Calendar / Key Dates
Updated 11 Oct 2015

Click here for last year's dates (we don't have a full calendar for 2015 so you may be interested to see what races were when in 2014)

2014  2014/5 JUNIOR GRAND PRIX RACES IN 2014
Sun 31 Aug[JGP] Wetherby Junior Race
Tue 2 Sep[JGP] Autumn Junior 1 mile
Sun 21 Sep[JGP] Kirkstall Trail Junior Race
Sun 19 Oct[JGP] Harewood Trail 2 mile races
Sun 16 Nov[JGP] Abbey Dash Junior Race
2014  2015 GRAND PRIX RACES IN 2014
Sun 14 Dec[GP-XC][JGP] Peco XC race 2 at Pontefract or Nostell Priory
Fri 26 Dec[GP-FT]Chevin Chase Leeds Race Series
2015  2015
Jan1-Nov30 [GP-L]In VSGP - Any Other Marathon - please email the race name, date, your position, chip time and gun time
Jan1-Nov30 [GP-M]In VSGP - Any Other Half Marathon - please email the race name, date, your position, chip time and gun time
TBA [GP-S]In VSGP - parkrun mobrun probably Cross Flatts
Sun 4 Jan[GP-XC][JGP]Peco XC race 3 at West Park Leeds
Sat 10 Jan Yorkshire XC at Lightwater Valley
Sun 11 Jan[JGP] Winter Junior 1 mile from Eccup Res arrive 10:15a.m. for 10:30a.m. start
Sun 11 Jan[GP-H] Winter Handicap 5 mile from Eccup Res, arrive 10:45a.m. for 11:00a.m. start, afterwards at Leos?
Sun 18 Jan[FC-BM]Stanbury Splash A popular race with all the fun of a Woodentops event (+ free malt loaf)
Sun 18 Jan Brass Monkey half marathon
Sat 24 Jan Northern Cross Country at Pontefract
Sun 1 Feb[GP-S] Dewsbury 10k
Sun 8 Feb[GP-XC][JGP]Peco XC race 4 at Bodington Hall Adel
Sun 8 Feb New Harewood off road half marathon (British Heart Foundation)
Sun 15 Feb Liversedge Half
Sat 21 Feb National Cross Country at Parliament Hill London
Sun 22 Feb[FC-AS]Ilkley Moor Pre-entry open – will fill up so enter now if you want to run (EOD allowed if not full). A local classic.
Sun 22 Feb Huddersfield 10k
Sun 1 Mar[GP-XC][JGP]Peco XC race 5 at Roundhay Park
Sun 8 Mar Harewood 10k (Help the Aged)
Sun 8 Mar Cycling - Evans RIDE IT Leeds
Sun 15 Mar Peco XC Relays at ???
Sun 15 Mar[GP-L] Spen 20 (best 20 mile time to count)
Sun 22 Mar[GP-L] East Hull 20 (best 20 mile time to count)
Sun 22 Mar[GP-L] Trimpell 20 (best 20 mile time to count)
Sun 22 Mar[FC-BL]Heptonstall A fairly new race but popular with VS, making the most of the area with some woods, tracks, grass, hills, and just a little bit of bog
Sun 22 Mar Thirsk 10
Sat 28 Mar Northern 12 & 6 stage at Liverpool
Sun 29 Mar Wakefield 10k
Sun 29 Mar Cycling - Nidderdale Sportive
Sun 29 Mar[TGP] Triathlon - Stokesley Duathlon(race full)
Sun 5 Apr Guiseley Gallop Leeds Race Series
Sat 11 Apr Cycling - Fancy Dress to Ilkley (and cafe stop)
Sun 12 Apr[GP-L!]Baildon Boundary Way
Sun 12 Apr Sheffield Half Marathon
Sun 12 Apr Ackworth Half Marathon
Sat 18 Apr[JGP] Meanwood Valley Trail Race and Junior Races (70 Striders to help please)
Sun 19 Apr Manchester marathon
Sun 19 Apr Reeth Trail 20k and 10k link
Fri 24 Apr Cycling - Mallorca Training Camp (to 30 April)
Sat 25 Apr[GP-L][FC-AL]Three Peaks Pre-entry from 1 Feb. Pen-y-Ghent, Whenside and Ingleborough
Sun 26 Apr[GP-L] London Marathon closed
Fri 1 May Cycling - Tour De Yorkshire - Striders to Rosedale Abbey?
Sun 3 May Cycling - Tour De Yorkshire Sportive
Mon 4 May[TGP] Triathlon - Tadcaster Sprint
Mon 4 May East Leeds 10k
Wed 6 May[GP-S] Esholt 5k series (best time to count)
Sun 10 May[GP-M] Leeds Half Marathon (some Striders to help please)
Sun 10 May[JGP] Leeds Half Marathon Junior Race (some Striders to help please)
Tue 12 May[FC-BM]Jack Bloor A mid-week dash as summer gets going
Wed 13 May[GP-S] Esholt 5k series (best time to count)
Sun 17 May Calderdale Way Relay
Sun 17 May Cycling - Etape du Dales
Tue 19 May[GP-H] Spring Handicap
Tue 19 May[JGP] Spring Junior 1 mile
Wed 20 May[GP-S] Esholt 5k series (best time to count)
Mon 25 May[GP-FT][FC-CM]Ilkley Trail Race Pre-entry by 21 May (open now) or EOD. A category “C” race in summer - a good intro to fell running.
Thu 28 May[GP-FT]Apperley Bridge Canter Leeds Race Series
Sun 31 May Cycling - Skipton Sportive
Wed 3 Jun[FC-BS]Otley Chevin EOD Another mid-week short local Leeds Race Series
Sat 6 Jun Cycling - Great Yorkshire Bike Ride
Sat 6 Jun[GP-L!]Wharfedale off-road half
Wed 10 Jun[GP-M] Otley 10 Leeds Race Series
Sun 21 Jun[GP-S] Pudsey 10k Leeds Race Series
Sun 21 Jun[JGP] Pudsey junior races Leeds Junior Race Series
Sun 21 Jun[FC-BM]Settle Hills EOD A beautiful course on the sometimes very runnable, occasionally less so, hills above Settle
Sun 21 Jun[TGP] CANCELLED Triathlon - Triathlon Pink (ladies only) at John Charles
Sun 21 Jun Freckleton Half
Tue 23 Jun Yorkshire Vets Race at Alwoodley (40 Striders to help please)
Sun 28 Jun Bradford Millennium Way Relay
Sun 28 Jun[TGP] Triathlon - A Day in the Lakes (middle distance) - trihard events
Tue 30 Jun Danefield relay
Wed 1 Jul[GP-S] Hyde Park Summer mile Leeds Race Series
Wed 1 Jul[JGP] Hyde Park Summer half mile Leeds Junior Race Series
Sat 4 Jul Cycling - Etape De Yorkshire
Sun 5 Jul[JGP] Eccup Junior races Leeds Junior Race Series
Sun 5 Jul[GP-M] Eccup 10 and Junior races Leeds Race Series
Tue 7 Jul Jane Tomlinson 5k canal race Methley Leeds Race Series
Tue 7 Jul Jane Tomlinson junior race Methley Leeds Junior Race Series
Sat 11 Jul[FC-BS]Addingham Gala
Tue 14 Jul[GP-H] Summer Handicap
Tue 14 Jul[JGP] Summer Junior 1 mile
Sun 19 Jul Cycling - Round the Beat Sportive
Sun 19 Jul[FC-AM]Kentmere Pre-entry from 1 Jan AM The closest bit of the Lakes - proposed camping w/e (with local hills, mountain biking & Wilf’s café). We could move this to Fairfield (16 May) clash with start of school holidays is a problem and we don’t have a Calderdale Way relay team
Sun 26 Jul[TGP] Triathlon - Leeds Xpress Sprint (GSAL)
Sat 1 Aug Cycling - TDF 2014 Stage 1 Weekender
Sun 9 Aug[GP-FT][FC-CM]Round Hill EOD Another good local intro to fell running
Sun 16 Aug[FC-AL]Sedbergh EOD The far corner of the Dales, and fantastic running – less rocky than the Lakes but often just as steep
2015  2015/6 JUNIOR GRAND PRIX RACES IN 2015
Sun 6 Sep Leeds Country Way Relay
Sun 6 Sep Wetherby 10k Leeds Race Series
Sun 6 Sep[JGP56] Wetherby junior race Leeds Race Series
Sat 12 Sep Cycling - Otley Sportive
Sun 13 Sep[TGP] Triathlon - Leeds Triathlon (Roundhay Park) - sprint and standard
Sun 13 Sep[GP-FT]Rombolds Romp Fell Leeds Race Series
Sun 13 Sep[GP-FT]Rombolds Romp Trail Leeds Race Series
Tue 15 Sep[JGP] Autumn Junior 1 mile
Tue 15 Sep[GP-H] Autumn Handicap 5 miles
Sun 20 Sep[GP-M] Vale of York half marathon Link
Sun 20 Sep Cycling - Big Leeds 100 mile and 100km
Sun 20 Sep[TGP] Triathlon - Ilkley Sprint
Sun 27 Sep Kirkstall 7
Sun 27 Sep[JGP56]Kirkstall Trail Junior Race
Sun 10 Oct[FC-AL]Langdale Pre-entry by 3 Oct A beautiful “short Lakes long” – deservedly popular
Sun 11 Oct Striders Autumn Marathon Tour (Munich) - not in VSGP except as "any other marathon" and "any other half"
Sun 11 Oct Yorkshire Marathon
Sun 11 Oct Cycling - Spadgers Memorial Ride
Sat 17 Oct FRA Relays
Sun 18 Oct[GP-XC]West Yorks XC race 1 at Wakefield
Sat 31 Oct West Yorks XC race 2 at Huddersfield
Sun 1 Nov Guy Fawkes 10
Sun 8 Nov[JGP56] Harewood Trail 2, 5 and 10 mile races (90 Striders to help please)
Sat 14 Nov[FC-AL]Tour of Pendle Pre-entry or EOD (if not full) The Marmite of fell races
Sat 14 Nov West Yorks XC race 3 at Keighley
Sun 15 Nov[GP-S] Abbey Dash 10k
Sun 15 Nov[JGP56]Abbey Dash junior race
Sat 21 Nov[GP-FT][FC-BS]Harriers v Cyclists EOD Hopefully there’ll be a few more striders on bikes this year …
Sun 22 Nov[GP-XC][JGP56]Peco XC race 1 at Templenewsam
Sun 6 Dec West Yorks XC race 4 at Yeadon
Sun 13 Dec[JGP56] Peco XC race 2 at West Park (40 Striders to help please)
2015  2016 GRAND PRIX RACES IN 2015
Sat 26 Dec[GP-FT]Chevin Chase Leeds Race Series
2016  2016
Sun 3 Jan[GP-XC][JGP]Peco XC race 3 at Middleton Park
Sun 24 Jan[GP-XC][JGP]Peco XC race 4 at Golden Acre
Sun 14 Feb[GP-XC][JGP]Peco XC race 5 at Meanwood
Sun 21 Feb Snake Lane 10 (FULL)

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