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Latest news about the Baslow Bolt

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!!

11 OCTOBER 2021: CAP ON ENTRIES RAISED!

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!

27 SEPTEMBER 2021: REMINDER- SAVE THE DATE!!

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2021:  A NOTE FROM THE RACE DIRECTORS

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.