Date: Sunday 20th March 2016
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: £6:00 entry on the day
Parking: a field at the top of the village near Draper Corner
Kit requirements: full waterproof body cover, hat, gloves, map, compass, whistle, emergency food
IMPORTANT; In 2015 we tested a cut-off – unfortunately there were a number of runners who were incorrectly cut off (many apologies – we would be happy to offer a free place to you in 2016). We plan to repeat the experiment of 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 13.00, or 2 hours 30 mins after the start. If you are outside of this time you will be instructed to retire. 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.