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 2019 Training Schedule:

MonthDateLocation
April2
9
16
23
30
Chipping Fell Foot
White Coppice
Longridge Fell Quarry
Abbey Village
Garstang
May7
14
21
28
White Coppice
Brinscall
Chipping Fell Foot
Tockholes
June4
11
18
25
Chipping Fell Foot
White Coppice
Paddy's Pole Fell Race
White Coppice
July2
9
16
23
30
Pendle
Hurst Green
Abbey Village
White Coppice
No training
August6
13
20
27
Pendle
White Coppice
Chipping Fell Foot
White Coppice
September3
10
17
24
Longridge Fell Quarry
Abbey Village
Chipping Fell Foot
Brinscall

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 2019-20 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
19/12/19Docks
12/9/19Park26/12/19No Session
19/9/19Hills2/1/20Park
26/9/19Docks9/1/20Hills
3/10/19Park16/1/20Docks
10/10/19Hills23/1/20Park
17/10/19Docks30/1/20Hills
24/10/19Park6/2/20Docks
31/10/19Hills13/2/20Park
7/11/19Docks20/2/20Hills
14/11/19Park27/2/20Docks
21/11/19Hills5/3/20Park
28/11/19 Docks12/3/20Hills
5/12/19Park19/3/20Docks
12/12/19Hills26/3/20Park

 

 

Club Fell Running Championship

Roger Taylor at New Dungeon Ghyll FR 2016

Club Fell Championship 2019
The series consists of 10 races:

DateRaceCategory
12/1/19Clough HeadAS
23/2/19High Cup NickBM
6/4/19PendleAS
4/5/19ConistonAM
6/6/19Leo Pollard Memorial RaceBM
22/6/19Clougha PikeAS
21/7/19Holme MossAL
31/7/19Lee MillBM
21/9/19Three ShiresAL
27/10/19Grin and Bear ItBL

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

Senior Fell Championship Results
2019  |  2018  |  2017  |  2016  |

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:

DateRaceVenue
6/4/19PendleBarley
20/4/19Rivington PikeHorwich
5/5/19Great HameldonAccrington
25/5/19Hutton Roof CragsNear Carnforth
22/6/19Clougha PikeLancaster
3/8/19Hellifield GalaHellifield

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

  1. The runner who has won the most races ‘head to head’
  2. 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: rwpark57@hotmail.co.uk

Junior Fell Championship Results
2019  |  2018  2017 |

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 2019

DateRaceCategory
6/4/19PendleAS
6/6/19 Leo Pollard Memorial RaceBM
22/6/19Clougha PikeAS
31/7/19Lee MillBM

Inter Club Series Results
2019  |  2018   |  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