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Holme Moss Fell Race 2018

11.00 am, Sunday 22nd July 2018.

Entry fee: £6.00 (£7.00 0n the day)
Please send entries to Rob Kersey, 8 We llhouses, Cartworth Bank Road, Holmfirth, HD9 2SS
Registration/Entry form here (Word doc)
Course map here (JPG, 1Mb)
Note: the same course as 2014 + 2015 now contouring UNDER Twizle Head Moss skyline

25.5Km and 1285m of Climb. Map refs. Ordnance Survey Landranger Series Sheet 110.

Registration and the Race Finish are both at the Cartworth Moor Cricket Club at Cartworth Moor, about one mile south of Holmfirth. The grid reference is 134067 and (for sat nav. users) the postcode 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 via the metal bridge. Ascend to the ruined wall corner then bear right, keeping the wall on your left, above the forestation before turning left, through the gap in the wall. Climb the flagged route before turning right to contour (approx. 400m) below Twizle Head Moss skyline. Ascend left just before the gate directly below Holme Moss and follow fence up to Car Park on the A6024 at Holme Moss. Keep 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 over the stile and left parallel to the road before dropping 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 (follow flags on the short section to avoid badly eroded section), 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 avoid the small cliffs at the bottom) 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. In the interest of the continued permission to run the race in future years, you are asked not to train on this section before the race.
  • Now on the final leg, cross the road (again using the race marshals), turn left down the road and access the moor again via the stile following the fence downhill to the gate below (and in front of) the car park. Descend a short steep slope and then contour along to Ramsden Clough following the same route as the outward journey.
  • Cross the stream and follow the taped route to the left alongside Riding Wood, later ascending back up the very steep climb onto the moor, along with the track to the road and Check Point 8. 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 about 1 mile away.

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.

NOTE: The sweepers will leave at 11.10 am. No one will be allowed to start after this time.

Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team will be providing safety cover for the race and we will be organising a raffle in aid of the team funds. Please bring some money to buy a ticket (£1) at registration and help this essential organisation.

NOTE: A campsite is now available very near start / Registration see http://www.whitegateleisure.co.uk

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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, with recent individual achievements including GB & England international call-ups for Katie Walshaw, British & English V40 Championship wins for Helen Berry & several English Junior Championship age-group wins. On the team front we regularly enter the FRA relays and the Ian Hodgson, whilst at the Calderdale Way Relay, the ladies are past winners and are regularly in the top 3, whilst the Vets team have been 2nd for the last 2 years.

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