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    Grindsbrook Circle

    No details yet on the DPFR website for this new race. But I am intrigued by the statistics on the FRA Calendar: 2625ft of climbing in 5.6 miles. Reps up and down Slowgrind Knoll? But the race title says that it's a circle.
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    I've seen the proposed route and its a proper DP race route..LOL

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    I had a closer look at the map after my original post, and decide that the route must be the following. From the start at Shaw Wood Farm up to Grindslow Knoll (330 metres of climbing); along to the head of Grindsbrook Clough and east along the edge of the plateau to the head of Golden Clough; down the path to Grindsbrook Booth; up to Grindslow Knoll (350 metres of climbing); back down the way you went up at the start. But that it still 120 metres short of the advertised 800 metres of climbing. The undulations along the edge of the plateau can't account for more than about 30 metres. So where is the remaining 90 metres?

    Quote Originally Posted by IanDarkpeak View Post
    I've seen the proposed route and its a proper DP race route..LOL
    Ah, a proper DP race route. If we take the average depth of a grough on Kinder as 3 metres, they are taking us in and out of 30 groughs.
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    I'm sure Ian Fitz will be along to confirm, but this race was trialled last year as "Bogfest". I was disappointed to miss it but I remember thinking what a hard route.

    It sounds like this new race is just based on last years so I don't know how much the route will change, but here's a map. It was listed as 7Km / 450m [4.3m / 1476ft]

    https://www.dpfr.org.uk/uploads/page...20Mark%202.pdf

    Comparing with your guessed route it could be that it does go up the Knoll twice - would that nasty "short cut" from 5 to 6 account for the missing ascent?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichK View Post
    I'm sure Ian Fitz will be along to confirm, but this race was trialled last year as "Bogfest". I was disappointed to miss it but I remember thinking what a hard route.

    It sounds like this new race is just based on last years so I don't know how much the route will change, but here's a map. It was listed as 7Km / 450m [4.3m / 1476ft]

    https://www.dpfr.org.uk/uploads/page...20Mark%202.pdf

    Comparing with your guessed route it could be that it does go up the Knoll twice - would that nasty "short cut" from 5 to 6 account for the missing ascent?
    Isn't this pretty much the reverse of the Edale race with a few minor variations?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichK View Post
    Comparing with your guessed route it could be that it does go up the Knoll twice - would that nasty "short cut" from 5 to 6 account for the missing ascent?
    I had noticed the possibility of a short cut into and out of Grindsbrook Clough, but I had concluded that even DPFR wouldn't do something as daft as that.
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