Details of the Parish Council Annual Assembly on 3 March 2014 can be seen here.
Details of the next Parish Council meeting, also 0n 3 March 2014, can be seen here.
HeLP’s next meeting is on Monday 7 April 2014 at 8.00 pm in the White Lion.
The next churchyard clear-up is on Saturday 12 April 2014 between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm. Bring tools if possible.
More details about HeLP can be seen here.
HEPTONSTALL FELL RACE – Saturday March 29th – 10.30 am
Heptonstall Hurriers are busy preparing for another big day in the village calendar. 2014 will see the 4th running of the Heptonstall Fell Race. The race has new HQ this year as THE CROSS takes over as the main race sponsor. Heptonstall Hurriers (an informal group of runners based in around the village) expect over 200 runners to enter the 15 mile race. Local Scouts, Mountain Rescue, Raynet radio team, and Church Volunteers will all be supporting the event. In return, all proceeds from the race are split between these organisations. The race is now one of the UK’s premiere fell races and its popularity is as much due to the warm welcome and hospitality of the community, as for its challenging route through our local valleys, moors, and woodlands. The race features over 3000 feet of climbing over tough terrain, so safety is a priority. The event relies heavily on the generous support of an army of volunteers in ensuring the safety of visiting runners.
APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS TO MARSHALL
Village volunteers play a vital role in marshalling the race. We hope that many will volunteer again this year. We would also be very interested to hear from anyone who might be free to help for the first time; the roles are easy to pick up and may involve 1-2 hours. If you could help us get this request out to everyone in the village it would be much appreciated. (All volunteers will be given a token for a “Thank You Pint” at THE CROSS).
The Hurriers would be delighted to hear from anyone who might be able to help out on the day. Please contact Stephen Grimley – 07710 015560.
The new race website is still work in progress, but already viewable at http://heptonstallfellrace.wordpress.com/race-day/ whilst a popular Facebook page has already attracted a following of over 300 runners; https://en-gb.facebook.com/Heptonstallfellrace (show as link)
Experienced runners who might be training for the race will have opportunities to recce the route, guided by local organisers. There will be a fast medium, and steady paced group (depending on numbers). All runners should be capable of running 15 miles off road.
The first takes place this Saturday , 1 February, at 10am, meet in Weavers Square from 09.45 with all the appropriate gear (see race website above). Further recces will be planned for the weekend of 15th/16th February; keep checking the race Facebook page for news ; https://en-gb.facebook.com/Heptonstallfellrace.
The race website is currently missing the route map and route description (due to be added over next few days) in the meantime they can both be downloaded here;
Le Tour will not pass directly through any part of Heptonstall, Colden or Blackshaw, but the influx of visitors will have a huge impact on our communities. There will be many issues to consider such as parking, camping, bus service, road closures etc.
At a public meeting in Heptonstall on 27 January, Katie Kinsella, Principal Officer-Tourism at Calderdale MBC, spoke about how the event will affect the locality.
On the day, Sunday 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the Grand Départ enters Calderdale at Cock Hill passing over the summit of a climb between Oxenhope and Hebden Bridge. From there the riders will descend quickly as the road cuts through the open moorland, passing through Peckett Well and Wadsworth and onto the super-fast tree lined descent to Hebden Bridge. The route then continues from Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd on the flat of the A646 for a short distance, before taking on England’s longest continuous road climb, Cragg Vale, as part of the 200km Stage 2 between York and Sheffield.
A great many visitors will come to the area over the weekend, and the A6033 Keighley Road and A646 Halifax Road from Hebden Bridge will be closed for much of the race day from about 7:00am (final details yet to be announced – updates at http://letour.yorkshire.com/road-closures).
Prior to the race itself, due through Hebden Bridge at about 1:30pm, the seven mile long “Caravan” will pass along the route from around 11:45am. This cavalcade of floats, decorated cars and other vehicles moves along the route, throwing out goodies and free samples to the spectators, and is a massive advertising stunt. The Caravan, made up of the Tour’s official sponsors, is followed by a long line of official cars, technical vehicles, media and motorbikes, lights flashing, horns sounding, all warming up the spectators for the actual event itself.
All this will be a great spectacle for all, and is expected to bring a great deal of business for local traders and businesses.
Heptonstall’s own Fell Race is being planned to take place on Saturday 5 July 2014, adding more local interest to this exciting weekend.
The Agenda for the next Parish Council Meeting can be seen by clicking here.
Calderdale Council’s Head of Tourism will provide information and be available for questions
– everyone welcome.
This weekend is a busy one in Heptonstall. On Saturday, Christmas trees will be on sale in Weavers’ Square from 3pm, with all proceeds to the Heptonstall Lights and Planting Group.
Hebden Bridge Brass Band will play from 5.30pm for the switch-on of the Christmas tree lights. At 6pm they will move into the White Lion, where pie and peas will be served.
On Sunday, Heptonstall School’s Christmas fair runs from 2pm to 4pm in the school hall, with attractions including Santa’s grotto, games for the children, face painting and many other stalls.
Further ahead, Christmas events include:
Sunday, 15 December, 3pm, Christingle Service at St Thomas’.
Sunday, 15 December, time tbc, a concert of Klezmer music at the White Lion.
Sunday, 22 December, 10.45am, Nativity Service in the Methodist Chapel. Children from the village and school are invited to take part in this enjoyable event. We also need a baby to play Jesus – contact Margaret Coupe on 01422 842550 if you want to put your baby on the road to stardom.
Sunday 22 December 6.30pm, Village Carol Service at St Thomas.
Wednesday, 25 December, 9.30am, Joint Christmas Day Service at the Methodist Chapel.
The Agenda for the next Parish Council Meeting can be seen by clicking here.
The Agenda for the next Parish Council Meeting on 28 October 2013 can be seen here.
Were you caught on camera? Check out the beautiful pictures taken by Rory Prior on Flickr, with more pictures of the procession and children’s events in the ruins by Amy Binns.
All Amy’s pictures are free to download, print and share for personal and non-commercial use.
If you took some pictures of the day, why not add them to the Flickr Heptonstall pool and share them with us all?
If you’re already missing the festival, relive the fun in these videos.
Hebden Bridge Times’ video includes an impressive performance from Heptonstall’s Class Four. Gremlins are preventing us from displaying it here but you can see it on their website. Full coverage will be in next week’s paper.
Traditional dancing from the Hill Millies, complete with scarves and pinnies, can be seen here:
Luke Concannon performs Give It All from his new album in Weavers Square:
And who could forget headliners Nizlopi performing here
This year at Heptonstall Festival we have an exciting selection of local arts and crafts of all descriptions – felt, clay, vinyl print, steam punk accessories, knitting, wood work and ironmongery.
There will be Alice in Wonderland themed keepsakes from both the blacksmith and clay artists to honour the Wonderful parade.
We have a diverse selection of international food – Thai, French and Italian from local food artisans and good hearty local favourites plus cakes to die for from our very own Mabel and Craggs Cake’s.
For drink why not try the best of local ale with Little Valley and Bridestones breweries wholeheartedly supporting our event with local cider to boot!
Stalls will be across St Thomas church ruins and Weaver’s Square.
There’s just too much to miss!
Heptonstall Festival will be taking place all day on Saturday (21 September). For reasons of safety (especially child safety), the main village street will be closed between the school carpark and the post office between 9.30am and 6.30pm. The road will be blocked by marshalled straw bales.
If possible, it would be appreciated if no one drove down the street between these hours, but people with off-street parking will be able to have access except at the time of the children’s parade in the morning.
There should be no access between Townfield Lane/Church Street and Northgate, please.
Buses E. 906 and 517 will be diverted via Lee Wood Road and Draper Lane. Route 591 will not be affected.
The festival organisers apologise for the inconvenience involved, but we hope that all villagers and visitors alike will think the disruption is worth it.
CHILDREN’S, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Saturday 21 September from 10.30am
Alice, Mad Hatter and Mr Bloom
Heptonstall Festival this year has a major emphasis on children, families and the community. As the village has emerged from months under the tyranny of heavy vehicles thundering through, September 21 will be a traffic-free day of make believe and fun.
The whole morning and lunchtime will be themed around Alice in Wonderland. Villagers and visitors alike can join the Queen of Hearts’ barmy army. It will be time to get lost in Lewis Carroll’s topsy turvy tale of doors too small for keys too big, ‘Drink me’ potions and Bread and Butterflies. Who do we know who grins like the Cheshire Cat or is as illusive as the White Rabbit? Which neighbour is as eccentric as the Mad Hatter or as fiery as the Red Queen? Which children and which parents will be what, and who will the Queen’s Card Guards be?
The barmy army and camp followers will gather at Heptonstall School at 10.30 to be greeted by the Queen of Hearts, (local actress Ursula Holden Gill) and the White Rabbit (Sonia from Canopy Arts) together with the school’s Parent and Friends Association. The Queen will give her Card Guards a final warming up prior to their long march. A Mad Hatter (Sydney Roper) will no doubt make a nuisance of himself.
Then, led by the Red Rose New Orleans Band from Preston, the Queen will march her barmy army through the village streets to finish up in the old church ruins. Once the army enters, the stalls will open, the giant bluebells will be hung and the fun begins. The Queen and her entourage will hand on the giant teapot and cups to CBeebies’ Mr Bloom, who will open the proceedings and unveil all manner of treats for us all – music, dancing and an awful lot of homemade cakes! The children will perform the composition they have created during the previous week.
Everyone should come with blankets and baskets filled with goodies for a Mad Hatters Tea Party (which, being in Wonderland, will be at lunchtime!). The Red Rose band will hand over to Tim O’Connor and Des Horsfall from the musical melting pot of Manchester, who will entertain the tea party and carry us through into the afternoon.
The Heptonstall Wonderland will not have started on 21 September. For many days before, festival teams will have been working with the children, their families and teachers in both Colden and Heptonstall Schools to make the dreams come true.
In Heptonstall School, the whole curriculum in the week before the festival will have been devoted to music, design and costume making. In Colden School, this will have happened at drop-in sessions at the after-school club. A festival arts team of Mimi Faulks, Jo Harris, Chrissy from Hat Therapy and Mel Daniels, the Dramasaurus teacher, will have worked with the children to make all their wonderful Wonderland costumes. Romily Meredith will have helped with the giant teapot and teacup; and Sandra McCracken will have assisted the making of giant willow bluebells.
Ursula Holden Gill and Sonia from Canopy Arts will also have helped the children develop the drama and action for the day. The Card Guards will have been drilled to perfection, and everyone will have warmed up for Wonderland and brushed up on their fun procession poses. Composer Katie Chatburn will have helped the children compose the music that they would then perform on the day at the Mad Hatters Tea Party.
At Colden School, the festival team will have been joined by Jo Wells and parent Sarah Regan.
A key part of the festival is the bunting. Local people have been designing flags for “I Spy with my Little Eye” and creating images of distant views, like Stoodley Pike or Pecket Well, or close up, like a robin, a tree in the garden, members of the family, or Grandpa’s hands. The flags will debut this year and will continue to grow and decorate local events for years to come.
So, dear reader, have you yet made your bunting. If not, get to it, or it will be off with your heads!
A GALAXY OF BANDS ON TWO STAGES, MAGIC, BEER AND CRAFTS
The afternoon at this year’s Heptonstall festival on Saturday 21 September will be a galaxy of a dozen or more bands performing on two stages, together with a local bawdy drama, magic, storytelling, dancing and much, much more. The first stage will be in Weavers Square, as it has been in previous years. But the second stage will be in the old church ruins of St Thomas a Beckett. The ruins provide a highly atmospheric backdrop for drama and music. In previous years, a Handel opera was performed there as part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and Sheffield University frequently performed Shakespeare plays. But this is the first such use in the 21st century. The festival committee is most grateful for the support of the vicar and churchwarden.
Music commences at 11.45 in the old church ruins, during the Mad Hatters Tea Party, with Tim O’Connor and Des Horsfall. O’Connor is a charismatic performer creating a warm and dynamic atmosphere for the day. With Irish roots, he grew up musically in the melting pot of Manchester. His father played ukulele à la George Formby. His influences include the Beatles, Dylan and Neil Young but he has found his own style. Prior to Heptonstall he has played in festivals like Celtic Connections in Scotland, Roche sur Foron in France, Zamek in Poland, Oslo Irish and Boston Johnny D’s Club.
On the square, music starts at 12 noon with singer/songwriter Paul Weatherhead. The exciting and eclectic programme throughout the day includes some nationally famous, some up and coming locals and young bands from the Royal Northern College and Leeds College of Music.
The main headline act, playing in the old church ruins at 5.55, is Nizlopi – John Parker (double base and human beatbox) and Luke Concannon (vocals, guitar and bodhrán), whose most successful JCB song reached number one in the UK on its second release. The band is named after an Hungarian girl whom Luke fancied at school. Described by Radio 1 as “Political, intense, angular and beautiful”, they play joyful stories, from heart cracked open love songs to their people power invocation ‘England Uprise!’.
The other headline act, playing at 5.05, is Taylor Jackson, Manchester born and bred soulstress, whose debut EP ‘Roots’ is available right now! For over 10 years she has been writing, producing, recording and performing music with fellow artists and musicians. Her first solo project draws from her own experience, her love of soul music, and her degree in classical composition to produce something truly inspirational.
James Christy is a Pop Rock singer/songwriter from the north of England. After the success of James’s debut album “Man Made of Glass” James has moved on to bigger and better things. Over the last year James has formed a backing band around himself and they have been performing all over the country and have been recently selected to play on the Atom Live tour in October later this year.
James Paul on the other hand is an experienced, enthusiastic guitarist from Edinburgh and RNCM, looking to develop new ways of playing guitar and inducing new sounds to enhance everyday music, from jazz and hip hop to rock and funk, being as diverse as possible in a session. Prior to Heptonstall, he has played at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, Queen’s Hall and Traverse Theatre.
Other performers include bluegrass group from the hills of West Yorkshire, Cowbaby, playing Americana and acoustic, Jenni Doyle, Adonis, Bath-based singer/songwriter Ash Tucker, local singer Penny Stansfield, close harmony singers from RNCM Three of Hearts and Heptonstall’s very own Chris Hancox All Star Experience. There will also be bands in the White Lion.
Apart from music, there will be magic by the magnificent Alexander Wells, who will also be MC’ing, dance by the Hebden Bridge’s famous Hill Millies and a young Colden Morris group, clowns and a local bawdy drama, “Much Ado about Something” by Geoff Scott, about the exploits of some beer-loving and women chasing local lads. There will be both storytelling and song by Ursula Holden Gill.
Performances will finish at 7pm, in readiness for the candle-lit evening concert with David Owen Lewis, Margaret Bruce and Iyad Sughayer.
Food, Drink and Craft Stalls
There will we a wide feast of beer, wine, tea and food stalls and tents, and craft stalls of all types, on the square, in the churchyard and on Towngate. The two local breweries, Bridestones and Little Valley, will each have a tent, Bridestones on the Square and Little Valley in the old church ruins. The two village pubs, the White Lion and the Cross, and Towngate Tearoom will also be open all day, providing solid and liquid refreshment.
Towngate Tearooms, the village deli, will have a stall on the Square and the Proved Pizza Van will also be there. In the ruins will be both Thai and French food stalls and a tea stall run by the church. Come Dine with Me star, Heptonstall’s Jan Lymer, will also have a sweetie stall.
On the Square, there will be a vintage clothes tent, Richard Hemmingway’s Ironworks, BEAT (Blackshaw Environmental Action), HELP (Heptonstall Lights and Planting) and Nicola’s knitting stall. In the old church ruins and the churchyard there will be facepainting, hula hooping, sand art and Andy Bell’s Strange Thing. While on Towngate, there will be Blackbark Greenwood Working, Caroline’s church stall, Craggs Cakes and Helen Hought.
Something for everyone, Heptonstall’s flowering of cultural and social dynamic will a traffic-free day - a day of relief from eight months when the village was a traffic maelstrom while a landslip closed the by-pass.
CANDLELIT EVENING CONCERT IN THE OLD CHURCH RUINS
Saturday 21 September from 7.30pm
Victoria Sharp (Soprano); David Owen Lewis (Baritone); Margaret Bruce (Keyboard); Iyad Sughayer (Keyboard)
When the bands have stopped playing and the craft stalls packed away their produce, the atmosphere at Heptonstall Festival will change for an all-star candlelit evening concert under canvas in the ruins of the ancient St Thomas a Becket Church.
Very well known to concert-goers in and around the Calder Valley, baritone David Owen Lewis will be singing a programme of romantic arias, Neapolitan love songs and hits from the shows, together with international concert pianist, Margaret Bruce.
David Owen-Lewis was born in the Swansea Valley. He started singing at an early age and has never stopped. He studied at the National Welsh College of Music and Drama and his life has been one long adventure in music ever since. Having started his career at the end-of-the-pier and then being a member of Opera North for a quarter century, he always found time for oratorio, concerts, music-hall and cabaret, including several years with Pennine Spring Music in Heptonstall. He starred in the Handel opera performed in the old church ruins in 1998.
He now performs regularly with Margaret Bruce in Britain, France and Italy. But equally important to him is his work with Moodswings and Streetwise Opera in Manchester, sharing music with the homeless and people with bi-polar conditions, and also with Mind in Bradford.
Canadian born Margaret Bruce has had an entire repertoire of music written for her by composers as famous as Herbert Howells and Lennox Berkeley. Born on the Pacific Coast, she received a scholarship to Toronto’s Royal Conservatory in her mid teens. At 18 she came to the Royal College of Music in London and her British debut in 1968 was in Winchester Cathedral and Wigmore Hall. With Peter Gellhorn she established Canadians and Classics at St. Johns Smith Square.
She’s played Mozart at the Barbican with the Royal Philharmonic, Liszt in Slovakia, and varied recitals throughout North America and Europe. The Czech composer Tucapsky has written various work for her, including Tara’s Song for her young grand-daughter. Margaret has held many concerts over the years at her home at Walshaw Lodge and has performed at Pennine Spring. She now plays with David Owen Lewis across the UK and Europe.
19 year old Iyad Sughayer is a young virtuoso Jordanian/Palestinian pianist who studied at Chethams School in Manchester and is now at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he has just been runner-up in the International Concerto Competition. Playing since age of five, Iyad is no stranger to the international stage, having performed in the Middle East, Russia, UK and other countries in Europe. As well as a solo pianist, Iyad has played concertos with the European Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Youth Orchestra, Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, Buxton Chamber Orchestra, Cairo Symphony Orchestra and Amman Symphony Orchestra. He has also been awarded 1st prizes in the Chetham’s Concerto Competition and the Chetham’s Beethoven Competition.
He is performing extensively particularly in the UK, his native Jordan and recently at the Madinat Jumeirah Theatre in Dubai and the Mashrek International School in Amman (under the patronage of HRH Princess Rym Ali). He has made a number of recent live recordings of Mozart (Adagio in B Minor and Piano Concerto no 18) and Chopin (Nocturne No 1). He played stunningly at this year’s Pennine Spring Music in Heptonstall, where he was the star of the week.
Victoria Sharp is a leading soprano with the Opera North chorus, of which she has been a member for 25 years. She is currently performing nationwide as the Lady in Waiting in Verdi’s Macbeth, as Ninetta in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges and in Britten’s Peter Grimes. Her past roles for Opera North have included Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Despina (Cosi Fan Tutti) and Fasquita (Carmen). She has given a renowned performance of Turandot in which she will sing the title role.
She is a performer much in demand for her oratorio and musical singing around the UK and abroad. She has recent given what was described as a blazing performance at an opera gala of classics in Ilkley, singing Puccini, Lehar, Paganini and Heuberger. She is giving a Christmas performance of Mozart at The Mansion in Leeds.
Vicky has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, the Cheltenham Festival, the Royal Albert Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. And, of course, she has starred many times with Opera North colleagues at Pennine Spring in Heptonstall.
Mister Bloom open the festivities in the church ruin around midday, fresh from his very successful tour of the country which saw thousands of families flock to see his very special stage show “When Julian lost his wiggle..”
Played by local resident Ben Faulkes, Mister Bloom’s nursery was the first Cbeebies programme to come out of BBC North and shows no sign of losing its popularity.
Now is your chance to meet the man himself as he appears live on stage at Heptonstall Festival.
Click here for printable A4 version and help to publicise this event.
Every Tuesday at 9:00pm. Musicians and listeners welcome.
“The real thing” according to the Guardian.
But who are our Festival headliners?
Festival organiser Matt explains what Heptonstall can expect:
“They are John Parker and Luke Concannon, a duo whom when you close your eyes, sound like a four piece, folk hip-hop band, on Devine fire.
“They are most widely known, for being the underground, independent act, that topped the UK and Irish charts with ‘The JCB song’ in 2005. However they offer far more than this one song, having recorded two albums and four EP’s, this soulful, passionate, and articulate pair, go for broke with their writing and playing.
“It is skilled, sonorous, Double bass beat box, acoustic roots rap and they have long had a fierce reputation for inspiring, moving live shows.
Having been doing their own things for the past 4 years, they have come back together to enjoy playing for folk this Summer and Autumn with some new songs, including Material from Luke’s new album ‘Give It all’.
“They play, joyful, honest, atavistic heavenly folk stories; from heart cracked open Love songs, to their people power invocation ‘England Uprise!’ John Martyn and Danny Thompson, meet The Roots, meet Ani Di Franco.”
Heptonstall Festival organisers hope local people will continue to support fundraising for next month’s festival.
Jan Lymer said they planned to distribute one more flyer, together with donation envelopes, in early September.
In the meantime, pink collecting boxes have been placed in both pubs, Towngate tea rooms and the post office.
She said: ‘Cheques should be made out to Heptonstall Festival. If anyone wants to donate now, they can give them to Tony in the post office.’
The agenda for the forthcoming Parish Council Meeting can be seen here…
Heptonstall Festival Fell Race turned into a fabulous battle between a string of worthy contenders with the ladies’ race being one by the village’s own Holly Page.
On a perfect summer’s day, it was hard to imagine a better venue for a short fell race with freshly mown fields, glorious azure skies, breathtaking views and the faint sound of a German oompah-band in the background.
Organiser Stephen Grimley said: “We raised around £400 for the Festival (through the race) whilst Jan raised a further £300 through catering.
“Big thanks to the 30 marshals (mostly from the village), we hope they enjoyed their free pints. A massive thanks to Lynn at The White Lion for hosting the HQ and providing all the prizes, and to Anthony Holt for letting us use his field for parking/ race route.
“Hazel Noble and Penny and Mark Wharton also kindly allowed the race to pass through their fields. We were really grateful to the Methodist Church for the use of benches and tables for the post race party in Weaver’s Square, and to the residents in the square for putting up with the all the commotion. Mark Wigg and Mark Holman gave up a huge amount of there time helping us to set up and organise the race. And how could forget Alan Nethercott dressing up in Lederhosen to srat the race – Wunderbar! What a community! Well done everyone!”
The six mile race, with 1647 ft of climb and very hot conditions, made it a lung-busting test of stamina and resolve.
The descent into Midgehole, past the Blue Pig, is followed by a gruelling climb from the valley.
Tod Harriers’ Nick Barber crested Pecket Well road crossing in the lead with Wharfedale’s Dave Kirkham and Mark Sennett hot on his heels.
Calder Valley’s Joe Washington – fresh from his maiden victory on Wednesday at Cragg Vale – and new boy Jonny Helliwell were close up.
In the absence of some of Calder’s bigger names, veteran Mark Goldie reached High Brown Knoll trig point in sixth and the scene was set for a rip-roaring return to Heptonstall.
As the group rattled past Little Stoodley and back down into Midgehole, Kirkham had nipped ahead of the rapidly fading Barber, with Washington and Helliwell pushing hard to stay in contention.
Back past the Blue Pig again, the final, withering climb back up to the finish line bore its teeth.
Step forward Helliwell, who crushed the leading pack with a masterful ascent and powered to the finish line to claim his maiden victory.
Helliwell, Goldie and Washington helped Calder Valley claim the men’s prize.
In the ladies’ race, local lass Holly Page secured a comfortable victory and 15th place overall, and helped Calder to the ladies team prize along with Jackie Scarfe and new girl Sarah Tait.
Post-race fun was provided in the main square with fine German lager, frankfurters and bratwurst, and delicious strudel.
Heptonstall Festival Fell Race took place on a scorching hot July day with a challenging six-mile route across mixed terrain, down into Hardcastle Crags and up to Higher Green Hill and back.
Back in March, the Heptonstall Fell Race took place in snow. This time the heat proved a problem for some competitors, and an ambulance was called for one man at the finish line. He quickly recovered. Despite this, 104 finished the course and enjoyed German-themed food in Weavers Square afterwards. Full results are here.
|2||Dave Kirkham||Wharfedale Harriers||M||0:53:45|
|3||Marc Sennett||Wharfedale Harriers||M||0:53:51|
|5||Nick Barber||Todmorden Harriers||M||0:55:45|
|11||Jonathan Collins||Stainland Lions||M||0:57:54|
|12||Chris Balderson||Clayton le Moors||V40||0:58:38|
|13||Brian Stevenson||Pudsey and Bramley||V40||0:59:02|
|15 (lady 1)||Holly Page||CVFR||L*||0:59:15|
|16||Steve Pullan||Todmorden Harriers||V40||0:59:17|
|23||Pete Dimitrijevic||Wharfedale Harriers||M||1:00:09|
|24||Dave Collins||Todmorden Harriers||V50||1:00:17|
|25||Tristan Sheard||Stainland Lions||V40||1:00:33|
|27||Roberto Conte||Mersey Tri||V40||1:00:55|
|30||Neil Worswick||Clayton le Moors||V40||1:02:37|
|35||Andy Poole||Achille Ratti||V50||1:03:30|
|36 (lady 2)||Rachel Pilling||Pudsey and Bramley||L||1:03:37|
|38 (lady 3)||Delia Beddis||unattached||L||1:03:50|
|42||Stuary McAleavy||Marsh Harriers||M||1:04:39|
|47||Jonathan Boothman||Wharfedale Harriers||V40||1:05:16|
|50||Sean MacCarthy||Abbey Runners||V40||1:05:51|
|52 (lady 4)||Jackie Scarf||CVFR||LV50*||1:06:02|
|53||David Baldaro||Todmorden Harriers||V40||1:06:17|
|55||Dugald McCallum||Clayton le Moors||V60||1:08:19|
|57||Chris Myers||Todmorden Harriers||V40||1:08:38|
|61||Boff Whalley||Pudsey and Bramley||V50||1:09:43|
|65||Sam Swindells||Heptonstall Hurriers||M||1:11:11|
|67 (lady 5)||Ruth Dorrington||Abbey Runners||LV40*||1:11:48|
|68||Duncan Ritchie||Todmorden Harriers||V40||1:11:55|
|72||Richard Briscoe||Clayton le Moors||M||1:12:28|
|73 (lady 6)||Sarah Tait||CVFR||L||1:12:45|
|74||Phil Cook||Todmorden Harriers||V40||1:13:03|
|75||Allan Corran||Isle of Man Vets||V50||1:13:09|
|80||Derek Donohue||Todmorden Harriers||V50||1:14:51|
|82||John Egan||Wharfedale Harriers||V40||1:15:23|
|86||Rob Myers||Wharfedale Harriers||V50||1:16:00|
|88 (lady 7)||Lucy Tatam||CVFR||L||1:20:52|
|89||Joe Daniels||Todmorden Harriers||M||1:21:00|
|92 (lady 8)||Moira Alderson||Stainland Lions||LV40||1:21:19|
|93 (lady 9)||Polly Wilding||Abbey Runners||L||1:21:20|
|94 (lady 10)||Hilary Lane||Abbey Runners||LV50||1:23:48|
|96 (lady 11)||Sheelagh Ratcliff||Abbey Runners||LV50||1:27:38|
|97 (lady 12)||Susan Bladon||CVFR||LV50||1:27:49|
|98 (lady 13)||Charlotte Wetton||CVFR||L||1:28:34|
|100 (lady 14)||Danielle Ramsey||Mersey Tri||L||1:29:27|
|102 (lady 15)||Anne Handley||Wharfedale Harriers||LV40||1:33:01|
|104||Reg Czudek||Todmorden Harriers||V60||1:47:49|
Christopher Smale (2012) 0:52:09
Sean Carey (2011) 0:53:01
Christopher Smale (2012) 0:52:09
Thornton Taylor (2011) 0:56:54
Ken Taylor (2011) 1:01:16
Phil Martin (2013) 1:32:09
Katie Walshaw (2011) 0:55:42
Anne Johnson (2011) 1:00:56
Jackie Scarf (2013) 1:06:02
Aileen Baldwin (2012) 1:11:47
Heptonstall Festival Fell Race takes place on Saturday as local runners take on a Germanic theme to raise funds for the village festival despite the on going closure of Lee Wood Road. Heptonstall Hurrier’s decided that with sufficient planning the challenging Category A Fell Race could be staged on its usual July date, with minimal impact on traffic flows.
The 6 mile, 1500 feet ascent, Heptonstall Festival Fell Race would normally take place as part the annual village festival traditionally held in early July, however the Village Festival has now been moved to September 21st. Festival organisers hope that the work on Lee Wood Road may be nearing completion by the autumn, allowing queues of frustrated motorists to make way for a parade, bunting, street entertainers, stalls, and caterers on Heptonstall’s famous cobbles. Heptonstall Hurriers were unable to alter their fell race date as the event has now become a popular fixture in the national fell running calendar, but the race organisers were still keen to do all they could to support the festival.
It was decided that the 2013 Heptonstall Festival Fell Race would take place on its normal date, as an early summer fund raiser for the autumn village festival, helping to cover the cost of bands, artists, and parade costumes as the September event promises to be village’s biggest and best ever festival. This Saturday’s race will not be short on festival spirit, however. Heptonstall’s TV celebratory chef Jan Lymer is all set to host an outdoor feast of German cuisine, including Frankfurters, Sauerkraut, and Strudel. Jan, who is due to appear on “Come Dine With Me” in the autumn, was once a chef in Germany. In scenes more reminiscent of Heidelberg than Heptonstall, rows of tables and benches will fill Weaver’s Square, allowing weary fell runners fill-up on Teutonic delicacies (£3.50 a head – all funds to the village festival). Non alcoholic drinks will be served in the square, whilst the White Lion will have Austrian beers on draft to add to the Germanic theme.
If the German beer-fest format proves popular there is even talk of making the Heptonstall Festival Fell Race an international event in 2014. Organisers would like to invite German runners from the twin town of Warstein, famed for its beer production, along with hordes of continental athletes heading to Hebden Bridge for the Tour de France which will cross the Heptonstall route the day after 2014 race. To avoid clashing with the first day of the tour the race may be held on the Saturday evening, kicking off what should be a memorable pre tour party in the village the square.
Heptonstall Festival Race Organiser Steve Grimley said, “ It would have been a great shame to have cancelled the 2013 race. The local community have put in so much effort into making the Festival Fell Race an important fund raiser for Heptonstall Festival. We have been working closely with the local Highways Department, and we are confident that the issues caused by the ongoing closure of Lee Wood Road will be overcome”, Highways officials will be setting up diversions for race-goers, ensuring race traffic avoids the narrow, cobbled, village streets, which are currently clogged with drivers by-passing the road closure at Lee Wood Road. Race goers will be encouraged to travel to Heptonstall via Mytholm Steeps and Blackshawhead. Parking will be provided in the usual fields at the top of the village if weather permits; should the parking field be out of use, runners will be directed to parking spaces on the roads around Draper Corner and Slack.
The diversions will allow the 6 mile fell race route to remain unchanged, particularly the classic cobbled start, where runners will line up before being treated to the best of the local landscape as the race follows its unusual double-descent format, featuring a 500 foot descent to the Blue Pig, followed by a 1000 foot ascent to High Brown Knoll, where runners turn tail and head back to the Heptonstall the way they came, enjoying the exhilarating 1000 foot descent back to the Blue Pig, before the torturous 500 feet of ascent to the finish line.
The race is sure to attract top runners from across the region whilst inspiring locals new to fell running, to experience the exhilaration of racing over the magnificent hills of the upper Calder Valley. Beginners will find the route easy to follow, fully flagged, and well marshaled. Seasoned fell runners will enjoy the 1500 feet of climbs and descents over a wide variety of terrain as well as the tough competition provided by the expected gathering of elite competitors.
Rumour has it that Heptonstall based winner of last year’s ladies race, Calder Valley’s Holly Page, will be back from France this week hoping to defend her 2012 title, and in doing so, potentially break the lady’s course record of 55.42 set by Holmfirth Harriers’ Katie Walshaw in 2011. A host of Calder Valley’s fastest men will be aiming to take advantage of the firm ground and fine weather to beat the men’s best ever time of 52.09 achieved by Bingley’s Chris Smale at last year’s race.
Runners can register from 9.00 at the White Lion Pub (£4, minimum age 16), race starts at 11.00; followed by prize giving and German themed refreshments at 12.30 in Weaver’s Square. Full details at www.heptonstallfestivalrace.wordpress.com