nice sport and forum you have going here! For me fell running makes the perfect substitute for scrambling in the alps (have not been in the UK long). Now Oxford is far from the fells, but maybe there still are some like-minded training-partners hanging out here?
I've just got the next weekend off and plan on doing Holme Moss as my first race. I know that's a bit ambitious, but I'm emboldened by recently having done the Black Mountains route in 3h40 (roughly same length/height). Still any advice (race or newcomer-specific) is most welcome.
Also, I wonder whether somebody can recommend affordable accommodation in the wider Holmfirth area?