The freedom of the fells
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 the juniors we have a Junior Fell Running Championship with age group categories for Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 & Under 17.
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.
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 2019 Training Schedule:
|Chipping Fell Foot|
Longridge Fell Quarry
Chipping Fell Foot
|Chipping Fell Foot|
Paddy's Pole Fell Race
Chipping Fell Foot
|Longridge Fell Quarry|
Chipping Fell Foot
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.
Park on Dole Lane opposite Hare & Hounds pub.
Fell Foot, Chipping
On Startifants Lane, about 1½ miles from Chipping village.
Nick of Pendle CP at summit on Clitheroe Road between Pendleton and Sabden.
Swimming Pool CP
Warren Fold, opposite Shireburn Arms.
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 2019-20 Training Schedule:
Start Time: 7.15pm
Park and Hill sessions: Scholars, Church Brow, Preston, PR5 4BH
Dock sessions: Behind Odeon Cinema, Riversway, Preston, PR2 2YQ
Club Fell Running Championship
Roger Taylor at New Dungeon Ghyll FR 2016
Club Fell Championship 2019
The series consists of 10 races:
|23/2/19||High Cup Nick||BM|
|6/6/19||Leo Pollard Memorial Race||BM|
|27/10/19||Grin and Bear It||BL|
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 – 5 best races, any distance to count for points.
Trophies are awarded to Best Male & Female, Male Vet 40, Male Vet 50, Male Vet 60 & Female Vet 40
Junior Fell Running Championship 2019
The Junior Fell Running Championship 2019 is open to all boys and girls from age 9 to 15.
There will be 6 races in the series with the runners best 3 race scores to count for awards.
The races chosen are:
|25/5/19||Hutton Roof Crags||Near Carnforth|
Age Groups – Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 17
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
- The runner who has won the most races ‘head to head’
- The runner with the lowest total time in the ‘head to head’ races
For further information please contact the junior series organiser:
Roy Parkinson, Fell Leader in Running Fitness (FLiRF), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2020
|23/5/20||Hutton Roof Crags||BM|
Inter Club Series Results
| 2019 | 2018 | 2017 |
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
The Fell Runners Association (FRA) produce a comprehensive Handbook and Fixture Calendar and information on all fell races. Most fell runners also join the FRA.
Fell Runners Association:
The Bob Graham Round:
The Kendal Winter League, organized by Helm Hill Runners is a series of junior and senior races every Sunday from January to March. For seniors the race distance is around 4 miles. The courses range from traditional cross country, hilly trail, easy fell to steeper fell terrain. There is a prize for everyone completing the series, 7 out of 11 races.
Kendal Winter League:
British Open Fell Runners Association:
Pete Bland Sports:
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