Fell Racing in the Dark Peak
2016 sees the Accelerate Gritstone Series take a slightly different format for the second year running. The point-scoring will remain as before with the series open for men and women with prizes provided by Inov-8 for first three men and women, plus first under 21 and V40, V50 and V60 categories. Then there is the Gritstone Series Grand Slam… and yes, the Gritstone Series is still FREE to enter.
For 2016 there will a total of nine events in the Series. Six of these events will be classed as ‘Short’ of which you must complete three of the races. Then there are the three remaining ‘Long’ events of which one must be completed. So to be eligible for the Series you must complete a total of four events, one of which must be one of the October ‘Long’ events.
The 2016 ‘Short’ events, of which three must be completed:
20th March, Wolf’s Pit Fell Race: 9km / 5.6mi 450m / 1476ft of ascent
10th June, Castleton Fell Race: 10.8km / 6.7mi 458m / 1503ft of ascent
12th June, Accelerate Edale Fell Race: 7.6km / 4.7mi 402m / 1319ft of ascent
10th July, Great Hucklow Fell Race: 9.8km / 6.1mi 340m / 1115ft of ascent
5th August, Salt Cellar Fell Race: 10.9km / 6.8mi 486m / 1594ft of ascent
3rd September, Longshaw Sheepdog Trials Fell Race: 9.7km / 6mi 305m / 1001ft of ascent
The 2016 ‘Long’ events of which one must be completed, in addition to your choice of three ‘Short’ events:
8th October, Curbar Commotion Fell Race: 14.4km / 8.9 miles 403m / 1300ft of ascent
16th October, Windgather Fell Race: 21.8km / 13.5mi 762m / 2500ft of ascent
29th October, Grin ‘n Bear It: 25.6km / 15.9mi 591m / 1939ft
The Accelerate Gritstone Series for 2016 continues with Inov-8 as series partner, along with Accelerate. Inov-8 will again be providing spot prizes for each event and the Gritty Series.
The Gritstone ‘True Grit’ Award
All you have to do is run every single event to get yourself onto the Gritstone ‘True Grit’ Award list. We think it’s quite a challenge, especially this year. So tell us if you are up for the attempt, we want to know who you are and should you succeed there could well be the first ever Gritstone ‘True Grit’ Award…we’ll be watching! Further Details >>
The Gritty Series
Originally devised as a way of encouraging juniors into fell running, the Gritty Series was established in 2012. Each race offers something different, with Wolfs Pit and Edale considered the toughest with Castleton and Great Hucklow also offering the aspiring fell runner something different!
20th March, Wolf’s Pit Junior Fell Race (racing for ages 6+)
10th June, Castleton Junior Fell Race (racing for ages 10+)
12th June, Accelerate Edale Junior Fell Race (racing for ages 8+)
10th July, Great Hucklow Junior Fell Race (racing for ages 6+)
Full details of the Series, including all the qualifying age groups, can be found here >>