
Holme Moss Fell Race, 17 July
Loughrigg & Silver Howe Chase Fell Race, English Championship counter, 26th June
James Blakeley (Harden Moss) Fell Race, (Sat 18 June 2011)
Winner Dave Allcott from Dark Peak in 1.54.34
2nd Tom Brunt - 1.54.36 - impressive run (over 3 minutes faster than last year) but unfortunately lost the sprint finish by 2 secs
34th James Durrans - 2.19.30
86th Andrei Vais - 2.34.47
116th Karen Sinkinson - 2.46.59 - course best by 8 minutes
155th Jim Sommerville - 3.09.20
Great race and weather, 180 runners started and 174 finishers.
Duddon Fell Race (4 June 2011)
Mearley Clough Fell Race, English Championship counter (14 May 2011)
Calderdale Relay (2011)
Coiners Fell Race (2 May 2011)
Bunny Runs (April 5 2011)
Pendle Fell Race (2 April 2011)
Ian Roberts Memorial Fell Race, (13 March 2011)
Ilkley Moor Fell Race (27 Feb 2011)
Noon Stone Fell Race (26 Feb 2011)
Soreen Stanbury Splash & Rat Runs (23 January 2011)
2011 – HHAC Junior Fell Championship – Races
Standings (as at 15 June)
The Championship is split by age category, U10, U12, U14 & U16, with a separate competition for boys & girls. Points are awarded based on placings in each race, with the first Harrier home gaining a maximum 15 points, followed by 13, 12, 11 & so on for each subsequent finisher. The Championship will be awarded based on the best 5 results for each junior athlete.
- January 23 – Stanbury Splash Rat Runs (Haworth)
- February 27 – Ilkley Moor (Ilkley)
- April 2 – Pendle (Barley, nr. Burnley) – Lancashire & English Champs.
- May 2 – Coiners (Mytholmroyd) – English Champs.
- May 29 – Saddleworth (Greenfield)
- June 18 – Clougha Pike (Quernmore, nr. Lancaster) – English Champs.
- June 26 – Arnison Dash (Patterdale, Lake District) – English Champs.
- August 6 – Hellifield Gala (Hellifield, nr. Skipton) – Yorkshire Champs.
- September 25 – Viking Chase (Carlton, Cleveland) – English Champs.
- November 5 – Shepherd’s Skyline (Todmorden)
For more information about all the races listed, go to http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php and select the appropriate month & race.
2010 Fell Championship update & Final Standings
Sadly, it seems the recent blast of arctic weather meant that no Holmfirth Harriers were able or willing to make the trip down to Shropshire for the Cardington Cracker, the final race in this year’s Championship. As such, the table is unchanged and for the men, we will have a different name on the trophy. With only 3 men completing the required number of races, John Ewart (on 129 points) has won by the narrowest of margins from Phil Hobbs, who scored 128 points. Rob Halstead, keeping up his tradition of qualifying every year, takes 3rd place with 102 points.
For the ladies, Helen Berry had pretty much got the title sown up by August, having taken maximum points in 6 of her races, giving her 60 points. Again, only 3 competitors completed enough races to count and behind Helen came Paula Gould in 2nd place with 50 points and Karen Sinkinson in 3rd with 44 points. With no changes after race 12, the All-to-Count table is also complete, with Phil Hobbs scoring 191 points from 10 races completed, ahead of Helen Berry & Bill Stewart.
Looking ahead to 2011, there has been a lot of interest from the juniors to holding a Junior Championship. With this in mind, some of the races for the Senior Champs also have junior races on the same day – this will hopefully work both ways, with parents taking kids along and vice versa, leading to a greater Holmfirth Harriers representation at the events. I have also tried to include a number of races within the Junior Champs that are Yorkshire or English championship races, as this will give our juniors an idea of the great standard of fell running in the country at the moment.
Cop Hill Fell Race / YVAA Championships, 18 November
Race report here (Word doc)
Langdale Horseshoe (9th October 2010)
Always a popular race, the Langdale Horseshoe (14 miles & 4000ft) attracted a field of over 350 runners, even in a non-English championship year. After a couple of withdrawals because of injury and work commitments, Holmfirth fielded 8 runners and whilst West Yorkshire was blanketed in cloud & gloom, we were left discussing whether anyone had packed any sun cream – not a cloud in the sky!
Although very wet underfoot after the recent rain, the conditions clearly suited Tom Brunt better than the previous weekend’s clag-covered wanderings on the Ian Hodgson relays and he finished a very creditable 10th overall in 2.17.08 (a new PB), behind the massed ranks of Dark Peak & Borrowdale, who filled 6 of the top 10 places. Further down the field, Gavin Baxter & John Ewart continued their perpetual battle for supremacy, with Gav in 86th just pipping John in 88th by 30 seconds in a time of 2.47.47.
A little further back, the view from the middle of the pack continues to be very enjoyable – at the turn point of the race at Esk Hause shelter, one looks north-west to Windy Gap & the dark mass of Great Gable, south-west is Ill Crag & behind it Scafell Pike and if you just turn around to see where you have come from, the Langdale valley stretches away back towards Ambleside and the Eastern fells. John complained there was still a little clag on top of the Crinkles, but it had just about gone by the time I got there and despite sliding down Pike O’ Blisco on my backside at one point, I managed to stay ahead of Paula & finish in 3.21.53.
Paula meanwhile continued her search for championship points and succeeded in taking a maximum 10, finishing in 219th place (17th lady overall)in a time of 3.23.51, ahead of Karen Sinkinson, who came in a little further back in 3.40.27. Robert Halstead & Bill Hunter made up the rest of the Holmfirth contingent, with Rob keeping up his proud tradition of completing the requisite number of races to count in the championship! With great support from family, friends & the legions of walkers enjoying the autumnal sunshine, the Harriers were encouraged & replenished all the way round the course – a particular favourite was the large bowl of Jelly Babies on offer at the foot of Pike O’ Blisco!
1st Oliver Johnson (Dark Peak) 2.07.57; 10th Tom Brunt, 2.17.08; 86th Gavin Baxter, 2.47.47; 88th John Ewart, 2.48.28; 205th Phil Hobbs, 3.21.53; 219th Paula Gould, 3.23.51; 276th Karen Sinkinson, 3.40.27; 315th Robert Halstead, 3.57.56; 333rd Bill Hunter, 4.08.41 (348 finishers).
Preparation pays off for Harriers at mountain relay
Teamwork and meticulous planning paid off for Holmfirth Harriers ladies at last weekend’s Ian Hodgson mountain relay.
The eight-strong team picked up third place in the annual Lake District, ahead of close competition from Bingley Harriers and last year’s winners, Dark Peak.
Holmfirth’s ladies captain Helen Berry attributed the team’s success to their pre-race preparations, which included trips up to Patterdale in the weeks beforehand to check out the individual legs.
“The time spent reccying the routes really paid off for us and I am more than chuffed,” she said. “To get a place in such an epic race and to finish ahead of the likes of Bingley and Dark Peak is a fantastic achievement.”
Harriers fielded two teams of runners at this year’s Ian Hodgson mountain relay. The event, which currently starts and finishes at Sykeside Camping Park, Brotherswater, is contested by teams of eight. All four legs are run in pairs and even in fair weather, navigational skills can be essential.
Steady rain during the morning meant that underfoot conditions were slippery in places and some of the summits were shrouded in cloud. But Holmfirth’s ladies proved more than capable of handling any challenges from navigation or terrain, squeezing ahead of Bingley on the fourth and final leg to finish 3 rd out of the 12 all-female teams (44 th place overall).
Run of the day came from Berry and team-mate Katie Walshaw, who just missed out on a prize for the fastest ladies pair on leg four.
Holmfirth’s men also performed well in the face of stiff competition, finishing in 15th position out of 66 teams – the best performance for the men’s team in several years.
However, the day proved disappointing for the team’s strongest pair - Tom Brunt and Bill Stewart - who squandered their initial gains on the first climb by running straight past a checkpoint in the clag. The duo’s decision to try a new, untested route for the final descent also turned out to be costly.
The relay was won - once again - by Borrowdale in one of the tightest finishes yet ( 03:44:21), with Pudsey and Bramley just 20 seconds behind. Ilkley fielded the fastest all-female team ( 04:59:28).
Leg-by-leg results (men): Julian Rank/Alistair Reese ( 1:08:23; 18th on leg), John Ewart/Gavin Baxter ( 1:13:56; 25th on leg), Chris Beadle/Jonathan Sykes (45:42; 29th on leg), Tom Brunt/Bill Stewart ( 1:21:57; 13th on leg).
Leg-by-leg results (women): Kath Farquhar/Lucy Griffiths (1.21:21; 48th on leg), Barbara Hinchliffe/Margaret Sykes ( 1:32:36; 59th on leg), Paula Gould/Karen Sinkinson (51:46; 47th on leg), Helen Berry/Katie Walshaw ( 1:30:54; 26th on leg).
As part of this years summer holiday, Lucy Griffiths & Nathan Martin ran in the 29th Internationalen Materhornlauf, a mountain race that goes from Zermatt to Schwartszee. The course is uphill only and climbs approximately 950m.To put it into context it is like running up Snowdon but you start 300m higher then the top of Ben Nevis and finish at 2583m! Nathan finished 82nd man in 1.24.27 and Lucy finished 34th lady in 1.35.14; Lucy's other half, Chris Needham, who runs for Leeds City, finished 39th man in 1.16.40.
Lucy said, "As with everything in Switzerland the races are extremely well organised. Your kit is taken to the finish and thankfully you get the cable car back down. If anyone fancies some European mountain racing in a beautiful setting I would definitely recommend Materhornlauf."
As you can see from the photograph, the backdrop to the race is pretty stunning. Nathan said, "You follow the trail up the hillside and because there are lots of twists and turns, every so often you turn the corner and you are looking directly at the Materhorn itself - stunning!"
Perhaps Holmfirth could enter a team next year..!!
Kinder Trog (16m /3490’)
Tom Brunt – 2nd – 1:57:45
Andrei Vais – 39th – 2:25:43
Barbara Hinchliffe – 57th – 2:33:40
Paula Gould – 65th – 2:37:50
Karen Sinkinson – 93rd – 2:54:16
128 runners, 127 finishers with one retirement. Winner was Andy Pead from Goyt Valley Striders in 1:55:40.
2nd place for Tom Brunt
1st ladies team (Barbara Hinchliffe, Paula Gould and Karen Sinkinson)
Saturday saw the second counter in the English Fell Championships at Coniston. Last year the race was a counter in the club championship, so a number of Harriers had the benefit of knowing the course though this time they were surrounded by a couple of hundred more competitors!
I felt really old when I realised that the last time I did this race, or at least part of it, was about 20 years ago when they held a junior race as part of the English Junior Championship series!
Traditionally held on Bank Holiday weekend, the event seems to attract as many people for the race itself as it does for the post-race entertainment! A huge marquee erected in the grounds of the Sports club hosted a ceilidh on Saturday night and a band on the Sunday night. The Sports ground became a make shift campsite with various camper vans (not quite all up to Gavin’s standard of van!) and tents. Perhaps John and Gavin can report on the social side of the weekend!!
The race covers 9 miles and 3500 feet of climb, taking in the summits of Wetherlam, Swirl How and Old Man, with some fantastic views from the summits (I wasn’t going all that way and not admiring the view!). We had a total of 9 Harriers set off, though unfortunately for Fell Secretary Tom Brunt he had to retire. I’m not sure if I speak just for myself but Nathan, Sophie and I had all done the 3 Peaks the previous week and I for one was rather tired!
The weather on the morning of the race was beautiful and sunny, but by the time we were up on top of Coniston Old Man, the heavens opened and the hailstones made for a rather slippery decent off Old Man and through the slate mine. The rain continued but it didn’t seem to dampen spirits…… not even for the happy campers!!
Ian Holmes of Bingley won the race for the 9 th time and Scunthorpe’s Emma Clayton won the ladies race.
110 th Gavin Baxter 1:27:00
153 rd John Ewart 1:30:59
195 th Nathan Martin 1:35:45
197 th Helen Berry 1:35:49 (16 th lady)
246 th Ian Shuttleworth 1:40:44
250 th Lucy Griffiths 1:40:59 (30 th lady)
395 th Jim Somerville 2:06:37
416 th Sophie Barroclough 2:31:03
Three Peaks race brings mixed fortune for Harriers Captains and special award for super-vet Wade
A record turnout at the Herod Farm fell race last Wednesday evening - in general and from Harriers too. We had the fell captain, the ladies captain and the club captain – plus 10 more of us who don’t have official titles, but were keen to make the most of the light nights/absence of rain and pick up a few championship points into the bargain. The race itself is only three miles but there are two big climbs totalling 1100 feet, hence its rating as an ‘AS’. That’s A for ‘lots of up’, S for short. First man home was Stuart Bond of Dark Peak in 23 minutes 4 seconds. Zanthe Wray, also of Dark Peak (snap), won the ladies race in 28 minutes 56 seconds (31st overall). Tom was first of the Harriers back at base, running a personal best to finish third in
24:25. Bill took fifth place in 25:01, this time getting the measure of Salford youngster Ryan Gould, who finished ahead in the Ian Roberts fell race in March. John E was the third Harrier to finish, just missing out on the V50 prize. He crossed the line in 25th place (28:34), one place behind V50 winner Dale Hartley. For the ladies, Helen finished well up the field in 38th place (29:48), coming second in the ladies race. Dark Peak were winners of the men’s team prize, though owing to a counting error
their prize (a four-pack of Budweiser each) was erroneously awarded to the Macclesfield Harriers team. The ladies team prize went to Pennine, with Holmfirth ladies missing out by the narrowest of margins. And I really do mean narrow. Based
on the ladies positions, both teams got 19 points but Pennine had the higher-placed third counter. The race was sponsored by Joe Barber (Plumbers) Ltd in Glossop, so all cans of lager, bottles of cheap white wine, and Easter eggs that were given out as prizes were adorned with a picture of a semi-naked woman taking a shower. Thanks, Joe.
3 Tom Brunt (24:25), 5 Bill Stewart (25:01), 25 John Ewart (28:34), 38 Helen Berry (29.48), 50 Philip Hobbs (30:44), 57 Chris Beadle (31:02), 67 Andrei Vais (31:43), 88 Paula Gould (34:23), 98 Robert Halstead (35:30), 102 Karen Sinkinson (36:06), 105 Deborah Hall (36:31), 113 Rebecca Halstead (36:54), 128 Sophie Barraclough (40:26).
Bunny runs 2010
Ian Roberts Sunday 14th March
Holmfirth 'team' at Coniston
Harriers results: 8 Tom Brunt (1.17.19), 17 Julian Rank (1.21.56), 28 Gavin Baxter (1.24.00), 197 Jason Kaushal (1.52.29), 210 Karen Sinkinson (1.55.29), 222 Robert Halstead (1.59.57), 236 Bill Hunter (2.04.17), 237 Jim Sommerville (2.04.21), 262 Sophie Barraclough (2.12.13).
Soreen Stanbury Splash, 24th January 2010
Ian Hodgson mountain relay, Sunday 4 October
2009 Fell Championship results
Download Results table here (Excel file)
Whernside, Saturday 26 September 2009
Lantern Pike, Saturday 19 September 2009
La Marmotte – An Alpine Cycling Adventure
Cross Keys Fell/Road relay
Skipper John joins Bob Graham Club
Duddon Valley Fell Race- Saturday 30 th May 2009
Long Mynd Valleys, 8 February 2009
Mickleden Straddle, 1 February 2009
Soreen Stanbury Splash, Sunday 25 January 2009