Holmfirth Harriers Host Holme Moss Fell Race

Category: Fell Published Date Hits: 1910

Holmfirth Harriers recently hosted the Holme Moss Fell Race from Cartworth Moor Cricket Club. Approximately 17 miles over the Dark Peak moors with over 4000 feet of climb, this is one of the toughest races in the South Pennines.

The race starts on Cartworth Moor Road and travels via Ramsden Clough to Holme Moss, descends into Heyden Brook before climbing up to Tooleyshaw and White Low before descending again to Crowden. After Crowden comes the toughest part of the race, a steep climb onto Bareholme followed by an equally steep descent to Great Crowden Brook before fighting your way over rocks and through thick bracken and heather to the foot of Laddow Rocks, up which you then scramble. From the top the Pennine Way is followed to Black Hill before the route turns back to Holme Moss via Heyden Head. Finally runners retrace their footsteps back to Cartworth Moor taking in the very steep climb up out of Ramsden Clough before the long run along track and road to Cartworth Moor Cricket Club.

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Rowan Ackroyd and Ian Pettit
shelter from rain on Bareholme

Due to shooting rights and sensitive areas of reseeded moorland much of the route is flagged but there are still sections where navigation skills/route finding skills are required particularly when bad weather brings low cloud and poor visibility. This year we were again lucky with the weather as the very hot conditions of earlier in the week gave way to an overcast day with light winds for most of the race although conditions on the tops were sometimes cold and wet when showers hit and the sun came out by the time runners were finishing at the cricket club.

Another record number for a non-Championship event, 166, started the race. Right from the start Morgan Donnelly (Borrowdale), Andy Swift (Penistone) and Joe Baxter (P&B) pushed on at the front. They remained largely together all the way to Holme Moss on the return journey and only over the last leg back to Cartworth Moor did the gaps open up between them. At the finish Morgan led Andy by about 2 minutes with a further gap of about 21/2 minutes to Joe.

Helen Berry (Holmfirth) always led in the women’s race going through checkpoint 1, Holme Moss, in 13th dropped to 18th by Checkpoint 4, Bareholme, but thereafter steadily pulled back places to finish 12th overall. Megan Wilson, (SHUOC), also started strongly and was just 3 places behind Helen at Checkpoint 1. By checkpoint 4 she had also dropped back a bit to 25th but then remained in more or less the same position for the rest of the race. Initially 3rd Lady, Gayle Sugden (Calder valley), started more slowly, 38th at checkpoint 1 but then steadily moved up the field and finally caught Megan shortly before the gate to the finish field and finished 2nd just 5 seconds ahead.

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A few of the happy crew of helpers
at the finish

There were loads of tired but happy bodies at the finish and the sun came out to allow people to relax on the field enjoying the refreshments, while waiting for the results and presentations.

Many thanks to the 50+ helpers, HVMRT who gave safety cover, YW, UU, RSPB, NE, the tenant farmers, Cartworth Moor Cricket Club and the race Sponsor Brooklands Nursery.

The raffle for Holme Valley Mountain Rescue team (main prize donated by Gary and Debbie Devine, www.pyrenees-haven.com/ made £240)

Holmfirth Results:

12th and 1st lady Helen Berry, 1st F40, 2:59:51; 23rd Julian Rank, 2nd M50, 3:05:44; 60th Jordon Mullinger, 5th Female, 3:32:50; 79th Alistair Langron, 3:42:13; 88th Logan Anderson M45, 3:52:26; 98th Mark Law, M50,3:59:06; 122nd Andy Shaw, M55, 4:18:36

There are a lot more photos by Norman Berry on HH Flickr page at


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