Fell Race Championship 2023

The 2023 Fell Race Championship is open to all 1st-claim members of Steel City Striders.

This will follow the same format as the Road Champs and Trail Champs. We’ve chosen 12 races throughout the year, including shorter summer evening races suitable for newcomers, longer events with lots of ascent, and even an English Championships race (John Hewitt Shelf Moor). So there’s something for everyone.

You can do as few or as many as you like, but only your top 5 results count toward your championship score. Points are gained according to finishing time (see below). Scores throughout the season are kept and updated after each race. Members compete in the usual gender and age categories; M, F, senior, V40, V50, and V60.

Presentations are made to the leading runner in each category at the A.G.M. following the competition. In addition, medals are presented to the leading and second placed runner in each of the various categories.

Races for 2023

Number Race Cat Date
1 Tigger Tor BM Sun 29 Feb
2 Wolf’s Pit AS Sun 19 Mar
3 Totley Moor BM Tue 23 May
4 Grindleford BS Thu 15 Jun
5 Hope Wakes BS Wed 28 Jun
6 Hathersage Gala BS Mon 3 Jul
7 Sheldon BS Thu 20 Jul
8 Ricky’s Race BS Thu 10 Aug
9 Exterminator AL Sun 3 Sep
10 John Hewitt Shelf Moor AS Sat 23 Sep
11 Curbar Commotion BM Sat 7 Oct
12 Baslow Bolt BM Sat 25 Nov

More details on the fell race categories above can be found in our introduction to fell running here. All dates have been compiled on a best endeavours basis and will be confirmed nearer the time once the respective organisers have released the details.


The overall winning times in each race for both males and females were noted, and then each runner’s finishing time was compared to that. The best 5 race scores through the season counted. For example:

  • The winning man runs in 1hr dead….. 1:00:00 (this is classed as 100%)
  • Winning Time / Striders Time * 100 gives the Strider’s time as a percentage against the winning time.
  • Strider A runs 1:05:00 (92.31%, so 92.31 pts)
    Strider B runs 1:10:00 (85.71%, so 85.71 pts)
    Strider C runs 1:15:00 (80.00%, so 80.00 pts)
    Strider D runs 1:20:00 (75.00%, so 75.00 pts)
  • A great thing about this system is that the women’s times are compared against the fastest women’s winning time.

Get Involved

We hope the fell championship will be hugely popular this year and very competitive. If you’ve never tried a fell race, then the ones in the championship can be perfect starters as there are usually quite a few Striders at these who can show you the ropes.

Be sure to keep an eye out on the website and the club’s Facebook page closer to each race in the championship for more details.