Cragg Challenge 2018

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. Last year, after years of planning, the application for a road closure was granted, and on Sunday 24th September 2017 there was the very first ‘Cragg Challenge’ – a festival of running and cycling that was the core of a marvellous day for the participants and the whole community.
This year will build on the success of the inaugural Cragg Challenge with records from last year set be challenged anew. Whether it's a personal record or the School Relay world record of 43 min and 9 secs, there is something to give you a goal for this year.
All events will take place on Cragg Road (B6138) with a start/finish line in Mytholmroyd. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL registrations for all events will now be at the Royd Ices building on Cragg Road, next to the start/finish line – 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, [email protected])

Organiser Updates (9)

The Cragg Challenge 2019

sent by Paul McMahon on 08/06/2019 at 21:48
 As a participant in last years very successful Cragg Challenge 2018 I just thought you would like to know that the entry portal for The Cragg Challenge 2019 is now open.

 So have a look, and get your name down as soon as possible - places will again be limited.

Kind regards.

Chip timing

sent by Paul McMahon on 25/09/2018 at 23:15

Chip timing results have been uploaded and published.

Thank you for your patience, and participation in a fantastic day

Thank you

sent by Paul McMahon on 23/09/2018 at 21:57

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in The Cragg Challenge 2018 today. You made it the success it was..

Times will be uploaded to this site as soon as possible. Anyone wanting to see the photographs taken during the course of the event keep an eye on our Facebook page, The Cragg Challenge, where a link will be provided soon.

Thanks once again, and here's to next year :-)


sent by Paul McMahon on 23/09/2018 at 06:21

It is cool, but dry, so see you all soon :-)

Don't forget you ID or receipt for registration.

Weather update

sent by Paul McMahon on 22/09/2018 at 17:50

 The weather is improving, as it should (we ordered good weather for the event!) Forecasts are getting better all the time, so things should be ok for tomorrow. We will issue an alert in the morning if there any issues.

 So see you at registration, and don't forget to bring your ID or Racespace receipt :-)


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