Wednesday 19th April 2017 – 7:30pm
Category A Short [ 3 miles (4.8km) 1100ft (340m) ]
The ever popular Herod Farm Fell Race is the traditional first mid-week local fell race. As in previous years, in 2017 it is kindly sponsored by Joe Barber Plumbers Merchants. Once again we would like to thank the support of Reliance Garage, Turnlee Road, for providing Race HQ facilities.
We are pleased to announce that this short hill race will be held under the SCOTTISH HILL RUNNERS rules and safety requirements and has applied for SHR insurance cover. Further details can be found on the SHR website http://www.scottishhillrunners.uk/Safety.aspx
This is an A Short category fell race, minimum age 14 years. Entry £3 on the night. No pre-entry. There is a 10 minute jog from registration to the start.
Any parents/guardians wishing to enter their junior runners (aged 14-17 on the day), will need to complete and sign the appropriate section of the entry form, at registration, on the night. There will be Junior category prizes on the night as well as the usual Senior and Vet category prizes.
The race route is mostly off road and covers narrow paths and uneven terrain, with steep, grassy climbs and descents. Whilst we do not require competitors to have previous experience of fell racing, we do recommend that they have some experience of running on this type of terrain. The course will be partially marked with flags and will be marshaled at key points, however competitors should have the necessary navigational skills to find their way around the course in the prevailing conditions, in expectation of no support. All competitors have primary responsibility for their own safety.
Competitors should arrive at registration fully prepared to carry the following equipment:
a) Windproof whole body cover.
b) Map and compass suitable for navigating the course.
Final kit requirement will be on display at registration HQ on race night. Check you have the correct kit before registering. A map is available below.
Competitors should be able to recognize the signs of hypothermia, hypoglycaemia and heat exhaustion in themselves and others. If you see someone in trouble you MUST stop and help even if it costs you the race.
Competitors either failing to start after registering or retiring at any point during the race MUST notify the officials at registration HQ or Start/Finish, and the nearest marshal if appropriate, before leaving the area. Finish line Marshals will be operating a number matrix.
Race HQ: The Reliance Garage on Turnlee Road, Glossop (GR 028934). This is about half a mile along the road from the start of the race, so allow time (10 mins plus) to get to the start line.
Registration will close at 7:15pm in time for the race start at 7:30pm.
Parking: Limited parking at Reliance Garage and also limited parking in Primrose Lane and surrounding streets. Please car share and show consideration to local residents when parking.
The race route starts from a track (GR 033937) off Primrose Lane (A6016), near the junction with the A624 Glossop to Hayfield road, and continues through Herod Farm nearly to the top of Monks Road, from where it descends towards Simmondley. After dashing through fields past the Pennine View Nursing Home the race begins in earnest, climbing up the face of the “Nab”. Finally, athletes retrace their route back down via the farm track to the finish.
The race was first held in 1989 and the race winner for five years was Andy Trigg. The men’s and ladies course records were both broken in 2007 by Lloyd Taggart and Natalie White. The 2016 winners were Tom Brunt and Helen Thornhill.
Each year the 1st lady receives the Stella Judd Memorial Shield. This trophy was presented to the club by Andy Wilkins in memory of his wife Stella, who was once also a keen runner, but who died in 2005. In recent years the winners have been Lucy Harris (2011), Judith Jepson (2012) Zoe Barton (2013), Caitlin Rice (2014 & 2015), Helen Thornhill (2016).
A note about the course: Please note that on the first climb the route takes the public right of way through Herod Farm which is a private residence. Please do show consideration to the owners of Herod Farm when running past the house.
Registration: on the night only, open from 6:15pm
Toilet facilities: at registration
Refreshments: the Explorer Scouts will be at registration HQ throughout the evening selling tea, coffee and delicious cakes – please support them in their fund raising event.
Race Organiser: Sikobe Litaba, 07786-100827