Big turnout expected for tomorrow’s ‘derby’ fell race

A BIG turnout is expected for a “local derby” fell race at Heptonstall on Sunday.

The race, the first of its kind will count in the club championships of both Todmorden Harriers and Calder Valley Fell Runners.

It will also be intended as big community event for the village of Heptonstall and will raise funds for Heptonstall Church.

The 15-mile race covers a spectacular route, much of which has never featured in fell races previously.

The event is the brainchild of a group of runners from the Heptonstall area, many of whom are members of either Todmorden Harriers or Calder Valley Fell Runners.

The group have become known locally as “Heptonstall Harriers” and race organiser Steve Grimley says the aim would be to make it an annual event.

“So far it is unique in that it has been included on the calendars of both the local clubs, so it’s more or less a ‘local derby’,” he said.

“It’s also designed to be an important part of the preparation for runners taking part in the Three Peaks race in April.”

It will also be a big community event with decorations throughout the village and catering and drinks available throughout.

The race starts at 10.30am outside the White Lion with entries on the day at £5 from 9.30am..

It finishes in the village with the fastest runners getting back at around 1pm although participants are expected to be coming in until around 3pm.

After the race there will be a small awards ceremony for the winners.

More details of the event can be found at www.heptonstallfellrace.org.uk