The Cragg Challenge 2024

We're back (and with a new event!).....

After the trials and tribulations of the last few years, and following the successful 're-boot' of our event in April of this year, we are pleased to announce that The Cragg Challenge will be back in 2024, bigger and better than ever before!!!

The road will be closed again, and people will be running and cycling up and down it all morning.

All official events will be timed, so whether it's a personal record, or the School Relay world record, there is something to give you a goal for 23rd June 2024.

All events will take place on Cragg Road (B6138) with a start/finish line adjacent to Royd Ices in Mytholmroyd. 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:

The Cragg 35 Sportive- a fully marked cycle sportive that is a thrilling and scenic route designed for both seasoned riders and those looking to challenge themselves. This sportive starts with a climb up and finishes with a descent down to lovely Cragg Vale. Along the way, you'll encounter rolling hills, invigorating descents, and perhaps even a few exhilarating climbs that will put your cycling skills to the test. The Sportive offers the perfect balance of a fun, yet achievable distance, ensuring a memorable and rewarding experience for cyclists of all levels. So, get ready to soak up the fresh air, enjoy the camaraderie of fellow cyclists, and create lasting memories as you conquer The Cragg 35 Sportive!

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. *(See Note below)

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 – the big one! 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 Memorial Mile' - a measured one mile course, initially having been a downhill dash, this run has now been adjusted so that it goes up and down Cragg Road, starting and finishing in Mytholmroyd. This event is named in memory of our former chair, who we lost in 2019 - one of the original driving forces behind the idea.

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.

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


* 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]

Entry Options

The 10 mile
The 10K
The 5K
The John Jones Memorial Mile
Cycle Ascent
Cragg 35 Sportive


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

Organiser Updates (1)

Places still available.

sent by Paul McMahon on 13/04/2024 at 14:11
 We still have places available in all events, but numbers are restricted, AND THERE WILL NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY. 

So please tell your friends, family, or team/club members to get online as soon as possible and register, so they don't miss out on the next Cragg Challenge :-)

Thank you :-)

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