The Crackpots Trail Run is a brand new event for runners of all abilities with a mixed terrain route starting from the village of Kirkby Malzeard, near Ripon, North Yorkshire at 10.30 on Sunday 18 June 2023. It's an undulating route that takes in quiet country roads, off-road trails, scenic moorland and a few rivers within Nidderdale AONB.
The run is part of the Kirkby Malzeard Big Weekend celebrations with children's disco, scarecrow trail, artisan market, parade, live music, family walk, sports, BBQ and loads more.
The route has been put together, tried and tested by local trail running vets and is a mix of quiet country lanes, footpaths, bridleways, byways and river crossings (bridges for some!). Starting at Highside Playing Fields in Kirkby Malzeard, the route heads west along country lanes towards Kirkby Malzeard Moor for a gentle warm up before taking to the trails. Following parts of the infamous Crackpots Mosaic Trail and Ripon Rowel Walk routes, the route gradually climbs to the highest point at the 6km mark - with fantastic views across Nidderdale to the west and the North York Moors as far as Roseberry Topping to the east. It's mostly downhill from there with a few little bumps and river crossings on the way before hitting the tarmac just after 9km for a fast downhill finish back into the village. The full route is available here.
See the route for yourself
The route has been put together, tried and tested by local trail runners.
Our friends at Even Splits are providing chip timing so you'll get an accurate finish time.
There'll be a free cuppa waiting for you at the finish line.
And if you're feeling peckish there will be a free pork or veggie pie.
Free parking is also included in the entry fee.
All runners automatically get ONE entry to the prize draw but you can massively increase your chances of winning by getting more runners to sign up - for each person you get to sign up you get an EXTRA entry in the prize draw. So getting just one person to sign up doubles your chance of winning a prize! If you get someone else to sign up, please message us on Facebook saying who you got to enter and we'll give you an extra entry in the prize draw. Good luck!
Swinton Bivouac stay
A two-night mid-week Yurt break for two people inc bottle of prosecco on arrival, two spa sessions, dinner in The Terrace for one evening, breakfast in your Yurt and all the Bivouac facilities! 🏕️
The run starts at Highside Playing Fields, a short walk from the car park. There are toilets at Highside.
The car park is just off the Main Street, a short walk to the start line. Follow the 'Run parking' signs when you get to the village.
Good question. When we devised the route we tried to cut it down to 10km but loved it all so much we couldn't decide which km to cut so we kept it all!
Another great question! There are a few answers, you choose the one you prefer! (a) The run has been put together by a group of crackpots. (b) The run has been put together for crackpots or (c) the run takes in part of the Crackpots Mosaic Trail.
As a community run event we rely on volunteers to make it all work. If you'd like to help that would be fantastic, thank you. Please register your details here and someone will be in touch nearer the time.
Yes, the cut-off time is 2 hours.
No, sorry, you'll have to listen to the ground nesting birds and babbling brooks instead! Any runner found using an audio device or mobile phone will be disqualified.
Yes, water will be provided at approx. 6.8km and at the finish line. Please bring your own cup - we are a plastic-bottle free event.
Yes, our provisional RunBritain licence number is 2023-46190.
Don't be greedy! If you win a prize for being in the fastest 3 runners and you are also the fastest local, the fastest local prize will go to the fastest local who isn't also a fastest 3 winner!
A 'local' runner is any runner with a HG4 postcode.
The first 3 runners affiliated to the same club wearing club vests. Only applies to runners who have an affiliated entry in the RaceBest platform and who specify their running club name.
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