Attempted Sabotage Fails to Stop Holme Moss Fell Race

On the Saturday morning before the fell race was due to take place on the following day, a last check on the section from Cartworth Moor to Holme Moss, of this gruelling 18 mile event, led to the discovery that approximately half a mile of route flags had been completely removed. This section of the route has been agreed by Yorkshire water and BH Sporting, in consultation with the game keeper and the flags ensure competitors keep to the agreed route. Fortunately, I had spare flags with me and was able to replace the missing section but why anyone would do such a stupid and irresponsible thing is beyond understanding.

In the event the race, the next day, was a great success with 141 runners starting and all but 2 completing the distance. The rain in the last few days before the event had softened up the moor and many runners told tales of sinking up to their knees and even thighs, in the boggier sections.

As is often the case 9 out of the first 10 at Holme Moss checkpoint, on the way out, were still in the first 10 at the finish, only U23 Alistair Thornton of Loughborough Uni. had moved up from 29th at Holme Moss to 10th at the finish. The first 3 remained the same throughout with Peter Bray, Chorlton Runners finishing in 2:34:08 almost 71/2 minutes clear of 2nd Jake Lane, Totley AC, with 3rd Richard Roberts, Eryri another 11/2 minutes further back. Peter’s time was just under a minute short of Karl Gray’s, 2013 record and he looked like he could have gone round again without too much trouble! First vet home was M50 Richard Pattinson, Calder Valley in an excellent 2:50:36.

Over 50 members and friends of Holmfirth Harriers helped on the day starting about 7.30am and finishing clearing up about 8.00pm and, as always, without them there would be no race. A wonderful selection of rolls, cakes etc. were provided for runners and helpers after the race while awaiting the prize giving. A few of the helpers are shown below.

janet harbisher and jeanette pierson at crowden
rob halstead kath and dayn wilkins richard hook and phil hanson at holme moss
Janet Harbisher and Jeanette Pierson at Crowden Rob Halstead, Kath and Dayn Wilkins, Richard Hook and Phil Hanson at Holme Moss

The race was sponsored by Brooklands Nursery and Trespass Outdoor Clothing and thanks must be given to Yorkshire Water, United Utilities, English Nature, RSPB, BH Sporting and the tenant farmers for their help and co-operation in holding the event. Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, with the help of Oldham, provided the safety cover and the event (donation + raffle) raised £316 for their funds. Thanks to Gary and Debbie Devine of Pyrenees Haven for providing main prize of a holiday. Thanks finally to Cartworth Moor Cricket Club for the use of their club and grounds.

ian moore and chris whiteleg finish
mike pennington and roger bradley at cartworth moor
Ian Moore and Chris Whiteleg at finish Mike Pennington and Roger Bradley at Cartworth Moor

With so many Holmfirth members helping around the course only a small number took part with the best results being Mike Fanning’s 6th place and 1st M45, Jordan Mullinger’s 2nd Female and Barbara Hinchliffe’s 1st F60 places.

Holmfirth and other local clubs results below:

  • Mike Fanning 6th, 1st M45, 2:51:56
  • Clark Hind 22nd, M, 3:19:16
  • Jordan Mullinger 47th, 2nd F, 3:30:37
  • Jonny Ridge (Denby Dale) 35th,M, 3:30:44
  • Anthony McCarthy (Meltham) 45th,M40, 3:41:28
  • Jo Worboys-Hodgson (Denby Dale) 48th, 2nd F45, 3:43:08
  • Andy Petrie (Stadium) 51st,M40, 3:45:38
  • Chris Beadle 56th, M45, 3:47:33
  • Daniel Greenwood (Meltham) 60th, M45,3:51:43
  • Giles Bailey (Meltham) 67th, M50, 3:58:12
  • David Gill (Denby Dale) 69th, M55,3:59:59
  • Ben Parkin (Stadium) 72nd, M, 4:01:30
  • Barbara Hinchliffe 75th, 1st F60, 4:06:43
  • Andy Bloomfield (Denby Dale) 88th, M40, 4:14:17
  • Andrei Vais 95th, M, 4:21:02
  • Debbie Hall 117th, F404:41:59
  • Gilly Markham (Meltham) 125th, 2nd F60, 4:55:44
claire whitwam and maggie sykes

It is hoped next year’s race will be on 22nd July 2018. Photographs taken by Norman Berry are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/hhac/sets

birthday boy ian johnson
Den presenting “Birthday Boy” Ian Johnson from South Uist
with his cake; he ran the race on his 60th birthday

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