Three 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, although this link provides interesting reading: https://mimimatthews.com/2015/11/05/wolves-in-medieval-england-guest-post-by-regan-walker/ 

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:

Testimonies from 2017:

Just like to say thanks for today's event from me and on behalf of my team mates. As always yourself and Bradda Dads hosted a first class event for the hundreds of runners to enjoy. Please pass on my thanks to all involved. Top class event, challenging course, getting more and more popular but still maintaining that friendly / community organisation feel which makes a great day out for all. See you next year, and all being well at the Long Tour of Bradwell too

Regards, Bryan Lomas, Chairman, Congleton Harriers


Hi,   Just wanted to say thanks for putting on a great race today. A big thank you to all the marshals and race organisers!
  I haven't done this one before and hope to be back next year! Well organised and very friendly!
  Kind regards.   Mary Jeal,  Glossopdale


Thanks again John and pass my and Notts AAA thanks for your generosity for Wolf's Pit hosting us again. And ta for the results. 

 Cheers, Dicky


 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. 

Follow Bradda Dads on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BraddaDads/?fref=ts


Wolf's Pit 2017 - race notes & entry

The Wolf's Pit

Date: 19th March 2017.
Start Time: 11:00 am
Registration opens 09:45 am
Location GR 196825, second Field on right off Townfield Lane, Shatton, Nr. Bamford, Hope Valley S33 0BG.

Race Notes

The race is to be run under Fell Running Association Rules for Competition. Should you be unclear in any way as to what these are please visit www.fellrunner.org.uk

We would reiterate that previous fell running experience is required. This is NOT a trail / parkland race as it DOES cross rough, exposed open moorland.  Here is a map of the course (note: NOT the 2015 route).

Whilst the course is partially marked, it is possible some navigational experience will be required. Do not rely upon following the person in front. Have a map & compass and know how to use it.


Wolf’s Pit Fell Race

Race Notes





Grid reference





Start / Finish


2nd field on right off Townfield Lane



Path junction on Abney Moor

Route Note


Competitors MUST follow the flagged route to and from checkpoint 1.


Footpath across Abney Moor

From CP1 to CP2

Competitors MUST stick to the footpath across Abney Moor



Stile / Gate to west of Offerton Hall




General Note


Do NOT cross any wall / fence at any point other than a designated access point / stile.




Land Access Notes

The local land owners have been extremely co-operative, working with us to allow access across open farm land en-route to the mast (the first big climb), and allowing access across Abney and Offerton Moor for the later parts of the course. (This access is granted for the duration of the race only; a TWO hour period 10:30 -12:30hrs on the 19.03.17 – please do not abuse this privilege).


You will NEED to carry, wear or use the following kit:

  1. Full Body Cover must be carried by all competitors; waterproof cagoule with hood, full length waterproof bottoms,
  2. Hat
  3. Gloves.
  4. Map of the course
  5. Compass 
  6. Whistle

A spot check will be undertaken prior to the race starting.

Any competitor retiring MUST report both to the nearest marshall & to the race organiser. 



  • Enter on the day
  • Race entry fee: £7.
  • Minimum age 16 years old, but 16 to 18 year old runners only accepted with signed parental consent form available at registration.

Car Parking

  • Please park at High Peak Garden Centre, Hope Road, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0AL as instructed.  Then make your way on foot through the village of Shatton, up Townfield Lane, to the start field.
  • Please allow extra time to walk to the start/finish field, distance approximately 900 metres/0.55 miles from High Peak Garden Centre. As well as an incredibly well stock array of garden goodies the Garden Centre has a great café, Outdoor Gear and photographic shop and they even sell Mars Bars.


Toilet facilities will be available, by kind permission, at the High Peak Garden Centre and Townfield Barn adjacent to the start/finish field.

Training on the course and important land access issues

The local land owners have been extremely co-operative, working with us to allow access across open farm land en-route to the mast (the first big climb), and allowing access across Abney and Offerton Moor for the later parts of the course. (This access is granted for the duration of the race only; a TWO hour period 1100hrs - 1300hrs on the day – please do not abuse this privilege).


The race is to be held in early Spring (lambing time), so no dogs on the course.

Wolf's Pit Junior Fell Race

Date: 17th March 2013 **Important - for parking arrangements and access to the field - see the 'Race Notes' tab**
Start Time; 10.15am (fun run – 6-9 yrs) (u10)
10.30am Junior fell race 10-15 yrs (u16)
Registration opens; 10.00am

Location; GR 196825, Field off Townfield Lane, Shatton, Nr. Bamford, Hope Valley S33 0BG.

Following on from last year's highly successful event, Hope Valley Hurricanes (Junior Running club), in conjunction with Bradda Dads, are hosting the second Wolf’s Pit Junior Fell Race. The race will follow a partially marked and marshalled, undulating off-road course on fields off Townfield Lane, Shatton. The race will be open to all juniors between the ages of 10 – 15 years (age on the 1st January 2013). The course will be approx 3 km in length with approx 300 ft of ascent.

An additional fun run will be held on a marked course around the field for juniors aged 6-9 years at the same time.

The Junior race / fun run will be held in conjunction with the main Wolf’s Pit senior fell race and it is intended that the junior races be completed prior to the start of the senior races. 

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories;

    1st, 2nd & 3rd in the 6- 9 years (u10)
    1st, 2nd & 3rd in the 10-11 years (u12)
    1st, 2nd & 3rd in the 12-13 years (u14)
    1st, 2nd & 3rd in the 14-15 years (u16)

For further information please keep an eye on;

Hope Valley Hurricanes web site; www.hopefellrace.co.uk/hope-valley-runners/

Credits & Sponsors

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following for their cooperation in staging this race;

  • Land Owners
  • Tenant Farmers
  • Shatton Residents

have very kindly allowed us use of their car-park and toilet facilities. Competitors and their friends / family would be more than welcome in the garden centre after the event and it would be great if we could put a little back to those who help the fell running community; they even sell Mars Bars! 

We also wish to acknowledge the support of our sponsors:

Intrepid Brewing Company (Brough) for kindly donating prizes for the race.

Hope Valley Wristbands kindly sponsor the Long and Half Tour of Bradwell races by providing wristbands for the runners. Whether you are organising a party or a club night; if you run sports events or a childrens play area, HVW can supply your Tyvek® wristbands; plain or printed. www.hopevalleywristbands.co.uk

Thanks to Paul and the team at vividfish who help with this web site. Vividfish is a web design and development company that is committed to helping clients utilise new technologies to keep them at the cutting edge of their industries.  www.vividfish.co.uk/

Accelerate www.accelerateuk.com the ultimate outdoor and urban sports store.  Accelerate support our event through sponsorship of race numbers, prizes and promote the event as part of the Gritstone series                 

CScapes photography, Photos from the Peak's, www.cscapes.co.uk at High Peak Garden Centre - who assist with prizes
RAB / Outdoor designs www.rab.uk.com/ - who assist with prizes          

Carbolite kindly donated prizes                                                         

Visit www.aqua3.com for the finest paper or all-weather laminated Ordnance Survey© maps, including new personalised maps centred on the location of your choice.  The durable and waterproof laminated maps are ideal for runners and hikers - anyone who enjoys outdoor persuits in ALL weathers.  Aqua 3 kindly donated laminated maps as prizes                  

The organisers are very grateful to Shatton Hall Farm Cottages who kindly make available the toilet facilities at their Townfield Barn.  The barn is situated adjacent to the start/finish field and can be hired by groups or for wedding receptions.  Self-catering accommodation nearby is also available.   www.peakfarmholidays.co.uk