The annual Fell Race will begin at 10.30am on Sunday 20 March in Weavers Square, full details here.
The annual Fell Race will begin at 10.30am on Sunday 20 March in Weavers Square, full details here.
This year the Heptonstall Festival will be held on Saturday 4 July, in conjunction with the Heptonstall Festival Fell Race.
The festival is a family event held across the whole village of Heptonstall with activities happening throughout the day.
Highlights will include:
Information about artists, activities and the low-down on all the fun will be posted here in the weeks ahead.
The theme for the event is “all things Roald Dahl” so get thinking about your costume!
Stephen Grimley, Fell Race Organiser, writes….
“Many thanks for the generous support given to the annual Heptonstall Fell Races each March and July.
2015 year will see the races take place for their 5th running, during which time we will have all worked together to raise around £10,000 for local causes (St Thomas’s Church, Calder Valley Search and Rescue, local Scouts, Heptonstall Festival)
Each race has been a tremendous success as runners from all over the UK have flocked to the village to enjoy a day out on the local hills combined with the hospitality of the village. The races have become known for their community spirit, and the unique atmosphere and spectacle created by the village.
SUNDAY MARCH 22nd 2015 – CAN YOU HELP?
The race can only take place with the enthusiastic involvement of our neighbours, friends, and family. This generous support is much appreciated and has proven to be a key factor in runners returning to the event year after year.
The 2015 race will take place on SUNDAY MARCH 22nd 2015 – we would be extremely grateful if you could spare a few hours of your time to help us marshal the event
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
No experience is required. A marshal is simply there to keep an eye on the race at a given point, advising runners of any hazards, and reporting back to the race organiser to confirm all is going well. Marshals additionally make sure runners don’t head off in the wrong direction, or alerting runners to approach road crossings safely. Your position can be organised to suit your preference and available time, either in the village and surrounding fields, or for the more adventurous, somewhere on the hills around Hardcastle Craggs.
We usually team you up with a friend or neighbour, providing you with instructions, timings, viz bib, and contact numbers. No experience is required but we will explain everything you will need know for your position. The runners will be pleased to see you and will be thanking you as they run by – hopefully you can cheer them on. It’s a great excuse for an early Spring day out followed up with a beer and food in the pub afterwards.
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP….”
Anyone who is interested in helping out with marshaling duties is asked to contact Stephen Grimley on 07710015560 or by email.
The village celebrated the Tour de France weekend in Grand style, attracting visiting cyclists and runners from across the UK to the annual summer Fell Race. This year’s race, renamed the Heptonstall Grand Depart Fell Race, was a huge hit with cycling fans arriving in the area for the Tour de France the following day. Runners from London, Edinburgh, and the Midlands were among those taking advantage of the temporary Tour de France campsite at the bowling club, as 30 tents and camper vans pitched on the fields adjacent to the club. On a perfect summer’s evening, it was hard to imagine a better venue for pre-Tour de France celebrations; Heptonstall’s historic cobbled streets were decked out in bunting, hanging baskets, and of course, yellow bikes, whilst excited runners gathered in their colourful club vests on the Weaver’s Square Start-Line.
Organiser Stephen Grimley said: “The Heptonstall Hurriers and the village volunteers are getting quite a reputation for putting on races, our 100 visitors were full of praise for the beautiful village, its landscape, and well organised races, but above all, the community spirit, and warm welcome of the people of Heptonstall. The event was another big success. We raised around £400 for Heptonstall Festival and were delighted that so many of our friends, neighbours, and families got into Le Tour spirit, volunteering their support so generously. We could not have achieved any of this without their help”
“The organisers and runners would like to say a big thank you to the 30 marshals (mostly from the village), we hope they enjoyed their free pints! A massive thanks to Terry at The White Lion for hosting the race and generously providing all the prizes, we are also grateful 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. Mark Wigg and Mark Holman gave up a huge amount of their time helping us to set up and organise the race. Steve Hoyle form Blackshaw Head Fete provided the tents, whilst Alpine Outdoors of Hebden Bridge supplied race numbers”
The wonderful post-race party was laid on by Jan, Guy, and the Village Team. The team set up French themed catering in the bunting-decorated court yard behind The Cross. Hundreds of locals and race goers gathered after the race to enjoy Tartiflette and wine under the bunting, whilst prizes were awarded to the race winners. Else Evans stole the show; she created a magnificent Tour de France chocolate cake which quickly disappeared, devoured by hordes of hungry runners.
In the race itself Calder Valley Fell Runners pair Karl Gray (England International) and Heptonstall’s own Holly Page (who also runs for England) demolished the men’s and women’s course records. Gray, tackling the race for the first time, sped round in 49 mins 37 seconds, smashing Christopher Smale previous best of 52:09 set in 2012. Joe Washington made it a 1-2 for Calder Valley with Richard Meade, an elite marathon runner who was part of a contingent of runners from Edinburgh in the area for the bike race, third. All three beat the previous record of Smale, who was 12th this time. Heptonstall based Holly Page came ninth of the 94 runners and won the women’s race for the third year in a row. Her time of 54:58 bettered the 55:42 of Holmfirth international runner Katie Walshaw in 2011.
International Mountain Runner Karl Gray, who is used to scaling The Three Peaks with the minim of fuss, remarked how tough the course had been. The 6 mile route, which has more than 1,600 feet of ascent, starts by heading up the cobbles, then plunges down to the Blue Pig before finding its way up 1000 feet of ascent to High Brown Knoll, the highest point on moors above Pecket Well. The race then returns in similar fashion, including a gruelling climb back through the woods from the Blue Pig.
That test wasn’t enough for Sikobe Litaba who ran approximately 30 miles from Glossop before taking part the race and beating 12 other runners back to the pub.
The next Heptonstall Fell Race will be the long, 15 mile race, which takes place in March 2015. We look forward to seeing another spectacular day for the village.
Tour de France excitement will reach fever pitch on the evening of Saturday July 5th when the village hosts its annual summer fell race. This year’s race has been renamed the Heptonstall Grand Depart Fell Race, and is likely to attract a large influx of visitors arriving for the Tour de France the following day.
The race promises to be a spectacular start to the Tour de France weekend. After the success of the Germanic themed race-catering last year, the obvious theme for this year’s event will be Le Tour, and all things French.
The 6 mile race (full details at the Festival Fell Race Website) takes place at 19.30 on Saturday evening, by which time we expect hundreds of runners and visitors to be gathering for the an evening of sport, food, music (plus les biėrres et les vins). The race HQ will be at the CROSS INN. There will be French style catering and music back in the pub’s decorated court yard. All proceeds from the race and catering will go to support village causes.
CAN YOU HELP?
The race can only take place with the enthusiastic involvement of the people of Heptonstall. The generous support of so many people from around the village is much appreciated and has proven to be key factor in runners coming back to take part in the event year after year.
The organisers would be very grateful to volunteers willing to give up around 90 minutes of their time, whilst cheering on the visiting runners.
SO WHAT IS INVOLVED?
No experience is required. A marshal is simply there to keep an eye on the race at the given point, advising runners of any hazards, and reporting back to race organiser to confirm all is going well. There are many points along the route where marshals will be stationed to make sure runners don’t head off in the wrong direction, or alerting runners to approach road crossings safely. Your position can be organised to suit your preference – either in the village and surrounding fields, somewhere around the Blue Pig, or up around Peckett Well.
We usually team you up with a friend or neighbour, providing you with instructions, timings, hi-viz bib, and contact numbers. No experience is required but we will explain everything you would need know for your position. You might need to head off to your position at around 19.00-15, and should be finished before 21.00 (earlier if you are up at Peckett Well). The runners will be pleased to see you and will be thanking you as they run by – hopefully you can cheer them on!
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP
Anyone interested in helping out with marshalling duties (easy and fun lasting 90 mins maximum) please call race organiser; Stephen Grimley on 07710 015560 / email email@example.com.
All marshals will receive a free pint of beer as a thank you.
Fell race results courtesy of Stephen Grimley. Well done to all who took part. Provisional results are below – please let us know if you spot any errors, typos etc.
|1||Adam Osborne||Leeds City AC||m||1:54:10||418|
|2||Joe Mercer||Horwich RMI||m||2:00:27||464|
|3||Chris Farrell||Horwich RMI||m||2:00:55||461|
|4||Kim Collinson||Borrowdale Fell Runners||M||2:01:09||358|
|5||Tom Brunt||Dark peak||V40*||2:04:20||507|
|6||Colin Walker||Pudsey and Bramley||V40||2:06:34||376|
|7||David Jackson||Horwich RMI||V40||2:10:51||460|
|8||Jonny Mclean||Holmfirth Harriers||m||2:11:10||542|
|9||Graeme Brown||Calder Valley Fell Runners||m||2:11:13||555|
|10||Michael Hyde||Stadium Runners||m||2:12:06||530|
|11||Jason Hemsley||Wharfedale Harriers||V40||2:12:33||508|
|13||David Haygarth||Wharfedale Harriers||V40||2:14:14||366|
|14||Will Buckton||Ilkley Harriers||m||2:14:16||549|
|16||Kevin Hoult||Calder Valley Fell Runners||m||2:15:03||425|
|17||Daniel Shaw||Holmfirth Harriers||m||2:15:37||397|
|18||Garry Wilkinson||Clayton Le Moors||V40||2:15:42||351|
|19||Jonathan Collins||Stainland Lions||m||2:17:14||463|
|20||Gary Pearse||Blackburn Harriers||V40||2:18:57||481|
|21||Steve Coates||East Hull Harriers||V40||2:19:14||469|
|22||John Marsham||Valley Striders||m||2:20:01||451|
|23||Ben Crowther||Todmorden Harriers||V40||2:20:03||553|
|24||Liam Bough||Calder Valley Fell Runners||m||2:20:24||466|
|25||Leigh Hinchcliffe||Pudsey Pacers||V40||2:20:28||457|
|26||Rob Weir||Barlick Fell Runners||m||2:21:03||511|
|27||Mark O’Connor||Calder Valley Fell Runners||m||2:21:28||509|
|28 (lady 1)||Jo Buckley||Calder Valley Fell Runners||l*||2:21:32||477|
|29||Bill Johnson||Calder Valley Fell Runners||V40||2:21:48||491|
|31||Andy Berry||Barlick Fell Runners||m||2:22:09||510|
|32||Ian Rowbotham||Harrogate harriers||V50*||2:22:24||437|
|34||David Bagot||Clayton Harriers||m||2:22:54||419|
|35||Paul Booth||Pennine Fell Runners||m||2:23:08||484|
|37||Charlie McIntosh||Pudsey and Bramley||V40||2:23:44||367|
|38||Chris Whiteoak||Wharfedale Harriers||m||2:24:00||415|
|40||Scott Smith||Holmfirth Harriers||m||2:24:41||543|
|41||Jake Turnbull||Harrogate harriers||m||2:25:03||438|
|42||Iain Glendinning||Calder Valley Fell Runners||m||2:25:13||506|
|44||Giles Bailey||Meltham AC||V40||2:25:28||427|
|46||Mick Loftus||Valley Striders||V40||2:25:57||411|
|47||Tristan Sheard||Stainland Lions||V40||2:26:04||462|
|49||Jonathan Emberton||Calder Valley Fell Runners||V50||2:26:35||499|
|50||Mark Wharton||Calder Valley Fell Runners||V40||2:26:45||426|
|51||Jamie Hutchinson||Ilkley Harriers||V40||2:27:23||475|
|56||Simon Vallance||Valley Striders||V40||2:28:12||409|
|57||Graham Hill||Calder Valley Fell Runners||V40||2:28:34||395|
|58||Clive Bandy||Valley Striders||m||2:29:11||439|
|59||Rob Gray||Todmorden Harriers||m||2:29:14||552|
|60||Michael Griffin||Wharfedale Harriers||V40||2:29:47||546|
|63||David Ralphs||Newburgh Nomads||V50||2:31:05||403|
|64||Ross Bibby||Valley Striders||m||2:31:33||456|
|65||Dan Marsden||Stainland Lions||m||2:31:43||458|
|66||Rob Grantham||Cheshire Hill Racers||V40||2:32:05||431|
|67||Jonathan Frost||East Hull Harriers||m||2:32:08||472|
|69||Richard Sunderland||Calder Valley Fell Runners||V40||2:32:51||476|
|70||Andreas Mayer||Valley Striders||m||2:33:09||447|
|71||Greg Carns||St Helens Sutton AC||V40||2:33:16||468|
|72||Steven Foley||Newburgh Nomads||V40||2:33:35||391|
|73||Iain Powell||Calder Valley Fell Runners||m||2:33:40||407|
|74||Phil Hobbs||Holmfirth Harriers||V40||2:33:50||413|
|79||Paul M Crabtree||Wharfedale Harriers||V40||2:37:02||450|
|82||Richard White||Glossopdale Harriers||m||2:37:21||500|
|83 (lady 2)||Renee Saxton||Otley AC||L||2:37:22||558|
|85||David Cooper||Pudsey Pacers||V40||2:38:26||448|
|86||Robert Tyson||Todmorden Harriers||m||2:38:53||422|
|87||Phil Wells||Calder Valley Fell Runners||V40||2:39:17||486|
|89||Richard Ingram||Calder Valley Fell Runners||V40||2:39:34||522|
|90||Luke McQuade||Pudsey Pacers||m||2:39:53||494|
|91 (lady 3)||Joanne Worboys-Hodgson||Denby Dale Travellers||LV40*||2:40:18||388|
|92||Paul Fearns||Holmfirth Harriers||V50||2:40:35||526|
|95||John Minta||Calder Valley Fell Runners||V40||2:41:26||380|
|96||David Webb||Calder Valley Fell Runners||V40||2:42:05||441|
|97||Graeme Tiffany||Pudsey Pacers||V50||2:42:30||525|
|98||Duncan Ritchie||Todmorden Harriers||V40||2:43:31||465|
|99||Martin Finn||Pudsey and Bramley||V40||2:44:10||375|
|100||Nick Murphy||Calder Valley Fell Runners||V50||2:45:05||442|
|101||John Boothman||Barlick Fell Runners||V50||2:45:06||537|
|102||David Copping||Keighley and Craven AC||V40||2:45:48||489|
|103 (lady 4)||Katherine Kirkham||Wharfedale Harriers||l||2:45:58||467|
|104||Luke Meleschko||Halifax Harriers||M||2:46:21||359|
|108||Mark Woodhead||Valley Striders||V50||2:46:55||423|
|111||Wally Coppelov||Newburgh Nomads||V50||2:47:39||446|
|113||Mark Nolan||Pudsey and Bramley||V50||2:47:43||383|
|114||Ben Bedsmith||Todmorden Harriers||m||2:47:57||429|
|115||Mick Bray||Wharfedale Harriers||V40||2:48:57||548|
|118||Ian Sanderson||Valley Striders||V40||2:49:20||485|
|120||Simon Galloway||Todmorden Harriers||V50||2:49:41||436|
|121 (lady 5)||Alison Wainwright||Staffordshire Moorlands||LV40||2:49:43||529|
|122||Nigel Hodson||Clayton Harriers||V40||2:50:02||479|
|124||Mike Vinegrad||East Hull Harriers||V40||2:50:15||470|
|125||Nick Andralojc||Harrogate harriers||V50||2:50:17||452|
|126||Justin Vogler||Valley Striders||V40||2:50:33||414|
|128||Nick Dewell||Keighley and Craven AC||V40||2:52:06||539|
|129||Mark Culshaw||Newburgh Nomads||V40||2:52:09||392|
|131||David Halliday||Barlick Fell Runners||V40||2:54:03||513|
|134 (lady 6)||Liz Taylor||Stainland Lions||LV40||2:55:11||473|
|135||Brook Chambers||Stainland Lions||m||2:55:17||519|
|136||Stuart Hayton||Bowland Fell Runners||V40||2:56:24||430|
|138||Toby Sycles||Calder Valley Fell Runners||V40||2:57:58||353|
|139 (lady 7)||Marion Dixon||Clayton Le Moors||LV40||2:58:21||505|
|141 (lady 8)||Anna Smith||Queensbury||LV50*||2:59:09||406|
|145 (lady 9)||Adela Reperecici||Ilkley Harriers||LV50||3:01:09||374|
|147||Richard Buckle||Leeds Bradford Tri Club||1,3:03:07||541|
|149||Raj Madhas||Wharfedale Harriers||V40||3:03:58||364|
|150||Nathan Kennaugh||Calder Valley Fell Runners||m||3:04:30||523|
|151||Paul Taylor||Calder Valley Fell Runners||V40||3:06:16||503|
|152||Sam Fugill||Nidd Valley Road Runners||m||3:08:17||402|
|153||Edwin Sherstone||Southport Waterloo||V40||3:09:34||478|
|155||Dave Culpan||Calder Valley Fell Runners||V50||3:10:03||361|
|156||Paul Sheridan||Esk Valley Fell Runners||V40||3:11:57||354|
|158 (lady 10)||Jenny Cooper||Pudsey Pacers||l||3:13:41||449|
|160||Shaun Benham||Pudsey Pacers||V40||3:13:43||385|
|161||Ian Martin France||Bowland Fell Runners||V50||3:14:13||352|
|162 (lady 11)||Amy Lomax||Chapel Allerton||L||3:15:13||384|
|163||Tim Whitcombe||Idle AC||V50||3:15:38||490|
|164 (lady 12)||Jacqueline Redmayne||Chorley||LV40||3:17:40||370|
|169||Andrew Pigg||Stadium Runners||V50||3:21:28||538|
|172 (lady 13)||Michelle Morris||Baildon||L||3:24:14||557|
|173||Russell Geraghty||Military 1st Runners||V40||3:24:35||401|
|174||Alun Davies||Valley Striders||V50||3:25:04||493|
|175 (lady 14)||Gillian Wisbey||Calder Valley Fell Runners||LV40||3:25:23||404|
|176 (lady 15)||Ceri Baker||Pensby Runners||LV50||3:25:47||369|
|177||Krzysztof Swedrowski||Halifax Harriers||m||3:27:50||551|
|178||Andrew Biddle||West Pennine Runners||V60||3:30:06||363|
|179 (lady 16)||Rachel Johnston||Calder Valley Fell Runners||LV40||3:30:10||502|
|181 (lady 17)||Rachel Lowther||Barlick Fell Runners||l||3:30:53||512|
|183||Jean Du Plessis||ua||V40||3:31:13||389|
|184||Richard Blakeley||Todmorden Harriers||V70*||3:31:32||515|
|185||Michael Smith||Bingley Harriers||V50||3:31:33||480|
|186 (lady 18)||Bev Holmes||Todmorden Harriers||LV40||3:32:09||440|
|187 (lady 19)||Lisa Parkinson||ua||l||3:32:10||443|
|188||Colin Grime||Spectrum Striders||V60||3:33:38||408|
|189 (lady 20)||Jo Miles||Macclesfield||LV50||3:33:42||393|
|191 (lady 21)||Fiona Armer||Todmorden Harriers||LV40||3:34:24||533|
|192 (lady 22)||Linda Hayles||Calder Valley Fell Runners||LV60*||3:34:52||381|
|193 (lady 23)||Tracey Apperley||Newmarket Joggers||LV40||3:36:11||495|
|195 (lady 24)||Laura Skelton||ua||L||3:44:02||435|
|197 (lady 25)||Camille Askins||Keighley and Craven AC||LV40||3:51:01||547|
|198||Robert Shirlaw||Halifax Harriers||V50||3:51:02||405|
|201 (lady 26)||Sonja Ingrid||ua||LV50||3:59:48||545|
|202||Peter Ehrhardt||Todmorden Harriers||V60||4:04:57||390|
|203 (lady 27)||Julie Laverock||Salford Harriers||LV40||4:16:29||365|
|205||Reg Czudek||Todmorden Harriers||V60||4:19:42||400|
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 INN 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
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;