The Cragg Challenge
Cragg15 is a community group that formed to continue the impact and enjoyment from the Tour de France racing through Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale in July 2014. Since its formation, numerous events on the longest continuous climb in England have been considered, but to recreate the TdF experience – and more importantly – create the opportunity for some iconic and safe events – a road closure was needed. Now, after years of planning, the application for a road closure is being granted, and on Sunday 24th September 2017 there will be the very first ‘Cragg Challenge’ – a festival of running and cycling that it’s hoped will provide the core of a marvellous day for the participants and the whole community.
All events will take place on Cragg Road (B6138) with a start/finish line in Mytholmroyd. Registration will be at Mytholmroyd Community Centre – times for each event given separately – see the discrete event information for registration and start times.
Main events planned for the day are:
A Cycling Event – a chance to cycle the longest climb under a full road closure. This event is open to all, those looking to set a time will set off first, those just looking to make it up the hill following on afterwards. Everyone entering will have the opportunity of being timed for the ascent.
A school relay – involving children from local primary and secondary schools working together to set a time for running the hill that is a challenge for future schoolchildren. This event is to be known as ‘The Collinge Climb’ in memory of a young teacher and resident of Cragg Vale who sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2016.
A 5K run - the typical ‘fun run’ distance, this event starts in Mytholmroyd and will ascend to a turning point part-way up Cragg Road where entrants will then return down the hill to the start/finish area.
A 10K run – aimed at the more serious runner, or those who are looking to move up from a fun run to a longer distance. This event will work in the same way as the 5K – an ascent to a turning point then a return to the start/finish line.
A 10-mile run – running a measured 10 miles is one thing, running it up and down England’s longest continuous climb is another! This event will start and finish in Mytholmroyd.
There are restricted numbers for each event – so please book your place early to avoid disappointment.
(Note that the school relay entries are being dealt with through the schools and not through this web site, If you would like your school to take part please contact, firstname.lastname@example.org