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Gritstone Fixtures: Round Ten – Grin N Bear It Fell Race

The main points:

Grin n Bear It 2019:

  • The 10th and final race of the 2019 Gritstone Series.
  • The race will start and finish at Langsett Barn, Langsett, Stocksbridge, S36 4GY.
  • Race date: Sunday 27th October 2019, 10am (registration open from 8:30am). Entry is £10 in advance, £12 on the day.
  • Entry fee includes hot meal and drinks at the end of the race.
  • The route: 27km with 890m of ascent
  • Please note that the route is different since 2017 due to issues with land access.
  • Please bring full kit as required by FRA rules.  A decision will be made on the day regarding what must be carried.  ‘Best practice is to carry FRA Mandatory Minimum Kit, but specific requirements are at the Race Organiser’s discretion’.  Note: FRA Mandatory Minimum Kit (for Long A, Medium A and Long B races) comprises: waterproof whole body cover (with taped seams and integrated attached hood) + hat + gloves + map + compass + whistle + emergency food
  • All competitors should be aware and adhere to the FRA rules which are available on the FRA websitehttp://www.fellrunner.org.uk/   These will also be available at the race.
  • If you retire from the race at any point after you have registered you must inform the nearest checkpoint marshal or race organiser.
  • All profits from the race go to Woodhead Mountain Rescue.

The ‘flava’:

This is it, final race of the 2019 series and the longest one to boot.  Organised by Woodhead Mountain Rescue and befitting their experience in the outdoors.

Among the highlights of this race are a tough rocky climb early on from Langsett to the summit of Cut Gate, where it’s a quick descent to Slippery Stones before once again climbing all the way to the top of the Derwent Watershed at Swains Head.  There’s a stretch where you’ll get muddy if you’re not careful and some well positioned tape is a lifeline across an open boggy area.  By the time you pick your way through the remains of the course, across ruins and stiles here and there, you’ll find yourself back where you started, some half marathon (and change) later.

Those with strength endurance might gain from this course, where the pure speed freaks will have their work cut out, due to the overall length and extended periods of ascent.  It’ll be interesting to see if any unexpected results come in as a result.

Read about Team Accelerate’s Caroline French and her experience of the race back in 2018.

The race is well marked and has 6 Check Points – marshalled by Woodhead MRT. The race terrain is a mix of rocky paths and open exposed peat fell – The first section is a climb out of Langsett up to Mickleden and Cut Gate where the route then leads onto open fell tops – this is an exposed section running across well worn peat pathway/lines. After the decent from Swains Head CP the final section has a few short climbs then gives a fast home run across grassy moorland and woodland tracks.

Entry form: https://grinnbearit.org/entry-form/

Full Gritstone Series information and results can be found at https://www.gritstoneseries.co.uk/

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