Key Dates 2014
Updated 19 Nov 2014

Click here for last year's dates (we don't have a full calendar for 2014 so you may be interested to see what races were when in 2013)

2013  2013/4 JUNIOR GRAND PRIX RACES IN 2013
Sun 8 Sep[JGP] Wetherby junior race Leeds Race Series
Sun 22 Sep[JGP] Kirkstall jnior race Leeds Race Series
Sun 27 Oct[JGP] Harewood Trail 2, 5 and 10 mile races (70 Striders to help please)
Sun 15 Dec[JGP] Peco XC race 2 at Golden Acre Park
2013  2014 GRAND PRIX RACES IN 2013
Thu 26 Dec[GP-TF]Chevin Chase Leeds Race Series
Sun 29 Dec[GP-H] [JGP]Christmas Handicap 5 mile from Eccup Res and Junior 1 mile, afterwards at Leos
2014  2014
Sat 4 Jan Yorkshire Cross Country at Lightwater Valley
Sun 12 Jan[GP-XC] [JGP]Peco XC race 3 at Middleton Park
Sun 19 Jan Brass Monkey half marathon
Sun 19 Jan[FC-BM]Stanbury Splash
Sat 25 Jan Northern Cross Country at Knowsley Safari Park
Sun 26 Jan Meltham 10k
Sat 1 Feb Rombalds Stride(not GP)
Sun 2 Feb[GP-S] Dewsbury 10k
Sat 8 Feb Wadsworth Trog
Sun 9 Feb Liversedge half
Sun 16 Feb[JGP] Peco XC race 4 at West Park (20 Striders to help please)
Sat 22 Feb National Cross Country at Nottingham
Sun 23 Feb Snake Lane 10 (FULL)
Sun 23 Feb Huddersfield 10k
Sat 1 Mar[GP-L] Trollers Trot
Sun 2 Mar[GP-XC][JGP]Peco XC race 5 at Northcliffe Park Shipley
Sun 2 Mar[FC-AS]Ilkley Moor Fell Race no eod
Sat 8 Mar Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round
Sun 9 Mar[GP-L] Spen 20 & East Hull 20
Sun 16 Mar Trimpell 20
Sun 16 Mar Epilepsy Action 10k Bradford
Sun 23 Mar Peco League Relays at Barnbow includes Junior Relays
Sun 23 Mar Thirsk 10
Sun 23 Mar Edale Skyline
Sun 23 Mar Midgley Moor
Sat 29 Mar[FC-BL]Heptonstall eod only
Tue 1/8/15 Apr Bunny Runs
Sun 6 Apr[GP-TF]Baildon Boundary Way FULL
Sun 6 Apr Wakefield 10k
Sun 6 Apr Blackpool marathon and half
Sun 6 Apr Manchester marathon
Sat 12 Apr[JGP] Meanwood Valley Trail Race and Junior Races (70 Striders to help please)
Sat 12 Apr Coledale Horseshoe
Sun 13 Apr[GP-L] London Marathon closed
Sun 20 Apr Guiseley Gallop Leeds Race Series
Sat 26 Apr[GP-L][FC-AL]Three Peaks Race entries open 1 Feb
Sun ?? Apr Edinburgh Rock'n'roll Half (Striders Ladies Tour)
Sun ?? Apr Fountains 10k
Tue 29 Apr[GP-H][JGP]Spring Handicap 5 miles and Junior 1 mile
Sun 4 May Bluebell Trail Stainland
Wed 7 May[GP-S] Esholt 5k series (best time to count)
Sun 11 May Calderdale Way Relay
Sun 11 May[GP-M] Leeds Half Marathon (some Striders to help please)
Sun 11 May[JGP] Leeds Half Marathon Junior Race (some Striders to help please)
Tue 13 May[FC-BS]Jack Bloor (BS)
Wed 14 May[GP-S] Esholt 5k series (best time to count)
Sat 17 May[GP-S] Roundhay parkrun (mobrun)
Sat 17 May[FC-AM]Fairfield Horseshoe
Sat 17 May River Moy half marathon (Striders Spring Tour)
Sat 17 May White Peak marathon
Sun 18 May Windermere marathon
Wed 21 May[GP-S] Esholt 5k series (best time to count)
Thu 22 May[GP-TF]Apperley Bridge Canter Leeds Race Series
Sun 25 May Edinburgh marathon FULL
Mon 26 May Ilkley Trail Race
Wed 4 Jun Otley Chevin
Sat 7 Jun[GP-TF][FC-CL]Wharfedale off-road half
Sat 7 Jun CANCELLED Wharfedale off-road marathon
Wed 11 Jun[GP-M] Otley 10 Leeds Race Series
Sat 21 Jun Yorks Vets Relays at Saltaire
Sat 21 Jun Buckden Pike
Sun 22 Jul[GP-S][JGP] Pudsey 10k Leeds Race Series
Tue 24 Jun Yorkshire Vets Race at Alwoodley (40 Striders to help please)
Sat 28 Jun Leeds 5k track run at Leeds Met
Sun 29 Jun Bradford Millennium Way Relay
Sun 29 Jun[FC-BM]Settle Hills
Sun ?? Jun Chris Leggatt Memorial 5k at Pool
Sun ?? Jun Humber Bridge Half
Tue 1 Jul "Jane Tomlinson" 5k at Methley Leeds Race Series
Tue 1 Jul Danefield Relay
Wed ?? Jul "John Lunn" Hyde Park 5k Leeds Race Series
Sat 5 Jul (Le Tour in Leeds)
Sun 6 Jul (Le Tour in York)
Wed 9 Jul[GP-S] Hyde Park Summer mile Leeds Race Series
Wed 9 Jul[JGP] Hyde Park Summer half mile Leeds Junior Race Series
Fri 11 Jul Post Hill 10k off road (Pudsey) Leeds Race Series
Sun 13 Jul[GP-M][JGP]Eccup 10 Leeds Race Series
Fri 18 Jul Washburn Valley Relay Race
Sun 20 Jul Jane Tomlinson Run For All 10k in Leeds
Sun ?? Jul Windmill Half Marathon
Wed 23 Jul Golden Acre Relay
Sat ?? Jul Ingleborough
Sun ?? Jul Harrogate 10k
Tue 29 Jul[GP-H][JGP]Summer Handicap and Junior 1 mile
Sat 2 Aug Borrowdale
Sun 10 Aug[GP-TF]Round Hill Fell Race Leeds Race Series
Sun 17 Aug[FC-AL]Sedbergh Hills
Sat 24 Aug Burnsall
    End of Junior GP 2012/3
Sun 31 Aug Leeds Country Way Relay
Sun 31 Aug Excluded from GP as clashes with LCW Wetherby 10k Leeds Race Series
Tue 2 Sep[GP-H][JGP]Autumn Handicap and Junior 1 mile
Sun 7 Sep[GP-M] Vale of York half marathon Link
Sat 13 Sep[FC-BM]Rombolds Romp Fell Leeds Race Series
Sat 13 Sep[FC-BM]Rombolds Romp Trail Leeds Race Series
Sun 14 Sep Yorkshireman full marathon
Sun 14 Sep Yorkshireman half marathon
Tue ?? Sep Harewood 8 Recce run
Sun 21 Sep Northern 6 & 4 stage at Birchwood (Warrington)
Sun 21 Sep Kirkstall Trail 7 Leeds Race Series
Tue 30 Sep Valley Striders AGM
Sun 5 Oct[GP-L] Striders Autumn Marathon Tour - Lisbon Marathon
Sun 5 Oct Striders Autumn Marathon Tour - Lisbon Half Marathon and 5.5k
Sun 5 Oct Horsforth 10k Leeds Race Series
Sun ?? Oct Bramham Park 5k & 10k
Sat 11 Oct[FC-AL] Langdale Horseshoe
Sun 12 Oct Yorkshire Marathon
Sun 12 Oct[GP-TF][FC-BM]Withins Skyline
Sat 18 Oct Northern XC relays at Graves Park Sheffield
Sun 19 Oct[JGP] Harewood Trail 2, 5 and 8 mile races (100 Striders to help please)
Sun 19 Oct FRA Relays between Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh
Sun 19 OctWest Yorks XC race 1 at Wakefield
Sat 25 Oct[FC-AS]Great Whernside
Sat 1 Nov Shepherds Skyline
Sat 1 Nov English XC relays at Mansfield
Sun 2 Nov[GP-XC]West Yorks XC race 2 at Leeds
Sun 2 Nov[GP-M] Guy Fawkes 10
Sun 9 Nov[FC-BM]Wadsworth Half Trog
Sat 15 Nov Tour of Pendle
Sat 15 Nov[GP-FT][FC-BS]Harriers v Cyclists
Sun 16 Nov[GP-S] Abbey Dash 10k
Sat 22 Nov[GP-XC]West Yorks XC race 3 at Keighley
Sun 30 Nov[GP-XC]Peco XC race 1 at Barnbow (Crossgates)
to 30 Nov[GP-L] Any other marathon
Sun 30 Nov  End of Grand Prix & Fell Champs 2014
Sun 7 Dec West Yorks XC race 4 at Guiseley
Fri 12 Dec V S XMAS DO & PRESENTATION NIGHT at Leos price £12
2014  2015 GRAND PRIX RACES IN 2014
Sun 14 Dec Peco XC race 2 at Pontefract or Nostell Priory
Fri 26 Dec[GP-TF]Chevin Chase Leeds Race Series
2015  2015
Sun 4? Jan Peco XC race 3 at West Park Leeds
Sat 10 Jan Yorkshire XC at Lightwater Valley
Sun 18 Jan Brass Monkey half marathon
Sat 24 Jan Northern Cross Country at Pontefract
Sun 8 Feb Peco XC race 4 at Bodington Hall Adel
Sun 8 Feb New Harewood off road half marathon (British Heart Foundation)
Sat 21 Feb National Cross Country at Parliament Hill London
Sun 1 Mar Peco XC race 5 at Roundhay Park
Sat 28 Mar Northern 12 & 6 stage at Liverpool

Codes in square brackets as follows

NB See also "General Year Planner"

Full Fell Running Calendar

The authoritative fell running calendar is at

The calendars contain a range of information, some more than others but almost all will at least contain total distance and total ascent (from 2011 this will be metricated). This is also summarised by a set of letters (e.g. AL, BS, CM etc). The first (A, B or C) basically summarises the average amount of ascent and descent per mile (76, 38 and 30.4 m of ascent per mile for A, B and C respectively) in the race whilst the second (S (<6 miles), M (6 – 12 miles) or L (>12 miles)) summaries the distance. For example, Snowdon International Race is 10 miles long with 1000m of ascent, therefore it is category AM.

In addition to this other abbreviations inform potential runners of the nature of the race. A novice would probably be better to avoid races with the initial ER – experience required; in addition you may also see NS – navigational skills required – and LK – local knowledge an advantage. An ideal race for a novice fell runner is probably one signified with the initials PM – partially marked.

Another useful piece of information you can get from race calendars is the record times. These give the potential runner a good guestimate of how long a runner can be out for and the seriousness of the terrain. For example Jura Fell Race at 16 miles long has a record of just over 3 hours, so even the best runners are only just averaging 5 mph, whereas the classic Yorkshire 3 Peaks race, at 23 miles long, has a record of 2:46 so the top runners are 7-8 minute