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We talk about adventure running, fell running and trail running all the time on the blog and with our customers. But did you know we actually take part in races too.

Paul, the Product and Retail Manager is a keen runner – he regularly takes part in road races around the 10km and the occasional fell race. Each winter he selects a handful of off-road races, usually Fell race and set’s about competing. Although, he does state:

I’m not competitive with keeping times or anything, but just like to compete with myself…It’s a good way of keeping fit and giving you something to train for.

With these word’s swilling around my head, I will be taking part too.  My first fell race in what’s to be a ‘mild winter’ I hear.  I can only hope!

In a race where almost all of the competitors were club runners, Paul was able to get a very respectable time of 48 minutes 23 seconds, coming 9th out of all the non-club runners.  Here’s Paul in last year’s David Staff fell race, about 2 minutes 50 seconds in to the YouTube video wearing the black windproof top:

…In case you’re wondering, I’m aiming for under an hour!

David Staff Memorial Fell Race Info:

Fancy joining us?  Here’s the details for the race…

Meet, The Bandstand (near The Kiosk), Sunnyhurst Wood, Darwen GR SD676227 – registration and presentation at the Kiosk.

Distance: 5.1 miles, 1200ft of climb.

Fundraising: Well supported but small local fell race, in memory of young David Staff, a teenage Darwen Dasher, who tragically died during a race in Clitheroe in December 1994. Proceeds to CRY (cardiomyopathy charity for young people).

Registration: Registration opens approx. 10am. Run is straight up to Darwen Tower and around in a loop of moorland tracks then back down, basically!

Getting there: Sunnyhurst Wood can be found off the A666 – from junction 4 on the M65, follow Darwen direction for approx .5 miles. Turn right immediately after pelican crossing with large central island (Earnsdale Road). Please park carefully and with consideration for local residents – car share if possible – no parking at the Kiosk!

Fee: 2008 entry fees £3 on the day only. PM. Min age 16 on 1/1/08.

Contact: Jonathan Stubbs, 15 Chapels, Darwen, BB3 0EE, UK
Tel. 01254 773346
Email:  davidstaffrace@gmail.com

For a comprehensive calendar of races and events visit the UK Results running website.

Fell running gear…

  • Lightweight waterproof jacket / windproof top / vest
  • Lightweight shorts / leggings
  • Fell running socks (warm and waterproof)
  • Inov-8 Roclite / Mudclaw trainers depending on the weather and trail conditions

If you’re thinking of trying trail running or fell running competitively, or for leisure, read about it in the trail and fell running blog post.

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