Stainland Lions Running Club host the Bluebell Trail 10.3mile race on Sunday May, 2, 2010 starting at 10am. Voted 36th out of top 50 best races for 2006 by readers of Runners World Magazine! this 10.3 Mile race includes trails, tracks, minor roads and the beautiful bluebell woods in the heart of Yorkshire. With its unique river crossing you're guaranteed to finish with a splash in this race of true Yorkshire grit.
The race HQ, registration and ultimately the finish is at Heath Rugby Union club. The race itself starts across the road at Clay House, Stainland Road, West Vale, Halifax. A detailed description of the route can be found below. QUALITY GIFT & GOODY BAG TO ALL FINISHERS
EXTENSIVE PRIZE LIST FOR MENS, LADIES,VETS, TEAMS AND COURSE RECORD (male & female)
Changing facilities & showers available. Entry fee £8 UKA members or £10 unattached.
Follow path round the front of Clay House down onto Stainland Road, after 100m turn sharp left up Clay House Lane, taking a right turn into the woods across from the walled gate on the left. Follow the Calderdale Way signs for about half a mile until you reach a clear junction, at this point the Calderdale Way continues upwards. Take the right hand fork, heading down towards Copley. Keeping to the low level path until you reach Copley Church on your right hand side. Turn right onto Copley Lane, follow the road past Old Rishworthians Rugby Club and under the railway bridge until you reach the entrance to the canal side. The route now follows the canal towpath for approximately 1 mile until you reach Salterhebble Basin.
Go under the road tunnel and follow the Hebble Trail until you reach Phoebe Lane, turn left down towards the mills taking a blind bend en route. Take the cobbled path which joins Shaw Lane at the top. Turn right onto Shaw Lane and head up the hill for about 300m, take the cobbled steps down towards the side of The Shears pub and follow the road up Boys Lane for a short while before turning right onto Whitegate Road.
Follow Whitegate Road to the junction with Siddal New Road, turn left onto Siddal New Road, crossing to the opposite side near the entrance to the cemetery park. Turn right at the junction with Water Lane *end of route change* and head up Swan Bank Lane taking the right hand fork of the junction - TROOPER LANE! This is the toughest climb of the race, 570 feet in just over half a mile. Once at the top cross the road to join a track onto Beacon Hill, the views from here are stunning if you have time to stop and look. Drop down the other side of Beacon Hill, turning right towards Long Lane. After about 300m take the track on the left hand side. Follow this track down to the bottom onto Norcliffe Lane. (This section is an old pack horse route to Wakefield)
Turn right up Norcliffe Lane until you reach a farm on your right hand side directly opposite a track on your left. Take the track on the left and follow upwards until you reach a concrete track on your left. Turn onto the concrete track and pass the quarry building on your left. At the junction go forward a few paces and then turn left onto Walter Clough Lane for approximately 200m until you reach a footpath sign hidden behind a hawthorn bush on your right.
Follow the field straight up to the top then make your way through the trees at the top right hand corner. Follow the footpath across two further fields, then turn left and follow the track past the farm towards Southowram Church. At the end of the farm track turn left, then immediate right, crossing the road to join a track by the bus stop. After about 100m you will reach a junction where four tracks meet, go straight across down the cobbled path. At the end of this short section turn right and immediate left into a field. Go to the top of the field and round the horses paddock which joins School Lane. Follow the lane to the top and turn left towards the Cricket Club. Take the path to the right hand side of the Club towards Park Road Woods.
Where the path meets a wall under a pylon turn left and follow the walled section to the bottom. Go straight foward following the path through the woods, it meanders slightly but actually runs almost parallel to the main road at the bottom of the woods on the left hand side. At the end of the path turn left down onto a red brick road which leads onto Park Road via Plains Lane.
Turn right onto Park Road towards Elland. Go past the Barge & Barrel pub and take the left turning down onto the canal. Follow the canal towards Salterhebble for approximately 1 mile. The river crossing to the finish is situated directly in line with Heath Rugby Club on the left hand side.
A map of the course and past results can be found on the Stainland Running website, along with Entry forms for the race.