Valley
Striders

 
Key Dates
 
Updated 11 Dec 2014

Click here for last year's dates (we don't have a full calendar for 2015 so you may be interested to see what races were when in 2014)

     
2014  2015 GRAND PRIX RACES IN 2014
     
Sun 14 Dec[GP-XC] Peco XC race 2 at Pontefract or Nostell Priory
Fri 26 Dec[GP-TF]Chevin Chase Leeds Race Series
     
2015  2015
     
Sun 4? Jan[GP-XC]Peco XC race 3 at West Park Leeds
Sat 10 Jan Yorkshire XC at Lightwater Valley
Sun 18 Jan Brass Monkey half marathon
Sat 24 Jan Northern Cross Country at Pontefract
Sun 8 Feb[GP-XC]Peco XC race 4 at Bodington Hall Adel
Sun 8 Feb New Harewood off road half marathon (British Heart Foundation)
Sat 21 Feb National Cross Country at Parliament Hill London
Sun 1 Mar[GP-XC]Peco XC race 5 at Roundhay Park
Sat 28 Mar Northern 12 & 6 stage at Liverpool

Codes in square brackets as follows

NB See also "General Year Planner"



Full Fell Running Calendar

The authoritative fell running calendar is at www.fellrunner.org.uk

The calendars contain a range of information, some more than others but almost all will at least contain total distance and total ascent (from 2011 this will be metricated). This is also summarised by a set of letters (e.g. AL, BS, CM etc). The first (A, B or C) basically summarises the average amount of ascent and descent per mile (76, 38 and 30.4 m of ascent per mile for A, B and C respectively) in the race whilst the second (S (<6 miles), M (6 – 12 miles) or L (>12 miles)) summaries the distance. For example, Snowdon International Race is 10 miles long with 1000m of ascent, therefore it is category AM.

In addition to this other abbreviations inform potential runners of the nature of the race. A novice would probably be better to avoid races with the initial ER – experience required; in addition you may also see NS – navigational skills required – and LK – local knowledge an advantage. An ideal race for a novice fell runner is probably one signified with the initials PM – partially marked.

Another useful piece of information you can get from race calendars is the record times. These give the potential runner a good guestimate of how long a runner can be out for and the seriousness of the terrain. For example Jura Fell Race at 16 miles long has a record of just over 3 hours, so even the best runners are only just averaging 5 mph, whereas the classic Yorkshire 3 Peaks race, at 23 miles long, has a record of 2:46 so the top runners are 7-8 minute