Winter Handicap

The handicap is open to CVFR club members and is one of the very best reasons to join the club – where the spirit of competition and camaraderie is apparent in equal measure.

The Winter Handicap is a simple race – out, around Stoodley Pike and back to Stubbs Field in Mytholmroyd. The complication is in the planning and organisation of the event.

BS – 5.5 miles/1000ft - Sat 28th January 2023 - 12noon


How it works

Runners set off at their appointed staggered start times – the slower runners starting earliest – with the objective of creating a mass finish. Whoever puts in the biggest effort in on the day will walk away with the trophy.

Start times are calculated based upon your recent performances at fell races. As no 2 races are the same, some magical calculations are performed by our Statto, which should theoretically give a prediction of how you will fare.

Members who have not taken part in enough recent races to have had an accurate start time calculated will be allocated an approximate start time and will be marked with an asterisk. Those runners who are marked with an asterisk will still be able to race for fun and glory, but would not be eligible for the trophy. Likewise if through injury, or whatever, you do not feel that you can achieve the estimated pace for yourself then you have the option of starting at whatever time you choose but will not be eligible to win the trophy if you choose your own start time.       




Register at Stubbs Field, Mytholmroyd. Grid Ref SE 006260. Then retire afterwards for free chip butties at MCC


How much

Traditionally this race is a free event for club members, but this year we are asking for a contribution of £3 to help cover some of the costs (please try and bring correct change). Thank you.


Race Organiser

Dougie Zinis:


Race requirements

Full body cover, hat and gloves must be carried as minimum but full FRA kit would be preferred. You will not be allowed to race without adequate kit for the conditions.



Any junior who has raced in a senior race is eligible to do this but as the handicap is in winter full FRA kit must be carried.  If any junior is in any doubt about what will be required and what conditions could be encountered then please have a chat with one of our junior coaches. 






(Since 2003 only) 
Male – Chris Holdsworth (2020) - 34:28
Female – Jo Smith (2006) - 42:48




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