Date: Sunday 19th March 2017
Time: 10:30 am
Start: Weavers Square, Heptonstall, West Yorkshire
Distance: 24.8 km / 15.4 miles (Long)
Ascent: 966 metres / 3170 feet (category B)
Categories: NS (Navigational Skills Required), LK (Local Knowledge an advantage), PM (Course Partially Marked)
Registration: The Cross Inn, Town Gate, Heptonstall from 8:30 am onwards
Cost: £7:00 entry on the day
Parking: a field at the top of the village near Draper Corner £1 Donation
Kit requirements: full waterproof body cover, hat, gloves, map, compass, whistle, emergency food
IMPORTANT; We plan to repeat the the cut-off at Walshaw, just before CP4 as you pass through the farm for the first time. The cut-off time at Walshaw is 12.45, or 2 hours 15 mins after the start. If you are outside of this time you will be instructed to retire. We reserve the right to alter the cut off time depending on weather conditions. Please respect the marshals’ decision.
What’s the race like?
The Heptonstall Fell Race is a category BL race across the best of the local landscape around Heptonstall in the upper Calder Valley. The 25 kilometres of route takes in a mixture of steep-sided wooded valleys, upland pasture and pathless moorland.
You’ll be hurtling down grassy slopes, struggling across stretches of bog, scrambling up through thick heather, dodging through dense woodland and – most of all – racing over some wild open countryside. If you get the chance to look around, you’ll see for miles across some of the most beautiful and remote scenery in the South Pennines.