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Ilkley to host Yorkshire Fell Race Championship for second year


For the second year in a row the Ilkley Moor Fell Race has been chosen as the Yorkshire Fell Race Championship.

The best in the county will be joining a strong local field to battle it out on the moor on Sunday 3rd March.

Runners will line up at 11:30 am at the start next to Darwin Gardens; following the usual route via the Cow and Calf, across the moor dropping down near the Keighley Road. A short, challenging, steep, five mile (6km) route that packs in 1,315ft (401m) of ascent with the front runners finishing in 40 minutes.

Entry is open via for those that have the stamina and calf muscles.


There will also be the Junior Fell Races too, starting at 10:30am, so a day out for all the family! Spectators are very welcome, with Darwin Gardens and the Cow and Calf being great places to shout encouragement. With the Real Food market on the Grove that day, there will be some good opportunities to refuel afterwards.

Organised by local running club Ilkley Harriers, more than 40 volunteers will be manning the route and start/finish line to make sure no-one gets lost or gets into difficulties.

A spokesperson for the Ilkley Harriers said: "Thanks go to our sponsors Pete Bland Sports and OMM, with Pete Bland having a stall at the start on the day.


"Ilkley Harriers is a thriving club and now has over 400 members, including runners who “Jeff” (walk and run) to those who compete in national and international championships - everyone is welcome.

"If you would like to try us out, please register first on the training page at and then come along to our main club night at 7pm on Tuesdays, meet upstairs at Ilkley tennis and squash club."


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