2014: The Jamaica Rum Version
The Jamaica Rum version
Ahaargh!! The Abbey Anniversary Fell Race will slip its moorings on Thursday 5th June 2014 7.30pm (AS, 5 miles 1800 ft climbing). This fell race is ideal for land lubbers novices who want to try a fell race that is challenging yet not too far or over difficult terrain. The going is generally on tracks but mostly over grass with a few boggy bits if the weather is wet (oars and water wings not necessary). The climbing presents the challenge but the descents are fast and fun for those so inclined. This year you can enter on the day or enter online at www.racebest.com . Race entry £4.00 online £5 on the day. FRA race rules apply. Kit carried to be determined by weather on the day.
This year an additional challenge is presented to those who like Rum and can run fast. Two runners (one male one female) will start ahead of the pack each carrying a ship’s rat (a toy, not a real one!) the first person to touch the appropriate shoulder (no rugby tackles please) will receive the rat and on presenting it to Mike at the prizegiving will receive a bottle of rum. So a decision needs making, do you go all out for the first 20 mins to get the rat and risk blowing up later or pace yourself for a winning finish?
Registration, which opens at 6.30, and prize giving (alcohol and chocolates of course) will be at the Blue Bell Inn in the middle of Kettlewell. This has good beer, great sandwiches and on cold days a roaring log fire. Soup and bread will be available to all runners competing. Car parking in the main car park on the left hand side by the bridge into Kettlewell or where ever you can find, please do not park inconsiderately.
The start is on the track at GR SD 966723 and follows a clockwise direction following the footpath off the main track turning left up the hill for the first serious climb to the crest of the fell. A fast descent down to Arncliffe but turning right at the wall along the wood edge until meeting the footpath back to Kettlewell. The second and last stiff climb up and over the fell following the footpath back down to Moor End Farm then along the main farm track to the finish where the race started. Records held by Ted Mason (36:29) and Karan Pickles (43:33). Prizes 1st 3 open, 1st Lady, 1st Man/Lady in Vet 40, 50 and 60 groups.