In line with advice on travel / social gatherings we have postponed Heptonstall Fell Race (was scheduled for 29th March) – thanks to all volunteers and supporters for their efforts in our preparations – hopefully we can still harness the enthusiasm, generosity, and positive energy at a more auspicious time later in the year – current thinking might be to use the date of our short Festival Race in July to run the long route – depending on how things develop – we’ll keep you updated


Start: Weavers Square, Heptonstall, West Yorkshire

Distance: 24.8 km / 15.4 miles (Long)

Ascent: 966 metres / 3170 feet (category B)

Categories: NS (Navigational Skills Required), LK (Local Knowledge an advantage), PM (Course Partially Marked)

Registration: The Cross Inn, Town Gate, Heptonstall

Cost: £10:00 entry on the day

Parking: a field at the top of the village near Draper Corner £1 Donation

Kit requirements: full waterproof body cover, hat, gloves, map, compass, whistle, emergency food

Cut off times:  In 2020 we plan to apply 2 cut-off points at Walshaw Farm. The first cut-off time at Walshaw  (2 hours 15 mins after the start of the race) about 1km before CP4. The second cut-off time is as you pass through Walshaw for the second time after passing CP6. This will be 3 hours after the start of the race. If you are outside of these times you will be instructed to retire. We reserve the right to alter the cut off time depending on weather conditions. Please respect the marshals’ decision.

Climate Crisis

The Calder Valley has been badly hit by floods in recent years and it feels like this is the new normal. A fell race may not be able to do much to help, but what we can do, we should. If you can get to the start of the race on foot or by bike, then that would be great.

If you arrive by train, the number 596 bus will take you from Hebden Bridge Station right to the centre of Heptonstall. Alternatively, a walk/run up the hill from the station makes for a fantastic warm up – allow yourself 20 minutes.

And if you’re coming by car then try and share with some other folk. It’ll save you some money and make it easier for everyone to find parking as well. Win win.

At race HQ we’re going to have a go at calculating the carbon impact of the race and offsetting this by raising funds for Treesponsibility to plant some trees locally. We’ll let you know how that goes.

What’s the race like?

The Heptonstall Fell Race is a category BL race across the best of the local landscape around Heptonstall in the upper Calder Valley. The 25 kilometres of route takes in a mixture of steep-sided wooded valleys, upland pasture and pathless moorland.

You’ll be hurtling down grassy slopes, struggling across stretches of bog, scrambling up through thick heather, dodging through dense woodland and – most of all – racing over some wild open countryside. If you get the chance to look around, you’ll see for miles across some of the most beautiful and remote scenery in the South Pennines.

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