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The Stoop Fell Race

Sun 16 Dec 2018, Haworth

The sight of over 200 runners with Santa hats bobbing as they head across Haworth Moor is quite a sight and it`s repeated annually at the Stoop fell race from Penistone country park. The Stoop is a short and fast fell race, with early positions key as the runners cross the thin path over the open moor. It`s then an ascent of Harbour Hill and then the Oxenhope Stoop Hill itself, where conditions were wet and muddy.

Over the 4.9mile route, with just 700 feet of ascent, Colin Shuttleworth finished a very good 49th, and first vet 60 in a time of 39.44. Steven Bamber was 72nd in 42.30 and Alan Martin not far behind, 88th in 44.21. Jack Wood of Ilkley Harriers sprinted round with Sam Tosh of Rossendale, with Wood winning in 30.27. Nichola Jackson, now of Ribble Valley, won the ladies race for the fourth successive year in 36.03.

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