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Windgather Fell Race
Near Buxton, Derbyshire

Never fear, the Rochdale Cowboys are here

  Advertised Statistics Measured Statistics
Distance 13.5 miles 13.5 miles
Total Climbs 2500' 2750ft by E-OS Map
Electronic map traces .gpx .mmo

The very scenic course is generally good under foot when ascending and has one very rough, bouldery descent on the third and final hill. Technically its not difficult, but the 2,500 foot of climbs are very hard work if you are not used to that kind of ascent with a distance longer than a half marathon.  Part of the ascent is a long section of stone slabs.

There is plenty of parking on field near start (be careful if you have low suspension).  This year the main hall was open and there were plenty of loos.  There was a good stall selling gels, shoes, watches etc.  En route there were two water stations (bottle at first and cup at second).  In 2007 the finish took a different route, down to the field car park and this was a nice finish.

Food available at end at very reasonable prices (cheese butties, fruit cake, coffee etc., 75p for cheese & pickle + cuppa).  Stylish T-shirts to those completing this and the other 2 races in the Goyt Valley series.  

This was a superbly organised event on a stunning course.   

Tip: wear low soled trail shoes (fell shoes not necessary or desirable in my opinion - only one rough descent).

2010 update
The race was blessed with perfect weather and clear views, with about 240 
finishers.   The cows in the car park at the start was an interesting addition.  Rampant butty inflation saw prices escalate to a massive 1 for cheese and pickle, but the talking point was definitely the third place finish by unattached LV35 Emma Wilson in 1:40:34, just 37 seconds behind the overall winner.  A ladies course record by 15 minutes.  Awesome, and apparently this was only her second fell race! 

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14 January 2010  
(C) Copyright John Mayall 2006, 2007 and 2010.