What is this all about then?

Our own Fell club championship where we have handpicked 25 (ish) Fell races which are mainly local or in the heart of the best Fell Running communities in the country. We have tried to choose an overall balance of races that are fantastic runs, great value for money, often with stunning scenery that offer the opportunity to take part in the championship even if you are not a seasoned fell runner.

If you love running off road or are keen to get into the hills more, then this is the championship for you, this could change your life or at least change the view for a few days. In actual no nonsense fact it will make you more sexy, give you more energy, give you interesting marks in places you never knew you had, give you increased kudos at the hairdressers and most importantly of all it’s good for the soul.

 

Championship Races 2020

02/02/20 Mickleden Straggle (14.2 miles, 2430ft of ascent) BL    (Pre-entry)
08/02/20 Windy Hill (9 miles, 1280ft of ascent) BM     (Pre-entry)

01/03/20 Hoppits Hill (3.3 miles, 820ft of ascent) BS
29/03/20 Heptonstall (15 miles, 3300ft of ascent) BL

04/04/20 Pendle (4.5 miles, 1500ft of ascent) AS
07/04/20 Bunny Run 1 (3 miles, 328ft of ascent) CS
11/04/20 Wardle Skyline (7 miles, 1250ft of ascent) BM
14/04/20 Bunny Run 2 (3 miles, 328ft of ascent) CS
21/04/20 Bunny Run 3 (3 miles, 328ft of ascent) CS

02/05/20 Coniston (9 miles, 3500ft of ascent) AM
05/05/20 Orchan Rocks (3.4 miles, 919ft of ascent) AS
08/05/20 Coiners (6.7 miles, 968ft of ascent) BM
17/05/20 Calderdale Way Relay – not in the champs; just a date for your diary
20/05/20 Blackstone Edge (3.5 miles, 1200ft of ascent) AS
24/05/20 Helvellyn & Dodds (15 miles, 4386ft of ascent) AL

09/06/20 Bridestones (4.7 miles, 1230ft of ascent) AS
24/06/20 Ogden Midsummer Madness (3.1 miles, 1000ft of ascent) AS
27/06/20 Chrome Hill (4 miles, 700ft of ascent) BS
28/06/20 Kinder Trog (16 miles, 3500ft of ascent) BL

07/07/20 Stoodley Pike (3.1 miles, 700ft of ascent) BS
15/07/20 Widdop (7 miles, 1200ft of ascent) BM

09/08/20 Saddleworth Round (17 miles, 3300ft of ascent) BL

05/09/20 Blackshaw Head Fete (5.5 miles, 900ft of ascent) BS
12/09/20 Lost Shepherd (15 miles, 2700ft of ascent) BL
13/09/20 Yorkshireman Full (26.1 miles, 3280ft of ascent) CL or Half (14.9 miles, 2100ft of ascent) BL
19/09/20 Lantern Pike (5 miles, 1050ft of ascent) BS

25/10/20 Bronte Way (7.5 miles, 1150ft of ascent) BM
17/10/20 British Fell Relays  – not in the champs; just a date for your diary
31/10/20 Race You To The Summit (4.3 miles, 853ft of ascent) BS

08/11/20 Soyland Moor (13.7 miles, 1300ft of ascent) CM
15/11/20 Wadsworth Half Trog (9.3 miles, 1350ft of ascent) BM
29/11/20 Lee Mill Relay (6.2 miles, 1100ft of ascent) BS

06/12/20 Mytholmroyd (6.2 miles, 1800ft of ascent) BM

Final Results 2019

Full final results table for 2019 is here (best viewed on a PC)- there’s two main tabs at the bottom of the screen – one for the standard results; one for the handicap results. (And then one for each race of the season).

2019 Winners

So 2019 is done and all in all it’s been a cracking first season with lots of superb running, mud, madness, camaraderie, scenery, challenge, the taste of beer, cider, cake and pies well earned after a calendar full of a plethora of unique races.

Dan Marsden claimed the outright overall title with a consistent display of fine, strong, classy fell-running.
Rachel Lumb won the female title proving that she is a very good all round fell runner with a strong engine.
Dave Culpan and Paul Patrick shared the Vets honours with a battle royale all season, but in the end it was still neck and neck, so it’s onto 2020 for big boys rematch.
James Penson won the Handicap title against heavily talented competition, a prevailing wind and the weight of expectation that comes with trying to explain not only how you won but what you actually won. No idea. Sorry. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Male Open

  • 1. Dan Marsden 497 pts 
  • 2. James Penson 491 pts
  • 3. Leon Severn 476 pts

Female Open

  • 1. Rachel Lumb 396pts 
  • 2. Aileen Baldwin 386pts
  • 3. Rikki Hammond 355pts

Veterans (where vets = 50+)

  • =1. David Culpan 434 pts 
  • =1. Paul Patrick 434 pts 
  • 3. Martin O’Brien 428pts

Handicap

  • 1. James Penson 12.9pts 
  • 2. David Culpan 9.7pts
  • 3. Jim Harris 8.7pts

Nuts and Bolts

1. Complete a minimum of 6 races from the list.

2. The list will be broken down into Short, Medium and Long – to qualify for the standard championship you need to do one from each category, plus any other 3 (but no more than three in total from any one category) eg you could do SSSMML or SSMMLL or SMMLLL (but NOT for example SSSSML)

3. To qualify to both vote for and possibly win the Spirit of Fell award (that replaces the handicap this year) you just need to have done *any* six races from the list ie they could all be short races.

4. The Championship will run from February – December (that’s best part of a couple of months off to get ready for next year )

5. Points in the standard Championship will be awarded for how well you did against *everyone else* in the race, not just the Lions. (Thus there’s no advantage to being the only Lion to turn up). Loads more detail and worked examples here.

6. Trophies will be awarded for: 1st Male, 1st Female, 1st Vet ( where we class a vet as anyone over 50 ) and The Spirit of Fell award –  voted for by you the other fell runners who have also completed a minimum of *any* six races. This is a fell runners’ runner of the year award to recognise someone who epitomises the spirit of fell running. (Winning one of the other trophies will disbar you from winning this, but you still get to vote).

7. One league for all competitors.

8. You are responsible for carrying the correct kit as indicated on the race entry details of each race.

9. Please try and wear the Stainland shirt where possible.

FAQ

What’s fellrunning?

This is fell running

What’s all this AS, AM, BL stuff about?

As per the link above, a fell race is one run on fell, hill or mountain terrain and shall be categorised as follows :
Category “A”

  • Should average not less than 50 metres climb per kilometre
  • Should not have more than 20% of the race distance on road.
  • Should be at least 1.5 kilometres in length

Category “B”

  • Should average not less than 25 metres climb per kilometre.
  • Should not have more than 30% of the race distance on road

Category “C”

  • Should average not less than 20 metres climb per kilometre.
  • Should not have more than 40% of the race distance on road.
  • Should contain some genuine fell terrain.

Race Length Categories

  • A category “L” (long) race is 20 kilometres or over.
  • A category “M” (medium) race is over 10 kilometres but less than 20 kilometres.
  • A category “S” (short) race is 10 kilometres or less

Can I do the clubs main championship as well as this?

Yes of course, no problem, we have avoided clashes with all Stainland fixtures known at time of press (Championship races, WYWL, YVAA, club races, CWR, etc)  and we have included the three fell races in the main Championship in this as well. Win-win!

If I just turn up and do all the races, will I win?

Nope, it’s about doing as well as you can against *all* the other racers that turn up that day rather than against whichever Lions turn up. So, no easy points just because you are the only one to have turned up, sorry. 🙂

Are all the races ridiculously hard, steep and technically difficult?

We will indicate which races we think require more experience than others, some will be very hard, some won’t, there will be plenty of races to suit lots of runners abilities in each category. Also, some races are easier to navigate than others and we’ve made sure there’s some of these in each category as well.

I’m new to fell racing, which races would you recommend?

2019’s nearly man, James Penson says – any six short ones with a few mediums is a cracking way to get into fell running and if you enjoy it, jump in with a longer one like the Lost shepherd.
If you want to be in with a trophy shout and are still a little uncertain, I would plump for:

1. A Bunny run (CS)
2. Coiners (BM)
3. The Lost Shepherd (BL)
4. Bronte Way (BM)
5. Race you to the Summit (BS)
6. Black stone edge (AS)

Extra! If you have a duff race during the season and we’ve all done it (especially Jim and Leon), it’s good to have a back up – Lee Mills Relays (BS) and Mytholmroyd (BM) are belters.

Will I need lots of extra kit?

As a rule of thumb, you will always need ‘FRA Mandatory Minimum Kit’ which is waterproof whole body cover (with taped seams and integrated attached hood), hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle and emergency food. Runners often question whether this level of kit is necessary – it may not be needed when you are running strongly or in good weather, but it could be a life-saver if you have to slow down or stop because of injury or tiredness, or if you need to help another runner in difficulty. Also, if you are just dabbling there are almost always Lions happy to lend you this stuff and we certainly intend to help with the maps.

What is the difference between this and the other club championship?

All these races are off road and hilly.

Will my trainers get mucky?

I’m afraid so, yes 🙂