Accelerate Gritstone Series

The Events

For 2018 there will a total of ten events in the Series.  Seven of these events will be classed as ‘Short’ of which you must complete three. 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 and three being ‘Short’ Events.
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The 2018 ‘Short’ Events, of which three must be completed:

Round 1 (Short): Wolf’s Pit Fell Race, Sunday 18th March, 11:00am
Race cancelled due to bad weather.

(Gritty Series Junior Races for ages 6 and upwards from 10:30am)
Start from Townfield Lane, via Shatton Lane, GR 195 825
Distance: 9km / 5.6mi
Climb: 450m / 1476ft
£5 entry on the day
Records: Simon Bailey (2012) – 38:17 and Olivia Walwyn Bush (2012) – 43:57

Round 2 (Short): Castleton Fell Race, Friday 8th June, 7:30pm
Start from Castleton playing fields, S33 8WB
Distance: 10.8km / 6.7mi
Climb: 458m / 1503ft
Route map: here
£4 entry on the night
Records: Kris Jones (2013) – 40:20 and R Smith (2002) – 47:48

Round 3 (Short): Accelerate Edale Fell Race, Sunday 10th June, 11:00am
(Gritty Series Junior Races for ages 8 and upwards from 10:15am)
Start from fields above Edale village, register at Edale Village Hall, GR SK 124 853
Distance: 7.6km / 4.7m
Climb: 402m / 1319ft
Route map: here
£5 on the day or pre enter at Accelerate. Includes Free entry to the Edale Country Day and Fayre.
Due to the height gain of this race, you may be required to carry a windproof
Proceeds to Edale Mountain Rescue and the Village
Records: Simon Bailey (2005) – 31:46 and Janet McIver (2008) – 38:23
Organised in association with Accelerate and Edale Country Day

Round 4 (Short): Hope Wake Fell Race, Wednesday 27th June, 7:30pm
(Gritty Series Junior Races for ages 8 and upwards from 6:30pm)
Start from Hope Sports Club S33 6SD 165 836
Distance: 9.5km / 5.9m
Climb: 451m / 1479ft
Race Organisers: here
£5 on the day

Round 5 (Short): Great Hucklow Fell Race, Sunday 1st July, 11:00am
(Gritty Series Junior Races for ages 6 and upwards from 10:20am)
Start from Hucklow Village, GR SK 176 780
Location: here
Distance: 9.8km / 6.1m
Climb: 340m / 1115ft
£5 on the day, Includes World Famous Flapjacks – we hope!
Records: Stuart Bond (2010) – 42:59 and Olivia Walwyn Bush (2012) – 49:34

Round 6 (Short): Salt Cellar Fell Race, Friday 3rd August, 7:00pm
Start under Dam at north end of Ladybower Reservoir, register at Fairholmes, GR SK 173893
Distance: 10.9km / 6.8m
Climb: 486m / 1594ft
£6 pre entry or £9 on day
Records: Tom Saville (2015) – 49:34 and Judith Jepson (2013) – 62:08
Race Organisers:
Proceeds to Edale Mountain Rescue

Round 7 (Short): Longshaw Sheepdog Trials Fell Race, Saturday 1st September, 10:30am
Start from Longshaw Lodge on Sheffield-Hathersage road GR 265 800
Distance: 9.7km / 6m
Climb: 305m / 1001ft
Route map: here
On the Day £5 to enter field and the race is free!
£5 on the day
Records: Lloyd Taggart (2010) – 38:07 and L Lacon (2006) – 46:27
Organised in association with members from Dark Peak Fell Runners

The 2018 ‘Long’ Events of which one must be completed:

Round 8 (Long): The Curbar Commotion Fell Race, Saturday 6th October, 10:00am
Start from Curbar Primary School, Calver, S32 3XG.
Distance: 9.8 miles
Climb: 403m / 1300ft
Details: Here, including entry forms.
£5 on the day, all proceeds to Curbar Primary School
Records: Matt Elkington (2015) – 56:57 and Ellie Crownshaw (2015) – 1:11:03
Organised by Friends and Fund Raisers for Curbar Primary School, Runners All.

Round 9 (Long): Andrew Heywood Memorial Windgather Fell Race, Sunday 14th October, 11:00am
Start from Burbage Institute, Bishops Lane, Buxton, SK17 6UL
Distance: 21.8km / 13.5m
Ascent: 762m / 2500ft
£10 (includes Forestry Commission Fee) on the day, proceeds to local good causes.
Records: Lloyd Taggart 1:29:30 (2007) and Olivia Walwyn Bush 1:40:24 (2012)

Round 10 (Long): Grin ‘n’ Bear It, Sunday 28th October, 10:30am
Start from Langsett Barn, Langsett, S36 4GY
Distance: 25.6km / 15.9m
Climb: 591m / 1939ft
£12 on the day
Records: Karl Grey (2015) – 02:01:32 and Sally Fawcett (2014) – 02:27:44
Organised by and ALL profits to Woodhead Mountain Rescue

JUNIOR ONLY- Gritty Series Round 5: Grindslow Know Juniors, Saturday 22nd September, 9:30am
Age 6 upwards
Start from: Shaw Wood Farm, Edale, S33 7ZL
£3 entry on day
Organised by Ian Fitzpatrick.


Each event will be operating as in previous years, under their own organisation and event partners. Results from each event contribute towards the series and details can be found here.

To the best of our knowledge all details for each event are correct. You are advised to check with each event to be aware of any last minute changes.