Utterley Butterley Fellrace

A nice introduction to fell running. A third is on tracks, a third on paved footpaths and a third on grassy / gravelly footpaths. It is a scenic route visiting five reservoirs in 5 miles.


Date & Time : Sunday 23rd September 2018 at 2pm

Location : Marsden Cricket Club, Mount Rd, Marsden, HD7 6NN

Parking : You can park at the Cricket Club. It will be signed from Mount Road.

Entry : £5 on the day;  16 years old & over.

Distance : 5 miles 850ft. Category BS. Well flagged all the way round.

Kit Requirement : The race is being run under FRA rules.

Be prepared to carry waterproof full body cover in bad weather, also map (available at the bottom of this page), compass, whistle and other suitable body cover such as a hat and gloves. The organiser will determine on the day what kit needs to be carried.

You will have a race number which needs to be clearly displayed to marshals on the course who record everyone’s number, ensuring no one is unaccounted for.

We will do a full kit check and competitor count at the start. In accordance with the tighter FRA rules, you will not be allowed to run if you don’t have the necessary kit and given a refund.

Retirements : If you retire, you must report to the finish.

Prizes : We have a prize list for men, women, vets & teams. We will also present some special prizes for anyone involved in the Scouts.

All surplus funds will go towards the Marsden Scout group.

There will be food and cakes to buy and the Cricket Club bar will be open. The price includes free tea & coffee.

Organiser : Martyn Hodgson 01484 846889

Start : We start the race at the west end of the Butterley Reservoir dam. Click on the map below. There is a 5 minute walk to the start.

Finish : The finish will be on a path just above the Hades Farm track above Old Mount Road. There is a 5-10 minute walk back to the Cricket Club.

Route Description : A scenic run passing 5 reservoirs in under 5 miles. The route goes over the moors above Marsden keeping on good footpaths all the way.

It starts at the west end of the Butterley reservoir dam. Run across the dam then right onto the Wessenden valley track. After three quarters of a mile, you turn right through a gate, onto a footpath along the side of Blakeley reservoir to a footbridge across Wessenden Brook.

There is a short steep 150ft climb to a mast, where you fork right and follow a conduit to where the path drops into and crosses Blakely Clough. A series of steps lead up the clough side and the path gradually climbs onto the moor. Eventually it becomes paved and this leads to Black Moss reservoir. If wet, the paving can be a bit slippy.

Go along the dam wall with Black Moss on the left and Swellands reservoir on the right. The path swings sharp left at the end and after a short distance it joins another paved section where you turn right.

Climb to the highest point of the race, then go through two stiles as you drop down on the paving to a ford across Redbrook Clough, above the fifth reservoir of the same name. The path climbs out of the clough, turns briefly left at a standing stone, then sharp right down a path to cross the clough once again.

A wide grassy track rises ever so slightly over Warcock Hill then descends towards the road with Pule Hill in front of you.

* Leave the path forking left down the hill to a track, across a stream then up to the road.

Crossing Mount Road will be marshalled, onto a track leading to a quarry then at the corner head off right along a minor path. This continues for about a half mile past a small pond to finish at a dyke the crosses the path.

The finishing section from * to the end is new for 2017 but has no effect on the total race time so course records will remain in place.

Records : 

Men 2014 Paul Green 30:10
Women 2015 Caitlin Rice 35:15

Maps : click to enlarge

Route Profile
Utterley Butterley 2017 Utterley Butterley Profile

2 thoughts on “Utterley Butterley Fellrace

  1. Martyn
    I was thinking of coming over to the race on Sunday to take some photos for my website/fellrunner etc. Will that be OK. I would not want to attend if you have already organised a photographer to cover the race.
    Steve Bateson

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