Welcome to the official website for the 2019 British Fell and Hill Relay Championships
Dark Peak Fell Runners are proud to be hosting this prestigious event at Fairholmes in the heart of the Peak District National Park on Saturday, October 19th. We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Derwent valley, where breathtaking desolate wilderness sits cheek by jowl with our home in Sheffield, otherwise known as ‘The Outdoor City’.
The photo on this page was taken from the steep hillside where some of you will access the Derwent Moors at the beginning and end of your relay legs. The grassed area between the trees will be our Event Centre on the day. It sits in a sheltered valley, directly below the spectacular overflow wall of the Upper Derwent Reservoir where the famous 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron trained for their historic bombing raids during the Second World War. We hope you’ll be showing just as much pluck and swagger when you swoop past the wall at the end of your races!
Just above the furthest of the two towers on the wall, you’ll see the road that runs up the valley from the A57. We’ll use this road to get you to the Event Centre, either on our special fleet of coaches, or under your own steam using either the bikes and/or the legs that you’ve brought along for the day. We’ve secured permission to race in this beautiful and sensitive valley on the strict understanding that our vehicle footprint will be minimal. We want to make this a green and sustainable event with an exceptionally low carbon footprint. Please visit our Runners Against Rubbish page to learn more about our commitment to leaving the national park cleaner than before we turned up to host the Relay Championships.
We’ve tried to set up this website so that you can find all the information you need about the event in an easy and logical way. We hope you will find the site accessible and simple, but there are quite a few key things that we need you to know before you come along. If you have not yet done so, could you please take a little time to read the website in detail before you arrive on the day? To help you, the paragraphs below will summarise some of the most important points.
Parking is at Bamford village recreation ground, six miles away from the Event Centre where the races will take place. This poses a few logistical hurdles – we ask for your understanding and support to overcome them! We need you to carefully follow the instructions below and thoroughly plan your journey to ensure the relays can happen without any delays.
Please DO NOT approach the event car park from the north via the A57, this will bring you through the small village of Bamford by travelling down Ashopton Road (A6013). Our coaches will be taking competitors and supporters to the Event Centre on this road every five minutes. You will risk causing delays to the relays if you meet the coaches on this narrow road by approaching the car park this way.
You MUST ONLY approach the car park from the SOUTH at the junction of the A6187 (Hathersage to Castleton road) and A6013 (Ladybower to Bamford road). The postcode of the car park for sat nav purposes is S33 0AH. Parking is included within the entry fee and is therefore FREE on the day. See parking location on Google Maps.
Mandatory car sharing
The car park capacity is very limited and therefore we require you to please share cars. We have enough car park capacity for each team (and any supporters) to come in no more than two cars, with at least four people per car.
From parking to the Event Centre
All competitors and supporters will be driven to the Event Centre from the car park on specially hired coaches along the route below. Please read further details on our Parking and arrival page so that you understand how this arrangement will work.
If you need to contact us for further information, or with any questions, you will find links to contact emails in the menu.
Full details of the race routes can be found on the Race route details page to help you select the appropriate runners and to help you to get them thoroughly briefed. But please remember that recce runs are a no-no! We have given our word that relay runners will only be trampling these wild hills on the day itself. It’s also not fair to the further-flung clubs if those within driving distance spend lots of time familiarising themselves with the area.
And don’t forget to follow Dark Peak Fell Runners on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for regular updates leading up to, during and after the event. We’d love to share your thoughts, photos and experiences on social media.
Thanks for reading this far. As we said, you will need to understand things in some detail if you are to have the smooth and enjoyable day that we have tried to plan for you. We’ve summarised some of the key points here, but you will find everything set out in full detail in a Relay Championships briefing document that we have posted on this website for you to download. The document is available in both Word and PDF format so that you can read it on different platforms. You can find it via our Master Plan page, or you can download it directly via the Essential Download links list on every page of the website.
We’re asking you to take in a lot of information before race day, so as a bit of fun we’re offering a tray of beer to a lucky competitor who can prove they’ve done their homework! If you can answer ten key questions, you’ll go into a hat to win the ale. Details on our Quiz Questions page.
We look forward to meeting you all on the big day!