Midgley Moor (BS)
28 February ’15
A record number of entries registered at the pretty setting of Booth cricket club for the Midgley Moor race. This was thanks in part, to the race being the first counter in the Run the Moors Grand Prix which acts as a joint club championship for several clubs from the South West Pennine area.
Pre race chat was dominated by route choice. A rarity in shorter races but this would surely have a part to play. Although the majority of the race is unflagged, I think you’d struggle to get properly lost, unless it was really claggy. However, vital seconds, minutes even, could be gained by picking the best lines.
The race starts with a stiff climb that typifies the steep sided valleys of Calderdale. Once things start to level off a little farm fields are swapped for wilder, heather moor. This is where the fun starts. A follow my leader fashion was quickly replaced with a pebble dash of runners scattered all over Midgley Moor, taking several different trods. Or even opting for the more kamikaze style of out and out heather bashing to cut crucial corners.
The finish is a bounding decent, where you can really let go, all the way back down to the farmer’s field. Finishers were rewarded by the local farmer, who was handing out the newest post race recovery drink to hit the market “RegoMoo” but it reminded me of a pint bottle of semi skimmed, if I’m being honest.
First place for the Men went to Shaun Godsman of Calder Valley Fell. With the local club also picking up the men’s team prize. Helen Berry of Holmfirth took the Women’s honours, with Clayton taking the women’s team prize. Ken Taylor of Rossendale won his category yet again, being the first vet 60 male.
A healthy number Rossendale Harriers turned out, which is great to see. In previous (recent) years you could count them on one hand at these sort of local races. So the club is definatley going in the right direction on the fells. A special mention goes out to Rossendale Harrier Keith Walmsley for completing his first fell race. He seemed to of had a good do, but was reportedly heard afterwards saying “it’s a bit dangerous. Isn’t it?” Only if you let yourself believe it Keith.
Full results found here.
Thanks again to Woodentops for the use of their excellent photos.