The Chelmorton Chase

An annual village event is the Chelmorton Chase. A very tough championship fell race in September.


There is over one thousand feet of ascent as the race covers five miles climbing high over the Low before returning down the Main Street. Buxton runner Andy Wilton holds the course record at thirty minutes thirty one seconds and villager Ian Hulse holds the locals' record. The 2004 winner was Kev Liley from Hathersage and Andy Wilton returned to win again in 2005. A double winner for the Dark Peak Running Club is Stuart Bond who took first place in 2008 and 2010.

New for 2010 was the Joan Windross memorial shield presented to the first lady runner across the line. It holds the last ten years of lady running winners and is on display in the Church Inn pub.

The fell race has raised funds for the Arthritis Research Council, the village church & village institute. Access to the Low is granted by kind permission of the Allen family. Sadly in 2011 cattle were spooked by runners on the Low and Roger Arden raised a bill for damages casting a shadow on the future of the race.