Totley AC Tigger Tor Round-up

2nd February 2015

Totley AC Tigger Tor Round-up

We’re hugely fortunate in the Peak District to have a plethora of fantastic fell races throughout the summer months. Many of these are associated with Village Well Dressings,  summer fairs and carnivals and many of the others are organised and co-ordinated by the local running clubs. 

The Totley Athletics Club Series has been held annually for over a decade now and comprises of 5 races. The first is Tigger Tor, notorious for it’s character building weather conditions. Tigger Tor is actually in it’s 30th year in 2015. The course has varied over the years but has stayed around 10 miles and is a category BM race.

Front Runner are hugely proud to be helping support the Series this year and we wouldn't be able to do so without the support of OMM. OMM are kindly providing the prizes for the Series winners and have come up with perhaps the best set of prizes ever seen at the Series. Not only this but they're also offering a number of spot prizes to be given out at random at the last race of the Series - The Exterminator

This years’ race was practically tropical in comparison to the previous, 2014 saw some exceptionally testing conditions. The hilltops had a smattering of snow, visibility was good and conditions underfoot were just a boggy opposed to requiring your armbands and snorkel (these should have been included in the 2014 kit list). 

Tigger Tor Oxstone Trod

Photo: Runners strung out on the trod from CP 1 - CP 2, from the OxStones to Burbage Valley.

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The field was 400 strong and packed with the usual suspects from the local clubs with a few appearances from those who'd travelled from further afield. As the competitors weren't starting this years race in full waterproofs, hats and gloves there were ten fold as many smiles on the start line!

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Image: Route Map

An alternative finish was added to the route, to avoid 400 fatigued, tired and weary runners stumbling down the busy Hathersage Road the route was diverted down the more quiet Long Line... there's nothing quite like a downhill mile on tarmac in fell shoes to finish a race!

Tigger Tor Ox Stones snowTigger Tor Totley

Photo: Left. Lead runners trying to find the best route! Right. A runner having not found the best route!

Due to this alternative finish the lead runners were a little way off the course record. Dark Peak Fell Runners dominated the men's race with a 1, 2, 3 and obviously the first men's team, followed by Totley who were in a Dark Peak sandwich with their men's second team taking the third team place. However, the home club's ladies team prevailed and pipped Dark Peak to be the first womens team, Dark Peak ladies were a close second and Sheffield's smiliest club, The Smiley Paces were third. Olivia Walwyn of Macclesfield Harriers was comfortably first lady with 4 minutes on Hazel Tant of Totley AC.

Results. (Full results can be found here)

Men.

  1. Tom Brunt - 1h 15m 33s
  2. Neil Northrop - 1h 16m 07s
  3. Dave Taylor - 1h 16m 24s

Women

  1. Olivia Walwyn - 1h 24m 39s
  2. Hazel Tant - 1h 28m 27s
  3. Fiona Kesteven - 1h 36m 01s

Tigger Tor Ox stones

Photo: Leading off from Ox Stones over to Burbage Valley

Tigger Tor OMMTigger Tor OMM Pack

Photos: Not long left now, turning the corner at Checkpoint 10.

The next race in the Series is Tiger's Todger on Wednesday 6th of May. It's a great first fell race so don't miss out and get yourself along. Remember if you want to be in with a  chance of winning some of the OMM spot prizes then you need to get involved with as many races in the Series as possible!

 

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