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Latest news about the Baslow Bolt

22 July 2021: Reminder- save the date!!

Dear Bolters,
Just a reminder that the 2021 race is scheduled for 10am on saturday 27th November. Entries are set to open on line on the website in September- please keep an eye on this website, the facebook page or twitter for more information! We are hoping to run the event in as normal a manner as possible, depending on how the covid rules go. Fingers are crossed!

many thanks

The Bolt team

20 january 2021: cancellation of rescheduled bolt 2020

Dear Bolters,
In light of the current lockdown and the continued uncertainty regarding restrictions on athletic events, it is with a heavy heart that we’ve made the decision to cancel the re-scheduled Baslow Bolt 2020 that we had planned to run in March 2021.

We feel we have no choice but to cancel given the current situation and the fact that neither the FRA nor UK Athletics are permitting races until further notice.

This means that the (now one and only) Bolt event for 2021 will run on Saturday 27th November.

We want to say a massive thank you to you all for your continued support throughout the pandemic. Your positivity and messages of support have kept us going.

Our team of volunteers will be working hard over the next few months to ensure that when we do see you next, it will be for a safe, relaxed and fun event. In the meantime, we hope you stay safe and are managing to get out in our beautiful surroundings.

We can’t wait to see you on the start line in November.

The Baslow Bolt Team.

01 NovemBER 2020: post-lockdown delay to registration

Dear Bolters,

In light of the government's announcement last night that we're entering into a national 4 week lockdown, with uncertainty as to what is in store for us after this period, we regret that the Baslow Bolt 2020 race is provisionally cancelled. We will review this as the situation unfolds, and we will keep you posted.

Many thanks for your support.

The Baslow Bolt Team.

29 OCTOBER 2020: update from the race directors

Dear Bolters, 
Registration is scheduled to open on Sunday 1st November at 8pm GMT.

Registration will
close on Wednesday 25th November at midnight GMT.

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 (including a change in Covid restrictions local to the runner).

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 2020 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 2021 Baslow Bolt. 

Runners will set off in groups of 6 every 2 minutes between 10.00am and 11.00am on race day. During registration, you will be asked to give an estimate of your 10km running time (flat, road 10km not a hilly, fell 10km!), to allow us to group faster runners into earlier starting waves. We will allocate you a race number, via email following successful registration and payment. When registration closes (a couple of days before the race), we will e-mail you with your wave number and wave start time.

On the day please arrive at Race Registration, Baslow St Anne’s Church, 10 minutes before your scheduled wave start time. You will then be able to pick up your pre-allocated race number and timing chip before starting in your allocated wave of 6 runners.

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

  1. There are no toilet facilities provided by the race. Public toilets in Baslow (at the Nether End Pay and Display car park) open at 10.30am on race day.
  2. Government restrictions currently prevent those living in a Covid-19 Tier 3 area from travelling out of that area for all but essential reasons. At the time of writing, those living in tier 3 areas should therefore not travel to Baslow for a fell race.
  3. In the unlikely event that the Derbyshire Dales becomes a Tier 3 area, the race will need to be cancelled.
  4. All runners will need to bring & wear a mask (or face covering such as a buff) in the start and finishing areas.
  5. No refreshments or water will be provided during the race or at the finish. Please bring your own.
  6. There is no bag drop provided by the race. Please arrive ready to run, carrying whatever you need for the race. Some limited personal items can be left in the corner of race HQ yard if required, but this is at your own risk and we take no responsibility for such items
  7. The race is restricted to over 18s only. 
  8. Prizes will be available for first male/first female only this year, but entry categories are as follows: open, vets 40+, vets 50+, vets 60+, vets 70+ (new category this year as requested) and first locals (Baslow/ Baslow school parents).
  9. 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 concerning safe running during the Covid pandemic. This advice will be re-iterated prior to starting on the morning of the race. This will include advice on social distancing whilst passing other runners and members of the public, plus 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.


Dear Bolters, 
We've been beavering away developing the Baslow Bolt website so that we can facilitate a one-step registration and payment process, including the allocation of registrants into six-strong starting waves based on estimated 10km finish times that are posted at the time of registration. We're nearly finished with this and expect to be able to open the registration for the 2020 Baslow Bolt at 8pm on Sunday 1st November.

Many thanks for your patience.

The Baslow Bolt Team.

28 september 2020: status

Dear Bolters,

We are still working on running this year’s fell race on Saturday 28th November - and hoping that nothing gets in the way 🏃‍♀️🏃🏾🏃.

In order to comply with Covid restrictions, the event will look a little different from last year, but we hope it’ll be just as enjoyable.

So, how will it work? 
The event will run as a time trial, with runners setting off at intervals in socially distanced groups of six (or some other group size, if government advice changes). The race will follow the same route as last year, registering and starting in the churchyard and finishing at Baslow St Anne’s school.

Runners will be given a time to arrive in the church grounds then start almost straight away. Timing chips will provided on the day, with results posted on-line shortly after the event.

Is the race Covid compliant?

Sports England & UK Athletics, in conjunction with the National Fell Runners Association (FRA), are still mandating safe running events. The FRA has recently granted us a new licence (and associated insurance) and we will be following their Covid guidelines.

We also have the full support of Baslow St Anne’s primary school, St Anne’s Church, the Parish Council and Peak District National Park Authority.

What happens now?

Nothing - just yet! We’ll be opening ticket sales through out on-line registration system in late October. This will enable us to get every box ticked and contingencies worked out in these crucial few weeks of Covid. Because of Covid restrictions, we’ve had to reduce numbers from around 280 last year to around 180 this year. To partially compensate, we will be putting the price up slightly to £10 (all proceeds go to the Baslow School PTA) per entry.

Watch this space for more updates! Happy training in the meantime 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏃🏽.

The Baslow Bolt Team.

28 july 2020: save the date - 28TH Nov 2020

Subject to securing the necessary landowner permissions, and satisfying ourselves and the FRA that we can deliver the event safely, the Baslow Bolt WILL take place on 28th November 2020.

We think it is possible to deliver a safe event by running the race as a traditional time trial, with runners being set off in small waves or starter groups at safe intervals. Other fell races taking place in August are following this concept, and we will develop our plan based on their experiences, and in consultation with the FRA (Fell Running Association) and UK Athletics, as well as following emerging Government guidance.

We will keep you informed of any developments as they happen, and their practical implications. We plan to open on-line registration in mid September and will be in touch when we have firm dates. In the meantime, please keep Saturday 28th November marked in your calendars!

Thank you to everyone for your continued support and understanding, we are looking forward to seeing you in November to raise some much needed money for our school and to have some fun!

The Baslow Bolt Team.

4 MAY 2020

Update re Covid-19 as at May 2020: The Bolt team all want the race to happen in 2020 so IF we can run the race safely then we will. If not then we will reluctantly have to cancel this year's race. We will just monitor the situation and keep you all informed. We will NOT be opening race entry yet (in any case we were't going to open entries until mid/ late summer anyway) but please keep checking this website & our social media channels (twitter & facebook) for any updates.

29 DEC 2019


We envisage entries opening on this website probably June 2020 or so. Pls keep an eye on this website & the Baslow Bolt Facebook page.

The final total raised by the inaugural Bolt for the Baslow school PTA was a net £1955- a great result so many thanks to you all!

30 NOV 2019

Download the 2019 RACE RESULTS (PDF).

30 NOV 2019

Thanks everyone for making our inaugural race a great success!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

29 NOV 2019

Update about on the day entries: There will be limited spaces (no more than 30) available for on the day entries.  We can't guarantee anyone a spot, as it depends on how many people turn up, and when they turn up.  You can queue from 8:30am and try your luck.

29 NOV 2019

For those of you with navigation devices, you can download a GPX or KML file.

28 NOV 2019

A note from Ian White about the route: 
The route is going to be well marked and marshalled.  Runners should be aware that the first 500m of route includes various twists, turns, and pinch points.  We hope you will regard this as an exciting feature of the race, and we urge you to be respectful of the grounds of the church, exercising patience if required.  There is approximately 12km after the last pinch point to make up any lost time.  We trust that runners will sort themselves on the starting line appropriately.

27 NOV 2019

Online entries are now closed!  If you want to try your luck on the day, stay tuned for an update on timings tomorrow.

24 NOV 2019

Dear all,

We've had a really good response from everyone about paying. So far most of you have paid with just a few stragglers. As a result we have asked everyone who has a place to pay up as soon as possible and have also opened up places to those on the wait list. So if you would like to run on saturday, please pay! Otherwise you might well lose your place.
Final preparations are underway and extra advice has been posted both on this website and on our facebook page re conditions and clothing advice etc. The ground is pretty wet so dig out your grippiest shoes!

See you on saturday!

16 NOV 2019

Payment for entries is now up and running, via our payment processor Braintree.  To pay, click the pink "Enter Now" button to see your entries, once you're logged in, click the green "Pay Now" button.  You can pay by Paypal or Credit Card.  We'll send out an email regarding this soon.

15 NOV 2019

We've had a few people get in touch saying they've not received emails.  In most cases the emails were in their 'Junk/Spam' folder.  To ensure that you receive emails from the website, please add to your contacts.

10 NOV 2019

We've sent emails out to people with confirmed entries, and those who are on the wait list.  Please get in touch at if you've not received it.

2 Nov 2019

We are pleased to say that we have now hit 250 pre registered runners and are operating a waiting list. An email will be going out to all runners re payment & "on the day" race information in the next couple of weeks. Pls note new info added on the website re parking, clothing requirements etc.

30 OCT 2019

Due to demand we are extending pre reg numbers to 250 then operating a wait list system (still with very limited entry on the day). We would advise if you want to run then move quickly and put your name on the wait list.

29 OCT 2019

220 people now signed up- pre reg full! However we will be operating a wait list/ very limited entries on the day to take us to our (self imposed for the 1st event) limit of 250 runners for the inaugural event.

Please note that we'll be sending out an email in the next couple of weeks regarding payment, and on the day race information. Thank you all.

28 OCT 2019

218 people signed up! Last few places available!

23 OCT 2019

190 people signed up!

17 Oct 2019

Great response, 166 people signed up so far!  We'll be sending out an email in the next couple of weeks regarding payment, and the latest race information.

Keep checking out this website and the facebook group and the twitter feed @baslowbolt