At the longer end of medium length fell races (if you know what I mean) Doctor’s Gate is a 12 mile fell race that heads out of Old Glossop along the packhorse trail known as Doctor’s Gate. It was the second race in this year’s Calder Valley club championship so many red and white hoops were on display last Sunday.
From Doctors Gate the route heads north to Shelf Moor before a sadistic drop back to Doctors Gate and an immediate climb back up to James Thorn. The rung out runners then head back to Old Glossop via Dog Rock. With nearly 3000ft of climbing it is a proper tough race.
The race was won by Josh Williams and Nicky Spinks. Calder’s Simon Fisher found the going tough, his legs falling off on the cliff climb where he was passed by his team mate Amanda Farrell. However the consensus seemed to be that it was a really enjoyable route.
A rescheduled race, cancelled last week as heavy snow had blocked access roads, gave a great turn out of 116 runners (after only announcing the go ahead 4 days previously) ;last Sunday.
This year’s race was a vintage edition for atmosphere and spirit – plus the most fantastic weather for fell racing. The organisers were really grateful to those who rallied round to salvage the race after the disappointment of last week.
The race was won by Joe Baxter of Pudsey & Bramley one to watch for the 3 Peaks, he ran strongly right to the end. Closely Follwed by Jack Wood of Ilkely and Sam Watson of Wharfdale in 3rd. Todmorden’s Annie Roberts was the women’s winner, despite a second place the previous day at Boulsworth.
Those Calder Runners who hadn’t headed over to Glossop were lead home by Ultra Expert Kevin Hoult in 9th place in 2:15:043 shortly followed by Iain Illstone in 2:17:39 and 12th . and Paul Haigh in 19th. Gloria Ayuso was first woman back for Calder in 3:13:34.
Big thanks went to Mythomroyd Scouts who managed to cover 7 check points despite losing half their volunteers due to the postponement. Also helping were the teams from Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, RAYNET, and Heptonstall Church.
The event was supported by Slightly Foxed (Cask of Ale / Race Numbers), SIS Science in Sport- (Free Bars Gels and Nutrition Pack Prizes), The Bakehouse (bread), Hebden Bridge Picture House (Tickets and Prizes), Sportsshoes.com (Vouchers). Thanks to The Cross Inn and Heptonstall Museum for providing venues and hospitality – plus all the landowners
Starting from Wycoller Aisled Barn, this race heads south east along Wycoller track, joining up with the Pennine Bridleway, taking in a loop of Boulsworth Hill before heading back to the Village via Turnhole Clough. Racing on Saturday, Calder’s Mark Taylor was 4th from a field of 77 and Barbra Lonsdale was 43rd and 3rd woman.
Boulsworth bog fell race photo credits : David Belshaw. Thank you.
– Calder Valley News Reporter:Tim Brooks