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Calderdale Hike

13-Apr-2019 Sowerby Cricket Club, Sowerby, Yorkshire & the Humber, UK (England)

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60KM / 37Miles
1 Day - 350 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

The Calderdale Hike ultra event for teams or solo runners has 6300 feet of ascent, starting and finishing at Sowerby Cricket Club. Some navigational skills are required.

Compulsory kit checks will take place before the race. Refreshments will be available at the check points and a hot meal will be offered to all participants that complete the hike.

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Linden Howarth

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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SarahCrunning

07:17 16-04-18

I ran this in 2018, which was the race’s 40th anniversary year. The distance was increased to 40 miles to mark the occasion. There was also a 20 mile option. The event is organised by the 24th St. Paul’s Scout Group and is open to both runners and walkers. It has the same kind of friendly feel as LDWA events, and is very efficiently managed by fantastic volunteers. The event has a Facebook Page which provides useful information prior to the race. I was very impressed at the amount of attention to detail and dedication they are willing and able to provide for such a low-budget event – it cost me £20 for 40 miles.

The race itself is a traditional fell race in that there is no official route. There were 16 checkpoints which had to be visited in order. However, there was a suggested route, and a GPX file of this was available on request. My only criticism of the event was that this GPX file was somewhat hit and miss in places. It had all the main paths, but I suspect it had been drawn on a computer that wasn’t zoomed in on the route, and most people using this to navigate did get confused a few times. However, the event details do state that you need some navigational skills, and those people who used a map or plotted their own route between checkpoints had no problems. Navigation is not my strong point. I never went far off-track with the GPX and was never lost, but did acquire a little bonus mileage from a few wrong turns. I am happy to accept that this is part of the experience with this kind of event.

The route for this race is one of the best I’ve run. It isn’t easy terrain, but it is well worth the effort. There are not as many technical descents as you get in parts of the Lake District, but you do need some trail running experience for this one. If you like Yorkshire, then you won’t be disappointed. It had a bit of everything: steep climbs, open moorland, bogs, single-track, woodland and rocky scrambles. It is a beautiful part of the country, and the scenery is spectacular. I think I saw Stoodley Pike from pretty much every angle. The checkpoint volunteers were great. Although sixteen checkpoints is a lot, they were very efficient and there were no queues to get your route card clipped. The checkpoints had drinks and sweets, and a few had a bigger selection of food. They weren’t banquets, but for 50p a mile, they were more than adequate for the distance.

In summary, this was a well-organised, brilliant value race. It isn’t easy, but the cut-off is generous and this is well worth a go if you have some trail running experience. If you like hilly and varied terrain and don’t mind getting muddy, then this for you!

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ainsbar

01:34 17-04-16

Excellently organised, very friendly event.

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