History of the race

The fell race was started in 2002 by Malcolm Sowerby with the help of David Eyre who planned the route.
The Fell Runners Association asked for a long stretch to spread the runners out. There is a serious climb along Paddy line and up Parkin Clough then they run out onto the open moorland before the final ascent to the trig post at the top of Win Hill. The return is down the front of Win hill through Thornhill and back to the starting point at Bamford recreation ground (GR 205829)

The fell race is run each Bank holiday Monday in conjunction with the Sheepdog trials and is started off by the Lady President at 1pm. The entry fee is included in the admission charge to the trials. Family and friends of runners are welcome to enjoy the activities of the trials on the recreation field.

Since the race began, the numbers of runners has risen steadily. In 2015 there were 183 runners, one of our winners coming from as far away as Aberdeen. In 2023 we had 245 finishers. The field record is 29 minutes and 59 seconds! We are noted for giving a large selection of prizes including locally home baked cakes plus various spot prizes.

Enter the race

Entries for the race have now opened on the Fabian 4 website. Pre-entry grants you access to the Sheepdog Trial. Your race number will be waiting for you outside the entrance. Just collect your number and use it to enter the Sheepdog Trials.

Pre entries are now closed but you can enter on the day for £10 per entry.

To enter on the day you will need to pay £5 to enter the Sheepdog Trials and then pay an extra £5 at the race registration. The site is CASH only. Please bring small change. If you wish to use a £10 or a £20 note then please don’t expect change. All ‘extra’ money will be donated to the good causes supported by the Sheepdog Trails.

Car parking

Follow the signs for the Sheepdog Trial parking off the main Bamford main road

The Start

The event starts at 1 pm sharp. Pre-entries should get there at least 45 minutes early to allow yourself time to park and collect your number. Entries on the day and those wanting to enjoy the show should come early and take in the sights and sounds of the sheepdog trial. There will be refreshments and toilets onsite.

The Route

This race has a very quick start- think of a road race along an old railway line. Enjoy the flat while you can as once you reach the bottom of the hill it is a very steep, rocky climb up to the summit of Winn Hill.

Before you have time to catch your breath you start the long gradual descent directly back to the start. Fast, flowing running with great views.

Before you know it, you are back on the railway line with a short flat section back to the sports field.


Date & time: Mon 27 May 2024 at 13:00
Country: England
Region: Peak District
Category: BS
Distance: 7.2 km / 4.5 miles
Climb: 305 m / 1001 ft
Venue: Bamford Recreation Ground.
Grid reference: 205829
Minimum age: 18


Entry on day: Yes
Pre-entry: Yes
18ys and over.


Race Organiser: Malcolm Sowerby

Phone: 01433 620060 or 07721616570

Email: l.sowerby13@btinternet.com

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