Cragg Challenge 2022

Cragg15 Ltd is a group 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. In 2017, 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.

In 2018 the event was repeated, with larger numbers of participants, and spectators, building on the success of the inaugural Cragg Challenge, and another great day was had by all.

The following year, September 2019, two new events were added - an Audax for cyclists and a 1-mile dash for runners - both of which were a great success.

Our 2020 vision was a repeat of the 2019 events, with even bigger fields of participants, and faster times - weather permitting!!
Unfortunately it wasn't the weather that beat us, it was the pandemic!!
However, after lots of work behind the scenes, and two false starts, we are now confident that we can bring you a fantastic day of riding and running in 2022.

So whether it's a personal record, or the School Relay world record - still at 35 min and 47 secs - there is something to give you a goal for 18th September 2022

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 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. ALL START TIMES AT THE MOMENT ARE PROVISIONAL, AND MAY CHANGE SLIGHTLY AS PLANS ARE FINALISED.

Main events planned for the day are:

A Cycling Ascent – 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. There will be an electronic digital clock at the summit, synchronised to the start, so everyone entering will have the opportunity of being timed for the ascent. However riders may prefer to use Strava, or similar, to time themselves.

The Oliver Collinge Climb - 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 named 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.

A 1-mile run - 'The John Jones 1-mile Dash' was a new event in 2019. An officially-measured one mile course from just below the Robin Hood Inn to the finish line in Mytholmroyd. Timed electronically, and on a downhill course, this could be an opportunity to post a really impressive time.

An Audax** - Following the success of the 100km Cycle Grimpeur,last year, a similar event is planned, PLUS a longer 200km Cycle Grimpeur, and will be detailed here, and on our Facebook page in the near future.

There are restricted numbers for each event – so please book your place early to avoid disappointment.

(*Note that the Oliver Collinge Climb 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 us at [email protected])
(** Note that Audax details are still to be confirmed, and further information will become available as soon as possible)

Entry Options

The 10 mile
The 10K
The 5K
Cycle Ascent
The John Jones 1 Mile Dash


You can manage your entries in the section of your Racer Dashboard.

Organiser Updates (7)

Validity of entries.

sent by Paul McMahon on 27/06/2022 at 12:17
 Please note that ALL entries booked from January 2020 onwards (initially for the postponed Cragg Challenge 2020) are still valid for the Cragg Challenge 2022.

Cragg Challenge 100k Audax

sent by Paul McMahon on 02/09/2021 at 17:55
 Even though we have had to postpone the closed road event there is still the100k Audax event to challenge all you cyclists if you are stuck for something to do on the 19th September 2021 :-) 

Virtual Cragg Challenge

sent by Paul McMahon on 19/08/2021 at 22:43

The Cragg Challenge Goes Virtual

Sunday 19th September would have been the revised 2020 Cragg Challenge, but COVID-19 is still causing us problems.

However, you can still participate and mark the event by running or cycling at a time that suits you, still record your time and still take on ‘The Cragg Challenge’ and get your ‘Virtual Cragg Challenge Certificate’

The virtual challenge opens on Sunday 19th September and closes on 31st October. Results will be posted week commencing 1st November.

Here’s how it works:

The virtual events comprise the usual running and cycling distances.

1. 5K run

2. 10K run

3. 10M run

4. 5M Cycle Ascent

All you need to do is let us know your personal best time for your selected event(s) and we’ll do the rest.


The start-finish line is the bus stop just below Royd Ices.

The turning point for virtual 5K is Church Bank Road.

The turning point for virtual 10K is Sykes Gate.

The turning point for virtual 10 mile is at the United Utilities service road just below the reservoir.

The FINISH line for the cycle ascent is the United Utilities Service Road.

Brag about your date/event/time on FaceBook, but send details by email to [email protected] in order to receive your e-certificate.

Please remember that you will be using an open public road so stick to the Highway Code and follow the government guidance in force to stay COVID-Safe.

The Cragg Challenge postponement

sent by Paul McMahon on 01/08/2021 at 12:35
 We regret to announce that we have had to postpone the event scheduled for Sunday 19th September 2021.
 Strenuous efforts have been made to guarantee that this event would be safe and viable, but unfortunately the continuing Covid-19 situation has made this doubtful.
 Accordingly, to ensure that we maintain the high standards of our three previous Challenges, we have cancelled this year's running events, and re-arranged the closed-road event for Sunday 18th September 2022. All existing entries will remain valid for next year.
 We will still be promoting the 100k Audax for cyclists on the 19th September 2021, and hope to add a 200k Audax too. Links to the entry portal for these events will be posted on The Cragg Challenge Facebook page shortly.
 Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience that this further postponement causes.


sent by Paul McMahon on 01/06/2021 at 16:01
We regret to inform you that the proposed, delayed Cragg Challenge 2020 has had to be temporarily postponed, again.

 We are currently organising an alternative to the established format of our event, but this will now be on Sunday 19th September 2021. Please accept our profound apologies for this further delay, but rest assured that we are endeavouring to create a day worthy of your patience :-).

 Further revised information will be available shortly.

 Thank you for sticking with us, and sorry once again.

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