RUNNERS RACED their way across Saddleworth’s picturesque hills for the Cross Keys Killer Race.
The event was organised by Saddleworth Runners as part of the Saddleworth Arts Festival and welcomed both newbies and experienced fell runners to take part in the sport.
The route climbed from the Cross Keys pub in Uppermill up to the war memorial at Pots and Pans, continued to Alderman Hill, across the moor to Broadstone Hill before heading back down to the pub.
It showcased some of the area’s loved landmarks as well as giving a perfect introduction for people to fell running.
The event attracted numerous individuals as well as local clubs, including Greenfield Greyhounds and Holmfirth Harriers, who included the race as part of their club championships.
Saddleworth Runners’ own Simon Pymm took first place in 27 mins 47 seconds with Mike Fanning of Borrowdale just 5 seconds behind.
Judy Howells of Wharfedale Harriers was first woman home in 35 mins 06 secs in a slightly more comfortable victory over Kirsty White of Royton Road Runners in 36 mins 37 seconds.
It was a keen fight for the men’s team prize between Holmfirth and Saddleworth, with Holmfirth winning by 0.06 seconds based on cumulative time, while Saddleworth Runners took the women’s team prize.
The race was also used by Saddleworth Runners to try out improved safety procedures, pre-race information and marshall briefings, which will be implemented in future club races.
Find out more about the Saddleworth Runners and their events on their website.