Hardcastle Crags RegionalSun 04 February, 2024

Regional level event

Explanation of Event levels

  • Training events are non competitive events used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport.
  • Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Most clubs run some 'mini series' throughout the year as local mid week events.
  • Regional events attract participants from around the local Region.
  • National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away,
  • Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships or the annual JK competition.



Planners Comments - Graham Lloyd

Firstly thanks to all of you who came to Hardcastle Crags to the joint EPOC/PFO event.

Extra thanks to Hannah Kay and Andy for organising, to Alasdair for the map, and Jonathan for controlling.

In fact the planning was a bit of a joint effort as I’d not planned for 10 or so years, so I was very rusty, and a lot has changed in that time.

We recognised that the courses were physically demanding, but we wanted you to get to the best areas from the best directions, which meant some effort was required.

The area is full of pockets of loveliness interspersed with some awful bits. We avoided the worst bits…really!

We were also constricted by the narrowness of the area, and the pinch point at Gibson Mill.

We wanted to get the longer course over to Crimsworth Dene, which is completely different.

Due to the path network our legs were primarily about route choice and secondly fine navigation to the control.

We also wanted you all to get into the “Scottish” bit, which meant concentration when tired!

With Guisecliffe coming up, and Hardcastle Crags under our belt, you should all be well practiced for the British at Mulgrave.

Thanks again.

Mappers Comments - Alasdair Pedley



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Last updated: Sun 04 February, 2024

This is a joint Regional event organised by EPOC & PFO at EPOC's Hardcastle Crags area. This area has not hosted a major event for many years but has recently been remapped. It is a classic long distance event.

There will be a limit of 200 entries for this event. Sorry there will NOT be a waiting list for this event.

Safety: This is a winter event: WHISTLES are MANDATORY; WATERPROOF JACKETS may be required, at the discretion of the organiser.

Retirement: If retiring, you MUST report your retirement to Download.

Location Info

Near: Hebden Bridge
Lat,Lng: 53.76434,-2.04823
OS Grid Ref: SD969297
Postcode: HX7 7AZ

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Directions / Parking

Parking will be at Clough Hole NT car park on Widdop Road. What 3 words ///debate.starfish.partly.

If travelling from the east along the A646 through Hedben Bridge, continue for 800m to the turning circle to double back and access the Heptonstall Road by the Fox and Goose PH.

This is a pay and display car park (NT members free). The charge is £5. Coins only, but there will be an NT representative present with change. The height restriction barrier will be open. It would be appreciated if all NT members in a vehicle scanned their membership card and not just the driver.

Please car share wherever possible. Additional roadside parking will be on Widdop Road, once the car park is full.

Please DO NOT park at Midgehole car park.

The route to the Event Centre at Gibson Mill is approximately 1km and 90m downhill from the car park.

Map / Terrain

The Hardcastle Crags area has been recently remapped using modern mapping techniques (LiDAR data e.t.c.).

All maps 1:7500 scale : A3 size for Brown, Blue and Red; A4 for all other courses.

The area comprises the steep sided wooded Pennine valleys encasing Hebden Water and Crimsworth Dean Beck. This provides a mixture of runnability and, in some areas, an abundance of rock features, including the titular Hardcastle Crags. The climbing can be "ironed out" with careful route choice

Registration and Start times

Start times from 10:00 to 12:00. When entering, choose your 15 minute start block.

Courses close at 14:00.

Please choose an early start time if you anticipate being out for a long time.

Course Information

Regional Courses: (Subject to final controlling.)

Brown8.5k320m30 controls, TD5
Blue6.3k245m19 controls, TD5
Green4.0k155m16 controls, TD5
Short Green2.8k105m13 controls, TD5
Very Short Green2.0k95m12 controls, TD5
Light Green3.1k95m11 controls, TD4
Red4.9k150m14 controls, TD3
Orange3.0k90m9 controls, TD3
Yellow2.2k50m8 controls, TD2
White1.4k20m7 controls, TD1

Control descriptions will be on the map and also available loose in the start lanes.

The Start/Finish are adjacent to the Event Centre at Gibson Mill.

Entry Details

On-line pre-entry only via SIEntries. No EOD.

There is a limit of 200 entries for this event.

Standard pricing will apply up to midnight Sunday 28th January. Entry will remain open after this, subject to map availability, until midnight Saturday 3rd February, with a late entry surcharge of £2.00 Adults / £1.00 Young Adults & Juniors.

BOF Adult (26+)BOF Young Adult (21-25)BOF Junior (20-)Non BOF Adult (26)Non BOF Young Adult (21-25)Non BOF Junior (20-)
Up to Sun 28th Jan£12.00£9.00£6.00£14.00£10.50£7.00
From Mon 29th Jan£14.00£10.00£7.00£16.00£11.50£8.00

Dibber hire £1.00 (£40 if lost/broken). Hired dibbers are collected from Download.

Dog restrictions

No dogs allowed on courses, but they can be exercised after run. Please tidy up after dogs.


The Event Centre will be at Gibson Mill where there are Toilets and a Cafe.

We had hoped to have registration / download / dibber collection on one of the upper floors of the mill but over-running buildings works have prevented access. We will now be based in the southern most cottage adjacent to the mill courtyard. Belongings may be left in the wooden lean-to shed next to the cottage, at the owners risk.


Thanks to the National Trust, Walshaw Moor Estate and Crimsworth Dean landowners for access.

Please show consideration to walkers, cyclists, horse riders etc that use the area.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser – Hannah Dabinett PFO ()

Planner – Graham Lloyd EPOC

Controller – Jonathon Emberton EPOC