Hodder Valley Show

Saturday 10th September 2022

President : Mr Edward Parkinson

at Root Farm, Dunsop Bridge BB7 3AU

By Kind Permission of The Duchy of Lancaster and The Carr Family

Hodder Valley Show Fell Race




Contact Declan O'Duffy tel 07785 382809 / email oduffy.declan@gmail.com

The event is open to club members and non-club members.

Start time: 13:30

Category: BM

Distance: 4 miles

Climb: 1542 feet

Skills & experience: Partly marked course. Local knowledge an advantage

Minimum age for full course: 18

No pre running of route.

 Entry information

    Entry on day fee: £15.00 (£13.50 online tickets)
    Entry Fee to show includes entry to fell race.

For more details see




Mark Chippendale Bowland M40 48;53 2009
Jaqueline Shaw Darwen L40 63;22  2009


Races dependent on numbers, usually U12, U14 & U16. Maximum distances governed by FRA rules

Permit / Insurance

This race has a Permit and associated UK Athletics insurance from the FRA


Prizes for 1st: 2nd: 3rd & additional prizes according to entries.

1st Veteran 40 years & over:

1st Senior Veteran 50 years and over.

1st Lady Runner: Prize for 1st Local Non Club Runner.

Hodder Valley Show Fell Race 14th September 2019 Race Report

After a damp week, the sun shone on race day masking the damp conditions higher up on the fell. This year it was the turn of Newton-in-Bowland to host the show and the fell race. As by tradition, the field of 41 seniors started in the main ring and after just a few hundred yards were faced with a very steep climb through pastures before settling down to more undulating terrain, it was soon apparent that Ben Abdelnoor from Ambleside was very strong with a commanding position held on the approach to the fell proper. This lead was further accentuated during a fast descent putting him almost 4 minutes ahead of the next runner at the finish. The first female was Honor Thompson who had a brilliant race with a 5-minute lead on her nearest rival. The finishers were all greeted by yet more sunshine and bottle of Bowland Beer!
A huge thanks to the local farmers and the brilliant marshals who ensured the race ran like clockwork.
Steve Cox 

2019 Report and Results (pdf)

 2019 race route (pdf)

fell race 2019

The Hodder Valley Show has a long history of working successfully with the Bowland Fell Runners Club.

Bowland Fell Runners are a dedicated fell running club with about 100 members formed initially to promote fell running in the Forest of Bowland, for those who have an affinity with the area. Most live south, west or north of the Forest of Bowland and with weekly training activities in and around the fells near Chipping, Lancaster and further afield.
For further details: bowlandfellrunners.org.uk

Each year our race is well received by the all the runners, who enjoy the new routes as well as the tried and tested routes.

Bowland Fell Runners Club thank all seniors and juniors for competing and turning the fixture into two good races, to the land owners and tenant farmers for allowing us to cross their land, to the members of Bowland Fell Runners, their friends and families who turned out to assist with the organisation and marshalling of what is a “marshal intensive” course and also to members of the Hodder Valley Show committee for hosting our race within their day’s intensive programme.

2018 Report and Results (pdf)

 2017 Race Report


36 runners braved extreme mud and heavy showers to run the Hodder Valley Show race, this year held at Dunsop Bridge. Last year’s winner, Phil Marsden (Horwich) and Carl Bell (Keswick) reached the turn-around trig point on Totridge Fell, with its memorial plague to fell running legend Bill Smith, together, but Carl showed his downhill strength to win by over a minute. Jenn Mattison (Keswick) comfortably won the women’s race. Local lad Sean Grover of Newton-in-Bowland showed special grit to run as an U19. Clayton were the winning women’s team and Bowland won the men’s team prize.

All finishers received a bottle of Bowland Beer which appeared to be well received. Many favourable comments were received about the course, last run as an English championship race three years ago.

My thanks go to all the marshals from Bowland Fell Runners, to Bowland Mountain Rescue team, to Clayton-le-Moors Harriers who made the race a counter in their 2017 club championship, and to the usual Race Organiser, Steve Cox, who did all the preparatory work.


2016 Race Results


A strong field of 87 senior runners set off from a sunny show field in Newton-in-Bowland. As stalwarts of the race will be aware, the race route alternates as the Hodder Valley Show moves between the villages of Dunsop Bridge, Newton and Slaidburn. Furthermore, local shoots have also forced different courses to be run on some years!
This year saw the return to a fantastic route which was last run 6 years ago and saw runners ascending steep farmland with fast running over hill and dale to reach the fell. By the fell gate onto Beatrix Fell, Philip Marsden form Bolton Harriers had a modest lead. On the climb and return to the show field this was stretched to almost a 4 minutes lead over Matthew Cordus, with Philip winning in an impressive 51:31 minutes.
The first female was Helen Buchan from Calderdale Valley who had a comfortable lead over Amie McAvoy.
All finishers received a bottle of Bowland Beer or some Mrs Kirkham’s Farmhouse Cheese….guess which was more popular!


2015 Race Results

Results 2015 (pdf)

2014 Race Results

Mens Results 2014 (pdf)

Womens Results 2014 (pdf)

Junior Results 2014 (pdf)


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