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Fell Section

Long Mynd Valleys, 8 February 2009

 First race in the 2009 fell championships. Just four Harriers made the trip down to Shropshire for this one. The course is an absolute beast at the best of times by the sound of things – 11.5 miles with 4500 feet of climbing, with most of the up and down saved for the last four miles. The weather forecast (of snow on snow) didn’t add much to the appeal, so I decided to leave this one to the genuinely hardy points-hunters.


I’ve been told (and photos back this up) that the conditions were good to start with – cold and snowy underfoot, clear and sunny – but then a blizzard kicked in for the latter part of the race. Race organisers actually asked runners who expected to take longer than 3.5 hours not to start out, but the results show that some chose to ignore this advice.


Andrew Davies ( Mercia) led the 185-strong field home in 1:52:38. Tom and Bill trotted in shortly afterwards, both gaining top ten places (Tom – 6th in 1:57:07, Bill 9th in 2:00:40), both looking like snowmen. My spies say they scuttled off to a very pleasant café in Church Stretton to recover.


Helen Berry, who very bravely chose to run in shorts, was fourth female finisher (42nd) in 2:19:40. Rather you than me, Helen. Think I’d have been in sallopettes. Jason Kaushal completed the tally for Holmfirth, recording a time of 2:51:54 (131st).



Many thanks to Alastair Tye for pictures. Helen Berry





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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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