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Fell Section

Whernside, Saturday 26 September 2009

It took just over two hours to get from Holmfirth to the village of Dent in the Yorkshire Dales (the start of the Whernside fell race) on Saturday morning. And it was worth every single tedious, slightly nervous, minute of the journey. The race is brilliant. The weather was fantastic. There was even a handy river on-site for post-race trainer washing and leg-cooling (à la Paula Radcliffe).


A bit more background for anyone tempted to have a go next year (as you can probably guess, I’ve booked my place already). The Whernside fell race is 12.1 miles long and takes in 2972 feet of ascent. The route looks a bit like a parallelogram on the map (which you get free – A5 size - as part of your £5 entry) though the third side has a bite taken out and the fourth side has a large bulge in it. Check out http://www.dentdale.com/Dent_Whernside_Race/whernsidefellrace.htm if that description made absolutely no sense whatsoever. There is a short section of road at the start (1-1.5 miles), which turns into track, which turns into fell for most of the rest of the route. The finish is fast, downhill through fields. No uphill sting in the tail.


The course is well marshalled - you have to give your number at several checkpoints - and this year there was a very welcome water station close to the halfway point, just before you start the second (shorter) climb.


Why so good? Difficult to say, really. A well-organised event, great running (it really is a very run-able course), and Dent is just a lovely place to hang out in afterwards, especially if you like tea shops.


Oh yes, Holmfirth results: Tom came third (out of 161) in 1:35:15, beating off a close contender from Calder Valley with a truly storming finish. I trotted in a while later in 104th place. Unfortunately a slight mishap with the fancy race timing system meant that I am in a small cluster of runners that don’t actually have an official time. Oh well, these things happen. Judging from the times of runners who finished nearby, I’m settling on 2:13:10, or thereabouts. Must remember next year to stop my watch when I cross the line, just in case…





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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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