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Final Details

Hebden Bridge Urban Event

YHOA Urban League incorporating NWOA Urban League

Final Details as at Monday 15th July 2019


Terrain: Hebden Bridge is located in the steep sided Upper Calder Valley. During the seventies and eighties, the town was populated by a mixture of artists, writers, photographers, musicians, alternative practitioners and New Age activists.  More recently it has become a tourist destination and grown into a desirable place to live, being on the edge of lovely countryside and moorland. 
Hebden Bridge is 4.5 miles east of Todmorden and 8.5 miles from Halifax and only 1.6 miles further west along the A646 from Mytholmroyd.
It has many small independent shops and there are many cafes and restaurants.
Longer courses will visit the village of Heptonstall a step back in time with original weavers cottages, cobbled streets and old churches, well worth a visit after the event.          

Directions: From Halifax take A646 for about 8.5 miles passing through Mytholmroyd to Hebden Bridge centre. Holme Street is on the left just before you cross the river. Signed from the main road in Hebden Bridge. From Todmorden take A646 for 4.5 miles, cross the river and Holme Street is the first turning on the right, signed. 

Registration: will be in Riverside Junior School, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EE. Streetmap

Unfortunately, there is no parking for competitors at the school. There is a car park adjacent to the school with number plate recognition, which is for helpers only. If you do not have a pass the fine will arrive automatically!

There are quite a few car parks in Hebden Bridge but they can be busy.

If you use Hebden Bridge Station Car Parks  registration can be accessed via the canal towpath and there are also toilets at the station.

Toilets: at registration are limited, extra toilets in the park. http://hebdenroydtowncouncil.gov.uk/news/2018/178.html

Map: 1:5000, 5m contours. New Map Surveyed and drawn by Richard Payne 2019.

Planners Notes:
A3 for courses 1 to 5.  A4 for courses 6 and 7.
Winning times on Courses 1 and 2 will be longer than normal. Please note the height climb and consider taking refreshment with you particularly if it is a hot day.
The majority of all courses will be on non-urban paths, trails, canal banks and parkland. Urban parts will include steep cobbles and steps. These can be a hazard if wet. Please use appropriate footwear.
Farmland is not shown as out of bounds but has a boundary of uncrossable walls. You should only cross farmland by using the mapped paths.
Courses 1 to 6 will cross the main road and there are timed crossings. Crossing points will not be manned and are either Pelican or Zebra Crossings. Course 1 and 2 have one untimed crossing of the main road and should use the traffic island shown on the map. Please take a close note of your control description sheets regarding these crossings.
All courses will use gates between the park and canal towpath. These gates are on a strong spring designed to keep them closed. Please take care.
There will be a marshal at a very narrow part of the towpath under a bridge. Please listen to the marshal’s instructions to avoid bumping into pedestrians. There will also be a marshal on a narrow S bend road bridge with no pavement, again listen to the marshal.
As a tourist centre, Hebden Bridge can be extremely busy. Please be extra careful, particularly when crossing narrow bridges and running along the canal towpath. Look out for dogs and bikes as well as other people.

Dogs: No dogs in the school, the grounds or school car park.   

Entry Fees: 
Senior £9.00 Juniors and newcomers £4.00 via Fabian 4 by midnight on Sunday 14 July
EOD: Seniors £9 Juniors £4. non-BO members £11.
50p for each additional map on course 7
SI Hire £1.  Lost or not returned dibbers £30.

Registration: 9.30 to 10.30 Hebden Bridge can be busy on a Sunday so starts are earlier than normal.
Starts: 10.00 to 12.00
Safety:  While we have carried out full risk assessments of the competition areas and put in place any mitigation of the risks we found, please be aware that you take part at your own risk. Competitors will be responsible for their own safety.
Please be aware of all traffic, pedestrians and other competitors. It is a good principle, to pass other runners to the left. The courses pass through all types of urban environment with a wide range of underfoot conditions. Wet Yorkshire cobbles are very slippery. Competitors who are travelling alone are advised to leave their car keys at enquiries and complete the entry form with their car registration no.

Course Distance km Climb m Controls Men Women
6.6 375 30 Men Open
5.0 290 18 Veteran Men(M40+) Women Open   (W18-35)
4.6 160 25 Super Veteran Men (M55+) Veteran Women   (W40+)
3.5 150 21 Ultra Veteran Men (M65+) Super Vet Women (W55+) 
2.9 70 21 Hyper Vet Men

Women Ultra Vets (W65+)

Women Hyper Vet (W75+)

2.9 70 21 Junior Men (M16-) Junior Women   (W16-)
1.6 20 14 Junior Men(M12-) Young Junior Women  (W12-)

You may enter any course but to qualify for the YHOA or NWOA Urban League, you must enter your age group as shown above.
If you run up a course, you will score in that class.
U16’s must run the courses specified for juniors.
All competitors must download as soon as possible at the end of their run whether they have completed the course or not.

Electronic punching: Controls will be SIAC enabled.
SI Download: After punching the finish control you must download as soon as possible and hired SI cards will be collected. Should you lose your Si Card (dibber) or fail to return it, you will be charged the full price of a replacement (£30). 

Shadowing Juniors: Juniors may be shadowed. To remain competitive, any adult who shadows a junior must have completed their run beforehand.

Results:  Results will be on display in registration and via the EPOC website www.eastpennineoc.org.uk 

Acknowledgements: Riverside Junior School.  Calderdale Council.
Organiser: Jean Lochhead EPOC
Planner:     Richard Payne EPOC
Controller: Judith Wood PFO

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Page updated: July 15 2019
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