The Grindleford Platypus is a new race on the calendar. It’s actually two races which will raise money for the amazing village primary school. We felt that there weren’t many proper junior fell races locally that really tackle any of our hills so we thought we’d invent one! Hay Wood will be familiar to anybody who has run the senior fell race on the third Thursday in June, or the Grindleford Gallop every March. We’ve created three great short and sharp routes in the woods for kids up to the age of 16. But to make the evening a little more fun, instead of expecting the parents to just stand around, they get to race the same route as the older kids, in teams of two, one running just the uphill half, the other running the downhill! We expect it to be fast and furious!

Date: Wed 9th Sep

Timings: 18.00 junior races start, 18.45 adult race starts, 19.33 sunset

Junior categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16


U8 – 0.96km, 73m height gain

U10 – 1.43km, 77m height gain

U12, U14, U16, Adult Relay – 2.56km, 158m height gain


Junior fees will be £4

Adult fees will be £5. There will be a limit of 50 pairs (100 runners).

Entries will be available online in April. If you’d like to be kept informed, follow us on the Grindleford Fell Race Facebook page.


All three routes are steep and rocky, with tree roots and mud. They are genuinely rough under foot. Running shoes with a good tread will be essential, as will an ability to run both up and down hill on rough ground. The courses will be well marshalled and signed, but at the end of the day it will be down to individual runners to be cautious where necessary.

Why Platypus?

We thought the Strava trace of the original route looked vaguely like a duck billed platypus so the name stuck.