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Fell Running

Helen Price on the Langdale Horseshoe

Helen Price on the Langdale Horseshoe

As a club, Harrogate Harriers has seen a strong resurgence in fell-running of late, with more and more members taking to the hills and fells that surround us.  Harrogate is ideally placed for this kind of activity, with the Yorkshire Dales literally on our doorstep and the fells of Cumbria less than two hours away.  You will often find our members out on the hills of Nidderdale and the surrounding moors of Baildon, Rombalds and Ilkley (baht ‘at of course!) and we make regular  fellrunning trips to the Lake District.

Our members participate in a wide range of fell-orientated events, from ultra-long endurance races such as the Fellsman, Lakeland 100 and Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc to the plethora of smaller, local fell races that are  found all across Yorkshire.  The club also competes in National-level relay events and in 2014 and 2015 achieved great results at the Calderdale Way Relays and UKA Fell Relays, our teams finishing ahead of many established fell-running clubs. We also have a small number of clinically insane members who have either completed or are training towards an attempt on the Bob Graham Round, the notorious 42-peak circuit of the Lakeland Fells that was brought to prominence by Richard Askwith’s book “Feet In The Clouds”.

Ben Grant

Ben Grant

The club fell-running representative is Helen Price, who in recent years has amassed considerable experience in the off-road world and is a very accomplished fell and ultra-distance runner. We are also extremely lucky to have Ben Grant as our mentor, for those who don’t know Ben his achievement list is long and distinguished:  He has been the FRA English and British Champion on mulitple occasions and is the current MV65 English champion, moreover he was only narrowly beaten to the 2014 British MV60 title.  He won the World MV55 Mountain Running Championship at Sauze d’ Oulx in Italy in 2004 AND the World MV65 Championship at Betws-y-Coed in 2015, so it’s fair to say we have a very good resource in the club for advice!  Our coach Ian Rowbotham is also an accomplished and highly-regarded fell-runner, with many race victories under his belt.  We have other members (first and second claim) who have amassed years of fell-running experience, to say nothing of huge success.

The overall message is that if you are at all interested in taking your running to the next, infinitely more exciting level, then Harrogate Harriers has something to offer you.  For 2017, our members will be contesting the BOFRA series of races as well as lot of local fell and LDWA events, also some of our members will as heading to Cumbria to compete in the Lakeland Classics.   Please get in touch with me at webmaster@harrogate-harriers.co.uk and I will be sure to pass on your interest to Helen, Ben and Ian.

Off-Road Club Championship

2017 will see the inaugural Harrogate Harriers Off-Road championship:

There are a total of eleven races to choose from, each is categorised as a fell race (F) or trail race (T).  They’ve been selected to be accessible to beginners as well as more experienced off-roaders, none of the fell races have dangerous or debatable terrain and they’re all recognised by either the FRA or BOFRA.   The races have also been selected to be in reasonably close proximity to Harrogate and wherever possible, to take place during the midweek.

For more information please visit the HH Off-Road Championship page – here

2017 Club Fell & Trail Fixtures

  • 21st May: Calderdale Relays, 6 legs ran in pairs, 12 per team. Experience preferable.
  • June: Badger Stone Relays: 3 legs, three teams minimum
  • 15th Oct: FRA British Relays, 6 per team. Experience necessary, Open, Vets and Mixed teams. After the success of the 2016 British Fell relays in Scotland, 2017 will see the relays return to North Wales, hosted once again by Eryri Harriers.
  • 26th Nov: Lee Mill Relays. 4 legs, 2 – 3 teams, experience necessary.

A Club Outing to The Lakes - On Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn Range

A Club Outing to The Lakes – On Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn Range

Harrogate Harriers Male Fell Runner of the Year Recepients are:

  • 2016:  JASON MILLWARD
  • 2015:  BEN GRANT
  • 2014:  JOHN YOUNG
  • 2013:  BEN GRANT
  • 2012:  MARTYN PRICE
  • 2011:  BEN GRANT
  • 2010:  BEN GRANT
  • 2009:  BEN GRANT
  • 2008:  BEN GRANT
  • 2007:  JONATHAN WHITAKER
  • 2006:  BEN GRANT
  • 2005:  BEN GRANT

Harrogate Harriers Female Fell Runner of the Year Recepients are:

  • 2016:  HELEN PRICE
  • 2015:  HELEN PRICE
  • 2014:  HELEN PRICE
  • 2013:  HELEN PRICE
  • 2007:  JACQUI ACKROYD
  • 2005:  SUE DOLAN