It's the weekend!
And what a treat there is in store for fell runners in the UK – the weather is set to be decent, and there are masses of races on. So, now there’s excuse (this author included) to not get our there and rock ‘n roll on the rocks and rolling hills!
With no fewer than 11 events on (1 in Northern Ireland, 6 in England, 1 in Wales and 3 in Scotland) there is a good choice with a fair few taking entries on the day – the classic Half Tour of Pendle perhaps looks the pick of the bunch.
FRI. MAR 5. HIGH PEAK MARATHON ®. BL. 11.00 p.m. 42m/5400’. Venue: Edale Village Hall. GR SK124853. £72.00, pre-entry. Per team of 4. Entries closed for 2010. For 2011 enter in Nov. via website or contact organiser. ER/LK/NS. Over 18. Records: Sub 4, 08.07.00, 1988; f. Dark Peak, 11.21.53, 2008. Overnight marathon for teams of 4 running together. Details: Richard Bradbury, 126 Greystones Road, Sheffield, S11 7BR. Tel: 07793 989922. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: highpeakmarathon.org.uk.
SAT. MAR 6. BIRNAM HILL CLASSIC. AS. 12.00 p.m. 4m/1740’. Venue: Beatrix Potter Garden, opposite Birnam House Hotel. GR NO32420. £7.00, pre-entry. By Feb 28th. £15 for series. Registration at Birnham Guest House (GR NO032420). ER/LK/PM. Over 16. Records: P. Prasad, 29.36, 2009; f. A. Mudge, 35.47, 2008. Second race in 3 race series over Fri to Sun. [First race is an evening trail race at 8 p.m. Fri, River Tay Dash, 4.5m/150’. £7 pre-entry. Registration Birnham Guest House. Start Hermitage Car Park (GR NO012421), finish Jubilee Park (GR NO032420)]. Details: Adrian Davis, Birnham Guest House, 4 Murthly Terrace, Birnham, Dunkeld, PH8 0BG. Tel: 01350 727201. Email: email@example.com. Website: wildoutdoors.info
SAT. MAR 6. BLACK COMBE ®. AM. 12.00 p.m. 8m/3400’. Venue: Silecroft Village Hall. GR SD133821. £7.00, on day. Teams of 4. ER/LK/NS/PM. Over 18. Records: I. Holmes, 01.05.18, 1997; f. M. Todd, 01.18.49, 1997. Map on website. No dogs on course. No safety pins. Details: Keith Nixon, 18 Broughton Park, Broughton-in-Furness, LA20 6HB. Tel: 01229 716491. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: bcrunners.org.uk.
SAT. MAR 6. CARDING MILL CANTER ®. AS. 1.00 p.m. 4m/1800’. Venue: Carding Mill Valley Pavillion, Church Stretton. GR 443946. £5.00, on day. ER/LK/NS/PM. Over 16. Records: T. Davies, 37.35, 2005; f. A. Bartlett, 47.36, 2007. Juniors: Over 16 race. Fifth counter in the Shropshire Hills Winter Series. Details: Dave Nichols, Hillrise, Hazler Road, Church Stretton, SY6 7AQ. Tel: 01694 725597. Email: email@example.com. Website: merciafellrunners.org.uk.
SAT. MAR 6. HALF TOUR OF PENDLE ®. AM. 11.00 a.m. 9m/2250’. Venue: Barley, nr Burnley. GR 823403. £2.50, pre-entry. ER/LK/NS. Over 18. Records: S. Livesey, 01.02.10, 1996; f. L. Wright, 01.14.23, 1996. Please park legally and with consideration. Details: Barrie Walmsley, Twynham, 19 Whinney Lane, Langho, Blackburn, BB6 8DQ. Tel: 01254 248025. Website: clayton-le-moors-harriers.co.uk.
SAT. MAR 6. PIPE DREAM. AS. 12.00 p.m. 5m/1700’. Venue: Dolgarrog Community Centre. GR SH769676. £3.50, on day. PM. Over 18. Records: M. Roberts, 35.54, 2008; f. A. Frost, 38.21, 2008. Parking. Food and hot drinks. Details: Craig Jones, . Tel: 07815 292213. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: wfra.co.uk.
SAT. MAR 6. SLIEVE GULLION. AS. 12.00 p.m. 4m/1000’. Venue: Check website for new location. £5.00, on day. Teams. LK. Over 16. New route. NIMRA Short Championship. Post race refreshments available at prizegiving in Mullaghbawn. Details: Brian Vallely, 14 Victoria Street, Armagh, BT61 9DT. Tel: 028 3751 1248. Email: email@example.com. Website: nimra.org.uk.
SUN. MAR 7. BISHOP HILL. AS. 2.00 p.m. 2.5m/1000’. Venue: Forest above Portmoak Village Hall. GR 182022. £4.00, on day. Unattached + £2. Entry and refreshments in Village Hall. Teams of 3. PM. Over 16. Records: J. Lennox, 17.29, 2008; f. C. Whitehead, 21.16, 2009. Juniors: Race to half way for over 12s. Full body cover. Details: Alan Graham, 36 Main Street, Kingskettle, KY15 7PN. Tel: 01337 831425. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: lomondhillrunners.co.uk.
SUN. MAR 7. CHEW VALLEY SKYLINE ®. BL. 11.00 a.m. 13m/2000’. Venue: Dovestone Sailing Club, Greenfield, Saddleworth. GR SE013033. £7.00, pre-entry. By Feb 27th. Limit 250. Teams. ER/NS. Over 18. Records: G. Devine, 01.47.31, 1989; f. C. Haigh, 02.02.31, 1989. Full kit required. Part of course on private land – no training on this. Details: Martyn Hodgson, Stonefield, Waters Road, Marsden, Huddersfield, HD7 6NG. Tel: 01484 846889. Email: email@example.com. Website: saddleworth-runners.co.uk.
SUN. MAR 7. CLOUD NINE ®. BM. 11.00 a.m. 9m/1250’. Venue: Brunswick Wharf, Congleton. GR SJ865634. £5.00 pre-entry, £6.00 on day. Soup & roll included. Teams. PM. Over 18. Records: S. Bailey, 54.25, 2008; f. O. Walwyn, 59.03, 2009. Safe baggage storage. Details: Pete Doyle, 9 Higginson Close, Congleton, CW12 3SU. Tel: 07973 906911. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: congleton-harriers.co.uk.
SUN. MAR 7. DEUCHARY HILL CANTER. AM. 11.00 a.m. 11m/2600’. Venue: Hilton Hotel car park. GR NO010426. £7.00, pre-entry. By Feb 28th. Registration in Birnham Guest House (GR NO032420). ER/LK/NS/PM. Over 18. Records: A. Symonds, 01.30.50, 2009; f. A. Mudge, 01.38.42, 2008. Finish at Cally car park (GR NO023437). Race 3 in 3 race series over Fri to Sun. No toilets. Details: Adrian Davis, Birnham Guest House, 4 Murthly Terrace, Birnham, Dunkeld, PH8 0BG. Tel: 01350 727201. Email: email@example.com. Website: wildoutdoors.info