Fell Running

The freedom of the fells
Overview

We enter teams in all the major fell relay races, including The Calderdale Way Relay, Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay and the British Fell & Hill Relay Championship.

Preston Harriers organize two fell races – Paddy’s Pole Fell Race and Chipping Show Fell Race. We have our own Club Fell Running Championship, comprising of 9 fell races each  year with trophies awarded to Best Male & Female Fell Runners, Male Vet 40, Male Vet 50, Male Vet 60. We also compete, along with 6 other local clubs, in the Inter Club Fell Races, of 4 races. Individual and team prizes are awarded.

For 2017 we have re-introduced a Junior fell running championship.

Some of our runners regularly race in the Kendal Winter League. Races are held every Sunday from January to March. The courses can be traditional cross country, hilly trail, easy fell or steeper fell terrain.

Please contact the Fell Running Coordinator if you wish to know anything further about fell running at Preston Harriers.

Training

Nichola Jackson at Wadsworth Trog 2017
finishing in 2:51:26 to smash the ladies course record by over 17 minutes

Summer Training – Tuesday Evening:
Throughout the summer months there is a Tuesday evening training run on the surrounding fells of Bowland, Pendle and the West Pennine Moors. These are group runs suitable for all adults of any ability. All are welcome. Please note that, although there are no coaches or group leaders, we always run in groups of similar ability and no runner is left to run alone.

The weather can be inclement even in summer, so it is advisable to bring along a waterproof top and trousers, hat, gloves, whistle and compass. Fell or trail shoes should be worn. Road shoes are unsuitable.

Start Time: 6.45pm (unless stated otherwise)

Summer 2017 Training Schedule:

MonthDateLocation
March28Fell Foot Chipping
April4
11
18
25
White Coppice
Longridge Fell Quarry
Abbey Village
Fell Foot Chipping
May2
9
16
23
30
White Coppice
Mearley Clough Fell Race (No training)
Abbey Village
Longridge Fell Quarry
Tockholes
June6
13
20
27
Paddy's Pole Fell Race (No training)
White Coppice
Fell Foot Chipping (Fiendsdale Route 6:00pm start)
Pendle
July4
11
18
25
White Coppice
Hurst Green
Brinscall
Fell Foot Chipping
August1
8
15
22
29
No Training
White Coppice
Fell Foot Chipping
Abbey Village
Pendle
September5
12
19
26
Fell Foot Chipping
White Coppice
Longridge Fell Quarry
Brinscall
October3
10
Chipping Fell Foot
White Coppice

Training Venues – How to get there

White Coppice, Chorley
Coppice Lane. Keep going when the road becomes a track to the CP at the cricket field.

Longridge Fell Quarry Car Park
CP on right about 1.3 miles from New Drop Inn on Old Clitheroe Road.

Abbey Village
Park on Dole Lane opposite Hare & Hounds pub.

Fell Foot, Chipping
On Startifants Lane, about 1½ miles from Chipping village.

Pendle
Nick of Pendle CP at summit on Clitheroe Road between Pendleton and Sabden.

Brinscall
Swimming Pool CP

Hurst Green
Warren Fold, opposite Shireburn Arms.

Tockholes
CP on Crookfield Road. Left 2½ miles after Abbey Village.

Winter Training – Thursday Evening:
During the winter there is a Thursday evening interval or hill reps session on the road in Preston.

Winter 2016-17 Training Schedule:
Start Time: 7.15pm

Venues:
Park and Hill sessions: Scholars, Church Brow, Preston, PR5 4BH
Dock sessions: Behind Odeon Cinema, Riversway, Preston, PR2 2YQ

DateLocationDateLocation
08/09/16Docks22/12/16Hills
15/09/16Park29/12/16Docks
22/09/16Hills05/01/17Park
29/09/16Docks12/01/17Hills
06/10/16Park19/01/17Docks
13/10/16Hills26/01/17Park
27/10/16Park09/02/17Docks
03/11/16Hills16/02/17Park
10/11/16Docks23/02/17Hills
17/11/16Park02/03/17Docks
24/11/16Hills09/03/17Park
01/12/16Docks16/03/17Hills
08/12/16Park23/03/17Docks
15/12/16Hills30/03/17Park
Club Fell Running Championship

Roger Taylor at New Dungeon Ghyll FR 2016

Club Fell Championship 2017
The series consists of 9 races:

DateRaceCategory
5/2/17Mickleden StraddleBL
19/3/17HeptonstallBL
29/4/17Cake RaceBM
9/5/17Mearley CloughAS
10/6/17EnnerdaleAL
6/7/17Bull HillBS
2/8/17Whittle PikeAS
19/8/17Pendle 3 PeaksAM
10/9/17Ras Cyrn y BrainBM

Men, Vet 40 Men and Vet 50 Men – 5 best races to count and must include one Short, one Medium and one Long race.
Ladies and Vet 60 Men – 4 best races, any distance to count for points.
Trophies are awarded to Best Male & Female, Male Vet 40, Male Vet 50, Male Vet 60.

Fell Championship 2017 Results to Date
Fell Championship 2016 Final Results

Junior Fell Running Championship 2017

The Junior Fell Running Championship 2017 is open to all boys and girls from age 9 to 15.
There will be 5 races in the series with the runners best 3 race scores to count for awards.
The races chosen are:

DateRaceVenue
Apr 1PendleBarley
Apr 15Rivington PikeHorwich
May 7Great HameldonAccrington
June 10WeetsBarnoldswick
Aug 13Boulsworth FellTrawden

Age Groups Under 11, Under 13 & Under 15

For all the races, runners can just simply turn up and enter on the day of the race. Entry fee depends on the race, but is usually from £1 to £4. Full race information can be found on the Fell Runners Association (FRA) website www.fellrunner.org.uk

All junior will need to have a FRA parental consent form, which can be completed in advance (download from FRA website) and taken to the race or completed on race day.

Trophies will be awarded to the best 3 boys and girls in each age group.

Best 3 races to count. Points awarded as follows:

1st 22 pts, 2nd 20 pts, 3rd 18 pts, 4th 17 pts etc to 20th & below 1 pt.

In the event of a points tie the winner will be decided in the following order

  1. The runner who has completed the largest number of series races
  2. The runner who has won the most races ‘head to head’
  3. The runner with the lowest total time in the ‘head to head’ races

For further information please contact the junior series organiser:
Roy Parkinson, Assistant Coach Email: rwpark57@hotmail.co.uk

Junior Fell Championship 2017 Results

Inter Club Fell Series

Lindsey Berends at Sedbergh Hills FR 2011

The Inter club fell races series is between 7 local athletics clubs – Preston H, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC, Chorley A & TC, Lytham St Annes RRC, Red Rose RR, Thornton Cleveleys RC & Wesham RR & AC.

There are 4 races in the series with 3 to count for individual prizes and all 4 races to count for team prizes

Inter Club Fell Races 2017

DateRaceCategory
29/4/17Cake RaceBM
8/6/17Two LadsBS
6/7/17Bull HillBS
13/8/17Boulsworth FellBM

Inter Club Series Results
2017

 

 

Club Records

Mick McLoughlin, completed the BG in 2005

Bob Graham Round
The Bob Graham Round is a fell running challenge in the Lake District. It is named after Bob Graham, who in June 1932 broke the Lakeland Fell record by traversing 42 fells, 66 miles and climbing 26,900 feet within 24 hours. This was not completed by anyone else until 1960.

Since then the following members of Preston Harriers have completed the Bob Graham:

1975       Mike Gilbert
1976       Rick Curwen
1988       Adrian Lowe
1989       Peter Orr
1992       Pete Benson
1992       Ken Taylor
1992       Les Orr
2005       Mick McLouglin
2010       Emma Gregory