Friday, 4 November 2011

Fellrunning Weekend Preview - 5 and 6 November 2011

It's FRB's annual office outing and this year we've chosen to go to a famous seaside place called Blackpool.

Blackpool Tower - it bears an uncanny resemblance to Todmorden's  Stoodley Pike

But it's business as usual as there's a full weekend of fellrunning ahead of us. So, we've taken time out of our fun packed day, putting down the Blackpool rock as it was making the keyboard sticky, to bring you this weekend's preview.

Shepherd's Skyline
  • Place and time - The Shepherds Rest Inn, Lumbutts Road, Todmorden, 1pm Saturday 5 November
  • Distance - 6.25 miles and 1150ft
  • Records -  39:25 - Ian Holmes 2007 - Ladies - 48:23 - Jo Waites 2006 
This is a great race organised by Mandy and Phil of Todmorden Harriers. Bingley's Ian Holmes won it last year, Ian Holmes has the record and Ian Holmes came away winner of the 2011 Yorkshire Championships last weekend saying "I feel great, I felt very little discomfort today".

Fellrunners are like dogs - they like to go back where they've been before. Last year Tom Adams from Ilkley was 2nd and James Logue of Calder Valley Fell Runners was 3rd. Gavin Mullholland of CVFR is running very well at the moment, he led the pack out of the field at Great Whernside last week.

Ian Holmes leading Tom Adams at Shepherds Skyline last year (pic tod harriers)

Really Wild Boar
  • Place and time - Street on the A683 Sedbergh to Kirkby Stephen road, 12 noon Saturday 5 November
  • Distance - 5 miles and 1400ft
  • Records -  37:47 - Ian Holmes (that man again!) 2010 - Ladies - 46:47 - Emma Clayton 2010
Well even if Mr Holmes could be in two places at the same time, we believe that new fellrunning style icon and Howgill Harrier, Carl Bell, hasn't quite won enough chocolates to see him through the winter training season. This is a fairly new race (first run in 2007 we think) and is organised by Gary and Debbie Devine. Gary Devine was Fellrunning's British Champion in 1990 but it was Debbie that gave FRB a description of the route;
"...from the hamlet of Street follow the bridleway up on to the fell. Follow the bridleway crossing a stream and going through a gate all the way up to the shoulder of Wild Boar. At the top gate go through it and follow the steep climb on the right up onto the summit plateau. Keep the drop on your left hand side and run to the far end of the plateau to a group of cairns. Do not cross the fence but do an almost full about turn to pick a trod up which leads to the summit cairn. At the summit go straight off the front of the fell and return to the stream at and you cossed/went through on your way up the bridleway. Return on the bridleway back to Street."
Debbie warned that full body cover and kit will be required.
The steep climb of the Wild Boar is perhaps a bit like the roller coaster at the Pleasure Beach

Peel Hill
Well this race is in the Isle of Lloyd Taggart. FRB has never had the pleasure of visiting the island of men with three legs and cats with no tails, but as we are in Blackpool, just a beach pebble's throw away, we think we have the right to look up the stats and give it a mention.
  • Place and time - Fenella Beach, Peel, Isle of Man, 13:30 Saturday 5 November
  • Distance - 3 miles and 400ft
  • Records -  20:25 - Lloyd Taggart 2009 - Ladies - 25:09 - Jackie Lee 2009
Right talking of beach  -  We're off to the Pleasure Beach now and then it's Fish n Chips for lunch, the zoo to see Albert and the Lion in the afternoon and then a run to Fleetwood and back along the promenade. Then we are having a beat the lift race in the tower. At 518ft it's actually more climb than Peel Hill. After that we'll bring you news of Sunday's races including Cop Hill and limited edition 'ROAD' feature, the Derwent Water 10.
Sunset on Britain's west coast - roll on le weekend!

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