Yorkshire Downhill Time Trial 2019

  • Date: Saturday, 14 September 2019
  • Time: 08:30 AM

Enjoy running downhill? You'll love this! Entries now OPEN...

On 14th September 2019 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are holding the second edition of the Yorkshire Downhill Time Trial at Havok Mountain Bike Park, Cornholme, near Todmorden.

  • Race info: Morning or afternoon time slots allocated in advance. Time of first/last run and presentation TBC
  • Country: England
  • Region: South/West Pennines
  • Category: BS
  • Distance: 1.5km / 0.9M
  • Climb: 40m / 131ft
  • Descent: 160m / 524ft
  • Venue: Havok Mountain Bike Park, Nr Todmorden
  • Grid ref: SD90402567 (OS map OL21)
  • Skills & experience: Partially Marked
  • Minimum age: 14
What is it?

Expect to have a lot of fun! This event is all about a love of downhill running. We've created a fast and testing course, worthy of its name, but the main thing is to have as much fun as possible, so expect lots of cheering!

Just like a downhill biking or skiing event, each runner gets two timed runs on the well-marked course and there is an to inspect the course.

Who is it for?

Everyone14 years and over who enjoys running downhill! The course will entertain slower runners and challenge quicker runners.

What is the course like?

The course has 160 metres of descent (and only 40 metres up - well, we had to include some ascent to make it a fell race!) over 1.5km of mixed terrain including moorland, woodland and banked turns for extra pace! (Holding your arms out like an aeroplane whilst going "Weeeee!" as you "fly" around the berms is optional!) Expect a fast descent on a runner's line.

How does it work?

We've refined the starting procedure from last year. You will be started in groups of 3 but by the time you get to the first stile, you will be spread out because we will miss-match you in terms of ability i.e. we won’t start fast runners together (unless you want to race a mate down and specifically ask to).

You will be asked when your place is confirmed whether you would rather a morning or afternoon slot and we'll do our best to accommodate everyone's wishes as much as we can. Please note that we will group run clubs together to encourage car sharing for environmental and parking reasons.

You'll also be asked how quick you expect to be in terms of where you normally finish in a fell race. Are you a greyhound finishing in the first 25%, a border collie like the CVSRT search dogs finishing in the middle 50%, or do you bring up the rear in the last 25%?

This will enable us to set you off with 2 differently-paced runners, to minimise the likelihood that you'll encounter anyone else while you're out on the course. It's all about your run.

This year we will be giving prizes to the fastest female and male runners as well as the runner who travelled the furthest and the runner who raises the most money.

The prizes this year will take the form of exclusive YDTT running vests knitted from specially selected wool to keep folk warm!

Essential kit
  • You can only run in fell shoes (e.g. Walsh PB, Inov8 Mudclaws or X-Talons); not cross country spikes or football boots and certainly not road shoes.
  • A spare layer for while you are waiting at the top of the course. We'll do our best to minimise the time you spend hanging around, but there will inevitably be a bit of a delay. We wouldn't want you getting cold and having to call out Mountain Rescue now, would we?! You can leave spare layers at the start and we'll provide somewhere waterproof for you to do that, but we cannot take responsibility or it. 
  • Bells and whistles! Ok, not exactly essential but if you're coming with supporters they can cheer you on from course-side as you "fly" past!
Please do not recce the course before race day!

The guys at Havok are big supporters of CVSRT and are kindly letting us use their facility. Please respect that by NOT reccying the course prior to the event. In keeping with skiing and mountain bike downhill events, you will have an opportunity to "inspect the course" before your morning or afternoon race time.

Facilities and parking

Drinks, amazing cakes and other light refreshments will be available (for a donation).

Parking is not available at the bike park.  You will need to park in Cornholme and walk up.  Please park considerately and do NOT park on Carr Road, which is the lane that leads to the bike park.  You will need 10-15 minutes to walk up to registration.  

How many runners will there be?

The YDTT is pre-entry only with a limit of 120 runners. Due to the format of the event entries on the day are not possible. 

How much does it cost to enter

Entries are free! However, you will need to set up a sponsorship page. This event is all about loving downhill running but there is a serious side, which is that without donations from the public, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team would not be able to operate.
How do I enter?
To enter the race, you need to email yorkshiredownhilltt@gmail.com with your name, age on race day, run club (if applicable) and telephone number. We will then confirm that you have a provisional place and send you all the information that you need, including a link to set up a donation page. Your place will remain provisional until your page has received a donation. YDTT reserve the right to remove the offer of a provisional place in the event that a donation page is not set up or receives no donations within a reasonable period of time. We will not be able to give refunds.  

If you have any questions about this unique event please contact us at: yorkshiredownhilltt@gmail.com

Some background about who CVSRT are

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) is a 100% voluntary charity that operates within Mountain Rescue (England & Wales) guidelines and is part of the Mid-Pennine Search & Rescue region supporting the statutory emergency services, working on behalf of West Yorkshire Police.

Basically, it costs £40,000 a year to keep the team operational, all of which is raised through donations. We receive no direct government funding.

All donations go directly towards our running costs and purchasing essential life-saving equipment and maintaining our vehicles, base and training team members new skills.

Registered Charity Number 1082144

Affiliated to Mountain Rescue England and Wales

Check this video out!
To give you a flavour for the route you will be running, check out this video of Tom Wilson riding the red route.
PMBA Enduro Ambassador, Tom Wilson

The PMBA Enduro Series, have tried to appeal to grassroots riders, and especially the younger riders and women. Since 2013 they have been putting on grassroots enduro events and this investment into the future is really paying off, they have four fast young racers that are PMBA success stories. From starting their enduro racing with PMBA Enduro they are now looking at worldwide racing success, and the PMBA are supporting them as best we can. Following on from filming Callum Russell last week, here is one of the other riders, Tom Wilson onboard his Orange Bikes Stage 6 riding at a very icy and snowy Havok Bike Park. Vittoria UK Hope Technology Ltd

Posted by Whitenosugar Productions on Friday, 9 February 2018


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