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Teenager with Altitude 18th April 2015 Distance: 15.5m Climb: 7600ft   Scott Sadler (Me) and Jonathan Melia turned out for this mammoth race. As is usual for the weekend of this race, the weather was perfect. Clear blue skies and warm temperatures. I did a full recce of the race route 3 weeks earlier and it was clear that there are several sections where you have multiple route choices. I made my route decisions during the recce and stuck exactly to my plan on race day, even though I was sometimes tempted to follow others. 15.5 miles is long, but not really that long. It’s the climbing that makes this race so tough. Looking at previous results I was expecting to complete the race in about 3hrs 30mins. I decided not to wear a watch as I prefer to completely trust to feel on races with a lot of climbing. This worked well for me, and although...

Midgley Moor (BS) 28 February '15 5mile/1250ft climb` [caption id="attachment_267" align="aligncenter" width="676"] Thornton Taylor and Michael Toman battling[/caption] A record number of entries registered at the pretty setting of Booth cricket club for the Midgley Moor race. This was thanks in part, to the race being the first counter in the Run the Moors Grand Prix which acts as a joint club championship for several clubs from the South West Pennine area. [caption id="attachment_280" align="aligncenter" width="662"] Jeff Hignett on the way out[/caption] Pre race chat was dominated by route choice. A rarity in shorter races but this would surely have a part to play. Although the majority of the race is unflagged, I think you’d struggle to get properly lost, unless it was really claggy. However, vital seconds, minutes even, could be gained by picking the best lines. [caption id="attachment_269" align="alignleft" width="300"] Janet Howarth looking far  happier than her brother Will (below) at this point.[/caption] The race starts...

Wadsworth Trog 7 February ‘15 20m with 1220m/4003ft climb The first proper long race of the 2015 calendar drew a good field, including several Rossendale Harriers. The race has a reputation of being a bit tough. Mainly due to the time of year, I suppose. Conditions on the day however seemed pretty good to me. The recent heavy snow had started to clear but with still enough ice about to keep the infamous bogs, well some of them at least, at bay. The course changed slightly this year to avoid some sensitive land issues with Natural England. Most of the original navigation section, across large sections of pathless moor, was to be avoided. This was a shame because that was a big part of the character of the Trog. This has been replaced with, what I have to admit, is a nicer route and nicer to run on, but is fell running supposed...

Lee Mill Relay. 4 legs . 4 runners. Report by Richard Stott, Race organizer Well, that seemed to go OK. The inaugural Lee Mill Relay was held on 14th December as Rossendale’s new 4 runner fell relay event, and hopefully to become an established fixture on the Fell Race Calendar. I thought it might be interesting for runners to take a look at a race from the organizers point of view. Perhaps providing them with a better understanding of what is involved in organizing a race, rather than just competing in one. For me, when racing, a winter fell relay was always a great way of ending the year. I've done the Calderdale Relay, probably over 20 times, and always enjoyed the relay format and atmosphere of all the club members being involved, but especially the added challenge that winter brings. I have to admit I was quite critical on the Fell Running forum...

Tour of Pendle / Saturday 15 November '14 AL - 27km (16.8m)/1473m (4833ft) Report by Scott Hitchen   A great deal of trepidation was met on the morning of the race as every excuse known to man had been used by myself, to avoid it for the last two years. This eased with the banter on the journey over, car-sharing with Max Cole, Jon Tinman and Davina Raidy. With what looked to be a strong expected turn-out for Rossendale’s Team Racing, an anticipated fifteen members on the entry list, spirits were high. Going through the usual OCD race prep on arrival, Davina kept us entertained with anecdotes from the previous weeks trip to Coniston. Far from me to say she’s an open book, it was just what was needed, calming any pre-race nerves. Met Ritchie Campbell looking like he was dealing organic race nutrition from his boot with enough provision for the entire field and singlehandedly...

Grin ‘N’ Bear it / 15.9m, 1939ft / Race Report by Richard Campbell While the bulk of the Rossendale Harriers troops were holding the fort over on North eastern front with a big turn out at the Shepherds Skyline fell race, I went on a solo mission deep behind enemy lines, on the eastern front at Langsett, South Yorkshire. For the 16 mile Grin ’N’ Bear it Fell Race in the Peak District National Park. Fact of the day & touristy bit for the road fairies! The Peak District is the second most visited National Park in the world after Mount Fuji in Japan. Without a mega early start and the usual drive up to the lakes to endure Jason Craven's M6 Farleton Knot Fell Race tourettes. It was just a shorter drive over Woodhead Pass to Langsett Barn. Getting there nice & early for race registration & kit check. While donning my mudclaws, which I...

Shepherd's Skyline, Lumbutts (nr Tod), 10km / 6.2m, 350m / 1148ft [caption id="attachment_137" align="alignleft" width="300"] Thanks to Scott Hitchen for photo[/caption] Late Autumn sunshine and warm Westerly winds provided perfect conditions for the Shepherd’s Skyline Fell Race. A seasoned (i.e. mature) group of Rossendale Harriers lined up among the 234 starters for this fabulous, well organised race.nOnly 10 km with 350m of ascent – a fast moorland route with a steep descent off Stoodley Pike for the “flying squad” immediately followed by a stiff climb back up the hill. It was a clean sweep for Calder Valley (1st Ben Mounsey; 2nd James Logue; 3rd Alex Whitten). Best placed Rossy was Rick Solman who barely touched the ground to finish 14th in a seemingly effortless 47.55. The incomparable Ken Taylor was first V65 in 57.33 and young Andrew Corbishley first V60 in 59.35. [caption id="attachment_138" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Ken Taylor 1st V65  (photo courtesy of www.woodentops.org)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_148" align="aligncenter"...

A 4 leg relay. Leg 1 single. Leg 2 pair. Leg 3 pair (navigation). leg 4 single. Middleton Fells (nr Kirby Lonsdale) 19 October 2014 If you’re walking your dog passed Marl Pits car park in the dead of night around this time next year and you see flashing headlights in the car park and you also hear raised voices talking of ‘pairing up’ and ‘a good leg’. If you can make out several people getting in and out of several vehicle’s at the same time. Then please do not ring the Police. Davina has enough on her plate organising the British Fell Running Relays relays as it is. At this rate we’ll have to start meeting at a quieter car park like Crown Point or something. Oh wait, Hang on…. We arrived at Middleton Fell to quite an odd sight with each of the 200 or so teams setting up their club tent...

BL – 15 miles (24.14km) / 2000ft (609.6m) 27th September 2014, 10:30am We were treated to warm autumnal sunshine for the drive over to the dark side for the Good Shepherd race from Mytholmroyd in Calderdale. After several races, with what some might say a higher profile in more ways than one, it was a relief to get back to this type of low key fell race. No early rise. No M6. No problems parking or queuing for safety pins. Just proper Pennine moorland racing. Three Rossendale runners took their place at the start just off Cragg Road, which was part of Le Tour back in the summer. The BL category race is part flagged and part navigation. I hadn’t done the route previously but still felt pretty confident of finding my way over the relatively familiar ground. After looking at the ever-useful http://www.racemaps.org.uk/ site I noticed that the route has 4 main climbs. So...

6 September 2014 - 8.7m / 4419ft. [caption id="attachment_5" align="alignright" width="300"] Mr Miyagi used to be Scott Hitchen's coach apparantley[/caption] A dozen Rossendale Harriers huddled together at the start line of 2014 Ben Nevis Fell race. I don't know who was more apprehensive; those of us who hadn't done the race before, with the fear of the unknown. Or those with past experience, who knew exactly what they were in for. The main topic of pre-race talk was the unavoidable ‘Yes or No’ debate. Yes – I do think I can do it in less than two hours. Or No I can’t. Apart from Joe Johnston of course who would’ve had to have worn clown shoes to come in over that time. As the runners gathered behind the bag pipers I asked Andy Lee (he’d done it once or twice) if he had any advise for a first timer - "Never look up." [caption...