Saddleworth Edges

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Date and time

7th October 2017
Race start 12noon


Tanners Waterside Mill, Greenfield, OL3 7NH


£4 EOD. Minimum age 18 years.

Kit Requirement

Be prepared to carry full body cover in bad weather, also map, compass and whistle and emergency food


Ray Green: 07403 322340

Route Description

The race starts at Tanners mill and starts with a steep climb up a grassy field. Turning right through the stile onto a bridleway then the race continues on one short section of road before bearing off left at a ‘footpath’ sign to the start of the climb to Alphin.

The climb to the stone shelter and trig point at the summit is unrelenting but offers fine views of Greenfield and the reservoir at Dovestones. The route now continues along the edge of a peaty plateau to Wimberry Rocks before climbing again to Stable Stones Brow. The edges turn narrow and rocky from here to Chew Reservoir but pleasant running and beautiful views if you can afford a look.

From Chew Reservoir flags will take you past a section where an old tramway was cut into the hillside to bring the stone to build the reservoir. It is important to keep to the flags here due to erosion and re-seeding that has taken place. After you leave the flags behind, the edges should be kept in sight on your left which will take you to Fox Stone cairn where the race descends. The descent is steep and fast but good underfoot.

A short climb follows up the left hand side of Chew Brook before crossing and climbing to a stile. Crossing the stile and heading through the plantation, through open fields and back into more trees. A fast section of the course if you have anything left in the tank. Turning right at a gap in the trees and dropping down to the old ’40 Row’ mill cottages and it’s nearly over.

Left here at the cottages and along the bridleway to a stile which you cross and descend the rough track to the finish at Tanners Mill.

8 miles / 1150ft

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Course records

Women - C. Rice 1:09.13 - 2014
Men - C. Bishop 1:00.50 - 2013