Black Fell Race

Sat 6 July 2019, Kettlewell This year`s Black Fell race, from the Yorkshire Dales village of Kettlewell, was an English Championship event. The race was the fourth of the six counters in the championship, of which there are two short races, two medium, and two long races. Black Fell is a medium classed race and covered 14k, with 700m of overall ascent.

It was a very warm day with runners soon spread out on the track from the start on a sustained climb to Tor Dike, from where there is a very steep climb to the Great Whernside ridge. There is a rough descent on tussocks to climb back up to the Blackfell Top and across easy ground to Great Whernside`s summit at 704m to then drop beyond Sweet Hill, and a run across rough country to Hag Dyke and furious descent to the finish.

273 runners finished, and the both the men’s and ladies records were broken by some considerable margin. Jon Green led the small Harriers contingent home in 1:32.09 for 84th place overall. David Parkington was 143rd in 1:43.44. Colin Shuttleworth, 163rd in 1:48.04 and Michael McLoughlin finished in 2:12.32.

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