Tour of Bradwell

Next event: TBC, watch this space

Cave Dale
Mick Knapton at English Wikipedia

A not-to-be-underestimated 16 miler through some lovely countryside taking in some iconic Peak District vistas.

You’ll be up Dirtlow Rake, down Cave Dale and through Castleton, onto the Great Ridge with views over the Vale of Edale, then shouldering Win Hill to drop down to Ladybower, then fast running back to the finish via Bamford and Shatton.

  • Entry on the day is available.
  • Registration opens at 8am.
  • The course finishes at 3pm. For reasons of both competitor and Marshal safety, these times will be strictly enforced.
  • To qualify as a finisher you must “dib” at each control point.
  • Free parking on the day on the field next to the Sports Pavilion.
  • Two indoor toilets (one male; one female) inside the pavilion, and two outdoor toilets (one male; one female) outside the pavilion.
  • Three water points in the course: Castleton, Hope and Bamford / the one at Hope also has bananas / nuts / sweets.
  • Free soup / hot and cold drinks / cakes for all runners at the end of the race.
  • There are separate male/female changing rooms with two showers in each. Although we will be in the pavilion all day, the changing rooms are not locked, so we cannot be held responsible for your belongings.
  • Entry link via Fabian4 (entries open on January 1st 2020: here
  • Prices: £13 in June; £16 in July, £19 in August, £20 Entry on the Day
  • Start Location

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Sports Pavilion, Bradwell, Hope Valley, S33 9ST
The entrance to the sports pavilion is opposite the Samuel Fox Country Inn.


Stephen Hughes / email here  / phone 07950609984

Results for 2019

Tour of Bradwell 14 Sept 2019 Results

Tour of Bradwell 14 Sept 2019 Splits

Photos from 2019

For the brilliant photos taken by Neal on the finish line, see this link:

Here’s one of the lovely cakes – thanks to everyone who donated: IMG-20190914-WA0000[1]

Route Description and Map 2020

Tour route 2020

The Tour of Bradwell MAP 2020 final

GPX Route File

Please use this link to see the GPX file:

Kit List

‘FRA Mandatory Minimum Kit’ is the mandatory minimum kit for all AL, AM and BL races. The Tour of Bradwell is a category BL race and it traverses high/exposed moorland terrain.

Runners sometimes question whether this level of kit is necessary – it may not be needed when you are running strongly or in good weather, but it could be a life-saver if you have to slow down or stop because of injury or tiredness, or if you need to help another runner in difficulty.

For the event, you MUST wear/carry the following minimum items:

  1. Full waterproof body cover – (with taped seams and integrated attached hood).
  2. Hat/ Buff
  3. Gloves
  4. Compass
  5. Whistle
  6. Map and control descriptions – you will each be given one on the start line.
  7. Timing Chip – each person must carry their own and use it at each control. We will hire one for you for free if you do not have your own.
  8. Emergency food to see you through the event
  9. Watch – this can also be an altimeter or a GPS data logger. GPS devices are allowed for this race.
  10. Race Number – you will each be given one at registration. The race number is essential to check that runners don’t skip a checkpoint and to keep track of runners who are lagging behind or have dropped out of the event. Make sure you clearly show your number to marshals at checkpoints, even if it’s covered up by a jacket.
  11. Phone – this in not compulsory but it is advisory.

For further information on FRA Requirements for Runners 2020 (the “Runners’ Rules”) see here

Reviews from Previous Years

Thank you very much for a nice well organised race and refreshments afterwards. Oh and lovely weather too!!! See you next year! (2019)
The cakes and refreshments were amazing and much appreciated after that run! (2019)
I just wanted to say that yesterday’s event was fantastic. One of the friendliest races that I have entered in a very long time. I thought that the team looking after the runners – from parking to registration, to tea and cakes, to starters and marshalls – was exceptional. It was the best spread of cakes that i have seen since the old days of the 3 Peaks Race, which is saying something. The donuts were an inspired idea. The course was unbelievably nice and flowed really well – it is a part of the world with which I am very unfamiliar, but I will certainly be back, probably at another of your events. I liked the variety and I loved the views. Thanks for a great event – it really did your village proud and I will certainly return (2019)
Just to say thank you to you all for yesterday. We had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back for another year. (2019)
Great race thanks, the GPS route was really helpful and stopped me and others from getting lost a few times. (2019)
Great event, really enjoyed it, thank you to everyone involved (2019)
An absolutely brilliant day, the race was awesome and I’m blown away by how beautiful the Peak District is. Thanks Bradda Dads for putting on such a great event, and thanks to everyone who helped push our van off the parking field after the race!
Really enjoyed the race (my first time). Good crowd of people, and it was marshalled. I laughed with one of my fellow runners about the time that can be lost over the race trying to make a decision about which of the checkpoint fuel/treats to scoff.
Really enjoyed the race- very well organized with friendly marshals and great weather too! Will certainly be back next year.
Just to say the race was brilliant as usual. Organisation always good but seemed even slicker this year.  Five years in a row now I’ve done it, getting to know the course at last.
I thought the race was very well organised, the marshals/ food stops were excellent and had everything you needed. I thought the race timing / results were probably the most professional of any race I’ve done including races run by businesses that cost a lot more than Bradwell.
This year was the 2nd time that I ran the Half after doing the 1st one in 2013. Nothing much seems to have changed, although that is a good thing. Can’t fault anything really. Good course, great food and drink at the end, plus excellent organisation/marshalls and value for money.
I ran the HT of Bradwell last weekend and LOVED it! Very well organised, friendly folk, awesome route flagged and marked just enough to keep you on your toes, and great flapjack at the end. If you get cramp in the last 10 yards, they’ll even bring the finish to YOU! Thanks, I’ll be back. I don’t know if my husband will 😉
It was my first ever off road running race and I have to say, I really enjoyed it even though I am still aching now. The whole thing was ran amazingly well and everyone I came across was happy to chat and point me in the right direction.
What a great race; fantastic organisation, varied and challenging mix of terrain, together with plenty of stunning scenery (off road running heaven!!!!). I had a wonderful day and this race is definitely one for my running calendar.

Results from Previous Years

2018 Long Tour of Bradwell: here

2018 Half Tour of Bradwell: here

2017 Half Tour Results overall

2017 Long Tour Results overall

2016 Long Tour of Bradwell: long tour of bradwell 2016

2016 Half Tour of Bradwell: half tour of bradwell 2016