Brilliant team efforts by our Fell Runners brought double success with first places for the Ladies and the Men in Run The Moors Fell Grand Prix. The key to success is getting to the start line and crossing the finish line and the Harriers were up to it, consistently taking on new challenges throughout the season.
In addition to the team awards there were outstanding performances by our runners to secure individual awards throughout the age ranges.
The Thursday Fell Group meet at 6:45 for 7:00pm start and the autumn/winter training schedule and venues are available on our Fell Training Page or click here.
Please bring a head torch, waterproofs, gloves, buff or hat.
The 2021 Fell Championship is now complete. please click the button to go to the Results page or Click on Fell Championship Result in the left hand selection box
There were celebrations all round at Waddington on Sunday as Middleton Harriers came away with category wins for Martha Urwin (V40) and John hall (V70) in a fast 10K out and back on Waddington Moor. As we await the the final result Middleton ladies are already assured a win in the Run The Moors Grand Prix Team results and the men are awaiting confirmation of their position - Watch this space!
A great turnout by the Harriers at Groovy Kinder Love Fell Race (AL) meant that both ladies and men teams improved their leads the inter-club Run The Moors Grand Prix. First Missleton man home was Graham Jordan followed by Tony Walsh, with Craig Sutherland third. First lady home was Karen Hallet followed by Cathie Murphy in second. This race had it all - long slow climbs, sharp descents, rock scrambles, moorland trogs and a cut-off before the last exhausting climb. Everyone got home safe and well, with many stirring memories!
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Club Championship results can be found here
Thursday night was a good night to be on the Fells for Middleton Harriers as the Ladies won the team prize and John Cox and John Hall won their respective Categories in this tough little race.
Middleton Harriers have an annual Club Fell Championship and also take part in the Run The Moors Fell Grand Prix. Both Series are open to any Middleton Harrier to
take part in and there is no charge other than race fees.
You must complete 4 of the 7 Fell Races for the Run The Moors Grand Prix and the Middleton Harriers Fell Championship.
The list of Races can be found by clicking on the Fell Championship Races 2021 in the left hand pane or by clicking here.
Please remember that Fell running can be dangerous and most fell races will request that you take full kit or some kit each race will specify at the start of the race. Full kit includes waterproof top with attached hood (taped seams), waterproof bottoms (taped seams), hat, gloves, whistle, compass and emergency food. You will need to check when you enter the race.
Turnslack has a bit of everything for everyone. A climb from the farm track before descending down a slippery
slope to a bog, followed by a stream with a steep climb before reaching a runnable trod at Turnslack Dam. a steady climb to an unidentified stone structure before levelling off and gently
climbing across trackless moor to the Trig. A fast descent takes you past past farm ruins to an empty reservoir before a steep climb, with an occasional false summit to rough moorland. When you
are about to give up hope there is a descent to a stile and pasture before another climb (why not try all fours?) which leads to the turbine farm. Now you can feel the end is near. Find the trod
and stick to it like glue down to Cuckoo Hill, a little bit of quarry work and then a dash down through the ferns to a wall resembling the Eiger (north face of course), more ferns and finally the
road to St James Church. Well done you!
A good turnout by Middleton saw 11 Harriers take on this classic of South Pennine Fell Races. First home was Jorden Burke in a time of 1:20:37 from Martha Urwin (6th Overall Lady and 1st V45) 1:38:41 and Tony Walsh 1:48:06. Second Lady home was Karen Hallett 1:57:32 with John Cox (V70) third man 1:57:37 and Louise Butterworth third lady 1:58:18. Excellent performances all round with a category win for John Hall (M75) and a team prize for the Ladies - same time same place next year?
The inclusion of the event in the local "Run The Moors Grand Prix Series" and the glorious weather took the number of starters to a near record level of 156.
With a Covid-Secure environment in place and the introduction of pre-entry and chip timing the participants began the race with a socially distanced walk-thru start over the timing mat before getting down to business.
Overall, Andrew Fleet (Saddleworth Runners) was first over the finish line with an excellent time of 25:50 followed by Thomas Manton (U18, Stockport Harriers) having a great start to the season with a time of 25:54 and Lewis Hinchcliffe 26:21 (Rochdale Harriers).
First home in the female race was Martha Tibbot (Saddleworth Runners) in 28:08 followed by Heather Hughes (YMCA) 32:40 and Joanne Ellis (Pennine Fell Runers) 32:56.
First Middleton Harrier home was Jorden Burke (30:05), followed by Stephen Lowe in 36:06 and Martha Urwin in 37:07 (3rd in Cat).
Other Middleton Category places went to Paul Collinge 42:53 (3rd in Cat), John Cox 43:13 (2nd in Cat) and John Hall 45:12 (1st in Cat), Rose Rowson (2nd in Cat). Great running by all the Middleton Harriers who took part.
Photos from the event can be found here: PHOTOS
The Fell Championship got underway on Saturday with The Cake Race, hosted by Saddleworth Runners. 10 Harriers took part and some excellent results were achieved. Jordan Burke was first home in a time of 1:13:42 coming 8th overall and 2nd MV40. Martha Urwin was 2nd Harrier home coming 80th overall, 12th Lady, and 2nd W45. Other good runs were achieved by Tony Walsh 4th M55, John Hall 3rd M70.
The full Cake Race results can be found here:
Photos Paul Taylor (S/Worth), Shirley Hall
Photos by Dean Diggle
Our fell runners have a training session with runners from other local clubs every Thursday
evening. The group caters for all abilities. They tend to meet up at different locations, therefore to attend these groups you need to check the
Thursday training schedules
Members will need a headtorch (in winter) & should always ensure you bring a hat, gloves, waterproof and extra layers, you never know what the weather may be like on the fells.
Time: 6:45pm meet for a 7:00pm start. Training Night Schedule
Please let Michelle know if you are attending or if you were attending then decide not to come on: 07753