Army of volunteers ready to deal with road issues at big race
An army of volunteers are making final preparations for Heptonstall Fell Race on Sunday despite the problems caused by the recent closure of Lee Wood Road.
The third running of Heptonstall Fell Race takes place on Sunday, March 17. The gruelling 15-mile run has become a popular event in the fell running calendar, with runners travelling from across the region to raise funds for local scouts, Church, and search and rescue team.
In a unique feature, proceedings begin with Rev Howard Pask providing a start-line blessing to the assembled participants. Suitably inspired, runners will then surge out of the village to tackle the challenging moor and dale route.
The race route climbs a total of 3,200 feet as it passes through Colden Clough, across Heptonstall Moor, over Standing Stone Hill, before a glorious mile-long descent to Blake Dean.
The race has a sting in its tail, with all the tough climbs in the second half of the gruelling course.
Race organisers will be taking extra care in planning this year’s event as the long-term closure of Lee Wood Road has increased the importance of traffic management on the morning of the race, as up to 150 cars arrive in the village.
Large car parking fields will be provided, and organisers will be setting up diversions for race-goers, ensuring race traffic avoids the narrow, cobbled, village streets, which are currently clogged with drivers by-passing the road closure at Lee Wood Road.
Local highways officers are working hard to help the organisers minimise any delays or disruption.
Travel and parking advice is also now available on the race website; www.heptonstallfellrace.org.uk.
Race Director Steve Grimley said: “I hope as many people as possible will turn out for what should be a great day. Spectators can enjoy the spectacular start outside the White Lion at 10.30am, before cheering home the finishers in the fields off Town Field Lane from 12.45pm.”
Entry is £5 on the day at the event headquarters in the White Lion. Registration opens at 9am.
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