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Welcome to the Hallam Chase



Welcome back to the new COVID friendly Hallam Chase at 8pm on Tuesday June 1st 2021. There are some changes to the normal format but nothing too serious:

1) The field is limited to 60 runners only
2) There will be NO entry on the day. Entries close 1 week before hand.
3) Handicapping is going to be tough to do accurately as no one has raced so we will roughly handicap you then publish the list. If you think we have got it wildly wrong (either your time or a fellow runners) then tell us and we may revise the list!
4) There will be no changing facilities at the Cricket Club and only limited toilets, Change and pop to the loo at home before you arrive on the night
5) Before the race your number will be waiting for you. Collect the correct number and then go to the start for the correct time
6) There will be no gatherings. So no pre-race talk and no prize givings afterwards. If you win a trophy I will get them engraved then arrange for you to collect them
7) You are welcome to say hello to your fellow friends and you can have a beer or cup of tea at the cricket pavilion but stay in small groups of up to 6 and respect social distancing
8) Spectators are welcome out on the course, i.e. away from the Cricket Pavilion,.but again they should respect social distancing.
9) If you cannot race then PLEASE MARSHAL. We need your help and support to keep the Hallam Chase going.
10) We may try out an electronic timing system. If we do then there will the normal manual start and finish system but you will be required to wear a wristband and 'dib' at the start, the finish and at the turn-round at Stannington


A little background information:

The oldest continuously run Fell Race in the world with a rich history, going back to 1862. Put on on behalf of Hallamshire Harriers, it has a wealth of Sheffield running heritage.

The event is held on the Tuesday evening following the second May Bank Holiday every year. As a closed race it is only open to members of South Yorkshire running clubs, so this means the entry list is typically low, with 50-80 runners each year.

The route has changed a little over time and started as a 10mile loop. It has been the current route for many years - a 3.25 mile out and back from The Hallam Cricket Ground to the entrance to Stannington Church. It is either descending or climbing with almost no flat running! Mainly on grass field paths or tracks, with some sections on roads to connect the route.

Here is a map of the route
Here is a close up of the route at the bottom of the valley as it crosses the Rivelin Valley

The run crosses lots of roads, so this, combined with the rough terrain, limits the entrants to adults (18+yo).

To make the challenge more interesting, the event is handicapped with the slowest runner off first at 8pm and the fastest runner off last, some 15-20 minutes later. The idea is that all runners finish together. For many years our handicapper, John Spencer, has honed his talents to try and place runners in the correct start order, based on their recent performance in other recent races such as the Trunce, the South Yorkshire Road League, Park Runs and local fell race times. It is an impossible job to do perfectly, so there is always the odd runners how performs better or worse than expected but this means the winner is almost new and it could be anyone! The competetion to get your name on a trophy is palpable and many a potential winner have been pipped to the line, inside the final 100m, as more and more runners re-enter the Cricket Ground together.

The event would not be possible without a mini army of 25+ marshals! We have to thank each and every person who volunteers - many have competed in the race themselves in the past and are old friends - part to the Hallam Chase family