Sunday, 9 May 2010

Cressbrook Crawl Fell Race

Now these White Peak District Fell Races that are run slightly further south than the Dark peak races are a true delight. Often run in and around the Derbyshire Dales they are tougher than a lot of people think.

The Cressbrook Fell Race is one such race. It starts in the village and if my maths are correct takes in parts of Cressbrook Dale, Millers Dale, High Dale, Taddington Dale, Monsal Dale and Upperdale. There is a very good friend of mine who is an exceptional blogger and photographer who likes her Dales and I think this would be her perfect race.
Well its a pretty fast race and knowing that it would all be over in just over three quarters of an hour doesn't make it any easier as I know I'm in for very quick 45minutes or so. These races start quick and carry on quick until the finish. No let up and it really is a push out the pain kind of experience.
One problem with this race is the uphill finish. All road which is unusual for a fell race and about 600ft in a mile. I have good company with me, A Dark Peak fellrunner ( see results) who Ive battled with many times and after swapping positions all race he just beats me to the finish. We shake hands and congratulate each other. One minute your battling away full on, the next your best of friends. We both achieve another top ten and we have helped each other to get there.
A magic feeling as I drive away and head home.
I love this part of the world and its on my doorstep. ( why are houses so expensive here)

The fell race route, look at the void on the map. Huge steep sided gorges that make this part of the country pretty unique. They are called Dales and there are dozens of them

Taken from near Monsal Head

Breathtaking, the fell race doesnt go over it but you can see it on the way home to the finish.


  1. Well done on another top ten.

    Its the White Peak that got me into the whole outdoorsy thing.

  2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them. ....................................................