Fell Races

Our Fell Race Secretary is Dave Bish

Beeston AC take part in Fell Races in the Peak District between March and October on weekday evenings with some weekend races.

Fellrunning is sociable, fun way to run in beautiful places. Races tend to start on a village playing field or pub car park, up a big hill, along a bit, before speeding back down again. An ideal way to spend a summer evening.

Your race entry (usually about £5) raises money for local schools, pays for village defibrillators and supports mountain rescue.

Kit

You’ll need some fell or trail shoes – something with a bit of grip.

Increasingly races advertise as requiring full FRA kit – though very few midweek summer races will actually make you carry that on the night if the weather is good, because you’ll never get more than a couple of miles from the village.

Kit to get is: full waterproof body cover with taped seams (incl. hood), hat, gloves. Longer/non-summer races may also require a whistle, compass, survival bag, emergency food, water. A small rucksack or bumbag is the best way to carry your kit. This at the discretion of race organisers on the day, depending on the weather – details on FRA Event page and usually on social media. You can put the basics of this kit together fairly cheaply from Decathlon or other retailers.

Races are governed by the FRA (Fell Runners Association). You can join the FRA for £16 a year which supports their work and gets you their magazine three times a year. You don’t need to join to run fell races.

Calendar

In 2022 you can count any 8 FRA Races as results toward the Beeston AC league, as long as you run in your club vest. From each result you’ll get a Age/Category related score out of 100. Separate leagues for men and for women. You can score races from Wolf’s Pit on 20th March through to Baslow Bolt on 26th Nov (TBC). Trophies at the BAC Christmas Party in December.

New for 2022 we have a Fell Liftshare Whatsapp. Contact Dave Bish to join via the Contact page or Facebook.

Results from the list below will be automatically checked, if you want to score from another race contact Dave and send a photo of yourself in club kit at that race. If Age Graded results aren’t published for any particular race we’ll duplicate your 3rd best result of the season.

We’re using this new scoring system for 2022, borrowed from another local club. This allows for races being slow to confirm that they’re happening, more races requiring pre-entry and having smaller fields as a hangover from covid regs, means you can’t just pick up free points by turning up, encourages you not just to stay ahead of a clubmate but to push one another to run well. The strongest runners over eight races should still come out on top. If we like it we’ll keep it for 2023, if not we won’t.  It’s not anticipated that this will significantly change the outcome of the league, but please remember fell racing is the most fun kind of running so please don’t be agrieved if the system doesn’t go in your favour!

Suggested races. More details at fellrunner.org.uk

  • Sun 20 Mar Wolf’s Pit (County Champs, pre-entry from February)
  • Sun 17 Apr Kinder Downfall (pre-entry from February)
  • Wed 27 Apr Tigers Trail (pre-entry from February)
  • Tues 24 May Totley Moor
  • Thu 2 Jun Bamford Sheepdog Trials (1pm, Bank Holiday)
  • (TBC Calver Peak)
  • (TBC Castleton)
  • Tues 7 June Burbage Skyline (entries from 25th April)
  • Thu 16 Jun Grindleford (pre-entry April, sells out fast)
  • Tue 21 June Riber Run
  • (TBC Chrome Hill)
  • Wed 13 Jul Black Rocks
  • (TBC Blacka Moor Chase)
  • Thu 28 July Brassington Hill
  • Tue 2 Aug Parwich Panoramic
  • Thu 11 Aug Ricky’s Race
  • (TBC Pilsley)
  • Tue 30 Aug Eyam
  • Fri 2 Sep Great Longstone Chase
  • Sat 3 Sep Longshaw Sheepdog Trial
  • (TBC Exterminator)
  • Sat 1 Oct Curbar Commotion
  • TBC Nov Baslow Bolt

BAC at The Nottinghamshire AAA Fell Championship history.

  • In 2022 Caitlin Bradbury won the Women’s County Championship. We picked up the Women’s Senior Team Gold (Caitlin Bradbury, Elaine Clifford, Chris Bexton), Men’s V45 Bronze for John Evans, Women’s V60 Silver for Chris Bexton. 
  • In 2019 Greg Hopkinson won the Men’s County Championship. Women’s V35-44 Silver for Em Bish.
  • In 2018 Chris Bell won Men’s Silver and V35 Gold. Jackie Welburn got Women’s V35 Bronze. Geoff Pennington got Men’s V45 Bronze. We also got Men’s Team Gold (Chris Bell, Andy Hunter, Dan Rawson) and Men’s Team Silver (Geoff Pennington, James Isherwood, Dave Bish).
  • In 2016 Andrew Stuart won the Men’s County Championship.

National Competition.

We entered the British Hill & Fell Relays for the first time in October 2019.