The Salt Cellar Fell Race

Date: Friday 2nd August 2024
Start: Fairholmes Visitor Centre at 7pm
Distance: 10.9km (7.1 miles)
Ascent: 486m (1535ft) – Category BM

Entries for the 2024 race are now open via SI entries –


Many thanks to everyone who ran, supported and marshalled the 2023 Salt Cellar fell race. It was another fantastic evening.

The 2023 race was won by Cynog Williams (Dark Peak) in 51:10. First woman – and 3rd overall – was Phillipa Williams (Dark Peak) in 56:26, taking 4 mins off the old course record! The were 185 finishers. Full Salt Cellar 2023 results via Webscorer.


Previous races:

Race limit: 250 runners. Entry in advance only; no entries on the night.

Proceeds from the race are donated to Edale Mountain Rescue and the National Trust, who allow us to stage the event through their land. In 2022 we raise over £750 and over the years have donated thousands to Edale Mountain Rescue who provide support for the event.

Full race details below.

If you have any questions regarding the Salt Cellar Race please email the race organiser:

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This is an open race, registered, permitted and insured through the FRA and organised by Steel City Striders. We have been lucky with the weather in recent years, and have not required runners to carry additional kit. However, please ensure you bring the full FRA kit (see section 3 of the runner’s rules) with you in case of bad weather.

It starts and finishes under the Dam wall at Upper Derwent Reservoir with registration at Fairholmes Car Park on the northern most point of Ladybower Reservoir (SK173893). The route is 10.9 km/486m of accent (category BM), it heads up onto Derwent Edge and descends from Salt Cellar Boulder with some great views and terrain to enjoy along the way.

Salt Cellar StartThere will be marshals positioned at key points around the route and any turns without a marshal will be flagged.

There is plenty of parking available at Fairholmes car park (charges may apply) and in the lay-bys along the road leading to the car park (free, but 10 or more minutes jog to the start).

Please allow plenty of time to get to the start line for 7pm. There are toilet facilities at the visitors centre.

Course records:

M – Tom Saville (Dark Peak) – 0:48:27 (2018)

F – Phillipa Williams (Dark Peak) – 0:56:26 (2023)


Course Profile

Salt Cellar profile

Map of the route and local area

Salt Cellar Route