Holmfirth 15 mile and 10k
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Holmfirth Harriers Athletic Club are proud to present the return of the Holmfirth 15 and the Holmfirth 10k.
It is interesting that the very first "The Suncharm 15" race promotion also included the inaugural Holmfirth open junior road races that were then moved to another date the following year. This time we are pleased to be launching our first ever 10km road race promotion.
We can revive the old race but not the original course so the route will continue on what has now become the regular race route.
Online registration is now open.
Sunday, October 22nd 2017
Holmfirth 15 mile: 09:35
Holmfirth 10 km: 09:30
Please arrive in sufficient time to collect your race number and timing chip on the day.
Holmfirth Community Sports Centre
- Minimum age of 15 years for the 10K and 17 years for the 15 mile
- Online entries only via Run Britain, closing date Sunday 15th October 2017, or when race limit is reached, please check on either www.runbritain.com or Holmfirth Harriers website if considering entering on the day.
- To enter Holmfirth 15 online visit Run Britain Holmfirth 15 page
- To enter Holmfirth 10K online visit Run Britain Holmfirth 10K page
- Holmfirth 10K: £14.00 (+ £2 extra on the day, if race limit is not reached)
- Holmfirth 15 Mile: £19.00 (+ £2 extra on the day, if race limit is not reached)
- A £2.00 discount is applicable for England Athletics (and other home countries associations) Licenced Competitors
- A donation from the proceeds will be made to
Registered Charity No 512987
- If your Licence Number is not supplied on the entry, the full entry fee is applicable.
Muslin Hall Garage is located at 7.6 miles at the end of lap one and adjacent to the race start line, please note that any runner reaching this point at 2 hours or beyond, may wish to consider withdrawing from the race, or if wishing to continue and complete the 15 mile race, must be aware that they will not have marshal or sweep support beyond this point, and should move to the pavement to conclude their race. Race result times and positions for those who continue may not be available.
- There will be a memento to all finishers
- Prizes in all usual categories, these can be collected from the gym after each race
Holmfirth 15 mile: http://www.goodrunguide.co.uk/RouteMap/MyRoutes/433710 and course GPX file
Holmfirth 15 mile course map
Holmfirth 10k: http://www.goodrunguide.co.uk/RouteMap/MyRoutes/433711 and course GPX file
Holmfirth 10k course map
On 10th March 1968 Martin Booth, Les Bailey, Bob Asquith, Trevor Ramsden and Bob Kingdom made the decision to promote a 15mile road race. Ben Shaw's Suncharm premises were based on the proposed route and agreed to give £20 sponsorship, a finish banner, free drinks and a goody bag to each finisher. It was later decided that a 2½ mile boys u/15 and youths u/17 race was to be added and on 2nd Nov both races were successfully held. The combined entries totalled about 150 runners.
In 1969 the quality and number of entries improved. Ron Hill beaten into 3rd place gives a good guide to the quality. In 1968, 1969 and still in 1970 the race was called the Suncharm '15' but in 1970 the start /finish moved up to Holmfirth High School.
The course consisted of 2 big laps of just over 7 miles with 1 small to make up the 15 miles at the end with the finish in the school car park start on the road at the highest point. So more down than up contributing to the reasonably hilly course being a fast course.
Unfortunately the course was remeasured with 'calibrated bike' method, originally 'surveyors wheel' method used, and it was found to be the equivalent of approx 30 secs short. A bigger factor for the fast winning times had probably been the high class of athlete who ran the race at a time when 15 miles was as popular as half a marathon.
Although Colin Woodhouse, who set the course record, wasn't a household name he was at his life time best and ready for international marathon selection. Unfortunately for him he peaked at the 15 before the selection race.
The race hasn't generally attracted the same class of women athlete because in that era there was much less depth of quality than today. The exception was in 1987 when Veronic Marot did 83.50 which would have been good enough to have won the 2010 race! Thus the women's record may be even better than for the men.
In 1971 the race was renamed the K & M '15' after the new sponsors whose candle factory was next door to the Suncharm factory.
After the main sponsor changed to Kiwi and the race then became the the Homfirth '15' whoever was to be the sponsor. A feature of the race, in common with many other races of the era, was for each runner to be given a certificate for the time they had achieved. On a personal note I think that was far better than the typical T shirt type of freeby which adds significantly to the entry fee cost. But it is much easier to dish out a T shirt than it is to write out a certificate and hand to the runner or even to post out. In those days most organisers did them on the day when most people stopped for the presentation, bought raffle tickets and enjoyed cheap refreshments!
On more than one occasion the runners have had to negotiate flooded roads when blocked road gullies had failed to cope with heavy rain but of course that was more of a problem for the course marshals. In 2003 despite correct notice being given to the local highway department the roads were resurfaced on the day of the race but by speaking to the contractors managed to divert around the New Mill section which made the course more like 14½ miles. 300m was put back on by changing the finish to another part of the school campus but it still left the race several minutes short.
In 2006 some road works and increasing congestion in the centre of Holmfirth enforced a significant course change. The distance lost was made up by adding an extra small loop at the start of the race.The Holmfirth short cut saved about 20ft of easy climbing but added a short but steeper climb and the nastiest climb which was on the small loop had to be done a 2nd time.
In the hope of avoiding more and more new races we changed the traditional 1st weekend in Nov date to the last in October. As Sunday morning traffic was becoming an increasing problem an earlier start time had been forced upon us which helped but the earlier date meant the clock change at that time of year helped people get up earlier and that 2 or 3 years further on the traffic was again a major issue.
By 2009 entries had dipped below 200. By this time the leading times were slightly greater but the rest of the field was getting much slower who were still out on the roads by the start of the `Sunday` rush hour.
In 2012 free policing came to an end and we had found no new sponsors. Although the race could have gone ahead without sponsors (as it did in 1983 when the course record was broken) the depressing decision to terminate was made mainly on the grounds of health and safety.
Race budget in 1983
- Entry money (£2 each): £500
- Hire of school, advertising, 1st aid, pins, numbers: £190
- Athletics W: £47.00
- Prizes: £343
We made some profit on refreshments and a raffle but 69% of a £2 entry fee went on individual and team prizes and certificates which in 1985 entailed a £100 1st prize!
We look forward to welcoming you again!
Dene Townend (Race Director)
Race and events calendar
All new members must attend an induction session before they will be allowed to join in any training sessions/runs.
For details of the next induction sessions, please review the race and events calendar above