The first ever gala was held in Hellifield in 1969 and was called the Youth's Gala. Although there were children's sports, there was no fell race until the early seventies when Peter Metcalfe, amongst others, organised a cross country race which, like the present day fell race, went over Haw Hill. The first reference to the name being changed to a fell race was in 1976. Peter kept things going until the early eighties, when the Northern Sports Promoters Association was founded. This was superseded by the British Open Fell Runners Association, now mainly known as BOFRA. In 1986, BOFRA asked if Hellifield would stage their championship race. This was the only time that it was used as a championship race, as runners had to cross the railway and they had to wait until it was safe to do so and they did not feel that this was appropriate for a championship race.
In 2002, the route was changed following the building of a new housing estate at the back of the old auction mart, although Haw Hill is still the main feature of the race. Since then, the race has often been used as a Yorkshire Championship race and the course record is presently held by Yorkshireman and Olympic Triathalon Champion, Alistair Brownlee.
Distance / Ascent 5.6km / 260m
Hellifield Recreation Field
Entry is on the day. Seniors £4. Juniors £2
There will be gold silver & bronze medals for the following age groups
U15, U13, U11, U9, U7
The age is on 31 December 2017 for each category.
Anyone 15 and above will race in the senior race. There will be prizes for both men and women as follows:
1st, 2nd & 3rd Senior
V40, V50, V60, V70
Team Prize - 3 to count.
Senior race starts at 3:15pm. Junior races start at 2:15 pm
M - 2007 Alistair Brownlee 23:02
F - 2013 Annabel Mason 26:11