Fell Race Championship 2022

After two years away, the Fell Race Championship was back! In 2022 the Fell Race Championship returned for the first time since 2019 and saw some fantastic racing.

For the 2022 season, we chose 12 local races, including a mix of steep and not steep, long and short, and even an English Championships counter (Bradwell). So there was something for everyone.

We had lots of runners take part, from those who had been running the fells for years to those taking their first steps off the tarmac.

The full results are available via the 2022 Striders Fell Championships spreadsheet and are summarised below.

We published updates throughout the season (after race 5 and race 10).

2022 Championship Races

Number Race Cat Date
1 Kinder Downfall BM Sun 17 Apr
2 Tiger’s Trail BS Wed 27 Apr
3 Totley Moor BM Tue 24 May
4 Bamford Sheepdog Trials BS Thu 2 Jun
5 Burbage Skyline BS Tue 7 Jun
6 Grindleford BS Thu 16 Jun
7 Tideswell BS Fri 24 Jun
8 Holme Moss AL Sun 24 Jul
9 Bradwell AS Sat 13 Aug
10 Great Longstone BS Fri 2 Sep
11 Curbar Commotion BM Sat 1 Oct
12 Roaches BL Sun 13 Nov

How it was scored

The overall winning times in each race for both males and females were noted, and then each runner’s finishing time was compared to that. The best 5 race scores through the season counted. For example:

  • The winning man runs in 1hr dead….. 1:00:00 (this is classed as 100%)
  • Winning Time / Striders Time * 100 gives the Strider’s time as a percentage against the winning time.
  • Strider A runs 1:05:00 (92.31%, so 92.31 pts)
    Strider B runs 1:10:00 (85.71%, so 85.71 pts)
    Strider C runs 1:15:00 (80.00%, so 80.00 pts)
    Strider D runs 1:20:00 (75.00%, so 75.00 pts)
  • A great thing about this system is that the women’s times are compared against the fastest women’s winning time.

Your top 5 results count towards your championship score. There were no bonus points for attendance this year, so it’s purely based on race performances.

Points were gained according to finishing time. Scores throughout the season were kept and updated after each race. Members competed in the usual gender and age categories; M, F, senior, V40, V50, and V60.

2022 Winners

Senior Women: 1st – Sally Twigg

Senior Men: 1st – Seth Kirby; 2nd – Jim Rangeley

V40 women: 1st – Rachel Rea

V40 men: 1st – Paul Middlemas; 2nd – Louis Wood

V50 women: no winner

V50 men: 1st – Al Cook; 2nd – Mark Platton

V60 women: 1st – Jo Gleig

V60 men: 1st – Kevin Haighton

V70 women: no winner

V70 men: 1st – Paul Shelton