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Fell Section

Three Shires Fell Race – 17/9/11

Tom BruntThis classic Lakeland fell race was also the latest counter in this year’s Holmfirth Harriers Fell Championship. Officially measuring 13 miles and involving 4000 feet of ascent over 4 Lakeland tops, it is another stern test for all competitors. The difficulty was compounded by the recent heavy rains that had flooded roads, turned paths to streams and streams to torrents! This didn’t seem to deter many, with nearly 300 registering to start.


7 Harriers braved the conditions and made the start line, where the discussion centred on the choice of fell shoes & waterproofs. These choices were to play a major part in the race, as there were numerous slips & tumbles on the greasy downhill sections – the St. Johns Ambulance station was pretty busy at the finish dealing with a grisly selection of cuts, gashes & occasional broken bone!


Happily, the Holmfirth contingent made it back in one piece, even though some weren’t quite sure how. Fresh from his superb victory at the previous weekend’s Petzl Lake District Mountain Trial, Tom Brunt led the Harriers home to finish 3rd in 2.01.11, just 50 seconds behind the race winner Carl Bell of Howgill Harriers. Next in was Phil Hobbs, who took a closer look than others at the various bogs & streams on the course and finished a very muddy 165th in 2.59.50. He was closely followed by Ian Shuttleworth, who complained the race wasn’t quite long enough to catch Phil and finished 182nd in 3.02.49.

Karen Sinkinson has taken part in this race a number of times & made light of the conditions to finish just seconds outside her PB in 3.12.43, achieving maximum points for the championship in the process. Our final finisher was Rob Halstead, who ground his way round to complete the course in 3.35.20. With the weather conditions changing constantly during the race, the organisers strictly enforced the 2 hour cut-off time for competitors to reach the Three Shires Stone. Although Jim Sommerville made it in time, unfortunately Rebecca Halstead did not and had to retire from the race. Jim decided to finish his race as well and helped Rebecca back down the road to the start – many thanks to him for that.  


There are only 2 races left in club championship – Great Whernside on 29th October (which is also the Yorkshire Championships) and finally Shepherds Skyline in the shadow of Stoodley Pike on 5th November, so only a few points left to score before the championships are decided.


Results (Holmfirth unless stated otherwise): 1st Carl Bell (Howgill Harriers), 2.00.20; 3rd Tom Brunt, 2.01.11; 67th (1st lady) Hazel Robinson (Ambleside) 2.29.42; 165th Phil Hobbs, 2.59.50; 182nd Ian Shuttleworth, 3.02.49; 223rd Karen Sinkinson, 3.12.43 & 272nd Rob Halstead, 3.35.20 (288 finishers).







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Welcome to the fell running section. If you have an aversion to tarmac and the prospect of scrambling up steep-sided hills and careering down the other side on paths mainly populated by nimble-footed sheep, come rain, shine or snow sounds like fun, then fell running is for you. Holmfirth Harriers has a long and glorious history of running on the fells. Recent individual achievements include three consecutive wins in the Old County Tops for Tom Brunt and a silver medal in the Yorkshire championships for Helen Berry. On the team front we have had a series of solid performances in the FRA relays and the Ian Hodgson. In the 2009 Calderdale Way Relay the women were 4th and the men equalled their best ever performance with a magnificent 3rd place.



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