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Studmarks from the Summit Fell Race
between Littleborough and Todmorden
Training at L'Académie Fell de Benny Hill paid dividends (picture thanks to Nick Barton, taken near the top of the main climb (near the White House pub))
|Advertised Statistics||Measured Statistics|
|Distance||8.8km||5 miles (if you don't do zig zag descent)|
This race is being run in memory of the legendary fell runner Bill Smith who died tragically on Saddle Fell in 2011 after falling into a bog. The race is from the Summit pub and is great bit of word play on Bill's masterpiece book entitled "Studmarks on the Summit". Allan Greenwood, race organiser, is making a donation from the proceeds to to the Marie Curie Cancer care.
The course has a runnable start up past Chelburn Ressie (pictured above) and over a stile. The path steepens up towards the White House pub (fantastic food!) then levels off across the moor to White Holme Ressie. From there its left along the pennine way and then a fast descent over a tussocky moor, with a choice of zig-zag path or just blasting a b-line to the end.
I have copied Allan Greenwood's very helpful detailed instructions below.
The Summit pub does food and tea (£1.20 for a cuppa!). A van about 1 mile further up the road toward Todmorden sells superb bacon and egg butties and tea.
Many thanks to Allan Greenwood and his colleagues for putting this great race on.
Allan Greenwood's detailed instructions:The race starts outside the pub as White Holme / Race To The Summit. We now use the PBW to avoid the farm, bypassing it through the gated/fenced path.
Copyright John Mayall 2012.