Race Date: 21 November 2021 at 09:00
Race Report by Paul Shelton
The Bradfield Bash is organised by Rivelin Running Events and is a hilly five mile run through beautiful countryside at the edge of the Peak District. The event is based in the village of Low Bradfield on the northwest of Sheffield and uses the cricket pitch in the Ibbotson Memorial Field as the start and finish points.
Registration is a really easy, relaxed and friendly affair with John and Laura from Rivelin Running Events both present with a team of volunteers. The course is really well marked and many friendly marshals are out on the course to make sure that you don’t lose your way.
The run takes you along Agden Reservoir on the road and then up and along tracks and fields to Rocher Head, up and through Rocher Wood and back along Rocher Edge. There is then a big downhill back to Rocher Head before setting off along a track taking you to a trail along Agden Side and a steep, technical drop back onto Agden Reservoir. A right turn onto a good path, round the reservoir to the road and and easy run to the finish.
The scenery is spectacular, particularly from the top of Rocher Edge and you will have ascended some 240 metres during the run.
I love this run and think it is a great introduction to trail/fell running. I was the only Strider taking part and as usual I was at the back of the field, but while I enjoy these events I’ll keep turning up!
29 runners took part and I came 28th in 1:08:57 (10 minutes slower than when I did it in April). First male was Luke Townsend in 00:38:02 and first female was Lucy Jeczalik in 00:48:02 (no club information available).
This run was Race 4 of a 4 race series. You need to complete 3 of the 4 races to qualify for the league and win a medal and possibly some prizes!
Definitely fun…why not have a go next year?
Full results for the 4 races and this year’s league can be found on the Rivelin Running Events website.