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Wednesday 19th July – Widdop Fell Race


Report from Shane Ewen:

Steve Robinson and I made the journey across to Calder Valley for this midweek jaunt on the moors between Heptonstall and Burnley. The predicted downpour and thunder/lightning didn’t come until after we’d finished (the drive home was quite a journey), so the weather was warm and muggy. The race is 7 miles over peat moors, with great views, 5 decent climbs (totalling 1,200 feet), and 3 reservoirs. All for a fiver.

As I’m still getting into race shape, I found this race a bit of a slog, tiring about half way round. But I thoroughly enjoyed the energy sapping tussocks and bogs; the joy of running is in the experience after all. Moment of the race for me was when the Widdop reservoir came into view. Designed by the Victorian waterworks engineer, J. F. Bateman, for Halifax Corporation in the late 1860s, this was a delight to see, even if the subsequent stiff climb up a┬átrack was hard going.

The race was won by Sam Watson (Wharfedale) in 52.13 and first woman was Jo Buckley (Calder Valley) in 65.31. I finished in 47th in 66.32, with Steve close behind in 66th in 69.25. There were 144 finishers. More details at here

  1. #1 by Antonio Cardinale on July 24, 2017 - 8:54 pm

    I agree with you Shane , 5 decent climbs , 3 reservoirs all for a fiver , it is worth indeed the trip across the Calder Valley . From your report this Widdop Fell Race is quite a hard one with 1200 feet to climb your time of 66.32 for 7 miles is a solid run , also Steve R. ran really well in 69.25 .

  2. #2 by Caron on July 25, 2017 - 4:03 pm

    Glad to see you enjoying the fells again Shane! Well done to you and Steve

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