Fell Racing in the Dark Peak::Eight Events … Five to Score
The Accelerate Gritstone Series 2013 will once again be bringing a number of established Peak events together, under one series. Each race will run as before and in it’s own right. 2013 also welcomes the Salt Cellar Fell Race to the series, making it five events from eight to count for series placings. Individuals will be able to enter the series and best of all at no cost.
For the second time in 2013, the junior fell runners get there chance in the Gritty Series. Wolf’s Pit is the first obstacle for the juniors and they must complete 3 of the 4 rounds.
17th March, Wolf’s Pit (plus Gritty Series)
7th May, Burbage Skyline
7th June, Castleton (plus Gritty Series)
9th June, Accelerate Edale (plus Gritty Series)
21st July, Great Hucklow (plus Gritty Series)
2nd August, Salt Cellar Fell Race
7th September, Longshaw
13th October, Windgather
The Accelerate Gritstone Series for 2013 continues with Inov-8 as Series Partner, along with Accelerate. Joining them will be Holywell Active Health, who will also be involved in providing prizes. Inov-8 will also be providing Spot Prizes for each event and the Gritty Junior Series.
All the best ideas are said to be to come from meetings on the golf course. In this case it was a run over the Dark Peak. Burbage Skyline organiser Andy Moore and Stuart Hale (Accelerate) were looking at the idea of a new series of fell races for the Peak District, to bring out the best in the areas races. A couple of pints later and the Gritstone Series was born and all that was needed was four more events. The 2009 Series kicked off and launched at Burbage. That year Stuart Bond and Lucy Harris took the honours.
The 2009 Series was such a success that two more events were added in 2010, with the final event fittingly at the Goyt Valley’s race, Windgather. Both the Goyt and Gritstone Series concluded at this event which is probably a first and made for a fitting close to the second year. In 2011 Stuart Bond retained his title, with Helen Elmore (pictured) taking the ladies title. In 2012 Helen once again retained the Women’s title with the up-coming Aidan Smith (SYO) winning the men’s series. For 2013 the Series was extended to eight events, introducing the Salt Cellar Fell Race, organised by Steel City Striders.
For both 09 and 10 New Balance and Terra Nova supported the Series. From 2011 Inov-8 become the main Series sponsor. Accelerate continue to look after the Series and contribute with this website, race numbers and prize support of each individual event, where required.