The Baslow Bolt

Peak District Fell Race 25/11/23

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

ANNOUNCING THE Outside 2023/24 Winter Race Series - SUPPORTED BY RAB

We are excited to announce the 2023/24 Outside Winter Race Series - supported by Rab. The series includes the Hathersage Night Fell Race (15th Nov), the Baslow Bolt (25th Nov), the Winter Half Tour of Bradwell (Feb 2024 date tbc) and the Grindleford Gallop (16th March). There are great prizes from Outside and Rab in all races, and a Champions prize for the fastest man and woman over all 4 races. Also tasty tray bakes from the Outside Cafe!

See for more details.

Inaugurated in 2019 with a first cohort of 280 participants, this is a relatively new fell race. It is a revival of the old Baslow fell race and it takes place on a new, beautiful and challenging course that skirts the Baslow skyline. All proceeds are in aid of the local village school and church. Routes are well marked & marshalled and therefore suitable for all levels of experience. 

In more detail

The Baslow Bolt is a 12km Category BM (medium distance, medium altitude gain) FRA mandated mixed terrain fell race through woodland and pasture on paths and trails with minimum road running. 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. For further details, see the route map. The event is licensed and run as an FRA (Fell Running Association) event and thus subject to FRA rules & regulations. This means that runners should be prepared to run with the FRA Mandatory Minimum Kit.  
Participants are kindly requested to complete the event registration form. The total number of participants will be capped this year at 350 through our on-line entry system. To secure your place we advise registering at your earliest convenience once on-line registration opens in early October 2023 (date tbc).
All proceeds from the event go to Baslow St Anne’s Primary School and Baslow St Anne’s Church building fund. A third charity will also be nominated by the school children (to be confirmed - in 2022 a portion of income was donated to the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal).


Registration: Race numbers and timing chips can be collected at registration. Registration is at the start- St Anne's Church rooms (in the church grounds). DE45 1RY. Registration 8.30 - 9.30am
Date of event: 25th November 2023.
Start time: 10:00am. Note we will be running a normal race, with a mass start (and faster runners self selecting a position nearer the front).
Starting point: St Anne's Church, 1 Church Street, Baslow, DE45 1RY.
Finish Point: Baslow St Anne’s Primary School, School Lane, Baslow, DE45 1RZ.
Distance: 12km.
Elevation gain: 400m.
FRA Category: BM (medium length & medium ascent). FRA mandated & insured via UKA
Entry fee: £10 (on-line entry only) NOTE THERE ARE NO ON THE DAY ENTRIES
Minimum age: 18.
Maximum number of runners: 350

Race Directors: Richard Conroy and David Elphick. Email us at