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Dan Jenkins double bubble race entries began this Saturday with the Wadsworth Trog. It is billed as a local classic with an excellent long route around the hills and Fell’s in the North of Hebden Bridge. For those interested in the finer details, read on. These type of races are properly regulated as they carry potentially serious safety consequences.
The race is licensed by the FRA under UKA rules and is therefore a non-GPS race. You are allowed to use a GPS device to record your route and display your distance travelled during the race. However electronic devices cannot be used to aid navigation except in the case of an emergency. Licenced by the Fell Running Association Categorised BL Distance: 31 km / 19.3 miles with a Climb: 1110 m / 3642 ft.
FRA mandatory minimum kit is compulsory. Including waterproof full body cover (with taped seams & integrated attached hood) + hat (not a buff) + gloves + map + compass (not out of a Christmas cracker) + whistle + emergency food.
The Check Points are as follows:
CP1 – High Brown Knoll Trig Point SE009304
CP2 – Dean Head Dam SE020306 (unmanned, self dib)
CP3 – Footbridge at end of Catchwater SE026321
CP4 – Cock Hill A6033 SE011327
CP5 – Haworth Old Road/Barn SD994319 (cut-off time 11:45)
CP6 – Harbour Lodge track SD998354 (unmanned, self dib)
CP7 – Withins Ruin SD981354
CP8 – Walshaw SD974313
CP9 – Shackleton Knoll SD984314 (unmanned, self dib)
CP10 – Road Crossing SD999310 (cut-off time 13:45)
CP11 – High Brown Knoll Trig Point SE009304
CP12 – Sheepstones Trig Point SE014278
CP13 – Wood End – bridge SD998277 (unmanned, self dib)
Finish – Old Town Cricket Club SD998285
Dan managed to get round this gruelling challenge despite having to trudge mile after mile (after mile) of shin deep peat bog. It was a rough one! After which Dan hastily retreated to a local Inn to ease his resultant anguish with a couple of jars of ale, purely for medicinal purposes. Dan was the 100th participant home (04:12:00) A fantastic effort, well done! And good luck in the Dewsbury 10k tomorrow.