Cressbrook Crawl Fell Race


The Cressbrook Crawl is the annual registered FRA fell race which takes place in early May. The course starts and finishes at Cressbrook Club, and is essentially a loop around the Wye Valley.  Click here for a Fell Race Map


Results of 2017 Fell Race (in Excel format)

Date & Time

Sat 13th May 2017 at 10:45


Peak District

FRA Category



10.5km / 6.5m


350m / 1148ft


Cressbrook Club, Cressbrook, SK17 8SX.

Start between telephone box and War Memorial

Grid ref


Registration from

9:15 - 10.30

Minimum age



£6.00 at - closes 7/5/2017

Entry on day fee


Maximum Entries

150 runners


Other info:

Parking limited, so share cars. Event car park is beside the mill in valley bottom, at least 15min walk so take everything you need with you up hill to register and start.

Changing room in Cressbrook Social Club next to Start.

Pint of Peak Ales beer for all runners and marshals.

Lunch available after race - £3 prepay at registration.

Contact the Race Organizer for anything Lost or Found.

Race Organizer:  Caroline Brunt
01298 872025

Cressbrook Crawl 2017

As I write this the rain is hammering down and I can reflect that, once again, we were blessed with ideal running conditions for the annual Cressbrook Crawl on Saturday. Rain had threatened earlier in the day but by the time the runners set off, the sun was peeping out and they were able to enjoy dry ground and cool temperatures.

The turnout was amazing – it exceeded our 150 limit but the decision was made not to accept more entries. Quite a few of those disappointed had traveled a distance to do the run yet accepted with good grace that they could not be part of the insured race. Some chose to run alongside the event as it is held on public footpaths, but they made sure they did not go through the finish funnel. Many gave donations anyway and complimented the community effort that had made the day such a good natured event. Possibly the Peak Ales beer and wonderful home cooked food may have influenced their judgement, although clearly word has got out what a great course and venue we offer.

First runner home Alasdair Campbell of Buxton AC at 42:23 knocked nearly 2 minutes off his winning time last year and was closely followed by Billy Cartwright 45:18 (Matlock AC) and Jake Fearn 45:56 (also Buxton AC). In fact Buxton AC put in a large field and had a good day winning the team prize with the 1st, 3rd and Rick Aldred in 18th place. First female runner and 25th overall was Judith Jepson in 53:37 (1st FV50 Dark Peak) followed by Katie Arnold in 46th place 58:19 (Stamford Striders) and third female Sarah Jones-Morris 52nd at 58:58 (1st FV40 Penistone Footpath Runners).
First MV40 was Paul Sorrel 47:22 (Ripley AC), and first MV50 Stephen Pyke 47:06 (Dark Peak) which was a new category course record. MV60 leader was Christopher Morrison 56:09 (Sinfin RC) and an amazing performance from Barry Blyth of 1:00:02 (Macclesfield Harriers) knocking over a minute off the MV70 record set last year.

Female category results were awarded for FV40 to Caroline Scott 1:02:31 (Sinfin RC), FV50 to Andrea Frost 1:00:13 (Macclesfield Harriers), FV60 to Judy Johnson 1:14:05 (Borderline Orienteers) and MV70 for Barbara Haigh (Penistone Footpath Runners) who breezed in with a smile at 1:14:32 our first ever FV70 finisher.

Local runner cups (male and female) were awarded to Dave Ansell 57:50 and to Charlotte Birch who retained the ladies cup with 1:04:51.

Our volunteer force was depleted this year so, in addition to the 30+ residents and friends of Cressbrook who sorted car parking, marshaled, ran the bar or provided lunch for the event, a runner's daughter Ellie kindly helped by taking the results sheets, Buxton AC and Mountain Rescue provided marshals, as did Litton Mill residents for their section. I believe a grand day was had by all. However, next year we have decided on pre-entry only to enable us to uphold our strict 150 limit as our small village venue, and the very special flaura of some of the ground crossed, will not allow for a larger field. We trust runners will respect this in order to keep happy the landowners and footpath users of this unique route.

Caroline Brunt, Race Organizer

Photos of 2017 Race

Race-end photos

Runners in Monsal Dale - Set 1

Runners in Monsal Dale - Set 2


2013 Race Results

2014 Race Results

2015 race results

2016 Race Results

2017 Race Results