Sunday 17th March 2019
Thanks to everyone for your support this year! It was a record turnout hence the slightly late start. Hope you enjoyed the variety of weather we had yesterday and hope to see you all again next year. The sheep were back in the field by 3pm and Malcolm’s no doubt wondering how he’s going to sort out the mud in the lambing tent.
Here’s a video of everyone coming to the end of field 1 here
This is a challenging Fell Race of 6 miles & 1500 ft of Ascent (9.2Km / 467m) taking in some of the best hills & moors of the Peak. The location is Malc’s Big Field, Townfield Lane, Shatton, Nr. Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BG (GR196825).
Parking is available free at the Hope Valley Garden Centre (thanks to Emma and the team – you could always pop in for a browse after the race or a relaxing cuppa in the cafe) and on Malc’s field (Malcolm Sowerby; the guy who each year, very kindly allows us to use his fields for parking, running, and registration in the big, white lambing tent). If the conditions are very wet, it may not be possible to park on the field – in this case, please first go to the car park at Hope Valley Garden Centre. Please also be respectful of the Shatton residents and do not park anywhere in Shatton village.
On the day, we also have an under8s fun run, the Accelerate Gritty Races (race 1) starting 10:15 / age 8+, and runners taking part in the Nottinghamshire 3AAA’s fell championship.
Let’s hope we don’t have a blizzard this year!
Start / Finish (GR195825): 2nd field on right off Townfield Lane. Run down the field onto Townfield Lane. Head down the lane and across the ford then turn right up Shatton Lane GR199824. Marshals will direct you right through a gate off Shatton Lane and then right at the next gate – this section is run on private land and it is where the uphill bit starts!
Head uphill towards the marshal and pass through the gate in the middle of the field. Immediately turn right and go along to the wall, then turn left and head uphill to the gate on Shatton Lane (CP1: GR194813). Turn right up to Shatton Mast and continue on the path towards Wolf’s Pit. Follow path around Abney Moor and bear left (off the main path) to a stile (GR201815). Continue to the crossroads of paths to the west of Smelting Hill. Follow the sign for Offerton and head across the Offerton Moor. Go through the metal gate, across Siney Sitch , and continue down Offerton Edge to the stile/gate to the west of Offerton Hall (CP2: 212810). Marshal will direct you left to follow the path via Old Clough to where the path re-joins Shatton Lane (GR202815).
Depending on the year, the marshal will either direct you up Shatton Lane towards the mast or right down Shatton Lane. If you are unlucky and head down Shatton Lane, at GR198817, you’ll be directed left off the lane and up through the fields to again meet Shatton Lane. Turn right up the lane towards the mast. At the same place where you met Shatton Lane after the first big climb, marshals will turn you left to go straight downhill. Pass through the gate in the middle field and continue to the bottom of the next field. Turn right through the gate and then left onto Shatton Lane. Turn left at the bottom, go over the ford, up Townfield Lane and finally a right turn into and up the field back to the finish.
You MUST stick to the obvious footpath along Abney and Offerton Moors.
Do NOT cross any wall / fence at any point other than a designated access point / stile.
Sorry – its Lambing time absolutely no dogs on the course or start field please.
Land Access Notes
The local land owners have been extremely co-operative, working with us to allow access across open farm land en-route to the mast (the first big climb), and allowing access across Abney and Offerton Moor for the later parts of the course. (This access is granted for the duration of the race only; a TWO hour period 10:30 -12:30hrs on the 17.03.19 – please do not abuse this privilege).
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following for their cooperation in staging this race: Land Owners / Tenant Farmers / Shatton Residents / Hope Valley Garden centre.