2018 Grand Prix Series

Our club participates in the Run The Moors Grand Prix Series

The fell fixtures for this year are as below. There’s a good mix in here, with plenty of local choice, but a couple in the Peak District and in the Lakes for variety and some tougher challenges for the “fell hard”. And don’t forget to “like” the Run the Moors Facebook page, which will be more active this year than last. Also, please double-check the details for these races as they are subject to change (and typos). Descriptions are subject to “artistic” license!

7th April - 2.00pm - Wardle Skyline  

Category - BM   Distance: 11.3km / 7m   Climb: 381m / 1250ft   £5 EOD
Wardle Scout Hut, Wardle Square
The circular course is quite tough but mostly runnable for the fitter folk.   It takes in Brown Wardle, Middle Hill and has an interesting sting in the tail after a cobbled section that seems to be the end, it’s only a short ascent but with tired legs and a strong opposing wind it’s not easy. Ideal for someone looking for a more challenging but not outrageously difficult fell race. 

7th May - 1.00pm - Coiners  

Category - BM   Distance - 10.8km / 6.7m   Climb - 295m / 968ft   £5 EOD
Registration: Mytholmroyd Community Centre, HX7 5AF
A fast and well-marked tour of Coiner’s country on paths, tracks & moorland, taking in Erringden Moor, Stoodley Pike & Bell House Moor. The route offers spectacular views of Cragg Vale & passes by the old coiners cottages of Bell House & Keelam. To help prevent moorland fires, smoking is not permitted on the race route, so no sneaky fags partway round the course.

27th May - 11.30am - Saddleworth Fell Race

Category - AS   Distance - 4.7km / 2.9m   Climb - 290m / 951ft   £4 EOD
Registration: Tanners Waterside Mill, Greenfield, OL3 7NH
You will start on Tunstead Lane heading along the road to Dick Clough and through to Alderman’s. It’s steep. From Alderman’s the route follows the edge overlooking Dovestone’s Res. You then straddle Dick Hill to the opposite edge overlooking Uppermill and Greenfield heading to Pots and Pans/Monument. The running is fast unless you pushed too hard on the climb. From Pots and Pans it’s a steep descent going down on Dick Clough where the finish line awaits.

3rd June - 10.30am - Edenfield  

Category - BM   Distance - 10.3km / 6.4m   Climb - 477m / 1565ft   £4 EOD
Edenfield Cricket Ground, Gincroft Lane, Edenfield BLO OJW GR 802192
The long climb up to Cowpe Lowe is relentless, then it’s down to the Pennine Bridleway (near the final leg of the Mary Towneley loop) and up again past Waugh's well. After the Well carry on up, then right and up yet again to Whittle Pike cross. From there it's a tussocky descent, through some bogs and then a calf-burning scramble up to the place shown in the above picture.   Then it’s left and a joint-shattering 1.5 mile downhill sprint on concrete to the field.  Finally you run a lap what feels like the biggest cricket field on mother Earth to cross the finish line.  Waugh’s Well that ends well.

10th June 2018 - 11.00am - Knowl Hill

Category - BS  Distance - 9.7km / 6m  Climb - 396m / 1299ft  Entry: £5 Pre-entry & EOD
Venue: Brown Cow, Norden, Rochdale, OL12 7RB  Grid ref: 858146
A Category BS Fell Race (6 miles, 1300ft total climbs) passing Higher Naden Reservoir, up to the top of Knowl Hill (1380'), down between the 4 reservoirs, back up then down past Dr Dam lake to the finish.

24th June - 11.00am - Kinder Trog  

Category - BL   Distance - 25.7km / 16m   Climb - 1064m / 3491ft   £6 EOD
Scout Hut, Hayfield
The Trog runs an extended loop around the Kinder Reservoir along the Hayfield skyline, which I’m told is the spiritual home of dark peak fell running. There is a variety of terrain, though much of the 15 miles consists of rocky trails, but don’t be fooled as navigation can be tricky if the clag is down.

12th July - 7.30pm - Bull Hill  

Category - BS   Distance - 8.8km / 5.5m   Climb - 335m / 1099ft   £4 EOD
Red Lion, Ramsbottom Rd, Hawkshaw, Bury, BL8 4JS
(Start line is 10-15 mins from registration)
An ideal introduction to fell running for the fell curious!
Starting from Boardman's Farm, the route takes in a number of steep but runnable slopes, and passes the ancient Pilgrims' Cross before a fast descent to the finish. Likely to be muddy, and lots of fun!

21th July - 3.00pm - Ingleborough 

Category - BM   Distance - 11km / 6.8m   Climb - 600m / 1968ft   £4 EOD
Community Centre Sports Field, Ingleton, LA6 3HG
The race starts on the sports field next to Ingleborough Community centre passes through the main street of the village, turns left on to the Hawes road, after four hundred metres turn right off the road on to the public footpath up Ingleborough. The race then follows this path to the summit and returns to the village by the same route. The field is re-entered from the Back gate car park.
As this route is along a public footpath any competitor may go around the course prior to the race.
The race is run as part of Ingleton's gala day with events for all the family.

19th August - 11.00am - Crowden Horseshoe 

Category - BM   Distance - 12.9km / 8m   Climb - 518m / 1699ft   Pre-Entry & £4 EOD
Registration: Crowden campsite, nr Woodhead, off A628
The route can be split into three distinct parts up up and more up, bog bog and more bog, then down down and more down. However, this race has got to be one if the best in the local calendar. May be not for the faint hearted as the ascent is strength sapping.  The top of the moor has no path so you follow the flags but choose your own route and only have yourself to blame when you end up thigh deep in a peat bog, then comes a long technical decent. What’s not too like as there are cheap bacon butties to consume when you arrive back at the camp site (probably).

6th September - 6.30pm - Hades Hill  

Category - BS   Distance - 8km / 5m   Climb - 360m / 1181ft   Pre-Entry & £4 EOD
Red Lion PH, The Square, Whitworth, OL12 8PY, SD885177
Simple out and back course with no technical difficulty, just lots of hard ascents over a short distance. And then back down!

Full body cover will be required for this race.

13th October - 11.00am - Langdale Horseshoe  

Category - AL   Distance - 21.1km / 13.1m   Climb - 1450m / 4757ft
Pre-entry only £10 via Sportident website from 1st July
Old Dungeon Ghyll, Great Langdale, LA22 9JY
Part of the Lakeland Classics series, this race is over a rough, tough course with almost exclusively rocky and slippy ground. The weather in October is rarely ‘pleasant’ and the fells are often clagged in, making navigation difficult on a course with many pathless sections.   Previous experience of similar races will be asked for as part of the entry system (2 medium or long category A races in previous 3 years, or similar relevant experience)

The course climbs to Stickle Tarn before heading to Thunacar KnottEsk Hause shelter, BowfellCrinkle Crags and Pike of Blisco. On the descent from Crinkle Crags many runners negotiate the Bad Step, although it can be avoided depending on route choice.

Info on race categories and kit requirements can be found on the link here