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    Mount Famine

    Do any of you guys have a map of the Mount Famine race route?
    Thanks in adavance

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    Re: Mount Famine

    Quote Originally Posted by Deer Weasel View Post
    Do any of you guys have a map of the Mount Famine race route?
    Thanks in adavance
    Email Steve Temple address at bottom of the page following this link.
    I'm sure he will put one up on his site.
    This is a tough race - twice up Mount Famine with a climb up South Head in between.
    It is the second of a series of three races over the weekend.
    May Queen (Friday) and Lantern Pike Dash (Sunday) are the others. Details via the link above.

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    Re: Mount Famine

    Here's a description of the route of earlier races - I expect this year's will be similar. There's a map here...

    http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/temples-bin/...&d=hc&f=famine

    --Steve

    Start at foot of Elle Bank (SK 045 866) and climb to top (flagged
    section). Bear left to follow path by wall and follow wall round to
    the right. Bear left to cut off corner of wood and descend through
    trees to path to descend to gate (052868). Through gate and turn
    right uphill and proceed along ridge path (Dragon's Back) to summit of
    Mount Famine (056849). Continue downhill to cross stile and descend
    to bridleway (058846). Cross bridleway and ascend to summit of South
    Head (060845) then bear slightly left to descend to bridleway again
    (062846).

    Descend Dimpus Clough leaving path at flagged section near 061851 and
    turn left to reascend following stream uphill. Bear right near 059849
    to climb back up to stile below Mt Famine (056848). Retrace route
    over Mt Famine back to gate at 052868. Straight ahead at gate to
    descend on bridleway past Stones House and on past start. Follow
    bridleway then road (Valley Rd) back towards Hayfield. Turn right then
    left (marshalled) at 040867 to enter Recreation Ground and cross
    bridge then turn right to finishing straight and finish at 038868.
    Hayfield Fell Races - http://www.t42.org.uk/hayfield/

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    I agree with swoop, this is a tough race, and probably the hardest in the hayfield area. The start up Ellebank(a 2min climb on a 1in3) is a killer for the thighs and makes getting going again very difficult.

    Some very fast times over recent years by the late John Taylor, Lloyd Taggs and John Brown.All were around 40 secs outside the record on a slightly longer route.

    The course was lengthened again last year by about 2minutes.Even so the best intermediate time to the top of southhead, that I've witnessed was 18.37 by John Brown in 2003.Awesome!

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    Re: Mount Famine

    Aim to be along for this one as I've entered the Hayfield champs. Will need to get some short, severe runs in as prep by the sounds of it!

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    this race has the most ridiculous start. I remember the first time I did it, we jogged out along the path after registering and everyone stopped. I remember thinking 'this is a bit narrow for a start'...then everyone turned to face a ridiculously steep bank and I thought 'surely not'....but it was!!

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    Re: Mount Famine

    this is one of our club counters, sounds........great
    http://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/

    i'll risk it for a biscuit

    :w00t:

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    Re: Mount Famine

    So, any takers for this? I'll be there with the family. Any good place to spectate aside from seeing everyone stagger back into the recreation ground?

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    tripping over for this,sounds a good one,anyone know what it is like underfoot at the mo,is it boggy or has it dried out with the sunny weather we have had recently.

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    Re: Mount Famine

    I'm off to Hayfield in a few minutes. Doing the May Queen race at 7.30pm - 3 miles / 750 feet.
    Hope not to pick up any injuries for Mount Famine tomorrow!

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