Chelmorton Chase – five miles - 2018 Sept 23rd eleven thirty am – enter on the day – six pounds fifty
Chelmorton village, south of Buxton is eleven hundred feet above sea level, the Chelmorton chase run is rich in Peak District National Park vistas, a downhill finish, more than a race, it’s a village event and not to be missed. Tracey Worth, Lady Of Hollinsclough will start the 2018 race and welcomes runners, old and new.
UPDATED 2018 is an eleven thirty am start set for Sunday September 23rd ; Entry on the day only £6.50. The Chelmorton Chase race runs under Fell Race Association rules and is in the FRA calendar, in the very heart of the Peak National Park of Derbyshire.
Medals to the first hundred finishers, the Windross Shield for first lady and a hundred pounds of vouchers for the first team entry make this course appealing to all,.
Make a full day of it; run the chase and take an afternoon in the spa water town of Buxton or head south for Bakewell, puddings and even a look around Chatsworth.
The course for 2018 has been re-worked. Approx five miles, historic climb of the Low has gone, bringing access to more runners. 2018 sees a more sensible five hundred feet of climb with magnificent views across the rolling limestone patchwork of fields. It’s a downhill finish into the heart of the village of Chelmorton. You can be sure of a hearty response to your return to the finish line.
The race covers five miles, following a string of blue arrow markers, climbing the side of Low, heading for Taddington village before returning via High Stool and down to Main Street. A mixture of soft tracks, grass fields, stiles and gates, short sections of tarmac including start and finish on Main Street.
Buxton runner Andy Wilton holds the original thousand feet climb course record at thirty minutes thirty one seconds and villager Ian Hulse holds the locals' record. The 2004 winner was Kev Lilley 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.
The 2018 course is new; softer climbs, a new record awaits. The Windross Shield is awarded to the first female runner. There are medals for the first one hundred finishers. A team prize of one hundred pounds of sports vouchers is given to the first team winners. A team is considered as the first four individuals, who having entered under the same club or stated team name; pass the finish line.
Alongside the Windross Shield and team prize, winning prizes will be provided for the first three men to finish, the first three women and the first local runner. The awards ceremony is scheduled for one hour after the start - to begin after the last race finisher.
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Chelmorton Marshals team for the Chelly Chase
Sunday 9th September
Vicar Richard Benson, head of the White Peak Benefice of Chelmorton, has blessed the runners' medals.
Tracey Worth joined Vicar Richard for the Sunday blessing in preparation for the Chelmorton Chase running race which will take place at eleven on Sunday Sept 23rd. Vicar Richard will be on hand to celebrate the finishing runners on the day.