Report from Sean
The Stoop Fell Race is a great alternative to the final club handicap race, usually held on the same Sunday before Christmas. The race is a category B, short length fell race (8km and 250m of climb) from Penistone Hill Country Park, near Haworth, W Yorks. For your £4 entry you get a Cadbury’s Curly Wurly and a Santa hat which must be worn for the race.
The race has hills, mud, streams, bogs and more mud, but in terms of a fell race this is a tame and attracts lots of runners. All of the Woodentops Fell races are great for new comers wanting to have a try at fell running.
I have been putting in some solid training over the past few months along with the cross country races I am running well at the moment and feeling strong. I was please to come away with a course PB of over a minute and 9 minutes faster than the same race in 2013, I even had time for a swim or two in the bogs on the way down (peet bogs are not very tasty).
It was good to get there early and support the juniors, (results yet to be sorted into age categories)
It was also good to see Graham, Bob, Don and Chris before the race. The winner of the race was Rob Hope from Pudsey and Bramley in 31:08 and the first lady home was Nichola Lady from Preston Harriers in 39:28. First home for Otley was Graham Lake in 40:06 then followed by Andrew Webster in 49:28, Chris Stacey in 49:48, Bob Baker in 61:21, Don Buffham in 61:57 and Sean O’Halloran in 63:01.
Full results and photos can be found here http://woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=stoop