Fell Handicap

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 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.

Event Dates (click to see events calendar)

12th December 2021

The full event details are on the Fell Section Facebook page along with start times for all runners. Please read the ‘rules’ carefully!

Pre registration (to make life easier on the day) – please fill in the PRE-REGISTRATION GOOGLE FORM

Race Day Registration and start are at the St Dunstan’s Inn (Langley).

12th December 2021 – start times from 8.45am, entry £7 (soup and sandwich),  less experienced runners to pair up.

The route heads off into Macclesfield Forest and participants must find there way to the top of Shutlingsloe then up to the Cat & Fiddle. From the Cat the routes heads off towards Shining Tor but before that is the infamous ‘Sweetie Tree’ cunningly hidden at the top of Shooter’s Clough (SK 000 736) where a bag of chocolates will be found – take one, eat it and keep the wrapper as evidence you were there (there is a 20-30 minute penalty for missing this out). After the tree head for Shining Tor, out towards Andrew’s Edge, down to Lamaload, on to the Water Treatment Works and then along to Walker Barn via field paths. After Walker Barn the next stop is Tegg’s Nose viewpoint before dropping down to Tegg’s Nose reservoir to the finish line.

Tradition is for a soup and sandwich in the St Dunstan’s Inn afterwards for post run banter and prizes.

Phil Cheek (along with lots of help) has organised this event for many years. Full kit is required and for less experienced runners pairing up is advised.