- Date & time: Sat 12th Sep 2020 at 11:00
- Country: England
- Region: Peak District
- Category: AL GPS:
- Website: pennineridgefellrunner.blogspot.com
- Distance: 23km / 14.3m
- Climb: 1200m / 3937ft
- Venue: Scout Hut, Swallow House Lane, Hayfield, SK22 2HB.
- Grid ref: 034871
- Skills & experience: ER, LK, NS
- Minimum age: 18
- Patrick Barry
Due to a misunderstanding between the race organiser and the NT/Natural England, the 2018 race actually went ahead without having gained permissions from all of the land owners. This issue came to light late in 2019 and did not allow enough time to gain the permissions for the 2019 race leading to its cancellation. A new race organiser was sought and I volunteered. The first task was to gain the necessary permissions, but this failed in that I was denied "off footpath" access to both Brown Knoll and the Harry Hut area. This necessitated a redesign of the race route to keep it 100% on NT land, which really simplifies matters as I am now only dealing with a single landowner.
After a bit of toing and froing with the NT the route shown below has been agreed and has been submitted to Natural England (NE) for their approval. NE have a turn-around time, so hopefully I will have the race confirmed by March/April 2020. The race is still an "AL" but it is actually easier than the 2018 version as I have had to stay to footpaths as much as possible. This will make for easier running and I would expected the men's 2018 time of 02:22:24 to be well beaten.
With access being denied to the Harry Hut area, it was decided to continue straight onto Mill Hill, and then down William Clough. But the safety aspect of this was questioned as William Clough is very narrow and there could well be a lot of walkers assending as the runners were descending, so the decision was made to reverse the race route.
This will make for an ideal first AL for anybody wanting to give this category a go as it is right down near the minimum acquirements for this category.
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
This area is a SSSI, which does limit where the race can go. Hence there are a lot of checkpoints, to stop people going "off-piste", which would endanger getting permissions for future events. The CPs are not set in stone but the route will be more of less what is shown below.
This is the route details that have been agreed with the NT and have been submitted to Natural England
|Groovy Kinder Love Start Valley Road, Finish Scout Hut|
|Start to CP 1 (Christine's Gate)|
|Mount Famine and South Head|
|South Head to Jacobs Ladder|
|Jacob's Ladder to Edale Rocks & Broad Clough|
|Broad Clough to Kinder Downfall|
|Kinder Downfall to William Clough Climb|
|William Clough, Mill Hill, Leygatehead Moor|
|Shooting Cabin, Snake Path|
|Snake Path to Groovy Kinder Love finish by Scout Hut|