Race: The Baslow Bolt

Peak District Fell Race

Race the Baslow skyline, with 12km of mixed terrain and 400m of ascent!

Entries are closed
2023 edition starts
Sat Nov 25 at 10:00am

The Route

The route begins in Baslow at St Anne's Church by the River Derwent (green marker), and ends at Baslow St Anne’s Primary School (red marker), where all our local supporters will congregate to cheer our runners home.
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Race information and rules

Participants are requested to register on-line in advance of the event, using the registration page on this website. This year, there will be no on-the-day registrations, and we expect the event to fill-up fast. 
It is expected that competitors will wear/carry appropriate clothing suitable for the conditions at the time of the race. As this is a winter FRA Medium B fell race, we require that runners be prepared to run with the FRA Minimum Mandatory Kit. The Baslow Bolt is organised under FRA rules, which will be displayed at the race start, as will a local weather forecast.  GPS navigation devices are no longer permitted by the FRA, but the event will be fully way marked & marshalled, so that GPS support will not be necessary.

The route climbs away from Baslow through fields towards Hassop then proceeds along the beautiful ridge path through Bank Wood and Bramley Wood (a little known local gem). It then drops down to the River Derwent and Calver / Curbar, before climbing up to Baslow Edge through a mixture of limestone trail and gritstone before descending Bar Road into Baslow and the finish. The total elevation gain is approximately 400m.

The race will follow the blue line on the map above. In the event of severe weather (including severe wind, snow or fog) the race may be diverted away from Baslow Edge. This might include running along the bridle path by the Eaglestone (red arrows on map above) or even under the Edge. A decision will be made on the day dependent upon weather conditions.

On race day, you will need to negotiate a number of gates and stiles. Please do not cross walls or fences and be respectful of the surroundings. You may encounter cattle and/or horses. Please exercise caution if this situation arises.

Timing will be by way of an ankle strap and chip, supplied by our partners AV Timing. These need to be returned at the end of the race. A £10 charge will be incurred for any unreturned timing chips. 

If for any reason you have to retire after you have registered, you MUST notify the organisers at the finish. A marshal will sweep the route behind the last competitor and the checkpoints will close as the sweeper passes. 

Prizes are available for the first senior female (WSEN) and senior male (MSEN) and winning times will be posted for these and all age group and gender categories.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to Baslow St Anne’s Primary School PTFA and Baslow St Anne’s Church buildings fund.