The Calderdale Way Relay

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Add to Calendar August 2, 2021 12:51 Holmfirth Harriers Event:
EVENT UPDATE: Normally held in May - keep the date free in your diary!


We usually enter a few teams for this really popular event.

What you need to know:

  • Runners compete in pairs
  • Pairs pass the baton to each other, to complete the entire course as a relay
  • Fell and trail running
  • Course knowledge required
  • Some sections will usually be mass starts unless your team is particularly fast

The club usually enters 4 teams in this event. Open Men, Open Women, Veteran Men and a mixed team of anyone else who would like to have a go. There are 6 legs to the course that starts and finishes at West Vale, near Halifax. All teams consist of 6 pairs, each pair must run together and they cannot hand on the baton at the changeover point until the second runner of the pair arrives. This means pairs have to really run as a team, the stronger runner supporting the slower one and not leaving them struggling. Legs vary in length from about 4 miles to 10 miles and cover fields, woodland, moorland and short sections of road and canal towpath. Maps and a route description are available for each leg but it is best to arrange a recce of the race with your teammate so you know the route on the day of the race.

While the 1st 3 teams are usually made up of the fastest runners we have available the 4th team is open to anybody that would like to have a go. Many of the Jackals and some of the Tigers will have done this race so if you fancy trying it let the club organiser know when the dates are announced.

The race usually takes place in May.

This is a team relay event in the Calder Valley, usually happening in May.

Photos from the The Calderdale Way Relay