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Holmfirth Harriers

Holme Moss Fell Race

Sunday 19th July 2009

at 11.00am




17 miles / 4000’ from Cartworth Moor Cricket Club,
Cartworth Moor, Nr Holmfirth, HD9 2TU (GR 134067)


An exhilarating race over magnificent Pennine moors with a great selection of prizes and FREE refreshments. Partially marked course but navigational skills are required. Runners over 18 only. Toilet facilities are available.
Entries are £4.50 by 13th  July or £5.50 on the day. TEAMS ARE FREE. Cheques payable to Holmfirth Harriers Athletic Club


Organiser is Russell Bangham
11 Hill House, Holmfirth, HD9 2RL
Tel : 01484 682741

Email : chumphries@ntlworld.com



 Map refs. from Ordnance Survey Landranger Series Sheet 110.

 Click here for MAP.

Registration and the Race Finish are both at the Cartworth Moor Cricket Club at Cartworth Moor, about one mile south of Holmfirth. Grid reference is 134067 and (for sat nav. users) the post code is HD9 2TU. The Race Start (133059) is about half a mile from Registration.


  • From the Start, the track descends and then rises to meet the road (130050). Bear left on the road to Check Point 1 (130046).
  • Turning off the road through the gate on the right, a track then leads onto open moorland. The (then flagged) course descends steeply to Riding Wood, turns left along the path down to the bottom of Ramsden Clough (121043) and crosses the stream. Climb Twizle Head Moss by ascending directly at first then following the path around to the right gradually climbing to the ruins of the shepherds’ bothy (115036). The ‘edge’ path then contours along to the Car Park on the A6024 at Holme Moss. Turn left at the Car Park following the road for a short distance before crossing the road (using the race marshals) to the drinks station in the upper car park. (096036).
  • Leaving the drinks station, drop directly down to Heyden Brook, cross and climb to the top of Tooleyshaw Moor to Check Point 2 (085030) using the fence stile en route. The course now follows the path over White Low, West End Moss and Hey Moss and down to the drinks station and Check Point 3 at Crowden (070996).
  • From Crowden take the flagged track up the valley to the right of Crowden Brook. Cross the footbridge on the left and follow the flagged path which later ascends steeply to the peat banking near the top of Bareholme Moss and Check Point 4 (068009).
  • Contour left from Check Point 4 and then descend steeply (taking great care) to Crowden Great Brook and take the steep climb to the top of Laddow Rocks and Check Point 5 (057016) on the Pennine Way. Turn north following the Pennine Way to the Trig Point and Check Point 6 at Black Hill (078047).
  • From Black Hill the flagged course passes around Heyden Head back to the parking area at Holme Moss and Check Point (7) (096036).

It is very important that runners keep precisely to the flagged course from Black Hill to Heyden Head. This area is being regenerated by Natural England and any damage to the sensitive peat banking will seriously jeopardise the future of this event.

  • Now on the final leg, cross the road (again using the race marshals), turn left down the road, climb over the stile provided at the rear of the car park and retrace the course back to the Finish. This initially involves contouring back along the “edge” to the shepherds’ bothy, then later descending from the edge to the left using the flagged route back down to Ramsden Clough.
  • Cross the stream and follow the taped route to the left alongside Riding Wood, later ascending back up onto the moor, along the track to the road and Check Point 1. Turn left down the road and then take the track to the right (130050). This track leads directly to the Finish at Cartworth Moor Cricket Club.


IMPORTANT: These notes are for general guidance only. This is a challenging category AL fell race suitable only for experienced fell runners. Navigation skills are essential and FRA safety requirements are mandatory.



SAFETY NOTICE : This is a challenging category AL fell race and FRA safety requirements are mandatory. Runners MUST carry windproof whole body cover, other clothing appropriate to the weather conditions, map and compass, whistle & emergency food. Random checks will be made.


Kindly Sponsored by Brooklands Nurseries (Tel: 01484 683891) and Up and Running


Course records: 2.37.27 C Birchall 2008 and (female) 3.07.27 H. Berry 2008



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