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Fell Race Tag

At the foot of Ben Nevis the traditional bag piper led a four hundred strong parade of athletes to the start line. A grand total of seventeen Rossendale Harriers (which must be the highest number ever?) took their place and waited for the starter's gun. Even the shy Scottish sun turned up to be part of, what was going to be, a great afternoon of true mountain racing. [caption id="attachment_349" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sam Tosh 3rd to summit[/caption] Rossendale's leading light Sam Tosh kept good company with an early group of front-runners. Including Ricky Lightfoot, Martin Mikkleson-Barron, Robb Jebb, and Finlay Wild. The group slowly started to stretch out as Wild topped the mountain first. With the others only seconds behind, the race would be, as they say it always is, won on the decent. And it was. Wild bound past me as I continued the long upwards struggle.  The others soon followed, but...

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...

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...