Shelf Moor


Last Held:

23 September , 2023

Add to Calendar September 23, 2023 11:00 Holmfirth Harriers Event:

At a Glance:

Distance: 9.1km (5.7 miles)

Ascent: 457m (1,500 ft)

Race HQ: Jack Badger Workshop, Hawkshead Rd, Old Glossop, Glossop SK13 7SS

Cost: £9 (Pre Entry), £10 (Entry on the day)

Entry Limit: not stated. Entry on the day only if race not full

Start Time: 11.00am (Ladies), 12.00noon (Mens) - provisional


For 2023, this race is an English Championship counter.

There are seperate Ladies & Mens races.

The six mile route taken by the Shelf Moor race has three of the area’s aircraft wrecks within close proximity. One is at the top of the steep climb called James’s Thorn, the remains of which nestle in the peat on the 1800 foot contour. Another lies below in Ashton Clough while the B-29, “Overexposed” rests at 2,038 feet, virtually the top of the Peak District. The views from the trig point there on a clear day are quite extensive.

Markers are followed Northwards across Shelf Moor to the north the far side of Dowstone Clough. After the stream crossing, runners hurtle down the soft peaty terrain, and from Lightside emerge at the track that leads to the finish near the bus turning circle at the end of Shepley Street in Old Glossop.

The course record was set by three times British Fell Running Champion Colin Donnelly in 1989 and is 39 minutes 45seconds. An excellent time for many on the flat, never mind adding the 1500 feet of ascent (and descent). Carol Greenwood of Holmfirth has the ladies record at 47 minutes 17 seconds from 1986.

The race map is below

Shelf Moor is a 9.1km, 457m ascent fell race from Old Glossop to the Higher Shelf Stones trig point, back across the moor on narrow rough paths before a steep grassy descent and a fast 800m finish

How to attend the Shelf Moor

Pre entry is not yet open – details will be updated as soon as it is.

For more information, please see the link below to the event website (currently has 2022 information):-

Shelf Moor Fell Race