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Latest news about the Baslow Bolt

20 NOVEMBER 2023

The race is now full & the waiting list is now closed. No further changes are possible note & there are definitely NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY note! We look forward to seeing you all on saturday morning & bring your grippiest shoes as the course is very muddy (maybe just bring wellies instead!)Best wishes from the Bolt team

23 OCTOBER 2023

The race is now full & we will be operating our usual wait list. It is definitely worth putting your name down if you want to run as lots of people on the waiting list get promoted as people drop out due to illness, injury and life generally.  Many thanks to everyone for supporting the Bolt this year- we sold out in 48 hours- a record for us!

22 OCTOBER 2023

The race is filling up fast! 300 places out of 400 have gone in the first 24 hours! Get in there quick if you want a space!

19 OCTOBER 2023

Entries open in 2 days! We are all set for entry opening at 10.00am on 21st October.

All money raised this year will be split between the Baslow village school PTFA, the buildings restoration fund for the village Church, and charities chosen by the school children. This year the children have chosen to support the Friends of Calcutta Cathedral Relief Service and the Fountain of Life. We are also pleased to support the Baslow Toddler Group.


Online entries open for the 2023 Baslow Bolt at 10.00am on Saturday 21st October. Entry fee remains £10 - and will again include refreshments after the race. As in previous years, there will be no money refunds after entry - so be sure you can run before you pay! All entrance money will go to charity, as our costs are now mostly sponsored (thank you to the sponsors including Outside and Rab). Entry numbers will be capped at 400 this year. 

19 JANUARY 2023

The date for this year’s Bolt has been set at 10.00am on Saturday 25th November 2023. We expect entries to open in October.

Many thanks to all that supported the Bolt in 2022. We raised over £3500 for charity!

16 NOVEMBER 2022

Please note the DEADLINE for amending or changing entries is midnight tomorrow thursday 17th November. If you can't run for whatever reason, please withdraw and allow us to give that place to someone on the waiting list (about 100 people). You can amend this yourself via this website- for detailed instructions how to do this please see the facebook Bolt page or see below.

The deadline for amending entries is fast approaching  it’s 11.59pm this coming Thursday, 17th NOVEMBER 2022. 
So if you can’t make it for any reason we’re asking you to update your entry in your Baslow Bolt account by the end of Thursday THIS WEEK.  
You can either
 Withdraw and DONATE the entry fee
 Withdraw and DEFER your entry until next year
Doing this means we can move someone up from the waiting list so you’ll be making someone very happy! 
Please note that we are unable to give any refunds for this year’s race (see our T&Cs) but deferring your entry to 2022 doesn’t incur any additional costs. 
Here’s how to do that
1. Go to
2. Tap the ENTER THE BOLT tab
3. You’ll then be asked to provide your email address and you’ll be sent a one time password to login.
4. Enter the password we’ve sent via email into the field on the page.
5. Your bib number will pop up and on the rhs of the screen you will see two buttons: one saying DETAILS and one saying WITHDRAW.
7. The next screen will show three buttons: Withdraw and DONATE the entry fee; Withdraw and DEFER until next year;
8. Tap whichever option you’d prefer and follow the prompts. 
9. If you have multiple runners on the same login, repeat 5-8. 
Do let us know below or in DMs if you have any problems. 
The date again for amending entries 
If you know you’re waitlisted, keep an eye out for an email to say you have been offered a place. 
Please make your payment and complete all the T&Cs as soon as possible after receiving your email - and definitely by 
11.59pm on SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER 

04 NOVEMBER 2022

Dear all, the race is now full (350 entries) and we are running a waiting list system. If you are on the waiting list, you will get an email as places become free. We always gets lots of people dropping out due to illness, injury, you name it, so you do have a decent chance of still getting to run the race hopefully. So, hang in there is our advice!

29 OCTOBER 2022

All money raised this year will be split between the Baslow village school PTFA, the buildings restoration fund for the village Church, and charities chosen by the school children. This year the children have chosen to support the Friends of Calcutta Cathedral Relief Service and the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

5 OCTOBER 2022

Dear all, just to let you know that take-up for the race has gone really well since launch on saturday, with 2/3rds of places now full & only about 100 spots left. So please sign up as soon as possible to prevent disappointment (no entries on the day full stop!!). The Bolt team

1 OctoBER 2022

Entries now open folks for the 2022 edition!


Good news! We are pleased to announce that we have got permission (courtesy of the Eastern Moors Partnership/ RSPB, thank you) to run the original route along Baslow Edge itself. This got changed during covid to the footpath along past the Eagle Stone but for 2022 our runners will be able to run the original route along the iconic Baslow Edge itself, with breathtaking views and gritstone rock underfoot! The Eagle Stone footpath remains our back up bad weather alternative route, if required.

5 September 2022

Entries open at 10.00am on Saturday 24th September via this website! Entries will be £10, all proceeds to the Baslow school & church. Note if you have deferred from last year we will be sending out an email ahead of general entry being opened on 24/9 asking if you wish to take up your deferred place.

2 February 2022

Please note that the provisional date for the 2022 Bolt is 10am 26/11/22. Entries probably won't open until sept/ oct 2022 so keep an eye on this website or the Baslow Bolt facebook page.

2 December 2021: RACE RESULTS

Good to see all of those hardy souls who battled through the weather to make the race yesterday! Results and race report are now up- see 2021 race report section of website. We are also delighted to report that the race has raised a net £3425 for the Baslow school PTFA- a fantastic sum & thanks all  involved! PROVISIONAL DATE FOR THE 2022 RACE IS 26/11/22 NOTE.

27 November 2021: Race Morning

Following a successful test run this morning, we're happy to say that the race is still on this morning, for those that can make it to the start line. We look forward to seeing you all.

The BB Team.

26 NOVEMBER 2021: Condition report

As we all know, conditions can change rapidly in the Peak District. Yesterday the conditions were nippy, but it was sunny, the winds were calm and the ground was dry and firm. Overnight and with the weather forecast increasingly well resolved, the conditions have changed. Following a period of rainfall, there is now a reasonable amount of surface water and with more to come, the ground may be muddy (but the cold overnight weather could firm or freeze the surface). It seems likely that the conditions will be cold, possibly snowy and almost certainly very windy. Exposed skin is likely to feel bitingly cold. All things considered then we would recommend that for the run:
  • wear a hat, buff and running gloves, with the option to remove them as you warm up.
  • wear running trousers in place of shorts, or at the least wear knee length socks (or just compression over socks).
  • layer up: a base layer, a tee over this and a wind-proof running jacket.
  • a good pair of grippy fell running shoes.

Just in case: you take a tumble and need a moment to recompose yourself, or you need assistance, or you decide to assist someone else, or you take a wrong turn and need to slow down a re-find the path (due to poor visibility); well then, we would recommend that you come prepared with a running pack with:
  • waterproof jacket and trousers, with taped seems
  • a whistle, map (a printout of the course map is fine) and compass
  • emergency food
  • an extra layer of warm and light clothing (e.g. a down jacket).

The first three, in addition to the shoes, hat and gloves mentioned earlier, correspond to the FRA minimum mandatory kit. The rest are just our suggestions. We would also suggest that you have some warm clothing available for before and after the race, as well as dry shoes to change into. 

Please don't be put off by the above. It's lovely course, supported by outstandingly enthusiastic marshals at every decision point, and there is cake and warm refreshments waiting for you at the church (just a couple of hundred metres from the finish). We can't wait to see you and cheer you home to the finish line!

23 NOVEMBER 2021: 

We are watching the weather forecast anxiously! It may be cold & snowy so make sure you pack all your warm, winter running gear- specifically all those items on the FRA mandatory kit list!

15 NOVEMBER 2021: 

"On the day" race information now posted on the website, giving all the information required for the event.

14 NOVEMBER 2021: 

Dear Bolters, We are now full and have 350 paid entrants plus a waiting list. Remember, if you cancel then you have the option to defer to 2022 at no cost via the website but we cannot give any refunds for this year's race (as per our T&Cs). If you CANNOT run then please please amend your entry via the website as soon as possible  so we can give your place to someone on the waiting list. We are going to freeze the entry list a few days ahead of the race so do it sooner rather than later please to give others the chance to run if you can't. On the day race instructions will be posted on this website this week & keep an eye on the facebook / twitter pages for updates as well. Fingers are crossed for the 27/11! REMEMBER THERE ARE NO ON THE DAY ENTRIES!!


Due to popular demand, we have decided to increase the maximum number of entrants from 300 to 350, which we believe remains a perfectly manageable number. Looking forward to seeing you all on the day.

The Bolt team.

1 OctoBER 2021: Race entries now open!

Numbers are limited so please sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note that the £10 entrance fee includes a free tea or coffee and home made slice of cake for you to enjoy at the end of the race!


Dear Bolters,

Just a reminder that the 2021 race remains scheduled for 10am on saturday 27th November. Entries are set to open on line on the website on 1st October - please keep an eye on this website, the facebook page or twitter for more information! We are hoping to run the event as a normal race, with our usual mass (procession style, as with a Park Run) start.

Many thanks,

The Bolt team


Please note the full registration process will need to be completed on-line before you are allocated a race number. This includes completion of our FRA (Fell Runner’s Association) terms and conditions. Payment of £10 needs to be made on-line this year – there will be no ‘on the day’ entries. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds to those who cannot run for whatever reason .

However, if the race is cancelled by us due to a local change in our Derbyshire Dales Covid circumstances then we will offer all paid 2021 entrants the option to either withdraw and donate their fee to the Baslow St Anne’s Primary School PTA (a registered charity), or to defer their entry at no charge to the 2022 Baslow Bolt. 

We will allocate you a race number, via email following successful registration and payment. 

On the day please arrive at Race Registration, Baslow St Anne’s Church. You will then be able to pick up your pre-allocated race number and timing chip.

Furthermore, we would like to draw your attention to the following points:

There are limited toilet facilities provided by the race. Public toilets in Baslow (at the Nether End Pay and Display car park) note only open at 10.30am on race day.
  • There is a small bag drop provided by the race.  Items can be left if required, but this is at your own risk and we take no responsibility for such items
  • The race is restricted to over 18s only. 
  • Prizes will be available for ALL category winners! 
  • Fastest times will also be issued for the following categories, both male and female: vets 40+, vets 50+, vets 60+, vets 70+ (new category this year as requested) and first locals (Baslow/ Bubnell/ school parents).
  • We will post winning times for all categories and the race overall on the Website and Facebook pages.

We will send specific race day instructions by email to all those that enter. This advice will be re-iterated prior to starting on the morning of the race. This will include a reminder of the normal winter fell race safety requirements and guidelines (such as the wearing of suitable clothing and the potential dangers of exposure and hypothermia).

Updates regarding the race can be found on the website and on our Facebook Baslow page and also on twitter @baslowbolt.

Looking forward to a successful race day!

Best wishes,

Richard and David
Race Co-organisers.