West Nab Race Page 2020

Welcome to the West Nab Race Page

Holmfirth Harriers are pleased to once again host the West Nab Races, to be run over our south Pennine moors and based in the small town of Meltham in the heart of Last of the Summer Wine country. All age groups will enjoy varied, challenging courses, with the U19’s joined by senior athletes for their ascent of West Nab itself. We are particularly excited to have been chosen to host this year’s Junior Inter-Counties fixture for the U15, U17 & U19 categories, so extend a very warm welcome to all those athletes visiting us, from near and far!

Approximate race distances & climb are indicated below. We are currently re-designing some of the courses, so route maps will be available as soon as these are completed. As in previous years, the majority of the courses will be on access land or on public footpaths. However, there will be parts on private land for which we have gained permission to use for the race only. We ask that all athletes respect this and do not attempt to run these parts of the course before race day. The area will be marked on all the appropriate maps, but just to confirm that as in previous years, no-one must cross the private quarry above Sun Royd Farm other than on race day itself.

At the request of Meltham Shooting Club, who own the land beyond Wessenden Head Road around West Nab itself, the route from the road to the trig point on West Nab will be clearly marked & will follow the permissive footpath. Any spectators who wish to watch the race at that point should remain either below the fence or on the footpath only. No dogs are to be taken onto West Nab, as this is the height of the nesting season. Anyone ignoring this request will jeopardise future races & marshals will be in place to remind spectators of this. We would also point out that although the race is taking place at the end of May, we are still likely to be in the lambing season. Wherever possible, no dogs should be taken anywhere onto the race routes. Any that are must be on a short lead at all times, to prevent any problems with livestock.

Date – 30th May 2020

Race HQ – Carlile Institute, Meltham (HD9 4AE) – registration and prize giving will take place in the Institute, which is a short walk from the start and finish field. There will be hot drinks and snacks available.

Parking – there is some public parking available behind the Institute, but we anticipate directing vehicles to use roadside parking on Royd Road and the old Royd Mills Road, close to the start/finish field. Please do not park on Calmlands Road or Wetlands Road, which are narrow residential streets directly on the way up to the start/finish field.

Toilets - there will be toilets at the Institute and also on the race field.


  • 11am: registration will open Carlile Institute – all entries will be on the day. Forms will be available.
  • 12.30pm: U9’s race (0.8k/15m)
  • 12.45pm: U11’s (1.9k/30m)
  • 1.10pm: U13’s (2.8k/120m)
  • 1.45pm: U15’s (3.8k/150m)
  • 2.20pm: U17’s (5.6k/250m)
  • 3.15pm: U19’s/U23’s/Seniors (9k/450m)

All start times are approximate, but no races will start before the times given. We will need to count all the runners in each race before the start and ensure that all are accounted for at the end. If you or your junior athlete withdraws from the race either before the start or during the race then please make sure you inform a race official at the finish.

Given the current unpredictable nature of the weather, all runners are reminded that at a minimum, they should bring their waterproofs, hat & gloves with them to the race. In the event of bad weather, the RO will decide what kit must be taken, which will be clearly displayed at Registration. If there is a requirement that kit must be taken, then you will not be allowed to run without it. You will be checked at the start and importantly at the finish.

We look forward to seeing you all back in Yorkshire & hope you enjoy your day’s racing!

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