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Sunday 22nd December – The Stoop Fell Race – Haworth


The senior results from Penistone Hill Country Park.

1st Tom Adams, Ilkley 30:51, 17th Liam Dunne 35:48, 48th Graham Lake 38:36,  56th Shane Ewen 39:03,  153rd & 3rd LV40 Laura Martin  44:14, 395th Sean O’Halloran 1:11:18.

Graham Lake reports:

400 hardy adults and hundreds of shivering juniors met on a bitterly cold moor near Haworth for the Stoop fell race. My daughter Isla plus Jim, Laura and Sarah F’s offspring were battling the quarry runs early doors, then scampering back to cars and campervans to escape the bitter wind.

The senior race starts in the quarry and there’s a mad dash to make it to the track up the moor. There were a few poor runners who tripped and were at the mercy of the following hoards, but all got up and continued. The run itself is an out and back route up to the Stoop, and can be summed up by three letters: B O and G. Quite a few fallers on the descent and I got passed by Santa and his sack, and a very large and fast fully wrapped present but all good fun. Personally I didn’t feel great, but I’m putting that down to too much Christmas cheer (booze). Liam was well up, and Shane not far behind me, with Laura doing well not far back and Sean obviously now getting a taste for the fells.

All in all a good old Pennine fell race.

and Sean O’Halloran too:

The Stoop is a BS fell race which is 5 miles long with 800 feet of assent from Penistone Hill Country Park, Howarth.

Arrived nice and early to get a good parking spot and was confronted with a strong arctic wind and threatening rain clouds. I completed my race entry, picking up my number, Curlywurly and a Santa hat, which had to be worn during the race.

I was pleased to see some other OAC folk just before or at the start line but soon lost sight of them once the race started. The race route was like an out and back with a loop in the middle (a bit like a frying pan). Conditions under foot were challenging at times, deep mud, deep water filled holes, streams and bogs, but that’s the attraction of the races and adds to the challenge.

I ran with a nice friendly group of runners, some who had traveled up from Doncaster for their first WoodenTops fell race. The threatening rain held off but the first half of the race, which was uphill, was into the strong arctic head wind. Once at the half way point I knew it was time for some down hill fun, and fun it was. The decent contained slippery mud banks, streams and deep bogs. I was doing great and keeping up with the other runners until I went knee deep into a bog and got stuck. Thinking that international rescue and a crane may be needed to get me out, I was helped out by one of the Doncaster runners and onto the finish we went. Soon we were back to the main road and had one more hill to tackle before the finish. Words of encouragement from Shane spurred me on and I made sure no one over took me.

This race has confirmed that off-road running is for me and something that I really enjoy, especially when in beautiful countryside. I managed to complete the race in one piece, injury free and not last. Well done to all the OAC members who tackled this race.

Full results & photos on Woodentops here.

  1. #1 by Caron R on December 23, 2013 - 9:05 pm

    Yay! Well done Otley ACers junior and seniors. Always a very boggy one and what’s it gonna be like for Auld Lang Syne?

  2. #2 by Antonio Cardinale on December 23, 2013 - 9:55 pm

    Well done Sean ,that was really hard running in a difficult course, years back I used to do this race and I remember well ,that is a tough one. Liam did a strong performance, well done too.Also Laura had a excellent day at the Stoop. And Graham and Shane did well at this traditional fell race.

  3. #3 by Matt on December 31, 2013 - 7:49 pm

    Sean, your a star – keep doing it ! How did you get so muddy? Well done to all those of you who took this too seriously – some good times on a slippery course.

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