STAC Temple Newsam Hills Challenge
To celebrate our love for Fell ,Trail and Hill Climbs – 15 separate Hill Segments have been chosen within the confines of Temple Newsam Estate. The aim is to complete all 15 – in any order – in the quickest time possible. The distance is anywhere between 10 and 12 miles depending on the route you choose.
2017 Year End Review
2017 has been an awesome first year for the STAC Temple Newsam Hill challenge. We have had 13 runners complete with 18 separate runs logged. On top of that we have also had three runners complete the “in numerical order” challenge too.
The top spot has changed hands a number of times over the year with Martin Horbury’s 01:37 on the 24th June setting the pace before being bettered by John Robson in 01:23 soon thereafter. This time stood until September where Martin again took top spot with a 01:21 and in doing so seems to have found the optimal route for the challenge. John Robson countered on the first day of October with a 1:16 and we all thought that we had found our 2017 quickest time. It was then time for Terry Midgley to enter the fray and his November time of 1:15 in the rain and wearing road shoes saw a 3rd person take top spot. Could John counter this – a resounding yes is the answer knocking 5 minutes off with a 01:10:57 on the 3rd of December. Awesome running!! (the legs below are Terry’s from his November round)
The ladies have also taken to this challenge – the trio of Adele Wilson, Tracey Parsons and Tracey Piper set the first ladies time in early July with a 03:13:16 and seemed to enjoy the map reading and favorable weather conditions. This time stood until the 15th of November when it was smashed to pieces by Julie Heselgrave who logged a 01:55. Seeing people complete the challenge seems to spur others to give it a go and a trio of Sarah Waite, Richard Cooper (granted not a lady) and Becca Hattrell set off on their attempt on the 19th of November. Whilst out on a walk that morning i saw Sarah Waite hammering it up what is recognised as the final segment SH3 and it looked quick – sure enough a new record of 01:52:21 popped up on Strava soon thereafter. Congratulation Sarah!!
Congratulations to all who completed the challenge in 2017. The leaderboards have been reset for 2018 and the challenge will be opened up to other clubs. Lets see what this new year brings.
Numerical Order Leaderboard
The STAC Temple Newsam Hills have been logged as STRAVA segments – apologies to the non STRAVA users out there (however you can manually run them if you like)
The aim is for you to complete all 15 and then your times will be automatically logged in the Strava Leaderboards. All climbs have been categorised based on their average gradient – Easy <5%, Medium 5-8% or Hard 8+%
All segments start with the letters SH and have a definite start and end point (see guides in the downloads section for details) and using these should mean that your segments are logged.
A “collect them all” chart has been made for you to record your progress
A Completers Certificate is also available for you to print out once you have completed the challenge (big thanks to Malcolm Lavery for creating this).
Please be aware that farmers fields are “out of bounds” unless there is a footpath or bridleway across them.
Old runs – i.e. before the “go live” day of Hill Top Trumps will not count – expect for the purposes of segment leaderboards as Strava doesn’t allow you to set a from date. (22/06/17)
STAC Fell Club