October 30, 2023

Padfield Fell Race

Bob Foreman reports:


Refreshed from an extra hour in bed,  four veteran MAC’s  joined 58 others at the intriguingly named Windy Harbour for the Padfield Fell Race.

Just over 4 miles and with 850 feet of ascent this is another of Des Gibbons organised Glossop Fell Races.


An un-seasonally warm late October day made for warm work as the runners left the saturated start/finish  field and onto the runnable track up to the derelict shooting cabin on the moors. A fast, rough in places, descent through a couple of disused quarries and past the TP at Cock Hill. A  sharp drop into a stream bed before an equally sharp climb out of it where the outward track was revisited and followed back to the start/finish field.

The first runner home was Eammon Clowes, 18yrs of Newcastle Staffs RC in 29:59. The first lady was Joanne Mosley, RATRunner and 14th overall in 36:01.


8th        Bob Foreman        34:23     1st M60

32nd     Mick Moorhouse    41:17     1st M70

37th     Gordon Cresswell    42:54

52nd     Mick Fowler           50:08

It was good to meet Gordon Cresswell, who I believe was one of the MAC founder members, and he was wearing a very cool,  early MAC vest which dated from before Mick Moorhouse joined the club!

This is a cracking little race which deserves a bigger turnout. The next of Des Gibbons races is Wormstones on New Years Eve. This always has a good MAC turnout. See you there!