New uphill task for fell runners

Masson Hill, the centrepiece of a new fell race.
Masson Hill, the centrepiece of a new fell race.

THE inaugural Masson Hill Fell Race is to be staged next month at Matlock Bath and aims to present a stiff challenge to runners from across the area.

The only short Class A fell race in the White Peak in 2012, the race will start at 7pm on April 24, and covers a distance of 6.4km with 320 metres of climbing.

It is being held in aid of the Grand Pavilion Fund.

It starts on Clifton Road, climbs up Masson Hill and finishes at the New Bath Hotel, where registration is also sited.

Parking for runners and spectators will be in the municipal car park on Temple Walk.

Fell running involves running over some of the most beautiful places this county – and country can offer.

It attracts people who don’t want to run only on roads and pavements, but who are interested in the overall physical and emotional experience the hills and the mountains can offer.

Organiser John Middleton said: “The idea of a Masson Hill Fell Race has been in my mind for a number of years.

“The hill is one of my favourites and I always thought it would make a great race.

“The main reason for organising it was for the runners, but I was very keen to raise funds for a good cause in the process.

“The Matlock Bath Grand Pavilion Fund is an ideal choice. Hopefully, sometime in the future, the people of Matlock will be proud of the facilities that the refurbished Grand Pavilion will bring.

“This race could not take place without the support of the New Bath Hotel, local people and friends, so many thanks to all involved.”

The course is for those aged 16 and over as it is felt it will be too extreme for anyone younger than that.

If anyone would like to participate, spectate or marshal on the day, visit or contact John Middleton on 07773 742711.