Sunday 24th March – Heptonstall Fell Race

Sunday 24th March – Heptonstall Fell Race

Report from Matt Podd:

Matt P and Tom P picked up Laura Clark and Garry Johnson and headed south, braving a passage through Keighley to rock up in the lovely village of Heptonstall for the BL 15 mile fell race. No time to visit the grave of Sylvia Plath for the moors awaited us. Met up with Richard Smith (looking a bit nervous about this Fell running lark). After a blessing by the local Vicar who was not very good with the starting airhorn off we went for a tour of the local lovely wooded valleys and moors. Luckily fairly dry and good weather helped us on the way, to the sound of curlews, buzzards and skylarks and the scent of wild garlic in the valleys. Very fine race mainly runnable (except for the pig of a hill out of the valley to the finish), a bargain for £9 with a mid race feast including Tunnocks tea cakes and caramel wafers. All got home OK with Garry leading Richard, then Tom and Laura and me bringing up the rear. There was a rumour at the start that Mr Cardinale was amongst us, but I didn’t see him. Only downside was that it took 45 minutes to get though Hebden Bridge on our trip home.

Photo’s on Mr & Mrs Woodheads excellent site, results: 1st Phil Marsden, Horwick 1:50:22, 1st Lady Annie Roberts, Todmorden 2:09:18, and for Otley 49th Gary Johnson 2:16:25, 68th Richard Smith 2:21:14,  152nd Laura McCabe 2:43:03,  155th Tom Pomfrett 2:43:40, Matt Podd 3:09:18.  Full set of results here


4 thoughts on “Sunday 24th March – Heptonstall Fell Race

  1. Thanks for the lift Matt, legs are feeling wobbly this morning!

    Laura got home just ahead of me too 🙂

  2. Lessons learned post race:

    1) I can complete an off road race and not fall.
    2) I have glutes. Two of them.

  3. Yes Matt I was there too , I did the race with my friend Reg from Todmorden running club and he is almost 70 years old like me , we started well at the back with a good pace , chatting and laughing , than after 6 miles for some reason he felt not well and he had to retired , so I was left alone at the back stranded and soon I lost the pace and when I reached the checked point 6 that was at around at 10 miles on the route I was timed out with my disappointment . I agree with Caron R. that everyone has done great running in a difficult and tough fell race especially Richard S. because is a road runner , he was brilliant . Well done everybody .

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