Accelerate Gritstone Series

The Events

For 2017 there will a total of ten events in the Series.  Seven of these events will be classed as ‘Short’ of which you must complete four 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 Five Events, one of which must be one of the October ‘Long’ Events.
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The 2017 ‘Short’ Events, of which four must be completed:
Please note this has been amended to ‘Three Short Events’ as of the 29th June 2017, excluding the results from Hope Wakes Fell Race.  All is explained Here>>

Round 1 (Short): Wolf’s Pit Fell Race, Sunday 19th March, 11:00am
(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
www.wolfspitfellrace.org.uk

Round 2 (Short): Castleton Fell Race, Friday 9th 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 11th 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, DPFR and Edale Country Day
www.edalecountryday.org.uk

Round 4 (Short): Hope Wake Fell Race, Wednesday 28th 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 2nd 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 4th 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
£5 on the day
Records: Tom Saville (2015) – 49:34 and Judith Jepson (2013) – 62:08
Race Organisers: www.steelcitystriders.co.uk
Proceeds to Edale Mountain Rescue

Round 7 (Short): Longshaw Sheepdog Trials Fell Race, Saturday 9th 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 2017 ‘Long’ Events of which one must be completed, in addition to your choice of three ‘Short’ events:

Round 8 (Long): The Curbar Commotion Fell Race, Saturday 7th October, 10:00am
Start from Curbar Primary School, Calver, S32 3XG.
Distance: 8.9 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.
http://www.curbarprimary.co.uk/the-curbar-commotion-fell-race/

Round 9 (Long): Andrew Heywood Memorial Windgather Fell Race, Sunday 15th 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 29th 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

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.