Two fell races taking in some of the best terrain the Hope Valley hills have to offer.
The Wolfs Pit
The Wolfs Pit Fell Race at almost 6 miles and 1500 ft of ascent (9.2Km / 467m) is a Short category A race which packs a punchy 600 ft climb almost from the off. The climb on well cropped runnable (for the strong) grass takes you onto the open moor for some single track and open moorland running, a final sting in the tail ascent leads you back to the head of the original climb, where strength permitting you can extend your legs for a final race down to the finish field. The Wolfs Pit gets its name from a feature high on the Shatton / Abney Moors; “The Wolfs Pit” which the race route passes. The origins of the name I can only leave to your imagination as I have been unable to find any trace of it in the history books. (If anyone can enlighten us that would be most appreciated).
The race is the brain child of local farmer & turf grower Malcolm Sowerby, from whose field the race starts. Malcolm, a then member of Bradda Dads – a fund raising group from the village of Bradwell, put the idea to the “Dads” back in 2008. The race has been hosted by the Bradda Dads on or around the 3rd weekend of March ever since. The course has varied over the years to respect landowners requests, but the philosophy has remained very much the same; to climb up & over the Moor, take in the views to South, East, West & finally North before plummeting back to the field for a well-earned brew – what more could a runner wish for!
The profits from the race have been distributed across a wide range of worthy causes supported by Bradda Dads, including:
- Bradwell Infant & Junior Schools
- Bamford Infant & Junior School
- Hope Valley Young Farmers
- Bradwell Brownies & Beavers
Long / Half Tour of Bradwell
If the Wolf's Pit is the sharp short introduction to the Hope Valley at the beginning of the year, the Long / Half Tour is the “War & Peace” of races. Starting from Bradwell Sports Pavilion on the second Saturday of August each year, this race is borne from Richard Patton’s love of the area.
Richard, an avid fell runner and Bradwell resident, has designed a course that takes in a bit of everything this part of the Peak District has to offer; Fabulous limestone dry valleys, exposed Kinder Moorland, stunning Hope Valley ridge running, gritstone edges and some undulating woodland sections make this a must do tour for anyone with a love of the Peaks.
Once again the race is supported by the Bradda Dads with funds raised going to the good causes they support.