The annual club fell handicap is an internal club event held each year sometime in December (2nd or 3rd Sunday). It is always a popular club race, is great fun and opportunity to bring many fell and trail runners together for a festive social.
The start times are staggered (anything from 8.45am to 10.15am) based on an intricate handicap system.
The aim is that everybody finishes about 12.45pm ready to retire to the St Dunstan Inn for soup, sandwich, beer and prizes. The route is about 14 miles, 2,500′ starting in Langley taking in Macclesfield Forest, Shutlingsloe, Cumberland Clough, Cat & Fiddle, the infamous ‘sweetie tree’, Shining Tor, Lamaload, Walker Barn & Tegg’s Nose viewpoint.
NOTE: This is a winter race and the weather historically has been at times pleasant and at other times harsh, cold, icy and snowy. Participants should be familiar with the course and competent at handling themselves in what can be challenging conditions. Full winter kit (jacket/trousers with taped seams, hat, gloves, whistle, food/drink, spare warm layer) including map and compass are required in all weather.
If you are unsure about any aspect of this event please contact the fell and trail section leads to have a chat – assuming you have the kit, can handle the terrain and distance they will pair you up with somebody more experienced.