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). More like a trail race. Two miles downhill on road, one technical descent, and some uphill through the woods.
  • Tues 24 May Totley Moor, pre-entry online. Hills, more hills, and another hill at the end!
  • Thu 2 Jun Bamford Sheepdog Trials, entry on the day (1pm, Bank Holiday). Up and down Win Hill from the Sheepdog Trials.
  • Tues 7 June Burbage Skyline, pre-entry. Technical and tough, with bog and bulls.
  • Thu 16 Jun Grindleford, pre-entry. Two river crossings!
  • Tue 21 June Riber Run (Lea, Matlock) – entry on the day. Downhill start to a bottleneck, tricky bit through the woods and up and down the grassy hills to the castle.
  • Wed 29 June, Hope Wakes (Win Hill), entry on the day. Up and down Win Hill from a different angle.
  • Wed 29 June, DRCO Dash, pre-entry online. Hills south west of Castleton.
  • Wed 13 Jul Black Rocks (Cromford), pre-registration online. Canal Path, the High Peak Trail, and a Trig point.
  • Thu 21 Jul Blacka Moor (Totley) – entry on the day. Hills from Totley.
  • Thu 28 July Brassington Hill. Up and down a hill!
  • Tue 2 Aug Parwich Panoramic. Like a summer cross-country race, non-technical.
  • Thu 11 Aug Ricky’s Race (Darley Bridge), pre-entry online. A great race with a ridiculous hill at the end. 7pm start.
  • Tue 30 Aug Eyam, pre-entry online. Classic, non-technical race from the sports field. Often a BBQ afterwards.
  • Fri 2 Sep Great Longstone Chase, end of evening race season pre-entry online. Up onto the ridge and back down – tricky descents but fairly accessible and some good running.
  • Sat 3 Sep Longshaw Sheepdog Trials, pre-entry online. Similar to Burbage route, some scrambling over rocks, from the sheepdog trials.
  • Sun 11 Sept Exterminator, 16 miles (Totley), pre-entry online. Bit of everything, you need to be able to navigate / recce the route. The best of the Totley, Burbage, Longshaw and Grindleford races combined.
  • Sat 1 Oct Curbar Commotion, 12 miles. Up to Curbar Edge and down.
  • TBC Nov Baslow Bolt. Like Curbar but the next bit along. Totally runnable race. It snowed last year!

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.