Gill Harris Long Mynd Tops Challenge

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On the 25th anniversary of Mercia Fell Runners inception and as we approach the anniversary of the Long Mynd Valleys race, Nick Kingston, one of the clubs founders thought it fitting to devise a new fell running/walking challenge on the Long Mynd. Hence the Long Mynd Tops in tribute to our colleague Gill, who loved these hill.

It is designed to take in the 22 principal named tops in the National Trust open access area on the Mynd (Knolls is just outside, but with a concessionary path to it) and as the other trig point on the Mynd cannot be omitted, it also felt appropriate to include Gill's finger post on High Park.

The start and finish point is in the centre square of Church Stretton (a la Bob Graham). In fact, it is meant to be a Shropshire mini-version of the great Lakeland Classic Challenge. The 'Tops' to be visited in any order are are listed below. Most are distinct to an experienced hill person(!) though one or two (eg Wild More, Long Synalds) requires you to choose the tallest bit of heather - trust, honesty and integrity (which all true fell runners have in abundance!) mean of course you will leave the nearby path to do this.

There are numerous, interesting route choices, eg how much to use the portway spine of the Mynd, adding distance but reducing big climbs. Nick's rough estimate is about 20 miles and 5300' of climb,

Nick would welcome your views on route choice, and time limits, and wants to keep a record of all those who complete the round, please contact him on 01588 673667, or Email shirleykingston@btinternet.com

For a list of completed rounds Click Here

Ashlet 440 931
Bodbury Ring 445 949
Burway Hill 444 940
Calf Ridge 429 954
Callow 431 919
Castle Hill 460 959
GH Finger
Post
440 967
Grindle 430 926
Haddon Hill 436 956
Knolls 403 901
Long Synalds 425 943
Minton Hill 415 919
Nills 432 925
Novers Hill 452 951
Packetstone
Hill
421 915
Plush Hill 452 962
Pole Bank 415 944
Round Hill 416 929
Shooters
Knoll
424 906
Shooting Box 421 953
Stanyeld 449 944
The Square 452 937
Wildmoor 418 958
Yearlet 436 935