Rescue Ride 2021

The Rescue Ride Challenge is a fun way of fundraising for the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team. It is a cycling event for both road and off-road bikes. It is not a race but an opportunity to take a personal challenge and enjoy the scenery whilst raising money for the team. The event starts and finishes at the team’s headquarters in Marsden and offers a choice of distances, terrain and difficulty, there's something for everyone.


  • Short MTB: 25km - Elevation 680m
  • Long MTB: 50km - Elevation 1520m
  • Short Road: 49km - Elevation 1180m
  • Long Road: 110km - Elevation 2430m
Maps & GPX Files
  • **The MTB routes are signposted however the road routes are not**
  • The GPX files for all the routes are available here rescue-rides-2021-gpx which can be used for navigation on a suitable device.
  • A overview map of each route can be found in the pictures section of this page

Refreshment Points (Water, flapjack, bananas, chocolate)

  • Road Long - Top of Cragg Vale 28 miles; Haigh Gutter (A640) 39.5 miles; Huntsman Inn 55 miles; top of Holme Moss 60 miles.
  • Road Short - Huntsman Inn 16.8 miles; Top of Holme Moss 21 miles.
  • MTB Long - Haigh Gutter (A640) 11.9 miles; Top of Wessenden 19.9 miles; Huntsman Inn 23.8 miles
  • MTB Short - Top of Wessenden 3.7 miles; Huntsman Inn 7.5 miles.
Registration and Start Times
  • Long MTB 8.30am
  • Long Road 9.00am
  • Short MTB 9.30am
  • Short Road 10.00am
Arrival & registration

Registering, starting and finishing of all routes will be at our Headquarters, Emergency House, Manchester Road, Marsden, HD7 6EV.

There is no parking available at Emergency House however there is a free car park near the Marsden Moor Estate office adjacent to Marsden Railway Station and signposted from Station Road.

  • On road parking is also available in Marsden, but please park responsibly.
  • You must make sure your number is recorded at every check point you pass.
  • Any cyclist who drops out before the finish must immediately report this via phone to the event organiser to avoid unnecessary searches being activated.
  • Remember this is NOT a race but a personal challenge.
  • It is COMPULSORY to wear a cycle helmet at all times while participating in this event.
  • All riders must abide by the Highway Code and the Countryside Code.
  • The mountain bike ride is on shared trails. Please respect other users – slow down for walkers, horses and other riders. #benicesayhi.
  • All under 16 year olds must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian.
  • All under 18 year olds must have their parent or guardian's consent.
  • All riders must carry a mobile phone.
  • Your Rescue Ride number must be visible at all times.

Organiser Updates (3)

MTB Riders - Important Information - Please Read

sent by Holme Valley MRT on 01/10/2021 at 08:38
Dear Cyclist,

Apologies but we’ve made a very minor change to a section of the route to make it safer for residents. It makes no difference to the distance and will keep folk happy.

Please see the attached document, don't worry it will be signposted too!

N.b. This route change uses Public Footpaths and we’ve only been given permission to ride them for the fundraising ride. Please don’t ride them at any other time.


The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

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Rescue Rides 2021 – IT’S A GO!!!

sent by Holme Valley MRT on 15/09/2021 at 11:17

Dear Cyclist,

Earlier this year we had the postpone the annual rescue ride event due to issues obtaining various permits and approvals. However, we are now excited to inform you that we are able to announce the new date for the event which is scheduled to take place on the Sunday the 3rd of October 2021 all entrants have been transferred and existing tickets are valid for the new date.

Important Information

The MTB routes have been slightly modified to divert around various landowner restrictions, to ensure you have the latest version of the routes please delete and re-download any existing GPX files/maps you may currently have from RaceSpace.


The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

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Rescue Ride 2021 - Postponed (Open for more details)

sent by Holme Valley MRT on 15/07/2021 at 10:13
Dear Cyclist,

The team would like to regrettably inform you that we have had to postpone this weekend’s Rescue Ride event. In order to run an event such as Rescue Ride we need to obtain permission from three different councils and various land owners. COVID has had an impact on all of us over the last 18 months, and we have found that various government departments are extremely busy and some of our usual contacts are not available. Despite working tirelessly in the background trying to obtain these permissions ultimately we have not managed to obtain approval from all the necessary authorities in time to run the event this weekend. 

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has signed up to Rescue Ride in support of the team and we are extremely sorry to disappoint you. If you would like a refund please email [email protected] with your name and ticket ID. However, we are continuing to work in the background and are confident we will be able to obtain the necessary approvals to enable us to reschedule the event in September. We will confirm the new date as soon as possible and all current participants will be transferred.


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