Cake Race 2019

Join the Facebook Group for updates

Date and time

Saturday 4th May 2019
Race start 11am


Kiln Green Church, Diggle, OL3 5JY

Please allow enough time for car parking which may not be close to the church hall.

Entry information

  • This is a fell race and should not be attempted by fun runners or those not used to trail or fell running

  • Minimum age – 18 years

  • No Junior races

  • £5 Pre-entry ONLY via Fabian4

  • GPS and devices allowed

  • No Riff-Raff!

FRA Link:

£2 donation requested for tea and cake after the race to Club Charity.

Cake Competition

Don’t forget to bring along your best cake for the Cake Competition, fabulous prizes up for grabs for best decorated cake, best tasting and best juniors cake (decoration/tasting). Each runner who brings a cake will get their entry fee back, (Feel free to donate this to the Club charity)!


Kit Requirement

Racers are required to bring full kit on the day and will be advised as to kit. Full kit is waterproof top (with hood) and bottoms, taped seams, hat and gloves, compass and map, whistle. Water and food at runners discretion. Checks will be carried out.

GPS is allowed. 

Kit requirements will be advised on the day. Kit check – no kit = no run.


We will be using Racetek bracelets and technology to track each runner.


Peter Cobley: 07876 684 899

Route Description

10 miles, 1700ft

An interesting moorland course with as much cake as you like to eat at the end. Who could ask for more? The course takes in open moorland scenery, industrial heritage, and Pennine farmland all in a hour or so. It is mainly on flagged paths, tracks and trails with the challenge of going over the Pennines and back.

This is a fell race and should not be attempted by fun runners or those not used to trail or fell running.

NEW FOR 2019
There will be a cut-off point where a runner reaches the downward steps besides Butterley Reservoir at Marsden. If a runner has not passed this point 1.5 hours from the start of the race then at the discretion of the Marshall (and sweepers) the runner may be requested to retire from the race. This is for safety reasons.

The first mile or so is up hill onto the moors, which is very runnable, we call the path boat lane, since it was build to take the horses from the canal barges over the hills. Once up on the Moors you take the flagged path to Brun Cough Reservoir. The course is fast at this point, although care is needed as the flagstones can be slippy. The route splits the reservoirs at Wessenden Head and turns down toward Marsden where you can run fast down towards Marsden. The hardest part is yet to come as runners meet a long flight of stone steps that sweeps them down the side of the dam only to return them up a similar flight on the other side! Save a bit of energy for the climb back up onto the Moors, against the prevailing wind, you will be rewarded with stunning views across Marsden Moor.

The track brings runners back to the top of Boat Lane and a good long run into the finish where cakes and tea await all finishers.

All Runners are invited to bring a cake which will be entered into the Cake contest. Prizes for best tasting and best decoration. This is a tough race and you’ll really feel like you’ve earned the cake afterwards.

GPS is allowed.

Route map

Please leave nothing but footprints on the course, no litter to be dropped


A big thank you to our landowners: National Trust Marsden Moor, Yorkshire Water and Marsden Golf Club, for their permission to run the race.

Course records

Women - A. Lupton 1:11.25 - 2006
Men - P. Green 0:59.23 - 2006

Previous results