How quickly can you round the Pike and back?

HOW quickly can you get from Hebden Bridge to Stoodley Pike and back?

That’s the challenge facing runners tackling the Hebden Bridge fell race, which this year takes place on the evening of Thursday June 9.

The race, now in its sixth year, attracts both elite runners and less experienced runners, including those relatively new to the local sport of fell-running.

The route, at about six miles, involves around 1,200 feet of climbing, including the hands-and-knees pull up the bank on to Erringden moor.

According to race organiser Andrew Bibby, of Todmorden Harriers, this could be a year which sees the records broken.

“The conditions under foot on Erringden moor are still very dry at the moment, which will make the moorland sections very runnable.

“Also the resurfacing work on the Pennine Way path up to the Pike will definitely speed up runners on the outward section,” he said.

The men’s course record, of 42 minutes 41 seconds, was set two years ago by Calder Valley runner Karl Gray, while Lisa Lacon of Holmfirth Harriers has the best women’s time, of 52 minutes 29 seconds, set as long ago as 2007.

The prizegiving will take place after the race in Hebden Bridge’s White Swan pub, where supper will be available.

As well as the usual prizes, special prizes will once again be given to the fastest male and female runner taking part in their first ever fell race.

Registration will take place in Machpelah Mill, just beside the entrance to Calder Holmes Park, and the race itself will begin in the park at 7.15pm.

Northern Rail have given permission for runners to use the station car park for the evening.

The race is open to all runners over 16.