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and Eileen made the gradual switch from being racers to race organisers, creating a series of famous and infamous races around Haworth, cementing their reputation by hosting post-
Somewhere in the middle of all this there came Up & Down, a magazine for fell runners that Dave and Eileen got stuck into as an alternative to the official FRA magazine. It wasn’t like The Fellrunner – it was brash, it was up-
Me and my friend Ady Illingworth from Pudsey & Bramley had an idea to put out a regular fell running fanzine – something irreverent and unpredictable, down-
Eventually the magazine folded and Dave and Eileen, instead of simply bemoaning their loss, threw themselves even more into organising races. That same spirit of adventure showed through in these strange and unique events that increasingly featured eggs-
It would be hard to over-
These old editions of Up & Down – and the few pages in each issue that comprised The Fellternative – belong to a different time; the world and the sport have changed a lot since then. But what’s the same is that sense of what fell running is at its root: fun, mud, hills, competition and adventure. And in the name of all those four things I give a big Fellternative thank you to Dave and Eileen.
Boff Whalley (If only Dave could get over the fact I’m from Lancashire)
Up & Down magazine Dave & Eileen Woodhead
When he wasn’t nursing injuries he was up there on most of the Pennine races, just outside the leading pack, always talking even at the sharp end of a race. That was Dave, big mouth, big spirit, big personality (big moustache too for a while).
Eileen, running for Lancashire club Clayton Harriers, was up there in the women’s races, same warm smile but with thankfully less of a booming voice.
Together they were two of the more notable and eccentric characters in this wonderful sport I’d discovered, two more faces that I saw here, there and everywhere back then.
A few more injuries later and Dave
When I first started fell running – or rather, after a couple of years or so of working hard to be able to compete in fell races – I found myself matched up against a red-
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