Race: The Baslow Bolt

Peak District Fell Race

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

The Route (GPX or KML)

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 cakes, tea and coffee will be available for purchase to the finishers (and everyone, including supporters of course!).

Race information and rules

Participants are requested to pre-register for the event, using the registration page on this website. However, a very limited number of places (c. 30 only) will be available for on-the-day registration at the school. Toilets will be available both at the school and (in a very limited way) at the race start down at the church.
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. The event will be fully way marked & marshalled. GPS navigation devices will be permitted, although they should 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 (with its fabulous views across both the Dark & White Peak) through a mixture of limestone trail and gritstone before descending Bar Road into Baslow and the finish. The total elevation gain is approximately 400m.

Please note that if visibility is poor on the day, an alternative route will be waymarked and marshalled, to avoid running along Baslow Edge, for runners' safety. Whether following the original or modified route, 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. 

Drinks will be provided at the finish but will not be available on the route. Please bring your own water bottle as we are trying to make this a low plastic event.
Prizes are available for the first senior female (WSEN) and senior male (MSEN) and in the following categories: first male and female 40+,  first male and female 50+, first male and female 60+, and first male and female local (open to residents of Baslow and Bubnell).
Post-race, you'll be able to wind down with a free led massage, courtesy of our partners Bakewell Physiotherapy Group.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to Baslow St Anne’s Primary School/ PTA.