The Great Urban Fell Race result and report by Matt Gibson

Race Date: Wednesday 24th October 2018

The first in a series of six running races around Sheffield with an element of navigation and a post-race social took us to Sheffield’s only Iron Age Hill Fort which was one of three controls that needed to be navigated to. These races are great for having a sociable run out in the winter months and discovering different parts of the city.

The Great Urban Fell Race got the series off to a good start last Wednesday with 26 runners on the night (and 1 the following eve). Tom Saville, a novice on this course, won and took over 3 minutes off the record with a new time of 62.59.  Joe Sweetnam-Powell won on the short course taking just over 10 minutes off the previous record.
Several people had navigation problems mostly on the short course but everyone was back in time for the first of our winter BBQs – plenty of burgers, sausages, mulled wine and parkin got consumed.

7 Striders turned out on a chilly windy evening, Joe Sweetnam-Powell and Andy Woffindin doing the short course of around 6 miles (depending on how good or bad their navigating was) and Nick Hails, John Armitage, Phil Dooley, Kieran Surgeon and myself doing the long course which took us 9.8 miles.

Next up the Springvale Spirals on the 22nd November, with incorporates Sheffield’s steepest hill followed by fish and chips.

Link to results page:

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