The Fantastic Heptonstall Festival 2015


This year the Heptonstall Festival will be held on Saturday 4 July, in conjunction with the Heptonstall Festival Fell Race.

The festival is a family event held across the whole village of Heptonstall with activities happening throughout the day.

Highlights will include:

  • Weaver Square Music Stage
  • Church Ruin Music Stage
  • Children’s Roald Dahl themed treasure trail around the village
  • Food and drink and local produce stalls in Weaver Square
  • Craft stalls in the church
  • Dog Show and activities at the Bowling and Social Club

Information about artists, activities and the low-down on all the fun will be posted here in the weeks ahead.

The theme for the event is “all things Roald Dahl” so get thinking about your costume!

Heptonstall Fell Race – Sunday 22 March 2015 – Marshals and Helpers Needed…

Stephen Grimley, Fell Race Organiser, writes….

“Many thanks for the generous support  given to the annual Heptonstall Fell Races each March and July.

2015 year will see the races take place for their 5th running, during which time we will have all worked together to raise around £10,000 for local causes (St Thomas’s Church, Calder Valley Search and Rescue, local Scouts, Heptonstall Festival)

Each race has been a tremendous success as runners from all over the UK have flocked to the village to enjoy a day out on the local hills combined with the hospitality of the village. The races have become known for their community spirit, and the unique atmosphere and spectacle created by the village.


The race can only take place with the enthusiastic involvement of our neighbours, friends, and family. This generous support is much appreciated and has proven to be a key factor in runners returning to the event year after year.

The 2015 race will take place on SUNDAY MARCH 22nd 2015 – we would be extremely grateful if you could spare a few hours of your time to help us marshal the event 


No experience is required. A marshal is simply there to keep an eye on the race at a given point, advising runners of any hazards, and reporting back to the race organiser to confirm all is going well. Marshals additionally make sure runners don’t  head off in the wrong direction, or alerting runners to approach road crossings safely. Your position can be organised to suit your preference and available time, either in the village and surrounding fields, or for the more adventurous, somewhere on the hills around Hardcastle Craggs.

We usually team you up with a friend or neighbour, providing you with instructions, timings, viz bib, and contact numbers. No experience is required but we will explain everything you will need know for your position. The runners will be pleased to see you and will be thanking you as they run by – hopefully you can cheer them on. It’s a great excuse for an early Spring day out followed up with a beer and food in the pub afterwards.


Anyone who is interested in helping out with marshaling duties is asked to contact Stephen Grimley on 07710015560 or by email.

The Heptonstall Grand Depart Fell Race – 5 July 2014

TDF Race BuntingThe village celebrated the Tour de France weekend in Grand style, attracting visiting cyclists and runners from across the UK to the annual summer Fell Race. This year’s race, renamed the Heptonstall Grand Depart Fell Race, was a huge hit with cycling fans arriving in the area for the Tour de France the following day. Runners from London, Edinburgh, and the Midlands were among those taking advantage of the temporary Tour de France campsite at the bowling club, as 30 tents and camper vans pitched on the fields adjacent to the club. On a perfect summer’s evening, it was hard to imagine a better venue for pre-Tour de France celebrations; Heptonstall’s historic cobbled streets were decked out in bunting, hanging baskets, and of course, yellow bikes, whilst excited runners gathered in their colourful club vests on the Weaver’s Square Start-Line.

Organiser Stephen Grimley said: “The Heptonstall Hurriers and the village volunteers are getting quite a reputation for putting on races, our 100 visitors were full of praise for the beautiful village, its landscape, and well organised races, but above all, the community spirit, and warm welcome of the people of Heptonstall. The event was another big success. We raised around £400 for Heptonstall Festival and were delighted that so many of our friends, neighbours, and families got into Le Tour spirit, volunteering their support so generously. We could not have achieved any of this without their help”

TDF Party“The organisers and  runners would like to say a big thank you to the 30 marshals (mostly from the village), we hope they enjoyed their free pints! A massive thanks to Terry at The White Lion for hosting the race and generously providing all the prizes, we are also grateful to Anthony Holt for letting us use his field for parking/ race route. Hazel Noble and Penny and Mark Wharton also kindly allowed the race to pass through their fields. Mark Wigg and Mark Holman gave up a huge amount of their time helping us to set up and organise the race. Steve Hoyle form Blackshaw Head Fete provided the tents, whilst Alpine Outdoors of Hebden Bridge supplied race numbers”

TDF CakeThe wonderful post-race party was laid on by Jan, Guy, and the Village Team. The team set up French themed catering in the bunting-decorated court yard behind The Cross. Hundreds of locals and race goers gathered after the race to enjoy Tartiflette and wine under the bunting, whilst prizes were awarded to the race winners. Else Evans stole the show; she created a magnificent Tour de France chocolate cake which quickly disappeared, devoured by hordes of hungry runners.

Courtesy - The Woodentops

Courtesy – The Woodentops

In the race itself Calder Valley Fell Runners pair Karl Gray (England International) and Heptonstall’s own Holly Page (who also runs for England) demolished the men’s and women’s course records. Gray, tackling the race for the first time, sped round in 49 mins 37 seconds, smashing Christopher Smale previous best of 52:09 set in 2012. Joe Washington made it a 1-2 for Calder Valley with Richard Meade, an elite marathon runner who was part of a contingent of runners from Edinburgh in the area for the bike race, third. All three beat the previous record of Smale, who was 12th this time. Heptonstall based Holly Page came ninth of the 94 runners and won the women’s race for the third year in a row. Her time of 54:58 bettered the 55:42 of Holmfirth international runner Katie Walshaw in 2011.

International Mountain Runner Karl Gray, who is used to scaling The Three Peaks with the minim of fuss, remarked how tough the course had been. The 6 mile route, which has more than 1,600 feet of ascent, starts by heading up the cobbles, then plunges down to the Blue Pig before finding its way up 1000 feet of ascent to High Brown Knoll, the highest point on moors above Pecket Well. The race then returns in similar fashion, including a gruelling climb back through the woods from the Blue Pig.

That test wasn’t enough for Sikobe Litaba who ran approximately 30 miles from Glossop before taking part the race and beating 12 other runners back to the pub.

The next Heptonstall Fell Race will be the long, 15 mile race, which takes place in March 2015. We look forward to seeing another spectacular day for the village.


Steve Grimley.

Appeal for volunteer marshals – The Heptonstall Grand Depart Fell Race – Sat 5th July 19.30


Tour de France excitement will reach fever pitch on the evening of Saturday July 5th when the village hosts its annual summer fell race.  This year’s race has been renamed the Heptonstall Grand Depart Fell Race, and is likely to attract a large influx of visitors arriving for the Tour de France the following day.

The race promises to be a spectacular start to the Tour de France weekend.  After the success of the Germanic themed race-catering last year, the obvious theme for this year’s event will be Le Tour, and all things French.

The 6 mile race (full details at the Festival Fell Race Website) takes place at 19.30 on Saturday evening, by which time we expect hundreds of runners and visitors to be gathering for the an evening of sport, food, music (plus les biėrres et les vins).  The race HQ will be at the CROSS INN.  There will be French style catering and music back in the pub’s decorated court yard. All proceeds from the race and catering will go to support village causes.


The race can only take place with the enthusiastic involvement of the people of Heptonstall.  The generous support of so many people from around the village is much appreciated and has proven to be key factor in runners coming back to take part in the event year after year.

The organisers would be very grateful to volunteers willing to give up around 90 minutes of  their time, whilst cheering on the visiting runners.


No experience is required.  A marshal is simply there to keep an eye on the race at the given point, advising runners of any hazards, and reporting back to race organiser to confirm all is going well.  There are many points along the route where marshals will be stationed to make sure runners don’t  head off in the wrong direction, or alerting runners to approach road crossings safely.  Your position can be organised to suit your preference – either in the village and surrounding fields, somewhere around the Blue Pig, or up around Peckett Well.

We usually team you up with a friend or neighbour, providing you with instructions, timings, hi-viz bib, and contact numbers.  No experience is required but we will explain everything you would need know for your position. You might need to head off to your position at around 19.00-15, and should be finished before 21.00 (earlier if you are up at Peckett Well).  The runners will be pleased to see you and will be thanking you as they run by – hopefully you can cheer them on!


Anyone interested in helping out with marshalling duties (easy and fun lasting 90 mins maximum) please call race organiser; Stephen Grimley on 07710 015560 / email


All marshals will receive a free pint of beer as a thank you.

2014 Fell Race Results

Fell race results courtesy of Stephen Grimley. Well done to all who took part. Provisional results are below – please let us know if you spot any errors, typos etc.

Position Name Club Category Time Number
Position Name Club Category Time Number
1 Adam Osborne Leeds City AC m 1:54:10 418
2 Joe Mercer Horwich RMI m 2:00:27 464
3 Chris Farrell Horwich RMI m 2:00:55 461
4 Kim Collinson Borrowdale Fell Runners M 2:01:09 358
5 Tom Brunt Dark peak V40* 2:04:20 507
6 Colin Walker Pudsey and Bramley V40 2:06:34 376
7 David Jackson Horwich RMI V40 2:10:51 460
8 Jonny Mclean Holmfirth Harriers m 2:11:10 542
9 Graeme Brown Calder Valley Fell Runners m 2:11:13 555
10 Michael Hyde Stadium Runners m 2:12:06 530
11 Jason Hemsley Wharfedale Harriers V40 2:12:33 508
12 Kev Folan ua10 V40 2:13:34 521
13 David Haygarth Wharfedale Harriers V40 2:14:14 366
14 Will Buckton Ilkley Harriers m 2:14:16 549
15 Matt Huxford ua5 m 2:14:17 399
16 Kevin Hoult Calder Valley Fell Runners m 2:15:03 425
17 Daniel Shaw Holmfirth Harriers m 2:15:37 397
18 Garry Wilkinson Clayton Le Moors V40 2:15:42 351
19 Jonathan Collins Stainland Lions m 2:17:14 463
20 Gary Pearse Blackburn Harriers V40 2:18:57 481
21 Steve Coates East Hull Harriers V40 2:19:14 469
22 John Marsham Valley Striders m 2:20:01 451
23 Ben Crowther Todmorden Harriers V40 2:20:03 553
24 Liam Bough Calder Valley Fell Runners m 2:20:24 466
25 Leigh Hinchcliffe Pudsey Pacers V40 2:20:28 457
26 Rob Weir Barlick Fell Runners m 2:21:03 511
27 Mark O’Connor Calder Valley Fell Runners m 2:21:28 509
28 (lady 1) Jo Buckley Calder Valley Fell Runners l* 2:21:32 477
29 Bill Johnson Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:21:48 491
30 Ian Furlong Abbey m 2:21:58 501
31 Andy Berry Barlick Fell Runners m 2:22:09 510
32 Ian Rowbotham Harrogate harriers V50* 2:22:24 437
33 Stephen Booth ua3 V50 2:22:36 382
34 David Bagot Clayton Harriers m 2:22:54 419
35 Paul Booth Pennine Fell Runners m 2:23:08 484
36 Jon Tinman Rossendale V40 2:23:37 387
37 Charlie McIntosh Pudsey and Bramley V40 2:23:44 367
38 Chris Whiteoak Wharfedale Harriers m 2:24:00 415
39 Adam Holloway FRA V40 2:24:35 398
40 Scott Smith Holmfirth Harriers m 2:24:41 543
41 Jake Turnbull Harrogate harriers m 2:25:03 438
42 Iain Glendinning Calder Valley Fell Runners m 2:25:13 506
43 Peter Hughes Queensbury V50 2:25:16 379
44 Giles Bailey Meltham AC V40 2:25:28 427
45 Mark Ellithorn Chorley V40 2:25:30 371
46 Mick Loftus Valley Striders V40 2:25:57 411
47 Tristan Sheard Stainland Lions V40 2:26:04 462
48 Ben Clare Queensbury m 2:26:26 498
49 Jonathan Emberton Calder Valley Fell Runners V50 2:26:35 499
50 Mark Wharton Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:26:45 426
51 Jamie Hutchinson Ilkley Harriers V40 2:27:23 475
52 Greg Weatherhead Abbey m 2:27:32 504
53 Martin Kitchin ua1 M 2:27:44 360
54 Jerome McAllister FRA m 2:28:04 514
55 Patrick Brennan Rossendale M 2:28:11 372
56 Simon Vallance Valley Striders V40 2:28:12 409
57 Graham Hill Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:28:34 395
58 Clive Bandy Valley Striders m 2:29:11 439
59 Rob Gray Todmorden Harriers m 2:29:14 552
60 Michael Griffin Wharfedale Harriers V40 2:29:47 546
61 Tim Culshaw ua8 m 2:30:02 496
62 Mike Nelson Macclesfield V40 2:30:23 488
63 David Ralphs Newburgh Nomads V50 2:31:05 403
64 Ross Bibby Valley Striders m 2:31:33 456
65 Dan Marsden Stainland Lions m 2:31:43 458
66 Rob Grantham Cheshire Hill Racers V40 2:32:05 431
67 Jonathan Frost East Hull Harriers m 2:32:08 472
68 Carl Bedson Glossopdale V40 2:32:42 355
69 Richard Sunderland Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:32:51 476
70 Andreas Mayer Valley Striders m 2:33:09 447
71 Greg Carns St Helens Sutton AC V40 2:33:16 468
72 Steven Foley Newburgh Nomads V40 2:33:35 391
73 Iain Powell Calder Valley Fell Runners m 2:33:40 407
74 Phil Hobbs Holmfirth Harriers V40 2:33:50 413
75 Rob Parker ua2 V40 2:35:42 368
76 Adrian Kenney Fellandale m 2:36:01 517
77 Robert Bolton ua9 V40 2:36:14 516
78 Craig Neville ua7 V40 2:36:27 417
79 Paul M Crabtree Wharfedale Harriers V40 2:37:02 450
80 John Taylor Mercia V40 2:37:13 536
81 Simon Taylor ua6 m 2:37:17 410
82 Richard White Glossopdale Harriers m 2:37:21 500
83 (lady 2) Renee Saxton Otley AC L 2:37:22 558
84 Kevin Smith ua4 V40 2:37:33 396
85 David Cooper Pudsey Pacers V40 2:38:26 448
86 Robert Tyson Todmorden Harriers m 2:38:53 422
87 Phil Wells Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:39:17 486
88 Adrian Phillips ua11 V40 2:39:33 540
89 Richard Ingram Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:39:34 522
90 Luke McQuade Pudsey Pacers m 2:39:53 494
91 (lady 3) Joanne Worboys-Hodgson Denby Dale Travellers LV40* 2:40:18 388
92 Paul Fearns Holmfirth Harriers V50 2:40:35 526
93 Carl Heron Queensbury V50 2:41:02 412
94 Richard Sample Saddleworth m 2:41:05 544
95 John Minta Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:41:26 380
96 David Webb Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:42:05 441
97 Graeme Tiffany Pudsey Pacers V50 2:42:30 525
98 Duncan Ritchie Todmorden Harriers V40 2:43:31 465
99 Martin Finn Pudsey and Bramley V40 2:44:10 375
100 Nick Murphy Calder Valley Fell Runners V50 2:45:05 442
101 John Boothman Barlick Fell Runners V50 2:45:06 537
102 David Copping Keighley and Craven AC V40 2:45:48 489
103 (lady 4) Katherine Kirkham Wharfedale Harriers l 2:45:58 467
104 Luke Meleschko Halifax Harriers M 2:46:21 359
105 Robert Pritchard FRA V50 2:46:48 420
106 Michael Cooper ua V40 2:46:49 362
107 Richard Barnes ua V40 2:46:51 445
108 Mark Woodhead Valley Striders V50 2:46:55 423
109 Michael Mills ua V40 2:47:05 534
110 Timothy Jacobs Abbey V40 2:47:37 482
111 Wally Coppelov Newburgh Nomads V50 2:47:39 446
112 Micheal Coe Queensbury V40 2:47:40 377
113 Mark Nolan Pudsey and Bramley V50 2:47:43 383
114 Ben Bedsmith Todmorden Harriers m 2:47:57 429
115 Mick Bray Wharfedale Harriers V40 2:48:57 548
116 Jake Ackroyd ua m 2:49:02 535
117 Ian Greenwood ua m 2:49:03 532
118 Ian Sanderson Valley Striders V40 2:49:20 485
119 Jon Osborne ua M 2:49:40 357
120 Simon Galloway Todmorden Harriers V50 2:49:41 436
121 (lady 5) Alison Wainwright Staffordshire Moorlands LV40 2:49:43 529
122 Nigel Hodson Clayton Harriers V40 2:50:02 479
123 Fred Duenbier ua V50 2:50:08 444
124 Mike Vinegrad East Hull Harriers V40 2:50:15 470
125 Nick Andralojc Harrogate harriers V50 2:50:17 452
126 Justin Vogler Valley Striders V40 2:50:33 414
127 Graham Kay ua M 2:50:52 373
128 Nick Dewell Keighley and Craven AC V40 2:52:06 539
129 Mark Culshaw Newburgh Nomads V40 2:52:09 392
130 Peter Shelley ua V40 2:53:51 459
131 David Halliday Barlick Fell Runners V40 2:54:03 513
132 Nicky Bolton ua m 2:54:10 556
133 Richard Foster Abbey m 2:54:12 520
134 (lady 6) Liz Taylor Stainland Lions LV40 2:55:11 473
135 Brook Chambers Stainland Lions m 2:55:17 519
136 Stuart Hayton Bowland Fell Runners V40 2:56:24 430
137 Chris Alborough ua M 2:56:31 386
138 Toby Sycles Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 2:57:58 353
139 (lady 7) Marion Dixon Clayton Le Moors LV40 2:58:21 505
140 Brian Melia ua V40 2:59:08 474
141 (lady 8) Anna Smith Queensbury LV50* 2:59:09 406
142 Philip Robinson Queensbury 59,2:59:40 421
143 Charlie Eaton Glossopdale M 2:59:51 356
144 Steven Hemingway SPEN V50 3:00:14 527
145 (lady 9) Adela Reperecici Ilkley Harriers LV50 3:01:09 374
146 Andrew Combs ua V40 3:02:52 497
147 Richard Buckle Leeds Bradford Tri Club 1,3:03:07 541
148 Graham Jower ua V60* 3:03:08 378
149 Raj Madhas Wharfedale Harriers V40 3:03:58 364
150 Nathan Kennaugh Calder Valley Fell Runners m 3:04:30 523
151 Paul Taylor Calder Valley Fell Runners V40 3:06:16 503
152 Sam Fugill Nidd Valley Road Runners m 3:08:17 402
153 Edwin Sherstone Southport Waterloo V40 3:09:34 478
154 Simon Caldwell FRA V50 3:09:53 492
155 Dave Culpan Calder Valley Fell Runners V50 3:10:03 361
156 Paul Sheridan Esk Valley Fell Runners V40 3:11:57 354
157 Steven Moss FRA V60 3:13:05 524
158 (lady 10) Jenny Cooper Pudsey Pacers l 3:13:41 449
159 Simon Beverley ua m 3:13:42 531
160 Shaun Benham Pudsey Pacers V40 3:13:43 385
161 Ian Martin France Bowland Fell Runners V50 3:14:13 352
162 (lady 11) Amy Lomax Chapel Allerton L 3:15:13 384
163 Tim Whitcombe Idle AC V50 3:15:38 490
164 (lady 12) Jacqueline Redmayne Chorley LV40 3:17:40 370
165 Phil Hancock Fellandale V40 3:18:12 550
166 Philip Jones Baildon V50 3:19:34 416
167 Peter Fleming ua V50 3:20:05 428
168 Patrick Garland ua V50 3:20:39 424
169 Andrew Pigg Stadium Runners V50 3:21:28 538
170 Mick Fowler ua V50 3:21:29 528
171 Carl Prendergast Fellandale V60 3:23:33 455
172 (lady 13) Michelle Morris Baildon L 3:24:14 557
173 Russell Geraghty Military 1st Runners V40 3:24:35 401
174 Alun Davies Valley Striders V50 3:25:04 493
175 (lady 14) Gillian Wisbey Calder Valley Fell Runners LV40 3:25:23 404
176 (lady 15) Ceri Baker Pensby Runners LV50 3:25:47 369
177 Krzysztof Swedrowski Halifax Harriers m 3:27:50 551
178 Andrew Biddle West Pennine Runners V60 3:30:06 363
179 (lady 16) Rachel Johnston Calder Valley Fell Runners LV40 3:30:10 502
180 Shaun Beggs ua V40 3:30:12 432
181 (lady 17) Rachel Lowther Barlick Fell Runners l 3:30:53 512
182 Charles McKinney ua V40 3:31:01 454
183 Jean Du Plessis ua V40 3:31:13 389
184 Richard Blakeley Todmorden Harriers V70* 3:31:32 515
185 Michael Smith Bingley Harriers V50 3:31:33 480
186 (lady 18) Bev Holmes Todmorden Harriers LV40 3:32:09 440
187 (lady 19) Lisa Parkinson ua l 3:32:10 443
188 Colin Grime Spectrum Striders V60 3:33:38 408
189 (lady 20) Jo Miles Macclesfield LV50 3:33:42 393
190 Julian Brown Macclesfield V40 3:33:46 394
191 (lady 21) Fiona Armer Todmorden Harriers LV40 3:34:24 533
192 (lady 22) Linda Hayles Calder Valley Fell Runners LV60* 3:34:52 381
193 (lady 23) Tracey Apperley Newmarket Joggers LV40 3:36:11 495
194 Rich Smith ua V40 3:43:15 453
195 (lady 24) Laura Skelton ua L 3:44:02 435
196 James Alastair ua m 3:44:02 433
197 (lady 25) Camille Askins Keighley and Craven AC LV40 3:51:01 547
198 Robert Shirlaw Halifax Harriers V50 3:51:02 405
199 Martin Skelton FRA V40 3:51:04 434
200 Anthony Brown ua m 3:55:20 554
201 (lady 26) Sonja Ingrid ua LV50 3:59:48 545
202 Peter Ehrhardt Todmorden Harriers V60 4:04:57 390
203 (lady 27) Julie Laverock Salford Harriers LV40 4:16:29 365
204 John Swift Chorley V70 4:16:30 518
205 Reg Czudek Todmorden Harriers V60 4:19:42 400
206 David Danbury ua V60 5:00:55 483

HEPTONSTALL FELL RACE – Saturday 29 March 2014

HEPTONSTALL FELL RACE – Saturday March 29th – 10.30 am

Heptonstall Hurriers are busy preparing for another big day in the village calendar. 2014 will see the 4th running of the Heptonstall Fell Race. The race has new HQ this year as THE CROSS INN takes over as the main race sponsor. Heptonstall Hurriers (an informal group of runners based in around the village) expect over 200 runners to enter the 15 mile race. Local Scouts, Mountain Rescue, Raynet radio team, and Church Volunteers will all be supporting the event. In return, all proceeds from the race are split between these organisations. The race is now one of the UK’s premiere fell races and its popularity is as much due to the warm welcome and hospitality of the community, as for its challenging route through our local valleys, moors, and woodlands. The race features over 3000 feet of climbing over tough terrain, so safety is a priority. The event relies heavily on the generous support of an army of volunteers in ensuring the safety of visiting runners.


Village volunteers play a vital role in marshalling the race. We hope that many will volunteer again this year. We would also be very interested to hear from anyone who might be free to help for the first time; the roles are easy to pick up and may involve 1-2 hours. If you could help us get this request out to everyone in the village it would be much appreciated. (All volunteers will be given a token for a “Thank You Pint” at THE CROSS).

The Hurriers would be delighted to hear from anyone who might be able to help out on the day. Please contact Stephen Grimley – 07710 015560.


The new race website is still work in progress, but already viewable at whilst a popular Facebook page has already attracted a following of over 300 runners;


Experienced runners who might be training for the race will have opportunities to recce the route, guided by local organisers. There will be a fast medium, and steady paced group (depending on numbers). All runners should be capable of running 15 miles off road.

The first takes place this Saturday , 1 February, at 10am, meet in Weavers Square from 09.45 with all the appropriate gear (see race website above). Further recces will be planned for the weekend of 15th/16th February; keep checking the race Facebook page for news ;

The race website is currently missing the route map and route description (due to be added over next few days) in the meantime they can both be downloaded here;

Fell Race Map                Fell Race Route Description