Summer Trail Series by Ultra X 2023

I am writing to inform you of our plans to hold a series of trail running races in the Calderdale and City of Bradford areas of West Yorkshire on Saturday 15th July 2023.

There will be three races: a 25km, 50km, and 75km. Race headquarters will be at the Stubb Playing Fields, Mytholmroyd (grid reference SE 00636 25993), which will also be the start and finish location for all races.

We are expecting approximately 200 runners for the 25km event, 200 runners for the 50km event, and 100 runners for the 75km event. There will also be approximately 30 crew members in attendance, including directing staff, safety staff, an experienced expedition medical team, an osteopathy team, and a team of volunteers.

All three of the races’ head West from Race HQ through Hebden Bridge and towards Slack Top along the Rochdale Canal Path. At the top of Colden Road, at the 5km point, the routes separate with the 50km/75km courses heading East along the Calder Aire Link towards Penistone Hill Country Park and the 25km route continuing East to loop around Stoodley Pike before returning to Race HQ.

From Penistone Hill Country Park the 50km route will turn and loop back following the Bronte Way and the Pennine Bridleway to connect with the Half Marathon course near Colden. The 75km route will continue along the Pennine Way towards Cowling before turning Southeast towards Oldfield to rejoin the 50km course at the Ponden Reservoir and continue onwards as above.

There will be six checkpoints/aid stations on the route (six for the 75km route, four for 50km route and one for the 25km), where runners will be able to refuel with food and water. The checkpoints will be situated at grid references SD 99553 32410, SD 99828 36722, SD 98520 42589, SD 94666 31253 and SD 96806 24171.

The full routes (including proposed checkpoint locations) can be viewed online here. These may be subject to minor alterations in the lead up to the event which will be communicated to stakeholders as appropriate.

All races will be run on public rights of way (predominantly the Pennine Way), and other permissive paths with prior permission granted from landowners.

Runners will be required to cross the A646 at grid references SD 98867 27203 and SD 96807 26087, Slack Road at grid reference SD 97795 28677, Moorside Lane at grid references SE 01851 36105 and SE 01791 36281, Badgers Lane at grid reference SD 96752 27457. We will have fluorescent “Caution Runners in Road” and “Crossing Point” signs on the approach to these crossing points to warn vehicle traffic, runners, and other road users.

The routes will be marked using a combination of small red flags (staked into the ground on either side of the trail), ribbons (tied to trees, branches, fence posts etc), and laminated signs (cable tied to lampposts, fences etc) depending on terrain. All signage will be labelled to identify each item as belonging to our organisation and all markings will be removed within 24 hours of the end of the event.

Copies of additional information can be seen via the links set out below.

Key Locations

Project Plan

Emergency Action Plan

Risk Assessment

Environmental Risk Assessment

I would welcome any comments or advice regarding any oversight relating to these documents.

If you have any queries regarding this event, please don’t hesitate to contact me,


Seb Moulding
Ultra X Summer Trails Series Race Director
Email Phone 07837 787784

Film – Bridge across the Generations

‘Bridge across the Generations’ is a film that is going to be screened at Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club this coming Saturday 3rd December at 11am.

Many local people and local children from the school feature in this intergenerational film that began before the pandemic in January 2020 and features conversations between younger and older people, who met twice in the Social and Bowling Club before the first coronavirus lockdown caused everything to stop.

However, Marguerite Eccles and Nick Wilding managed to hang in there and create a story that starts with the Boxing Day floods of 2015 and ends with this year’s drought and the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. You see children reacting to being taught at home and not at school, then children at school sending cards with messages to lonely older people, organised with presents compiled by Calder Community Cares.

Post pandemic, there are scenes with Hebden Royd children walking in the Colden Valley, being inspired by the history and Colden School, Old Town School and Scout Road Academy all look in various ways at the story of ‘The Coiners’.

There are scenes from the play of ‘The Coiners’, performed both in Heptonstall St Thomas’s Church by Old Town and in Blackshawhead Chapel, performed by Colden School.

General comments from audiences of the film have described the content as both ‘inspiring and truly inspirational and well worth seeing’.

This coming Saturday 3rd December 2022 at 11am in the Social and Bowling Club, it lasts 50 minutes with Q&A at the end.

Please come if you can.

Event – Stepping Thru Time

Please come and support this fundraiser.

Tickets are being sold in advance (£7.00) at Heptonstall Post Office, or by calling 07745 790490 or pay on the door (£8.00).

The event not only supports St Thomas Church but through the venue hire the Bowling Club and the village itself.

Bar opens at 8.00pm.

Parish Council Annual and May Monthly Meetings

The Annual and Monthly meetings of the Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 10 May 2022 at 8.00pm and Tuesday 17 May 2022 at 7.30pm at Heptonstall Social & Bowling Club, Acre Lane, Heptonstall

The agendas for each meeting can be seen here and here respectively.

Minutes from the April monthly meeting can be seen here.


Anyone interested in a job in Heptonstall?

New Post Office & Shop Manager role from Jan 2022.

The Post Office & shop is an important and valued village facility which is in the process of being bought by the community. It provides a great opportunity for a Post Office Shop & Manager who would start training in the new year.

Full details can be found at

Are you that special person with the skills and vision to help develop this exciting business? Please apply with a CV and covering letter showing how you would be our ideal candidate to

Please share this with anyone who you think might be interested.

Download a copy of this flyer to share with friends and neighbours in the village.